Women Who Build conference; Coconut Cove open; Womply marks milestone (Daily Herald)

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Women Who Build 2017 conference set for Sept. 22

Women Who Build 2017 is a business building workshop for women business owners and women who have ever dreamed about starting a business. The collaborative business-building workshop, organized by the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, Provo City, Mountainland Association of Governments, Orem City, and Brigham Young University’s Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, is Sept. 22 at Zions Bank Rock Canyon Room, 180 N. University Ave., Provo.

Attendees will work with a team and mentors to build a business in a day with instruction from local business professors. The Business Building sessions will be divided up into 10 teams of five people. The day will end with a pitch competition, lunch, and a keynote address from Chatbooks co-founder Vanessa Quigley.

To find out more and register, visit www.thechamber.org/events/details/women-who-build-3356.

Coconut Cove amusement center opens in Vineyard

Coconut Cove, a new indoor playground and family amusement center opened recently in Vineyard. The tri-level, 4,000-square-foot playground is designed for children up to age 12, and is the first of its kind in Utah.

Peter and Kira Jay built Coconut Cove. Kira Jay came up with the idea after taking their children to an indoor playground in another state.

“The kids were having so much fun. There wasn’t a playground like this where we live, and I thought it would do well in Utah,” she said. Finding fun places in the winter was a motivating factor. “We needed to get out of the house and do something active. It was too cold to play outside. Most of the entertainment centers targeted teens or pre-teens rather than small children. Some facilities were not sufficiently safe, clean, or sanitary. Some charged adults just to sit and watch. There wasn’t any place to take our kids to let them have some active play time at an affordable price.”

The playground includes ball cannons, a ball fountain, spiral slides, giant racing wavy slides, small trampolines, crawl tunnels, a hall of mirrors, bridges, stepping stones and birthday party rooms made out of large interlocking blocks. According to Peter Jay, the building includes a fixed, padded playground just for children, which is cleaned and sanitized every night.

Coconut Cove is located at 496 E. 1750 North Suite C, in Vineyard. More information is available on its website, www.coconutcoveplay.com.

Womply marks milestone of serving 100k customers

Womply, a company focused on front office software for small- and medium-sized businesses, announced that the company, which has a location in Lehi, now serves more than 100,000 small businesses in every corner of America. Nationwide, local merchants in more than 18,000 U.S. ZIP codes and across 400 industry verticals are using Womply’s technology and data products.

“We’re excited to celebrate a big milestone in our mission to help local companies across America grow, protect, and simplify their businesses,” said Womply President Cory Capoccia. “We’re experiencing tremendous traction, and we’re just getting started. Our vision is to fundamentally modernize the front office for SMBs so they can more easily attract customers, manage online threats, and make smarter decisions with less time and effort.”

Womply’s proprietary data and technology products help merchants analyze their revenue in comparison to other nearby businesses, identify spending patterns for their top customers, and track sales trends in the local market. Womply also helps small businesses monitor and manage what customers say about them on popular consumer sites like Yelp, Google and Facebook.

Womply currently has more than 250 employees in San Francisco, Portland and Lehi.

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