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Home and Garden Show: Companies Helping Families Live Healthier Lives

The Home and Garden Show in Salt Lake City, March 2016 is bound to be a good time. Among this year’s attendees are 7 innovative local companies whose missions are to help you live an easier, healthier life. Check out their backgrounds, find out what the buzz is about, and learn inspiring stories from the teams behind it all.

TaskEasy

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Make your life easier with on-demand lawn care services

No one describes TaskEasy better than the founder himself: “From a customer perspective, you’re basically ordering a lawn mow like you would order a product from a store—you’re given a price, you click a button, provide a credit card, and at that point, your work is done.”

Although the company is headquartered locally, tasks performed stretch across 4,400 cities in all 50 states with the help of 5,000+ contractors.

What’s all the buzz about anyways?

  • No need to haggle over bids—you’ll get a fair, set price based on market pricing
  • No silly contracts—you can order one-time or recurring service
  • If you aren’t happy TaskEasy will make things right or your money back.

About their team in Salt Lake City

Ken Davis teamed up with Joe Turner to handle the tech side of things when Ken found himself frustrated with the lawn maintenance process involved in rental property management. With their hard work and perseverance, they are now making an impact on the lives of thousands of homeowners and over 5,000 underemployed contractors.

Michael Theis, Ken’s former colleague describes the company culture and leadership style at TaskEasy perfectly in this statement from LinkedIn: “Ken is the type of visionary that lets you contribute your ideas without feeling like you are taking personal risk by speaking your mind. Sharing ideas with Ken would always make those ideas stronger and more likely to succeed.”

 

Vivint

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Make your life easier with a smart home

Vivint is a leading provider of smart home technology. They deliver services through a cloud-based platform that integrates a wide range of wireless features and components to provide simple, affordable home security, energy management, and home automation.

Matt Eyring, the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer best describes their new exciting partnership for integrating voice commands with home control, “We believe voice control is the future of the smart home, and Vivint is pleased to integrate with the best far-field voice solution on the market, we look forward to working closely with Amazon to further advance Echo’s capabilities and bring true intelligence to the smart home.”

What’s all the buzz about anyways?

  • Vivint2Doorbell cameras help you connect with anyone at the front door, from anywhere in the world
  • Features help monitor children and persons with disabilities
  • Personal assistant benefits for tasks like locking doors, shutting lights, garage, and temperature control

About their team in Provo

Vivint carries on projects and operations with quite the talented crew. Two of Vivint’s outstanding team members in Provo have already won prestigious awards this year, and it’s only February!

Clint Gordon-Carroll was Named a Utah Business Forty Under 40 Honoree. Clint leads the cloud storage division bringing “tremendous energy to the Vivint team that is infectious and inspiring” said Matt Eyring. Jason Owen the Vice President of Acquisition Marketing at Vivint has also won an award as a Utah Business 2016 SAMY (Sales and Marketer of the Year) honoree. “The aspect of my job that I enjoy the most is watching my team succeed,” Owen said. “I’m honored to receive this award and share it with the entire group, a talented group of analytical nerds and the best marketing team I’ve ever known.”

 

Osmond Designs

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Make your life easier with an online interior design tool

For the past four years, Osmond Designs has won the Best of State Award for Interior Design. The company stands as Utah’s premiere provider of quality home and office furniture and accessories. Nowadays, there is no need to even go to the store and move around heavy furniture to see if the coffee table matches the couch. Similarly, there isn’t a need to reach for your tape measure from that dusty drawer to bring to the store. Instead, check out their online custom furniture design tool, and room planner for all of those needs.  OsmondDesigns

What’s all the buzz about anyways?

  • High quality furniture and high quality designers
  • In-house financing options
  • Online tools to make/share designs and plans with family and friends

About the founder in Orem

Heather Osmond is an entrepreneurial superstar. She has managed to run and expand her award winning interior design business even when the economy wasn’t on anyone’s side. “I’m always looking for opportunities to learn, serve, and grow, I’m often surprised at what I can accomplish with a leap of faith” says Heather when referring to her favorite book “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway.” Her passion and hard work shows on her website and reminds us that it’s really all about creating that deeper connection with builders and homeowners sometimes, even years after they’ve worked together.

 

FiberFix

FiberFixBooth

Make your life easier with fiber fixes

If you are a DIYer or just don’t feel like calling a pro to fix the leak in your sink, FiberFix tape will become your superhero, for life. FiberFix aims to provide affordable solutions to otherwise expensive repairs and replacements. The material sold as “tape” combines industrial-strength fibers and specialized resin into a repair wrap or patch that hardens like steel—providing a permanent fix. All you have to do is activate the repair wrap in water, wrap tightly around the broken object, and your item will be repaired within 10-15 minutes.

What’s all the buzz about anyways?

