(DOUG JESSOPJESSOP’ JOURNEYS) Every big business started as a small business at some time. Provo is home to small business entrepreneurs, but did you know that a lot of big name companies call Provo home?

According to Keith Morey with the Provo City Economic Development team, the momentum is “obvious and exciting.” Here’s an interesting factoid; Utah’s only car manufacturer, Vanderhall, just announced that they are going to start making electric vehicles out of their Provo headquarters.

My goal with Jessop’s Journeys is to find “people, places and things you might not know about.” Keith shared the following short list of large companies based in Provo.

  • Vivint, Nu Skin, Qualtrics, Central Bank, UCCU
  • Vanderhall (Utah’s only car manufacturer)
  • Vivint 2000+ Provo based employees
  • Nu Skin 1600 Provo based employees
  • Qualtrics 1200+ Provo based employees
  • BYU 4100 full-time employees
  • Provo 700 full-time; up to 700 part-time

There are more than 20,000 incorporated communities in America. While many are prospering, others are struggling. Provo City is setting the city standard, not just locally, but nationally, as shown by its being named the nation’s 2001’s Best-Run City.

So what is the secret sauce that Provo City has discovered that has earned them the moniker “Central Business District of Utah County?”

City leaders call it “The Provo Advantage.” What don’t you know about Provo? You can sign up for a monthly email at ProvoConnect.com to find out.

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Everyone has a story. I strongly feel that “stories have power”. Chances are that if you are going through something, that someone else probably has as well. The shared experiences we humans have can help each other. That my friend makes the point that stories “help us understand each other.”

You don’t have to agree with everyone, but in my opinion, if people would take more time getting to knowing more about others and where they are coming from, we just might find out that we have more similarities than differences.

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It’s my honor to be able to share, Jessop’s Journal, a 30-minute collection of Powerful, Positive and Inspirational Stories every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. on ABC4 to all of Utah along with parts of Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona. Jessop’s Journal is also available worldwide at JessopsJournal.com.

With another entry into Jessop’s Journeys, “People, Places and Things You might not know about,” I’m Doug Jessop.

Doug Jessop
For Doug Jessop, it all started with a cassette recorder he got for Christmas when he was 12 years old growing up in Southern California. Doug interviewed relatives, friends and anyone else that might have a good story. You can follow Doug at www.DougJessop.com, on YouTube.com/DougJessop, and @DougJessopNews on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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