Business

January 28, 2020 08:04 PM MST
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have recently been praised in publication and in broadcast for their entrepreneurial spirit.
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December 15, 2018 01:00 PM MST
In 2009, a then-27-year-old Golden Harper embarked on what seemed to be the impossible: He started his own running shoe company during not only a difficult economic time but in a market that, by many accounts, was already established.
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July 16, 2018 11:25 AM MDT
"This is the very same training our church has used for years for our own members with good results," Elder Gerard said about a historic initiative that will be based on the Church's global reliance program. "We will work in harmony and learn from each other to significantly increase opportunity among our brothers and sisters whom we identify and invite together at the local level."
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April 17, 2018 12:50 PM MDT
CNBC recently highlighted Trevor Chapman, the LDS entrepreneur who sold his company for over $10 million in a matter of months.
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Larry Miller was well known for his philanthropy and generosity. This excerpt from the book Behind the Drive: 99 Inspiring Stories from the Life of an American Entrepreneur details Larry's friendship with Jon Hunstman Sr.
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September 27, 2017 06:10 PM MDT
LDS couple Kristin and Jared Fitzgerald of Nashville, Tennessee, are both woodworkers and small business owners. And they’re in the running to win a national competition.
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August 09, 2017 04:36 PM MDT
What a remarkable story. Here are some insightful tips for those hoping to find success with their own startups.
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July 07, 2017 02:42 PM MDT
“Little girls are our future . . . and we need to empower them now and instill them with confidence in who they are and what they can do and let them know that it’s limitless," Whitney Cheney says.
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May 31, 2017 07:00 PM MDT
This is crazy! With just $200 and an hour and half of work a week, Trevor Chapman made $1 million with his new site, ldsman.com.
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April 11, 2017 04:16 PM MDT
In a 2008 article about the Rexburg Idaho Temple, the Deseret News reported:
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March 20, 2017 01:42 PM MDT
“The whole reason I started Taft was so that I could be with my family more than I would have been,” Kory Stevens said. “I haven’t missed anything in my children’s lives. They know me as well as they know their mom, and that has always been important to me.”
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February 22, 2017 12:38 PM MST
The following story was republished with permission from millo.co.
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October 31, 2016 05:35 PM MDT
You may have heard of companies like Uptown Cheapskate or 3DplusMe, but did you know that these companies were started by Mormon women?
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October 20, 2016 12:09 PM MDT
The QS World MBA Tour is the largest global series of MBA information fairs, and it will be visiting Salt Lake City this Saturday, October 22.
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October 10, 2016 05:30 PM MDT
What an impressive achievement for Ryan Smith and his company, Qualtrics.
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September 16, 2016 12:08 PM MDT
How would you answer if someone were to ask you, "Who contributes more to the U.S. economy—corporations like Google and Apple or religious institutions?" With Google and Apple being two of the most successful companies in the world, the real answer may surprise you.
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September 07, 2016 12:31 PM MDT
They love the cake so much, they wish there wasn’t a hole in it!
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By  LDS Living
July 01, 2016 07:00 PM MDT
Shon Whitney, Blake Heringer, and Jeff Johnson are Star Wars fans. Yeah, them and everyone else, right?
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May 24, 2016 01:55 PM MDT
Research shows freedom of religion or belief contributes to better economic and business outcomes, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said.
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April 22, 2016 03:00 PM MDT
When Tyson Leavitt entered his city's Home and Garden Show, he never dreamed it would turn him into a reality television star. "He wanted to make a huge statement," his wife, Audrey, recalled. "It got so much love and attention that the idea for a business was planted."
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April 19, 2016 01:33 PM MDT
In a recent New York Times column, Tyler Cowen described three current trends in America that have led to a shrinking middle class and a growing income inequality: foreign competition, technological changes that favor highly skilled workers, and persistent poverty.
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April 19, 2016 12:59 PM MDT
When millionaire Mormon mining executive Peter Meurs stepped down from his job Monday as he transitions from business to full-time ministry as an LDS general authority, the move sparked headlines in Australia.
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March 15, 2016 04:33 PM MDT
Don't you hate it when you have an urgent call from Mother Nature in the middle of the night and your only two options are to get blinded by your bathroom light or fumble around in the dark?
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January 30, 2016 08:00 PM MST
As a successful CEO of Oriental Trading Company, Sam Taylor went undercover working in his own company on live television on the hit show Undercover Boss. But his greatest lessons in life aren't about success and finances. They're about faith and family.
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January 04, 2016 10:30 PM MST
Is it BYU? Is it the Clayton Christensen Effect or Stephen Covey Effect? Individual achievements are part of the reason, but what else led to Mormons making up 10 percent of the prestigious 2015 Thinkers50 list of business management gurus?
