Kneaders Bakery and Café was named Business of the Year by the Utah Valley Chamber of CommerceUVCC_Logo_01022013 ( at its annual Installation Banquet today.

Other businesses honored by the Chamber included the Utah Valley Marathon, Small Business of the Year; La Jolla Grove Restaurant, New Business of the Year; Aribex and Qualtrics, Innovative Businesses of the Year; and Utah Community Credit Union, Community Partner. Jeff Rust from Corporate Alliance received the Rising Star Award.

Steve Smoot, Intermountain Healthcare’s Vice President of the Urban South Region, was installed as Chairman of the Board of Directors; Nathan Hyde, General Counsel for IM Flash Technologies, was named Board Chair-Elect; Rona Rahlf, Publisher of the Daily Herald, will be Past Chair; and Angie Morris of Hawkins, Cloward and Simister will serve as Treasurer.

“Utah Valley is brimming with amazing businesses,” said Val Hale, president and CEO of the Utah Valley Chamber. “Competition for these business awards is steep. Congratulations to each of our winners for rising to the top.”

Kneaders Bakery and Café opened in Orem in 1997. The Kneaders brand consists of 22 operating locations in three states. Six of these locations are in Utah Valley. Kneaders currently employs more than 200 individuals in Utah County alone.

The Utah Valley Marathon began in 2008 with only 240 athletes. Each year, the race has experienced tremendous growth, and in 2012 there were over 7,200 athletes. The marathon route is one of the fastest courses in the nation, attracting people from all over the world who are trying to set a personal best marathon time. The race has been featured in both Runner’s World Magazine and Running Times. The race benefits two charities: the Children with Cancer Christmas Foundation and Charity Vision.

Qualtrics was founded in 2002 with the goal of making sophisticated research simple. The company has grown from a basement startup to one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the world, experiencing?triple-digit growth in the past four years. Global organizations and?research firms of all types and sizes use Qualtrics software to make better?business decisions based on strategic research intelligence. Qualtrics?has more than 4,800 customers including half of the Fortune 100, 1,300?colleges and universities worldwide, and 95 of the top 100 business schools.

Aribex is the worldwide leader in portable and handheld X-ray products. Aribex NOMAD X-ray systems are now in use in clinical, remote and mobile facilities throughout the world, from the finest professional offices to humanitarian missions reaching underserved populations who desperately seek care. The NOMAD significantly decreases costs and provides hundreds of safe, high-quality images for dental, veterinary and forensic applications on a single battery charge.

La Jolla Groves, located in the Shops at Riverwoods, is a restaurant offering New American Cuisine. The restaurant, founded by Chef Kent Anderson, opened in conjunction with the remodeling of The Shops at Riverwoods and has become a favorite local dining establishment.

Utah Community Credit Union (UCCU) has been part of Utah Valley’s business scene since 1955. In keeping with UCCU’s core philosophy of “people helping people,” which describes decades of dedication and commitment to improving the community, Utah Community Credit Union hosted a Family Festival last November at the UCCU Event Center in Orem. Some 20,000 people, mostly families from Utah County, attended the two-day festival. In addition, UCCU has been a key partner with Utah Valley University and BYU Athletics over the years.

Jeff Rust is co-founder of Corporate Alliance. Corporate Alliance® is a membership-based organization that helps business leaders create and manage successful relationships. Corporate Alliance has developed world-class training, software and events that work together to significantly improve the quality and speed of the relationship building process. Before Corporate Alliance, Jeff studied Russian and International Law and Diplomacy at Brigham Young University. He is the father of five boys and is married to Anna Stewart. He serves on many community and non-profit boards and is currently the National BYU Cougar Club President. He has been recognized as one of the most connected individuals in Utah.

In addition to the officers listed above, the 2013 Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will include the following individuals: Michelle Bates, Daily Herald; Sam Baugh, LDS Employment Services; Dale Benson, Bluefin Office Supplies; Craig Carlile, Ray Quinney & Nebeker P.C.; Jessica Egbert; Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions; Bill Freeze, Realtor; Brad Gasaway, Namify; Jacob Hoehne, Issimo Productions; Kelley Johnson, Novell; Kristi Knight, Vivint; Tim Larsen, Squire & Company; Andrew Limpert, Profire Energy; A. Cory Maloy, Snapp Conner PR; Cameron Martin, Utah Valley University; Kena Mathews, Habitat for Humanity; Jared Morgan, Downtown Provo Inc.; Brian Morris, Workers Compensation Fund; Arthur Newell, AmericanWest Bank; Andre Peterson; Bruce Rowe, Sebo Marketing; Todd Santiago, 2gig Technologies; and Rachel Soloman, Utah Valley University.