Thanks for Joining Us For The Small Business Owner’s Guide to Managing Anxiety, Depression, and Stress

Join Vest Pocket on Sept. 20th For The Small Business Owner’s Guide to Managing Anxiety, Depression, and Stress

Being your own boss, controlling your own destiny, pursuing your dream – all reasons why you might have chosen to start your own business. But as small business owners we face some unique stressors – financial stress, professional isolation, long hours and blurred boundaries between home and family life. All of these factors can have a huge impact on our mental health.

On Wed., Sept. 20th Vest Pocket presented the first event in our Mental Health For Small Business Owners series. Speakers included clinical psychologist Steven J. Chen, Ph.D., licensed clinical social worker Ed Peterson, (owner of Sugar House Family Therapy), and Steven Beal, certified neurokinesis trauma therapist and Reiki master teacher.

In the coming weeks Vest Pocket Business Coalition will be announcing two additional events focusing on Mental Health for Small Business Owners which will be presented in the next six months.

Speaker Bios


Steven J. Chen, Ph.D.

Steven J. Chen, Ph.DSteven was trained in Clinical Psychology and obtained his Ph.D. in 1992. He has worked at a Veterans Administration Hospital assisting our servicemen and women in working through PTSD and other challenging problems.

Steven was Director of Psychology at the Utah State Hospital for five years, overseeing the psychological assessment and treatment of several hundred patients. He was responsible for a full psychological staff and psychology trainees during his tenure. He then worked as Deputy Director of the Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) with an annual budget of $100 million and overseeing 20,000 lives in the state of Utah.

Since 2000, Steven has worked as an organizational consultant specializing in helping CEOs and top level executives identify, develop, and accelerate individual, team and organizational performance through maximizing high achieving human behavior.

Steven has worked with several thousand individuals, teams, and organizations over the past 29 years. His focus is on assisting senior leadership in reaching critical goals through ensuring the right individuals are in the best suited roles, and assisting transformational change for success.


Ed Peterson, LCSW, MBA

Ed Peterson, LCSW

Ed is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist in private practice in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He is also the Clinical Director of “the block” a substance abuse Intensive outpatient program in Salt Lake City. “the bloc” is owned by Balance House, a nationally renowned recovery program and sober living home.

Ed also owns and operates Sugarhouse Family Therapy. Ed works mainly with adults age 18-75. He specializes in therapy for addiction, trauma, families, codependency, relationships, marriage, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. Ed’s experience and training is in the following areas: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Couples Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Group Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Mindfulness, and Mind-Body bridging (MBB) for trauma.

Ed worked as a therapist and primary counselor for five years at Cirque Lodge, a world-renowned drug and alcohol treatment center in the mountains of Utah. Ed’s Cirque Lodge experience taught him the skills of addictions therapy, the skills of family work, and ignited in him a passion for recovery. While at Cirque, Ed delivered a monthly lecture titled “The Family System of Addiction” during the Cirque Family Week.

As a recovering person, Ed understands the devastation and destruction that addiction creates for addicts and their families. Ed’s style is highly encouraging to his clients. He encourages them to take calculated emotional risks and to do the hard emotional and spiritual work needed to heal and recover. He believes that families need their own programs of recovery and he teaches families the skills to improve family communication, improve self-care and increase personal serenity. Ed also believes that families can recover from the pain and suffering of codependency if they will learn to love appropriately, maintain healthy boundaries, and practice self-care. Ed cares deeply for the process of growth and change.

Ed is the father of three and happily married to his partner Candace.


Steven Beal, Certified Reiki Master Teacher and Fitness Trainer

Steven Beal• Trauma Therapy Neurokinesis – Certified with Prolympian International Trauma Coaching

• Reiki Master Teacher

• Registered and Certified with the National Guild of Hypnotists

• Personal Fitness Trainer – Certified AAFA Trainer

• Yoga Instructor – Spin Instructor

• Deeksha Spiritual Trainer – Oneness University, India

• Vibrational Healing, Trapped Emotional Release treatment

Vest Pocket Member Spotlight: Babs De Lay

Babs De Lay

This month we profile Vest Pocket Member Babs DeLay, founder and principal broker at Urban Utah Homes and Estates. Babs was also this year’s recipient of Vest Pocket’s Richard M. Wirick Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honors a local entrepreneur or business leader who has contributed to our economy and our community through his or her efforts of focusing on local independent business issues and supporting the vitality of the local business community.

