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ARCO earns Angie’s List award, Startup tackles veteran unemployment, USTAR TAP Program awardees

This piece was published on Utah’s Daily Herald website Thursday, January 26, 2017. It was written by Karissa Neely who primarily covers Business and Community Events for the Daily Herald.You can link to the original article HERE.

ARCO Lock & Security earns 2016 Angie’s List award

ARCO Lock & Security of Provo has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.

“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the locksmith and security companies in Utah County and Salt Lake City markets were able to do it.”

Award winners have met strict eligibility grading requirements, must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“Our service team and staff work extremely hard to provide great service. I am extremely proud of our team and am very grateful that our customers have reviewed and recognized our staff for all their hard work,” said ARCO Lock & Security owner Adam Smith.

Startup hopes to fix veteran unemployment

Currently, there are over 495,000 veterans who are unemployed in the United States. Rodney Fife of Saratoga Springs has created a new startup called SNAFU Mobile Phone and Device Repair to change that.

“SNAFU will be opening for business in April and will seek to employ multiple veterans at a livable wage. The goal is to teach them a skill and employ them so they could feel as they are contributing to society,” Fife said in an email.

SNAFU will start off hiring five veterans in March, and is seeking donations towards their startup costs, via Plumfund. SNAFU is raising funds for both inventory and payroll for veterans. Those who donate $1,000 or more will receive free repairs for life.

USTAR names awardees for TAP Program

The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative has awarded 26 early stage companies grants in the second round of its Technology Acceleration Program. Awardees span the state’s targeted technology sectors from energy and clean tech to life sciences, automation and robotics, and big data. USTAR anticipates awarding a total of $4.5 million in fiscal year 2017.

As a technology economic development engine for Utah, USTAR’s goal is to accelerate the growth of the technology economy throughout the development pipeline, from invention through product development.

Awardees in Utah County for this round include: H20 Tech in Spanish Fork; KiLife in Orem; RodMax Oil and Gas Inc. in Cedar Hills; TherapEase Innovations in Mapleton; Verde in Springville; and Vivcor Systems Inc. in Lehi.

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