UIBC Holiday Party

Register Now for UIBC’s Holiday Party & Fundraiser on Dec. 5th

Utah Independent Business Coalition’s Annual Holiday Party & Fundraiser is this Thursday, December 5th at Cactus and Tropicals in Salt Lake.

Join UIBC’s community of local, small business owners to celebrate the season with an evening of great food, drink, and conversation.

Enjoy delicious cuisine from Laziz Kitchen, dessert from Lucky Spoon Bakery, and beverages from Proper Brewing Co. and Sugar House Distillery.

As a fundraiser for UIBC’s Advocacy programs, we invite you to bid in our silent auction! Here are just a few of the items you can bid on:

  • SLICE – Salt Lake Culinary Center – Cooking class for 2 people ($200 value)
  • Salt Lake Power Yoga – 5 Class Pass ($85 value)
  • Caputo’s Market & Deli – Cooking Class
  • KÜHL Clothing – dozens of items of outdoor wear (value ranging from $25 – $250)
  • Bruges Waffles & Frites  – Gift Card ($20 value)
  • Hand-tied Trout Fishing Flies/lures in a frame
  • Handmade leather journal ($65 value)
  • Cactus & Tropicals – Gift Card ($50)
  • Feng Shui Bamboo Wealth Plant

Register now and spend an evening with your friends at Utah Independent Business Coalition (Vest Pocket).

Tickets are $40 for non-members and $30 for members.

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Special thanks to our generous sponsors for this event: Cactus & Tropicals, Laziz Kitchen, Proper Brewing Co., Sugar House Distillery, and Lucky Spoon Bakery.

Where: Cactus & Tropicals,  2735 S 2000 E, Salt Lake City

When: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Donate an item to our silent auction!

Feature your product or service in our silent auction! If you aren’t able to donate something from your own business, we encourage you to donate gift cards or items from other member or local businesses. No donation is too big or too small. If you would like to donate an item, please e-mail us at info@utahindependentbusiness.org

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Join Us for the Local Business Salt Lake City Mayoral Debate on October 23rd

Local Business Salt Lake City Mayoral DebateUtah Independent Business Coalition invites you to join us for the Local Business Salt Lake City Mayoral Debate on October 23rd at the Salt Lake City Main Library. Candidates Erin Mendenhall and Luz Escamilla will participate in this informative debate, focused exclusively on the candidates’ positions on issues specifically affecting locally-owned small businesses.

Debate questions will be submitted by UIBC members – owners of local, small businesses. Attendees will also have the opportunity to submit small business-related questions to the candidates.

The debate will moderated by KRCL’s Lara Jones.

Doors open at 4:30pm with the debate beginning promptly at 5:00pm. Arrive early to find convenient parking in the library’s parking garage.

This event is sponsored by Utah Independent Business Coalition and the Salt Lake City Public Library.

Registration is not necessary, but RSVPs are appreciated.

Event Details

What: Local Business Salt Lake City Mayoral Debate

When: Wednesday, October 23rd, 4:30pm-6:00pm

Where: Salt Lake City Main Library, Nancy Tessman Auditorium, 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City

Parking: Available at meters or in the library parking garage

To RSVP, simply add your name and e-mail address below:

“Unwind” With UIBC/Vest Pocket after work on Thursday, October 24th


Unwind with your friends at the Utah Independent Business Coalition (UIBC) on Thursday, October 24th.

“Unwind” is a casual monthly meet-up, and an opportunity for local business owners to socialize and relax at the end of the workday. Unlike our educational events, Unwind is always free to attend and is open to anyone 21 and over. No need to register. Feel free to drop by for a drink and some good conversation with like-minded entrepreneurs and local, independent business owners.

Join us for “Unwind”, Thursday, October 24th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at The Ruin (1215 Wilmington, SLC). We’d love to see you there.

“Unwind” With UIBC/Vest Pocket after work on Thursday, September 26th

Unwind with your friends at the Utah Independent Business Coalition (UIBC) on Thursday, September 26th.

“Unwind” is a casual monthly meet-up, and an opportunity for local business owners to socialize and relax at the end of the workday. Unlike our educational events, Unwind is always free to attend and is open to anyone 21 and over. No need to register. Feel free to drop by for a drink and some good conversation with like-minded entrepreneurs and local, independent business owners.

Join us for “Unwind”, Thursday, September 26th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at The Ruin (1215 Wilmington, SLC). We’d love to see you there.

PAST EVENT: “Unwind” With UIBC/Vest Pocket after work on Thursday, August 22nd

Unwind with your friends at the Utah Independent Business Coalition (UIBC) on Thursday, August 22nd.

