RNR Tire Express expands to Utah

RNR Tire Express looks to expand to several places in Utah

RNR Tire Express & Custom Wheels (RNR), a tire and custom wheel franchise, announced that it has potential plans to develop in the Orem/Provo area, Salt Lake City, Bountiful, Layton, Ogden, West Valley City, Murray and Sandy. Responding to consumer’s demands for a flexible pay-as-you-go tire and wheel business model, RNR unveiled its plans to bring these eight shops to the market.

“With our professionally installed, high quality tires and custom wheels, our brand continues to fill a void in the marketplace,” said Larry Sutton, founder and president of RNR Tire Express & Custom Wheels. “Salt Lake City has tremendous long term growth potential and we look forward to finding the right franchise partner in order to bring our unique retail experience to the people of Salt Lake City.”

Founded in 2000, RNR has established a business model that allows clients to pay off name brand tires and wheels on a weekly or monthly plan that is affordable to them. RNR has grown to almost 100 locations in 22 states. Over the past 15 months, RNR has opened a new store every month.

Provo retailer offers virtual reality event to customers

A Wireless is partnering with Samsung to bring an immersive virtual reality experience to Provo March 23-26. The Provo A Wireless store, located at 1200 Towne Center Boulevard, Suite 1114, Provo, is holding the four-day customer appreciation event featuring the FOX 24: Legacy series and Samsung’s Gear VR technology.

During this event, customers will be able to view the prequel to the newest television show via virtual reality, available exclusively on Samsung’s Gear VR. For more information regarding the event please visit: www.samsung.com/us/experience/24legacy.

Top 24 teams named for high school entrepreneur challenge

The organizers behind the 2017 High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge announced the top 24 teams that will be moving on to the final stage of the competition.

The top teams are competing with ideas ranging from hammocks and potato-chip dispensers to apps and health care devices. Multiple schools from Utah County made the finals.

In Lehi, three teams from Skyridge High School qualified for the finals. 123Hammock by eMBe aims to revolutionize the hammock industry with their product by providing a hammock that has easily attachable parts. The PocketFab team has created a unique pocket to hold a phone and other items in a place of the user’s choosing. The Stadium Chair team created seats in the stadium that are heated and cooled for when it is cold or hot outside.

In Orem, a team from Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy created BacteriaPets, a classroom lab designed for elementary school classrooms. Using bacteria, students can create their own “pets,” or bacteria cultures, in a safe environment, while learning about bacteria at the same time.

In Provo, two teams from Timpview High School are in the final 24. One created the Multi-Use Backpack, a backpack with an inflatable mattress and pump, which allows the use to be able to sleep more comfortably on the go. The second team created the Self-Image Mirror, a mirror to “let us know that we’re looking good, that our hair is impeccable and our outfit stunning.”

“We are so impressed with the quality of the applications. We know that this year’s top 24 business ideas are even more competitive than last year,” said Stephanie Gladwin, the student director of the High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge and an international studies student at the University of Utah.

The High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge is the youth version of the collegiate Utah Entrepreneur Challenge, and offers prizes for the winners. This competition is hosted by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, a division of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, and sponsored by Zions Bank. These 24 teams will advance to the final round, where they will meet for a final judging event and a public awards ceremony on April 15.