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  • The 2014 Vest Pocket Annual Awards and Breakfast Ceremony

    In honor of Richard Wirick, owner and operater of The Oxford Shop shoe store for 60 years until his death in February 2012, The Vest Pocket Business Coalition is proud host the annual Richard M. Wirick Lifetime Achievement Awards, held:

    Thursday May 22
    7:30 a.m to 9:30 a.m
    The Gallivan Center Stage
    239 S Main St, Salt Lake City

    A continental breakfast will be provided. Tickets to the awards ceremony will be $10 for Vest Pocket Members and $15 for non-members. 

    Seating is limited -- register here or RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Award Recipients

    Richard M. Wirick Lifetime Achievement Award
    Given to a local entrepreneur or business leader who has contributed to our economy and our community through their efforts of focusing on local independent business issues and supporting the vitality of the local business community. This year's recipient is Betsy Burton, owner of the King's English Bookstore.  Betsy has not only given Salt Lake City one of its premier local businesses, she is also a founding member of the Vest Pocket Coalition, the Local First movement and an outspoken advocate on issues affecting local businesses.

    Independent Business Advocate Award
    Given to a community or educational leader who has worked diligently to promote and strengthen the position of local independent business in Utah. This year, the award will be given to Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker for his efforts in enhancing the local business environment in the city, and for his dedication to building a level playing field for all businesses regardless of their size.

    Emeritus - Lifetime membership
    In addition, Frank Pignanelli, a Salt Lake Attorney at Foxely & Pignanelli, former Utah State legislator, and minority leader in the Utah House of Representatives, will be receiving an Emeritus - Lifetime membership in the Vest Pocket Business Coalition for his tremendous support of the organization over the past decade.


    The Vest Pocket Business Coalition is committed to strengthening Utah's independent entrepreneurial prosperity and supports businesses and local communities through advocacy, education and social connections

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