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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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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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
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.
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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).
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