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Thank You For Joining Us For Our “Local Business Advocacy Planning Breakfast”

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Vest Pocket Business Coalition held our Local Business Advocacy Planning Breakfast on October 25 at the Pig & a Jelly Jar restaurant in Holladay. More than 30 business owners attended to learn from founding board member and past-President Karin Palle about Vest Pocket’s long history of advocating for local, independent businesses.

This was followed by a great discussion led by Vest Pocket Advocacy Chair Carol Elliott and Advocacy Co-Chair Jon Parry on the following issues:

  • Personal Property Taxes on Business Tangible Property – The most hotly discussed issue in the event was frustration over the personal property tax requirements. Most business tangible personal property is subject to property tax under Utah state law. Furniture, fixtures, machinery, equipment and even supplies are all subject to taxation unless exempted. Notable exceptions are personal property with a total aggregate fair market value of $10,300 or less within a single county and inventory held for resale in the normal course of business. Many Vest Pocket businesses spend substantial time each year taking inventory of all personal property, preparing the required Personal Property Signed Statement, and paying the tax due. Businesses are also subject to audits by county assessors that can take up significant time and resources. Vest Pocket will work for reform of the personal property tax system in Utah because it is particularly burdensome on our local, independent businesses.
  • Efairness – Vest Pocket has been a strong proponent of “E-fairness” legislation the past few years, including supporting E-fairness legislation at the Utah State Legislature. “E-fairness” legislation is designed to level the playing field between brick and mortar retail businesses and online retailers by requiring online retailers to collect sales tax on purchases that is already due under state law. While the Utah Legislature in the 2018 session might not consider “E-fairness” legislation again, Vest Pocket will continue to advocate on this issue at both the state and national levels.
  • Liquor laws (new .05% blood alcohol limit) –  In December 2018, the new Utah statue limiting a driver’s blood alcohol content to .05% takes effect. Even though the law does not become effective until December 2018, and the current BAC limit remains at .08%, restaurants and other establishments serving alcohol in Utah are already experiencing drops in business as people believe the law is effective now.  Vest Pocket advocates that the legislature reconsider the .05% limit and wait for other states to lower the BAC level from the current .08% limit before lowering the allowable BAC limit.

Other issues Vest Pocket is focusing on include the ‘Count My Vote’ initiative, increasing public funding for education, tax incentives for growth of independent businesses (just like large businesses considering relocation or expansion in Utah are often given), and support for clean air initiatives.

If you own a small business and you weren’t able to join for our planning breakfast we still want to hear from you. Let us know what small issues Vest Pocket should be focusing our advocacy efforts on.

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Vest Pocket’s advocacy team will be active in the 2018 Utah legislative session and is working to possibly hire a professional lobbyist to help increase our efficacy in advocating for the interests of local, independently-owned businesses in Utah.  To increase Vest Pocket’s impact, we encourage you to become a member or renew your membership, and let other local business owners know about our group. Positive change will happen only if we band together and work for our common interests as local, independent business owners.

The title sponsor for the October Vest Pocket event was Richards, Brandt, Miller, Nelson. Additional sponsors included Local First and Pig & A Jelly Jar.

Opportunities Abound To Get Involved with Vest Pocket

Vest Pocket is growing quickly and we’re looking for volunteers who are passionate about helping local, independent business owners. Currently, we’re looking for people who have a few hours each month to help in one of the following roles:


Board Treasurer

For this role, you need not be a CPA or accountant but an understanding of basic business accounting and a passion for managing budgets are essential. The person in this position will also serve on our Executive Committee and will help advise on the direction of the organization.

Time commitment : 6-8 hours per month


Communications Committee Co-Chair

The person in this position would serve on our board of directors alongside our current Communications Chair. This role requires strong communications skills and the ability to help us facilitate more in-depth conversations with our members.

Time commitment : 6-8 hours per month


Events/Education Committee Member

We have the need for 2-3 additional committee members who can us plan, promote, and interact with other business owners at our monthly educational and social events. Good planning and communication skills and a passion for meeting and networking with other local business owners are a must.

Time commitment : 3-4 hours per month


Membership Committee Members

We have the need for 2-3 additional committee members who can us with our upcoming membership drive. If you have a passion for helping connect local business owners with our advocacy, education, and mentoring programs we’d like to talk with you.

Time commitment : 3-4 hours per month


Videographer/Video Editor

We’re going to begin capturing and sharing video of our educational events and we’re looking for a local videographer and/or video editor who can help with this process.

Time commitment : 3-4 hours per month


Graphic Designer

Compelling graphics are instrumental to effective communications. If you know your way around Photoshop and Illustrator and have an eye for good design, we need your help.

Time commitment : 3-4 hours per month


If you’re interested in helping Vest Pocket in any of these areas, please contact Doug Burton, Board President, at dburton@saltworksagency.com

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.

Highlights

Steven Beal on “Vibrational Healing”

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!