Business Blunders

From the Editor

By Heather Dawn Stewart

December 2, 2014

Creating each issue of Utah Business magazine is a true labor of love. It’s a months-long process that involves tossing around story ideas, working with writers, learning more about local leaders and their companies, and hours and hours of searching for typos. We pour a great deal of passion into each issue, and then anxiously send it off into the world.

Most of the time, we don’t hear much from readers. That, of course, is not a good thing, as it leads to complacency. Well, I’ve had a good, much-needed jolt. Last month, I heard from a few of you about our November feature, “Best of Business.” This is a feature that has run in Utah Business every year for at least a decade, and its aim is to take a tongue-in-cheek look at the events, issues and trends that have been swirling around Utah’s business community. This year’s feature, apparently, was less of a friendly ribbing and more of a mean-spirited skewering.

One reader wrote, “I found your ‘Best of Business 2014’ section in this month’s issue offensive. That City-Weekly kind of class is more fitting for bedraggled corner newspaper dispensers marked ‘free.’”

Wow! I didn’t receive feedback from many readers—just two—but I know that those two represent many more who didn’t take the time to write to us. I’d like to thank those readers for their feedback and let them know I heard them and understand their concerns. I apologize for the mean-spirited tone of that feature.

Do you have a gripe with the content or quality of the stories in Utah Business magazine? Please share your feedback. Complacency isn’t a good attribute—as all seasoned business leaders can attest. At Utah Business, our aim is to educate readers about the issues of the day, celebrate the successes of local businesses, and pay tribute to companies and individuals who set ambitious goals and then blow past them. If we’re not succeeding in that aim, please, let me know.

You can contact me with feedback, suggestions, questions or anything else at">

Editor’s note: In our October 2014 issue, we listed America First Credit Union as a source of a statewide data breach that occurred in May of that year. We derived that information from erroneous news sources; in fact, America First was the first to discover the situation and worked proactively to inform its members of the possibility that their information may have been compromised, and then it took precautionary steps such as reissuing some cards.

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