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December 03, 2015 08:22 PM MST
The holidays are already stressful, but they can be especially difficult if you are looking for work. This time of year is often filled with decorating, giving gifts, traveling, and attending parties, which can put extra pressure on families that are financially burdened. It may feel overwhelming to look for work when everyone is so busy. Here are a few suggestions of how you can make it through the holidays.
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September 09, 2015 05:34 PM MDT
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are known for being honest, philanthropic, goal-driven, successful people — a perfect combination for business success. Over the years, dozens of Mormons have made significant contributions to business and started their own corporate powerhouses. Here are 10 powerhouse businesses owned, founded or headed by LDS people.
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June 04, 2015 04:38 PM MDT
[Cameron] Moll, a Brigham Young University graduate now living in Florida, is the founder and CEO of Authentic Jobs, an online job board for Web developers. He is also a bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the father of five boys under the age of 14.
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February 26, 2015 06:03 PM MST
Wiseman has seen that she has often done her best work when put into professional situations that required her to grow, stretch and fill in the gap between where she was and where she needed to be. These experiences gave her a sense that sometimes what we know gets in the way of what we don’t know.
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February 18, 2015 11:20 PM MST
Photos from Studio Lambret/CBS Broadcasting, Inc. Todd Pedersen is the CEO and founder of Vivint. He founded the company after dropping out of college to start a home security business. The company has gone on to become a multi-billion dollar business.
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February 18, 2015 10:01 PM MST
In a recent conversation, someone told me that “missionaries are clueless.” As I pondered that statement, I desperately wanted to reply with one question: Clueless about what?
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January 22, 2015 08:49 PM MST
The Puj Tub hit the market at the end of 2009. The product was simple: a soft foam infant bathtub that fits into nearly any sink and hangs flat for drying and storing.
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January 14, 2015 04:17 PM MST
In 2010, "America’s Got Talent" judge Piers Morgan told Lindsey Stirling there was no place in the world for a dubstep violinist. Five years later, Stirling has been named to the 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Music list. In addition to the 28-year-old member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the list includes Ed Sheeran, Florida Georgia Line, Meghan Trainor and Sam Smith.
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December 10, 2014 07:25 PM MST
Business Week wrote an article called “God’s MBAs: Why Mormon Missions Produce Leaders,” (see link below) and we thought that we would just highlight a few of these amazing (and wealthy) influencer-leaders who have served full-time LDS missions.
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November 10, 2014 05:33 PM MST
Believing in God isn’t always considered "cool," but the makers of a new Christian clothing line hope to change that.
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July 17, 2014 12:00 PM MDT
abc.go.com On Tuesday, Jason F. Wright, the author of The Wednesday Letters, wrote about how he was well on his way to pitching a Wednesday Letters movie to the investors on ABC's Shark Tank (read the story here).
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May 19, 2014 07:30 PM MDT
For 40 years, from 1853 until 1893, the Mormon settlers in Utah labored and sacrificed to construct the Salt Lake Temple. The process of moving and chiseling granite and placing the stones in exactly the right spot was no small feat, especially without the use of modern technology.
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April 30, 2014 04:14 PM MDT
Jim Yates of Flint Hill, Va., has fond memories of dirty laundry.
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July 13, 2012 01:17 PM MDT
The growth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from a fledgling band of frontier Americans to a global faith that blesses the lives of millions is one of the great religious success stories of the 19th and 20th centuries. From the very beginning, members of the Church displayed a remarkable ability to set aside material things for spiritual goals. One of the earliest Church members, Martin Harris, mortgaged his farm to pay for the publication of the Book of Mormon. Other examples of self-sacrifice among the early Latter-day Saints abound.
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March 14, 2012 02:12 PM MDT
Bill Marriott has revolutionized the hotel business over the past four decades. As CEO of the company that bears his family's name, Marriott led the industry in opening hotels next door to highway exits and suburban office parks. He was also a pioneer in catering to niche markets. In 1983, he launched Courtyard, a chain for cost-conscious business travelers. Today, Marriott has 18 brands, including Fairfield Inn for budget travelers and Ritz-Carlton for the luxury set.
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February 14, 2012 01:19 PM MST
Organizers of an event on Wednesday aimed at educating Utahns about avoiding financial scams hope that an LDS Church representative will deliver a strong message to help stem the tide of scams that have rolled over Utah in recent years. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sending Michael Otterson, its managing director of public affairs, to the Fraud College at the University of Utah, where he is scheduled to speak at 11 a.m.
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January 12, 2012 02:32 PM MST
For its 2011 annual retrospective, Time magazine named Mormonism the Religion of the Year, accompanied with an obligatory photo from the Book of Mormon Musical. The distinction isn't offered every year, but in light of the musical, two presidential candidates and the rise of Glenn Beck — funny no one ever mentions Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in these lists — the editors made an exception. The Time write-up itself was notably upbeat.
