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Kamas Valley Business Association Annual Lunch Meeting: All Are Welcome


The Kamas Valley Business Association is hosting its annual meeting on Wednesday at the new Summit County Library in Kamas on Main Street. Lt. Governor, Spencer Cox is the keynote speaker. The event is open to the public.  

The Kamas Valley Business Association formed a couple of years ago. They’re affiliated with the Park City Chamber and Visitors Bureau. Sam Alplanalp is an associate broker with Discovery Properties and is the associations board secretary. He says there are a lot of advantages for businesses to join the association.

“The memberships fluctuate. There are tons of benefits. You get to be essentially a member of the Park City Chamber as well. But the biggest benefit over in the Kamas Valley area is we have quarterly meetings like this where you can come participate, network with other like-minded business owners in our area. And yeah, we want to have a voice in the community, be members of the community, help promote, protect and preserve businesses in our Valley, in the Kamas Valley.”

Alplanalp says businesses in the Kamas Valley can have difficulty finding employees, which is an ongoing concern for much of Summit County.

South Summit High School has a work apprenticeship program that pairs students with local businesses. The objective, business teacher, Janna Atkinson says is to create career interests and job skills for graduates who want to stay in the area after high school or college.

Wednesday’s agenda includes honoring one South Summit School District student from the apprenticeship program with a scholarship. Applicants had to complete all their class work, apprentice hours and write an essay about how the internship impacted their future.

“We put them together with business partners. So, I have some students that are working with engineers some that are working with vets. I have a student right now that's working with the radiologists over at Park City Hospital. So, we just kind of team up with someone in the career field of their choice and let them work with them and get the feel of what that job requires."

Eleven students qualified to apply for the $1,000 Kamas Valley Business Association Scholarship. They have all been invited to attend the annual luncheon on Wednesday at the Summit County Library in Kamas. It starts at 11:30.

Lt. Governor Spencer Cox will speak at noon with a Q and A to follow. The lunch is free and open to everyone. 

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