Vest Pocket Presents: How to Find a Business Mentor (and Why You Need One!) – Register Now!

How to Find a Business Mentor

What do most successful entrepreneurs have in common? They’ve benefited from the advice and guidance of a great business mentor.

If you’re looking to take your business to the next level, register now for our special lunch event:

How to Find a Business Mentor (and Why You Need One!)

Wednesday, March 16th, from 12:00 noon to 1:30pm

Church & State, 370 South 300 East, Salt Lake City

Vest Pocket’s Scott Pynes will moderate the event, which will begin with an overview of mentoring and will include guidance on how to identify the ideal mentor who understands your industry and can truly help you to succeed.

You’ll hear from firsthand about the many mentoring resources available from guest speakers, Bryce Hansen, Interim Director & Assistant Director with the Salt Lake Small Business Development Center, and Ron Baron, president of SCORE (Salt Lake Chapter), the nation’s largest, network of free, expert business mentors.

We’ll also unveil details of Vest Pocket’s new Mentoring Roundtable program.

Cost: $20 for non-members, free for Vest Pocket Members!

Includes lunch from Even Stevens!

Seating is limited so click here to RSVP now and save your spot.

Speaker Bios:

Scott Pynes
scott-pynesScott Pynes started his career at Arthur Anderson in their consulting division. In 1986 he formed a business application software company – Interactive Systems, Inc. which was later renamed to Assist Cornerstone Technologies. The company grew to employ nearly 200 people before it was sold in 2000 to a New York Stock Exchange company. In 2002 he purchased Cactus & Tropicals from its founder – Lorraine Miller. Since then he has expanded the business significantly by opening a second retail location and aggressively growing the commercial side of the business. Cactus & Tropicals currently employs about 100 people. Its retail locations specialize in providing indoor and outdoor plants for homes and businesses as well as creative gifts and garden accessories. Scott enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and when weather permits road biking up the various canyons around the Salt Lake Valley.

Bryce Hansen
bryce-hansenOver the last decade, Bryce has worked with over 350 entrepreneurs and companies, providing advisory support in business planning and strategy, fundraising guidance and financial analysis.  He is the interim director for the Salt Lake region SBDC (Small Business Development Center) and leads the Utah SBDC team’s effort in organizing the annual Utah Crowdfunding Conference and Crowdfund Hero Competition.

Ron Baron
ron-baronRon Baron reflects back on more than 30 years of senior-level national corporate leadership as President, V.P. Marketing, V.P. Sales & Marketing, and V.P. Operations and will help you understand how to use your wisdom instead of your intellect. (It’s not about working harder; it’s about working LESS . . . and he’ll prove it!)

Ron Baron is a highly acclaimed and dynamic public speaker, successful entrepreneur, and business leader and does extensive consulting and executive/leadership mentoring. An active volunteer for national non-profits that forward growth and rapid goal

achievement, Ron is currently President of SCORE Salt Lake Chapter which offers free business counseling by 40 volunteer mentors with a wide array of skill sets. He conducts personal and professional seminars for prominent individual and business clients and has become well known to many return audiences.


Seating is limited so click here to RSVP now and save your spot.

Vest Pocket Survey

The Results Are In… From The Vest Pocket Members Survey!

Vest Pocket Survey

Last month, we asked Vest Pocket members and friends to participate in a survey to determine which educational events would have the most value to owners of local, independent businesses.

Here’s a summary of the results:

The majority of respondents prefer lunchtime events (46%) over morning events (32%) or evening events (15%). In response, we’ll increase the number of Vest Pocket lunch events. We’ll also continue to hold several morning events!

Respondents expressed the greatest interest in the following topics:

  • How to Find a Business Mentor
  • How to Leverage Social Media as a Catalyst for Sales
  • How to Find and Retain The Best Employees
  • Managing Cash Flow
  • 5 Tips for Better Networking at Your Next Business Event
  • Forming Strategic Partnerships
  • Building a Team – Incentivizing Employees to Higher Performance

In response, we’re scheduling educational events for the remainder of 2016 that reflect your valued input. We start next month, March 16, with the lunchtime event:

“How To Find a Business Mentor (& Why You Need One!)”

Registration for this event will begin this Thursday so watch your email and social media channels for the link to register.

Thanks again for your valuable input and thanks for supporting Vest Pocket!

Jon Parry
Board President
Phone: (385) 743-1394

Vest Pocket Event: The Avenue H Small Business Health Insurance Option


Owners and managers of small businesses know how challenging it is to offer health insurance for employees. Avenue H is Utah’s small business health insurance marketplace that offers some flexible and affordable health insurance options. Vest Pocket Business Coalition invites you to learn more about the responsibilities of the Affordable Care Act and how Avenue H might be an option for your business on Wednesday, February 17th at 8:30AM at Church and State, 370 South 300 East, SLC

Cole Hansen from the State of Utah and Alex W. Meade from Miller Insurance Group will lead the discussion — and you’re invited to participate with your questions following the main presentation.

A continental breakfast will be served.

The cost is just $10.00 for Vest Pocket members and $15.00 for non-members

Seating is limited and registration is required. Click here to register.


Speaker Bios:

Cole Hansen serves as a New Business Developer for the Office of Consumer Health Services within the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. He is responsible for assisting in developing new ways to work with Utah’s broker and small business communities, in an effort to educate them on the benefits and advantages of Avenue H.  He will be speaking about the AvenueH Program and how it can help small businesses attract and retain good employees.  

Alex W. Meade has been an insurance broker for 14+ years working in many areas but with a strong interest in health insurance.  He is a member of the National Alliance of Insurance Agents, and the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors.  He will talk thru the different ways that health insurance is available, how he has seen AvenueH work for employers and will answer questions about health insurance in general.