Re-elect Dave Sewell

Provo has momentum. We were recently ranked by Wallet Hub as the second best-run city in America. Many who grew up here or went to school here want to stay and many more want to move here. We have challenges related to growth and maintaining our quality of life. Our City Council...

Best Companies to Work For Awards – 2013

Thursday Utah Business Magazine awarded 35 companies in Utah its Best Companies to Work For award.  Here is the list of the winners, and here is the complete article.   I was very pleased to accept one of those awards, in the small business category, on behalf of Sewell Direct...

Candidates Debate (Chamber of Commerce)

Following is the opening statement I had prepared for the candidates debate last Wednesday.  You can watch the whole debate here (the Council portion starts at about 32 minutes).  I ended up speaking impromptu and covered only a portion of the prepared statement below.  This...

The Saratov Approach

I wouldn’t normally comment on a movie here, but this one was special.  Maclain Nelson, a producer and a lead actor in the film, grew up next door to me – his parents still live there.  His father, George Nelson, is in the theater department at BYU.  His mother (Leslie) and...

Economic Development Part 5 (STEM education and UVEF)

At the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) lunch today, speaker Sara Jones delivered a message of technology literacy.  Sara, founder and CEO of KoDefy, discussed the challenge of building great technology teams. Nationwide, there are not enough computer science graduates to...

Economic Development Part 4 (Sewell Direct)

My best credential for economic development and job growth is that I have actually created jobs in Utah Valley – about 50 of them.  This article helps you understand my background as an entrepreneur by introducing you to the company I founded – Sewell Direct. I started my career...

Economic Development Part 3 (Stephen Hales Creative)

Friday I visited Stephen Hales Creative – a full service ad agency providing design, branding, advertising, and editorial services to their clients.  The list of current clients on their website is impressive.  The company founder, Stephen Hales, holds a BFA in graphic...

Economic Development Part 2 (Nu Skin)

Today I toured the soon to be completed expansion of the Nu Skin facility.  The current main entrance from Center Street is shown in the picture.  Inside, you will find a facility that is designed to be very functional but also to act as a showcase for thousands of distributors...

Economic Development Part 1 (Kirkham Motorsports)

Today I toured a very interesting small business in Provo – Kirkham Motorsports. According to the company’s website, they have become one of the leading manufacturers in the component car industry. It all began in 1994 when brothers David and Thomas Kirkham were restoring their...

Entrepreneurship in Provo, part 2 (Camp 4!)

This week I saw another great example of entrepreneurship in Provo. I visited Camp 4, located at 560 South 100 West. Camp 4 is another co-working space for entrepreneurs that has a unique history. This building was, and still is, the home of Startup’s Quality Candies. Space...
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