Join Vest Pocket For Our Annual Holiday Party On Thurs., Dec. 7th at 7:30pm

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Our Holiday Party is just around the corner! Come mix and mingle with your friends at Vest Pocket Business Coalition the evening of Thursday, December 7, 2017. We’ll be enjoying great food and drink from local companies as we celebrate the holidays at Cactus & Tropicals.

Reacquaint yourself with old friends and meet business owners and professionals who are part of our local independent business community as we close out 2017 and look forward to 2018! Please RSVP and invite your friends and colleagues to join, too.

Admission: $10/person – Members | $15/person – Non Members

Location: Cactus & Tropicals, 2735 South 2000 East, SLC

Date & Time: Thursday, December 7th from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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“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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We Want Your Feedback! Take Our Educational Events Survey

Take Our Survey

Vest Pocket’s mission is to build a stronger independent business community in Utah through advocacy, education, and social networking. Your input is crucial in helping us to present educational events with the maximum value to small business owners.

Please take our 3-minute survey and let us know which Educational Events you would be most interested in attending over the next year. Click the link below to start

Small Business Educational Events Survey

Thanks in advance for your thoughtful input!

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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VOICES FOR LOCAL BUSINESS: How To Advocate For Your Business

Join Us For VOICES FOR LOCAL BUSINESS: How To Advocate For Your Business

VOICES FOR LOCAL BUSINESS: How To Advocate For Your Business

Are you effectively advocating for your business?  Do you know who to talk to and how to make your case?  In this time of heightened political activism and awareness, learn from professional advocate Kate Bradshaw about how we can work together to ensure that local government listens to the needs of our independent business community.  Kate will also update us on the current legislative session and the status of several key pieces of legislation that may impact your business.

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Speaker Bio

Kate A. Bradshaw
Kate BradshawKate Bradshaw serves as Director of Government Affairs for Holland & Hart LLP and is the principal of her own firm, Kate A. Bradshaw Political and Media Consulting.  Kate works with businesses in our community to develop comprehensive legislative and public relations strategies and represents clients before the Utah State Legislature, the Governor’s Office and Executive branch agencies.  She previously served as Vice President of the Utah Food Industry Association and the Utah Retail Merchants Association, as well as a government relations associate for Parsons, Behle, & Latimer and a Public Relations Officer for Zion’s Bank.  Kate is an Honors Degree graduate of Westminster College and has served as a congressional intern in Washington, DC.

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The Benefits of Branding Local

Social-Media-VP-Feb-2017-followupLocal First Utah is a nonprofit organization that works to educate the public, government, and business owners about the value and vitality of locally owned businesses to our economy and community. On February 22nd, Local First Utah Executive Director Kristen Lavelett gave a presentation on the Benefits of Branding Local. Lavelett detailed how independent businesses help keep millions of dollars recirculating in our Utah economy and how branding a business as locally owned, actively participating in the “buy local” movement, and engaging with other independent business owners has a profound impact on a business’s bottom line.

 

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Kristen Lavelett, Local First Utah Executive Director

Kristen Lavelett is the Executive Director of Local First Utah, a nonprofit organization that works to educate the public, government, and business owners themselves about the value and vitality of locally owned, independent businesses to our economy and communities. A former journalist, curriculum developer and playwright, Kristen now leads the “buy local” movement in Utah, advocating for independent businesses on state, county, and city levels in both urban and rural communities. Her expertise in branding, campaign coordination, and collaborative enterprises have spurred economic development through place making in her hometown of Salt Lake City, and across the state of Utah.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for Urban Food Connections of Utah, and is an ex officio member of the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Business Advisory Board.