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“Unwind” With UIBC/Vest Pocket on September 27th

Unwind September

Unwind with your friends at the Utah Independent Business Coalition (UIBC) on September 27th.

“Unwind” is a casual monthly meet-up, and an opportunity for local business owners to socialize and relax at the end of the workday. 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 “Unwind”, Thursday, September 27th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at The Ruin (1215 Wilmington, SLC). We’d love to see you there.

Catapult Your Small Business Growth by Building a Contagious Employee Culture

Join Vest Pocket (soon to be Utah Independent Business Coalition) and learn how to “Catapult Your Small Business Growth by Building a Contagious Employee Culture!”. Talent branding expert Tannen Ellis-Graham will offer answers to the following important questions:

  1. With a growing company, what changes can you expect within your employee base, and what can you do to make the culture within your company better for your team?
  2. What do we need to start doing and what do we need to stop doing to promote culture?
  3. What tools can small businesses use measure the scaling of our companies culture?
  4. How do you measure your employees ROI and if what you are doing is working?

When: Thursday, September 13th, 11:45am-1:30pm

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 / Utah Independent Business Coalition and the Suazo Business Center

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Order of Events

11:45 am Open Networking, Registration, & Lunch available

12:00 pm Presentation begins

1:30 pm Event Close

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Speaker Bio

Tannen Ellis-Graham

Tannen Ellis-Graham is Manager of Talent Acquisition at Verisys Corporation and Co-Founder of CareerKarma360. Tannen specializes in developing and supporting Company Culture, Employer Branding, and Talent Acquisition for small to mid-sized companies. Tannen works with Executives, Directors, hiring managers, and Career Coaches to create a one-of-a-kind Candidate Experience. She emphasizes, “What goes around, comes around!” Treating candidates to an exceptional hiring experience builds your company’s Employer Brand and creates a positive first impression. Conversely, “What comes around, goes around” how you represent your company in the hiring process can either broadcast your strengths or showcases your company’s weaknesses.

Tannen is the former Director of Human Resources and Director of Operations of the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, the fifth largest aquarium in the United States, and now serves on their Education Advisory Committee. She was the third employee and Director of Operations and HR for FatPipe Networks, an INC 500 Fastest Growing Tech Company. She serves as 2018 Board Member and Director of Workforce Readiness for Salt Lake SHRM, Executive Board Member/Secretary National Speakers Association-Mountain West Chapter, and is Former Chairman of the Department of Workforce Services Employers Compensation Appeals Board.

She lives near Snowbird ski resort in Utah with her husband Tim, daughter Taitlynn, stepdaughter Julia, stepsons Ian and Theo. She loves hiking, skiing, and tries her best to golf.

Karen Halliday

Karen Halliday is a strategic human resources consultant and business owner advocate with BBSI.

Karen has 20 plus years’ experience in the HR field at the manager and director level. She has had the privilege of supporting large corporations including 7-Eleven, Blockbuster, Home Depot, and Taco Bell. Karen is known for helping leaders that run challenging businesses (retail and fast food) to attract and retain talent when unemployment is extremely low. She has a career track record of greatly increasing employee retention by improving the employee experience and company culture.

Karen’s passion is employee development and helping company leaders’ identify the “diamonds in the rough” and then help them develop those employees to becoming highly successful.

Karen first received her Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Salt Lake Community College and then earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She is SHRM-CP and PHR certified.

Karen truly loves being an empty nester with her husband Larry and their two labs and toy poodle. In her spare time she loves to do anything outdoors. She enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, backpacking, traveling and hanging out with her family.

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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.

Click below to register for free!

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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.