Join us for a Town Hall Meeting on Nov. 18th to Discuss Employee Retirement Plan Availability for Utah’s Private-Sector Workers


Click below to hear Vest Pocket President Jon Parry talk about this important event!

This event is free but space is limited. Click here to register now to reserve your seat.

Join the Vest Pocket Business Coalition on Wednesday morning, November 18, 2015, as we and other organizations and state officials discuss solutions for helping private-sector employees save for retirement. An individual is over 15 times more likely to save for retirement if the employer offers a savings plan. However, more than 50% of private-sector workers in Utah don’t have a way to save for retirement through their workplaces because their employers don’t offer 401k or other retirement plans for employees. Statistics also show that most workers do not have IRA or other personal retirement savings accounts, despite their availability. The reality is that if action isn’t taken now to improve retirement account access in Utah, social safety programs are likely to balloon leaving Utah taxpayers to foot the bill.

Join us as Sen. Todd Weiler, Chief Deputy State Treasurer David Damschen, and AARP State Director Alan Ormsby lead a conversation with business owners about solutions to the retirement savings problem in Utah, including possibly implementing a state-sponsored plan through automatic payroll deductions. A work group comprising several state officials and business organizations has been studying the issue this year and is formulating recommendations. What are your opinions about the issue? How might possible state-sponsored solutions affect your business? Come learn more and join the discussion the morning of November 18.

A complimentary light breakfast with coffee & juice will be provided

Date & Time: November 18, 2015, 8:00 to 9:30 AM

Location: the Church & State Business Incubator, 370 South 300 East, Salt Lake City

(parking available on 300 East and in the Salt Lake City Library underground parking across 400 South)

Cost: Free!

Space is limited. Click here to register now to reserve your seat.


Come Let Your Voice Be Heard At The Salt Lake Mayoral Debate – Oct. 21st

slc-mayoral-finalVest Pocket Business Coalition and The League of Women Voters are looking forward to presenting the Sugar House Community Council debate for the Salt Lake City mayoral race. The debate will be held at Clayton Middle School (1470 South 1900 East) on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm. The moderator will be Jennifer Napier-Pearce, a reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune and former News Director at KUER 90.1.

Prior to the debate, there will be a Candidate Meet and Greet from 6:00-6:45 with current mayor, Ralph Becker and contender, Jackie Biskupski. This event will showcase the involvement of local politics in regard to small, independent businesses.

Vest Pocket Business Coalition is centered on the interests of small, independent businesses and their contributions to the community at large. We welcome you to be a part of this important discussion as we all learn about the positions that each candidate has that affect local business interests.

Celebrate the Bounty With Local First – October 15, 2015

Tickets are on sale now for Celebrate the Bounty, Local First Utah’s annual fundraiser and gala event!celebrate-the-bounty-small

Join Local First on Thursday, October 15th at Ricos Warehouse (545 West 700 South) from 7 – 10 pm.

Featuring some of Utah’s finest fare provided by locally owned, independent restaurants, artisans and food purveyors from across the state, “Celebrate the Bounty” is the party of the year.

Featured restaurants at Celebrate the Bounty include:

Avenues Bistro on Third ~ Black Sheep Cafe ~Dolcetti GelatoEven Stevens ~ Frida Bistro ~ From Scratch ~ MeditrinaPallet ~ ProvisionsRed Iguana ~ Sage’s  ~ SLC Pop ~ Zest

General admission tickets are available now!

$65 Food & Beverage (includes two drink tickets)

$55 Food Only

Local First is also excited to feature IG Winery as their signature wine purveyor, cocktails crafted by Jake Hall of Bar X and O.P. Rockwell, as well as beer provided by Wasatch Brewery.

*** Celebrate the Bounty is a 21+ Event ***