As a savvy businesswoman and activist, Babs has left her ‘green’ stamp on this city, not just by giving back and inspiring others to do the same, but also by practicing what she preaches, in all forums she dabbles in.

Babs is very accomplished in the business arena. After working as a licensed realtor since 1984, she founded Urban Utah Homes and Estates in 2001 and remains the principal broker. Babs works and lives downtown in the Dakota building, and saw a need to house her real estate business there to service the urban areas as the population in Salt Lake City continues to grow. She focuses on senior citizen estates, downtown east-side residential property listings and sales, and new downtown development and condos.

Her office is environmentally responsible and the brokerage was the first E-2 certified real estate brokerage in Salt Lake City.

Babs De Delay accepting Vest Pocket’s Richard M. Wirick Lifetime Achievement Award (May 2017)

Babs is a nationally recognized instructor in real estate marketing and was awarded the Distinguished Real Estate educator in both Utah and nationally. Babs served a voluntary, 8 year-term, as the Salt Lake City Planning and Zoning Commissioner.

She also served for 5 years as a Director of the Salt Lake Board of REALTORS, as well as the past President for the Salt Lake Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors.

Babs’ community involvement parallels her business accomplishments. As an activist and champion of public service, Babs does not shy away from the issues facing women, or our community. A few other volunteer positions she has had over the years, illustrates her commitment to creating positive change.

  • Chair, Downtown Merchants Association, Salt Lake City, 4 years
  • Past Board member, Utah Hispanic American Festival
  • Hosting the Women’s music program, KRCL public radio for the last 28 years
  • Past President, Rape Recovery Center Board of Directors
  • National 2005 Outstanding Award for Advocacy and Community Work in Ending Sexual Violence Against Women from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center
  • Advisory Board, Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Current Trustee, Utah Transit Authority (UTA)
  • State Secretary, Utah Girl Scout Council

Babs De LayBabs is also a great supporter of local, independent businesses. “I like spreading the word that local is better, that yes, there are over 3,000 public parking places downtown and that all public transportation downtown to all local businesses is free. We live in the Free Zone, we work in the Free Zone.” says De Lay.  “I am the person that shops local 95 percent of the time. I am the person that has never been in a Walmart.”

In her free time, Babs plays on the Bonneville Golf team. Having grown up with her father who played with professional golfers like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, Babs learned the sport, and she has been playing ever since. She is also an artist, carrying a pad and small set of coloring pencils with her and sketching mementos daily of her surroundings or places she visits.

Babs De Lay is one of those people who soldiers on, even in the face of adversity. She does not get discouraged by the countless neighbors she faces daily that are in need of help, or the never-ending issues that surround sexual violence. Her desire to institute change in her community is obvious in the work that she does every day, both on a professional and personal level. Babs is a tireless seeker of possibilities.

Each month Vest Pocket Business Coalition spotlights one of our members who is an exceptional business leader and advocate for local, independently owned businesses. If you’re not already a member of Vest Pocket, please join!

Coalition & Cocktails Event a Success

Our Coalition & Cocktails event on August 17th was a great success. Thank you to all that attended with special thanks to Amy Leininger and Rheda Fouad of The RUIN for hosting the event, James Fowler from Sugar House Distillery for donating vodka for our signature drink (The Coalition Cooler), and to Candace Pulli and Chef Shaun of Lazy Day Café for catering for the wonderful food. Special thanks to Vest Pocket Events Committee Chair Rena Ferguson who produced the event!

“Coalition & Cocktails” on Aug. 17th!

Coalition & Cocktails
Just a few days left until our Summer Social. Cool off with us at our Coalition & Cocktails fundraising social on August 17th. Enjoy a cocktail or beverage of your choice and learn about Vest Pocket Business Coalition and our mission to build a stronger independent business community in Utah. Get to know other area small business owners and hear how you can be a part of the Coalition’s advocacy, mentoring, and educational outreach efforts.

