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Vest Pocket is changing our name! Introducing… the Utah Independent Business Coalition (UIBC)


Last winter, we asked Vest Pocket Business Coalition members, board members, and founders to weigh in on the idea of a name change for our organization. The response was overwhelmingly positive in favor of choosing a new name that more clearly conveys our mission – which is to advocate for local, independently-owned businesses in Utah.

On September 1st, we will become the Utah Independent Business Coalition (or UIBC for short). This was the winning name based on the survey of many prospective names voted on by our members in December. This spring, the Vest Pocket Board of Directors voted to make the name change official.

We’re very excited about our new moniker, which we believe perfectly conveys our core purpose. This change coincides with our current board’s redoubling of efforts in the areas of providing advocacy, education, mentorship, and social connections for local business owners.

There are many exciting things in store for the coming months, including the unveiling of our new logo and a new website, which are both in development. For now, please continue to keep up to date on upcoming events here on this website and by connecting with us on our social media channels.

Note that if you are a current member of Vest Pocket, your membership will continue uninterrupted and will automatically transfer over to membership in the Utah Independent Business Coalition on September 1st. If you are not a current member, please click here to sign up.

Together, we’re building a stronger, independent business community in Utah. We look forward to seeing you soon at an upcoming event!

Best Regards,

Doug Burton
President
Vest Pocket Business Coalition (Utah Independent Business Coalition)

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Join Vest Pocket Business Coalition for the Small Business Summer Mixer on August 23rd!

Small Business Summer MixerMark your calendar and join us for the Small Business Summer Mixer on August 23rd from 5:30 to 8:00pm at Fairmont Park. Come mix and mingle with business professionals from 4 major organizations including Vest Pocket Business Coalition, The Holladay Chamber of Commerce, The Sugar House Chamber of Commerce, and The Utah Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Join us for a great evening of conversation, outdoor games, and camaraderie with other local business owners.

Admission is free – and dinner will be available for purchase from food trucks that will be stationed at the park for the event.

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July’s Unwind Event VP Member Favorite

July’s “Unwind” event received very positive reviews from all who attended.

Unwind with us on the 4th Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Unlike our educational events, Unwind is always free to attend and is open to anyone 21 and over. No need to register. Feel free to drop by for a drink and some good conversation with like-minded entrepreneurs and local, independent business owners. 

Join us for the next “Unwind” at The Ruin (1215 Wilmington, SLC). We’d love to see you there.

The First Ever “Unwind” Event Gets Rave Reviews!

This June, Vest Pocket kicked off a new a new way for local business owners to socialize and relax at the end of the workday.

Unwind with us on the 4th Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Unlike our educational events, Unwind is always free to attend and is open to anyone 21 and over. No need to register. Feel free to drop by for a drink and some good conversation with like-minded entrepreneurs and local, independent business owners. 

Join us for the next “Unwind” at The Ruin (1215 Wilmington, SLC). We’d love to see you there.

Join Us For “Delegating Effectively to Help Your Business Grow”

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Most small business owners understand the importance of delegating, yet few do it effectively. This can lead to lower revenue, slower growth, and increased stress.

Want to learn how to keep your team accountable and trust that things gets done?

Join Vest Pocket Business Coalition at the Suazo Business Center for “Delegating Effectively to Help Your Business Grow”

In this workshop, strategic performance coach & advisor Camilla Kragius will show you how to figure out what to delegate and to whom. You’ll learn how to create a simple system so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time, how to communicate effectively, and why having an organizational chart without employee names is a must for every business.

When: Thursday, June 14th, 11:00am-1:00pm

Where: Suazo Business Center, 960 W 1700 S, Salt Lake City, UT

Cost: $12/Vest Pocket members or $15/non-members (includes lunch)

This event is presented by Vest Pocket Business Coalition and the Suazo Business Center.

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Speaker Bio

Camilla Kragius is a Strategic Performance Coach & Advisor who works with business owners and their teams showing them how to reach that next level and work more efficiently. She believes in using simple tools that give big results. Camilla specializes in time management, productivity, mindset, goal-setting, high performance as well as sales, leadership communication and business strategies. Her clients range from startups to 100 million dollar companies.

Join Us For Our May Event: A Tasting Tour of Dented Brick Distillery on Wednesday, May 16th!

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You’re invited to join Vest Pocket Business Coalition for our special May event after work on Wednesday, May 16th. Join us for a tasting tour at Dented Brick Distillery starting at 5pm. You can sample the various spirits produced at Dented Brick and learn how their distilling process works on this informative tour. Come meet other local, independent business owners and enjoy food from Caputo’s.

This is a private event and pre-registration is required. Be sure to register now to reserve your space on the tour.

When: Wednesday, May 16th, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Where: Dented Brick Distillery, 3100 South Washington Street in Salt Lake (near 3300 South and 300 West)

Cost: $12/members or $15/non-members includes cost for the tasting tour and appetizers

Other: Must be 21 or older to be admitted.

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