Congressman John Curtis and Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox spent the morning touring small businesses in Holladay to hear how Utahns are using the Internet and social media to grow and engage with their community.

Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox, Congressman John Curtis, and Michael Lemon

“Meeting with small business owners and entrepreneurs across Utah is essential to doing my job in Congress. I introduced the Small Business ACE Act after a constituent told me that getting access to capital should be easier for small businesses,” said Rep. Curtis. “As a former business owner and now a member of the Small Business Committee, I understand the challenges that small business owners face. It’s inspiring to see them embrace the Internet so they can continue to grow and serve our communities.”

According to research from the Internet Association, the Internet economy contributes $14.5 billion to Utah’s economy and employs nearly 40,000 in the state.

“The local business community and residents of Holladay – like many communities across America – stand to gain the most from the internet economy,” said IA President and CEO Michael Beckerman. “The internet provides small businesses and community organizations an opportunity to create jobs, reach new customers, and strengthen the local community. The internet industry thanks Rep. Curtis for joining us in Holladay and his continued leadership in supporting small businesses that are working to grow and innovate.”

Congressman Curtis and Lt. Gov. Cox spent time with four different small business owners. They discussed e-commerce platforms, social media strategies, and what government can do to support their plans.

The first stop of the day was at SwimKids, a family-owned and operated businesses that focuses on skilled swimming for kids. SwimKids, now open for 30 years in Holladay, offers online registration and a calendar of events making it easier for them to connect with busy families.

After visiting SwimKids, Congressman Curtis and Lt. Gov. Cox got to speak with the entrepreneurs behind 3 Cups Coffee – A local coffee shop focused on providing high quality coffee and pastries. 3 Cups Coffee uses every aspect of the internet for its business, including online advertising and online table and event reservations, as well as promoting day to day functions on their social channels.

Soho Food Park was the third stop of the day. The park that opened in 2015 as a place for families to enjoy local food trucks in an open space. Soho Food Park, which recently installed WiFi to improve the businesses and customers experiences, uses its social platforms to inform the community of which trucks are featured, the schedule for the week, and to provide a direct line to local residents who frequent the park.

Congressman Curtis and Lt. Gov. Cox stopped by Auntie Rae’s Auntie Rae’s Dessert Island. Auntie Rae founded the dessert shop that was created 10 years ago as a place where friends and family could gather and enjoy good food. She decided to teach herself about online rating platforms and social media to establish themselves as the perfect stop for events, parties, or a late-night snack.