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January 11, 2012 04:21 PM MST
Whenever an employment organization can improve its placement ratio it’s a good thing. But when it’s placing people who have previously faced significant barriers to employment—and doing it in a tough economy—it’s all the more remarkable. That’s exactly what Deseret Industries (DI) has done in 2011. Over the past year, job placements have increased 10 percent.
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January 10, 2012 06:36 PM MST
The wider world does not often glimpse the internal disputes of the Mormon Church. Formally known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the fast-growing religion is expanding in places as far-flung as Africa and Latin America, but most big decisions are still made centrally by a church hierarchy in Salt Lake City.
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January 03, 2012 04:23 PM MST
David Neeleman launched JetBlue in February 1999 with his Mormon missionary experience in Brazil still vivid in his mind. Having seen the extreme poverty and rigid class distinctions in that country, Neeleman built his business model instead on what he viewed as Mormon egalitarianism. No executive parking places or dining rooms. No first-class section on his planes. A strong ethos of managers and employees working side by side.
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September 19, 2011 03:19 PM MDT
Talking about religion is often seen as taboo in business.
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August 22, 2011 04:17 PM MDT
Referring to Mormons as "the original organization men," Boston Globe columnist James Carroll looks at LDS history and doctrine today on the Globe's website and concludes that "outsiders attempting to understand the surprising arrival of the Latter-day Saints can do worse than to think of it as a business model — made perfectly, it turns out, for the 21st century. Made in America. "The faith has found a way to make God and a genius for commerce work together," Carroll writes. "The reasons begin not in business but in theology."
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July 26, 2011 03:04 PM MDT
For the first time America has two Mormon candidates for president, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, which has drawn the media’s attention to how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has managed to churn out some of the country’s top business and political leaders. The spotlight has turned on the Mormons’ Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo, Utah, which sends out more than 50,000 Mormon graduates around the world at any given moment. Recent media reports say almost all Mormons who have excelled in business and public life have been trained at MTC.
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June 10, 2011 03:41 PM MDT
Many of the men who trained to be Mormon missionaries have gone on to become among the most distinguished persons in American business and civic life.
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May 09, 2011 02:40 PM MDT
LDS.biz, a new online social community that strives to bring individuals of integrity together to network, was recently launched by local resident David Bradford.
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April 08, 2011 02:43 PM MDT
Carlos Wizard Martins is on a mission to make Brazilians bilingual. Already, the devout Mormon’s mission has gotten him close to making the ranks of The World’s Billionaires — Martins’ stake in his language company, Multi Group, is worth close to $700 million today (his various language school franchises include Wizard, Skill, Alps, Quatrum and Yazigi).
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February 25, 2011 05:50 PM MST
Clayton Christensen, 58, is one of the most influential business theorists of the last 50 years. The Harvard Business School professor's 1997 book, The Innovator's Dilemma, introduced in elegant terms the notion of "disruptive innovation," which explains how cheaper, simpler or unexpected products and services can bring down big companies like U.S. Steel, Xerox and Digital Equipment. Every day business leaders call him or make the pilgrimage to his office in Boston, Mass. to get advice or thank him for his ideas. A consulting firm he started popularizes his work, while a hedge fund run by one of his sons puts money to work betting on disruptive technologies. One industry that always eluded Christensen's influence was health care. Caregivers and insurers told him his theories didn't apply to their complex industry. Christensen knew they were wrong. His investigation culminated in his 2009 book, The Innovator's Prescription, written with two doctors. It exposed the many ways health care was broken and recommended numerous ways it can be systematized and disrupted the same way mainframes gave way to PCs and now iPhones.
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January 31, 2011 02:49 PM MST
In 1955, a young man told his mother he wanted to “go to BYU and study business without delay.” His mother, a dedicated Latter-day Saint, replied, “Son, if you serve a mission in the Church, you will learn more about business in those two years than you will ever learn in college.”
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January 28, 2011 02:18 PM MST
Laurel Street businessowners had mixed reactions when they learned The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) received unanimous approval at a Dec. 13 zoning board meeting to use 75 N. Laurel St., formerly a Century Savings Bank branch, as a meeting hall. “I don’t have anything against the LDS,” said Harry Gates, owner and operator of Cumberland Tire Center, which is just down the street from the building.
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January 25, 2011 03:02 PM MST
The Distribution Services Division of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is making some changes designed to improve efficiency and better serve Church members. In an agreement announced today, Distribution Services is expanding an arrangement with Deseret Book to sell Church-produced materials through its stores. Six Deseret Book stores have been selling Church-produced materials and products since late 2009. Under the new agreement, Deseret Book will serve as an agent for Distribution Services and offer these materials at additional Deseret Book store locations according to prices and policies established by the Church. Both parties say the agreement will create a convenient shopping experience for customers and allow a more efficient use of Church resources.
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