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Hail sustainable practices at Local Food and Art Show

Wasatch Cooperative Market's third annual Local Food and Art Show takes place Friday at Sugarmont Plaza, 2234 S. Highland Dr.

Co-op Market board chairman Allen Stutz said the 6 p.m. event is part of Utah Eat Local Week, which promotes food grown with sustainable practices and the ancillary products that appeal to food artisans.

Tickets are $10 for Co-op members, $20 for non-members. The Co-op has 400 member-owners from nine Utah counties, Stutz said.

Applications sought for two state grant programs that target technology projects

Applications are being sought from the private sector and academia for two state grant programs targeting projects involving automation and robotics, aerospace, advanced materials, big data, energy and clean technology or the life sciences.

The grants are from the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR), a branch of the Governor's Office of Economic Development.

Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) grants are available to Utah-based companies whose technology readiness is maturing. Proposed work may include research and development, proof of concept, product validation and product development, said USTAR spokeswoman Elenor Heyborne.

University Technology Acceleration Grants are available to individual researchers or ad hoc teams to support research and development for specific technologies that have significant commercial potential but need more work before they can move from a university setting to market, she added.

Application forms are available at

Spring Mobile, Simply Mac name head of operations

Sherry Jones will fill a newly created position, head of operations, for Spring Mobile and Simply Mac, which together form the technology brands division of GameStop.

The division has grown more than 220 percent since GameStop bought the two Salt Lake City-based companies in 2013, said tech brands president Jason Ellis. He cited the addition in the last two years of 900 new stores by Spring Mobile's AT&T retail division, increasing its wireless retail sales sites to 1,400 nationwide.

Jones has 20 years of experience with rapid-growth companies.

Utah business people on the move

• Heather Zynczak is now chief marketing officer at Pluralsight, a Salt Lake City company that provides online learning services for technology professionals. She comes to Pluralsight after four years in marketing at Domo.

• Kneaders Bakery & Cafe has made Neil Checketts its chief operating officer. He had been the company's vice president of food safety and quality assurance and has 17 years of industry experience as a registered environmental health scientist.