The Cleaning Authority opens to serve Utah County

As a working mother with a successful career in the technology industry in the Provo area, Peggy Evans saw the value that a cleaning service could provide for a family’s quality of life. When she was investigating options for small business ownership, The Cleaning Authority seemed like a good match.

Evans recently opened The Cleaning Authority at 90 S. Center St., American Fork to serve Utah County.

“I have relied on residential cleaning for years as a working mom and am a huge believer that cleaning services are a lifesaver for busy parents,” Evans said. “From my own experience as a client of a cleaning service, I recognized the value and opportunity that the industry provides.”

The Cleaning Authority is an environmentally responsible residential and commercial cleaning franchise committed to using eco-friendly cleaning products.

Summit expands kids and technology conversation

Epik Deliberate Digital will host the third annual Digital Citizenship Summit on Thursday and Friday in Provo at the Utah Valley Convention Center.

Often discussions about kids and technology stop at the don’ts, but the summit will expand the digital safety discussion to explore how adults and children or youth can also work side-by-side to learn about and experience positive uses of technology.

During the two-day conference, local, national and international “burst” speakers will launch roundtable discussions around various topics, including why digital citizenship matters, how prevention science can inform digital teaching and learning, parenting in a digital age, and how adults and children/youth can work side-by-side to learn about and experience deliberate digital use together.

Free community events will include a free #UseTech4Good Youth Extravaganza at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and multiple activities Friday along the Wasatch Front from 4 to 9 p.m.

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Startup Santa tailgates for books Tuesday at U of U

Local businesses are invited to participate in the Startup Santa Tailgate field goal kicking competition on the football field at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City and win prizes for the best kicks. The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Startup Santa Tailgate is a great opportunity for businesses to come out and support an important cause in our community while having fun and taking advantage of networking opportunities. Startup Santa is a organized effort to improve literacy levels in Utah’s children through providing books.

In order to participate, individuals must register and donate five children’s books in exchange for the opportunity to kick.

Malawi’s Pizza hits meal donation milestone

As part of National Make a Difference Day on Oct. 28, Malawi’s Pizza has hit the 1 million mark in its Meal-for-Meal Exchange Program, part of the Malawi’s Pizza with a Purpose foundation, which donates one meal to a child in impoverished country of Malawi for every meal sold.

Malawi’s was founded by Utah businessman Blake Roney and Utah chef Kent Andersen. During a humanitarian trip to the country, Roney realized the people there needed more than occasional outside help. Pizza with a Purpose buys local grain to create nutrient-dense meals for delivery to schools and villages in Malawi.

Nearly 3 million people in Malawi are grappling with hunger. They need food on a regular and sustained basis, and Malawi’s is committed to this. As one 6-year-old Malawian boy wrote in a letter to the company’s founders, he is not sure he would be alive today without the program.

Additionally, each of Malawi’s three restaurants in Utah, Texas and Virginia also partner with and are committed to aiding local charities and hunger prevention programs. In Utah, Malawi’s supports the Food & Care Coalition, the Utah County Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity and the United Way.

Karissa Neely reports on Business and North County events, and can be reached at 801-344-2537 or Follow her on Twitter: @DHKarissaNeely

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