  • They are fundamentally changing the way people repair stuff
  • Waterproof, cold, heat-resistant, and non-toxic, and it dries in minutes
  • Use on wood, metal, rubber, fiberglass, and plastic

About their team in Orem

Five bright entrepreneurial minds founded Fiberfix; Spencer Quinn, Eric Child, Reed Quinn, Chris Quinn, and Derek Rowley—three of which were still in college at BYU when the company was established.

“I was going on vacation and about an hour before I needed to leave, I discovered a sprinkler line that had a leak. I tried to fix it with gorilla glue and duct tape, but it didn’t work so I turned off the sprinkler system and everything was dead when I got back. We first came across the idea for fiberfix from a medical doctor we know. He was using medical tape—the kind they use for casts—to fix an ATV. It didn’t work but the idea evolved from such experiment. Eric explains.

Finally, the idea took off after Reed’s neighbor notified SharkTank producers of this group’s accomplishments and enthusiasm giving the team an opportunity to film with SharkTank and retain funding for further growth.

 

NutriMill

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Make your life healthier with fresh grains

NutriMill grain mills grind away your pains…I mean grind away your grains and beans into a variety of fresh flours for cooking and baking. Fresh flour boosts proteins, fibers, minerals, and vitamins into your family’s system ensuring health and taste benefits all at once. No nutrients are stripped away in the process, and no harmful chemicals added, giving you complete control over the quality of your food.

What’s all the buzz about anyways?

  • Lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, high-blood pressure, and diabetes.
  • Grains are an excellent source of protein, fiber, minerals, and B vitamins
  • Many grains are naturally gluten free for those who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity

About their team in St. George

Nutrigrain Mills is owned by L’Chef’s and is also a partner with Bosch’s kitchen products.  The company had production facilities overseas prior to 2014.  However, L’Chef decided to take a leap into the local train by moving their operations to St. George, Utah.  General Manager Dennis Leavitt said “L’Chef decided to begin moving operations to St. George because of the good work environment and because it is growing.  We looked for a place that could handle business growth”.  As of about a year ago the company employed 14 locals while seeking other local partnerships for business growth and operations.

Aside from transitioning into employing locally, L’Chef has been hiring hearing impaired employees which have positively changed the dynamics bringing joyfulness within the staff and extra support from management.  

 

Intellibed
IntellibedBooth

Make your life healthier with Intelli-Gel technology

IntelliBED is known as the world’s safest and most advanced mattress manufacturer. Their patented gel-grid Intelli-Gel technology promotes the three keys to healthy sleep: good posture support, pressure point relief, and a healthy and safe sleep environment. intelliBED products including mattresses, pillows, and other sleep accessories made in the Salt Lake City’s headquarters.

What’s all the buzz about anyways?

  • Safest sleep: Intelli-Gel is made from hypoallergenic, BPA-Free material
  • Healthier sleep providing back support by redistributing weight and reducing pressure points up to 80% compared to any other mattress
  • 30 year warranty… Need I say more?

About their team in Holladay

Intellibed was founded by Bob Rasmussen in 2000 in Utah. In only a short period of time, Bob and CEO, Colin House have been able to revolutionize the mattress industry for the first time in 40 years with intelli-gel patented technology. The leadership team is nothing short of outstanding. Stuart Newton describes Colin’s leadership style: “Colin understands the value of company culture and has worked hard to establish an enjoyable environment where people felt like a part of the overall company, shared its goals, and felt a desire to see them come to fruition. He was able to infuse the employees with enthusiasm, and with a good portion of his own natural drive, which seems unlimited.”

 

Snap Sports of Utah

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Make your life healthier with sports

SnapSports is the industry leader in manufacturing indoor and outdoor athletic modular flooring. They specialize in designing/constructing indoor and outdoor courts for both residential and commercial use. Having a neighborhood hangout right in the backyard for kids and adults to enjoy is priceless in my book.

What’s all the buzz about anyways?SnapSports2

Sixteen individual shock absorbers called resilient shock technology help the players:

  • Decrease joint impact
  • Play for longer periods of time
  • Keep the fun going for life without wear, guaranteed

About their team in Salt Lake City

The Snap Sports team manufactures the courts right here in Salt Lake City, Utah! “We have the best team in the industry constantly improving and perfecting our product line to ensure the best product for a highly competitive price” says Adam Drost an exclusive distributor for the company. His statement was further supported by Jorgen Moller Jr, the CEO of Snaplock Industries: “Adam is extremely hard working and always delivers more than the job calls for. A true team player that understands the whole picture for the company and will do whatever it takes for everyone to achieve the goal. Adam is also has fantastic people skills which made him a top revenue producer in our sales organization.”

Update: 

We had a blast at The Salt Lake Home and Garden Show. We even got to talk to some of the companies in this post firsthand, check out the video below to see some of our favorite highlights:

 

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The author’s views are entirely his or her own and may not always reflect the view of TaskEasy.

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