Admission includes free hors d’oeuvres. There will be a cash bar for wine, beer, and cocktails.

Join us after work on Aug. 17th at The RUIN in Sugarhouse.

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Vest Pocket Business Coalition Elects New Officers

Doug Burton - President - and Rebecca Yates - Vice President

Doug Burton (Board President) and Rebecca Yates (Board Vice President)

The Vest Pocket Business Coalition has elected new officers to the positions of President and Vice President of the organization. Doug Burton takes over as President from Jon Parry (JDP Law) who served as president from 2015-2017 and remains on the board.

Rebecca Yates will fill the newly created role of Vice President.

Board Member Catherine Pray takes over as Secretary from Westminster College’s Ryan Lewis, who has served as Secretary for the past four years.

Board member Carol Elliott is the new Advocacy Committee Chair and will continue to advocate for local, independent business by working with legislators and policy-makers at all levels of government.

Doug Burton is the co-owner of Saltworks (saltworksdigital.com), a local web development and digital marketing agency. Prior to Saltworks, Doug served as Senior Vice President of Creative for InTouch and InStore Broadcasting Network, retail media companies that provide radio, video, and interactive content for grocery stores and drug stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Rebecca Yates is the owner of Ark Insurance Solutions (ark-ins.com), a local, independently owned insurance agency. Rebecca is also a Westminster College Alumni Board Member and completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in 2014.

Catherine Pray is the Senior Partner of Blueprint Summer Programs (www.bpsummerprograms.com) , a pre-college academic program for high school students focusing on college and career readiness.  Cat is a lawyer by trade but left the practice to pursue other passions.  Besides working for Blueprint she owns a local retail dancewear store and teaches dance.

Carol Elliott is the owner of Paletti, a local clothing boutique on Highland Drive in Salt Lake City (palettislc.com). Prior to opening Paletti, Carol worked for Federated Department Stores (now Macy Corp) Management in both stores and central operation work with Corporate Offices.

Babs De Lay and Derek Kitchen Honored at the 5th Annual Vest Pocket Business Coalition Awards!


Shown L-R are: Vest Pocket Vice President Rebecca Yates, Richard M. Wirick Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Babs De Lay, Independent Business Advocate Award honoree Derek Kitchen, and Vest Pocket President Doug Burton.

Each year, Vest Pocket Business Coalition honors two people in our community who have been exemplary advocates for local, independent business. This year’s honorees are Babs De Lay for the Richard M. Wirick Lifetime Achievement Award and Derek Kitchen for the Independent Business Advocate Award.  Babs is owner of Urban Utah Homes & Estates and also serves as a member of the UTA Board of Trustees.  Derek is co-owner of Laziz Foods and is Council Member of Salt Lake City District Four.

Local business leaders gathered at Pierpont Place in downtown Salt Lake on May 11th to honor Kitchen and De Lay.

ABOUT THE AWARDS

The Independent Business Advocate Award honors a community or educational leader who has worked diligently to promote and strengthen the position of local, independent business in Utah. Previous award recipients include Kim Angeli, former director of the Downtown Farmers’ Market (2016) and Jessica Thesing, Salt Lake City (2015).

The Richard M. Wirick Lifetime Achievement Award honors 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. Previous recipients include Scott Anderson, President and CEO of Zions Bank Corporation (2016) and Lucy Cardenas and the Cardenas family, Red Iguana (2015).

Protect Your Business Goodwill & Trade Secrets

Protect Your Business

Join Vest Pocket for lunch April 19th as Richards Brandt Miller Nelson attorneys Zack Peterson and Barry Scholl discuss new Utah legislation regarding non-compete and non-disclosure agreements.  Trade secret law and non-compete agreements are an important tool in protecting business goodwill and trade secret information.  Learn if they could benefit your business and how they can be legally implemented to protect the knowledge and relationships you have worked so hard to develop.

Lunch from CytyByrd Cafe will be provided.

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