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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.