“Unwind” is a casual monthly meet-up, and an opportunity for local business owners to socialize and relax at the end of the workday. Unlike our educational events, Unwind is always free to attend and is open to anyone 21 and over. No need to register. Feel free to drop by for a drink and some good conversation with like-minded entrepreneurs and local, independent business owners.

Join us for “Unwind”, Thursday, August 22nd, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at The Ruin (1215 Wilmington, SLC). We’d love to see you there.

PAST EVENT: “Unwind” With UIBC/Vest Pocket after work on Thursday, July 25th

Unwind with your friends at the Utah Independent Business Coalition (UIBC) on Thursday, July 25th.

“Unwind” is a casual monthly meet-up, and an opportunity for local business owners to socialize and relax at the end of the workday. Unlike our educational events, Unwind is always free to attend and is open to anyone 21 and over. No need to register. Feel free to drop by for a drink and some good conversation with like-minded entrepreneurs and local, independent business owners.

Join us for “Unwind”, Thursday, July 25th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at The Ruin (1215 Wilmington, SLC). We’d love to see you there.

PAST EVENT: “Unwind” With UIBC/Vest Pocket after work on Thursday, June 27th

Unwind with your friends at the Utah Independent Business Coalition (UIBC) on Thursday, June 27th.

“Unwind” is a casual monthly meet-up, and an opportunity for local business owners to socialize and relax at the end of the workday. Unlike our educational events, Unwind is always free to attend and is open to anyone 21 and over. No need to register. Feel free to drop by for a drink and some good conversation with like-minded entrepreneurs and local, independent business owners.

Join us for “Unwind”, Thursday, June 27th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at The Ruin (1215 Wilmington, SLC). We’d love to see you there.

Lunch at So Ho Food Truck Park

PAST EVENT: Wasatch Business Series: Lunch at So Ho Food Truck Park

Lunch at So Ho Food Truck Park
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Join us for Lunch at So Ho Food Truck Park – presented by the Holladay Chamber of Commerce.

When: Wednesday, June 12th @ 11:30am

Where:So Ho Food Truck Park, 4747 South Holladay Blvd.

Details: Picnic Lunch in the Park. Micro Seminars & Discussion Groups. Come enjoy some sunshine and a yummy lunch while connecting with business owners discussing topics we are passionate about.

Lunch Choices: Burgers + Fries from Haute Burgers dessert from San Diablo Churros. Your ticket cost includes your meal.

Cost: $20 per person

This is the third event in the 2019 Wasatch Business Series, a collaborative effort that is focused on bringing impactful networking and educational opportunities to business owners across the Wasatch Front.

The Wasatch Business Series is brought to you by the Holladay Chamber of Commerce, Utah Independent Business Coalition, Sugar House Chamber of Commerce, Millcreek Business Council,  South Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce, and the Murray Chamber of Commerce.

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PAST EVENT: Join Us For “Mentorship for Success: Why Every Small Business Owner Needs a Good Mentor”

Join Us For "Mentorship for Success: Why Every Small Business Owner Needs a Good Mentor"

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Each year in the United States, more than 500,000 new small businesses are born. Unfortunately, only half survive five years. Only one-third of these businesses make it past their 10th anniversary. When it comes to beating the odds, guidance from a good business mentor can be invaluable.

If you’re a small business owner or are considering starting a small business, join us on May 23, 2019 for “Mentorship for Success: Why Every Small Business Owner Needs a Good Mentor.” You’ll learn about the different types of business mentoring relationships, the benefits of being mentored, and how to apply the guidance from mentoring to ensure longevity with your small business. Tickets are free but pre-registration is required as seating is limited.

Speakers will include: 

Scott Pynes

Owner of Cactus & Tropicals and Utah Independent Business Coalition Board Chair for UIBC’s Mentor Round Table program.

Thomas Longenecker

Lead Business Advisor – Goldman Sachs 10KSB Program at Salt Lake Community College

This event begins at 8am sharp on May 23rd. Beverages and an assortment of light breakfast items will be served.

Admission is free.

This event is presented by the Utah Independent Business Coalition (formerly Vest Pocket) and The Salt Lake City Public Library.

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PAST EVENT: “Unwind” With UIBC/Vest Pocket after work on Thursday, May 23rd

Unwind with your friends at the Utah Independent Business Coalition (UIBC) this Thursday, May 23rd.

“Unwind” is a casual monthly meet-up, and an opportunity for local business owners to socialize and relax at the end of the workday. Unlike our educational events, Unwind is always free to attend and is open to anyone 21 and over. No need to register. Feel free to drop by for a drink and some good conversation with like-minded entrepreneurs and local, independent business owners.

Join us for “Unwind”, this Thursday, May 23rd, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at The Ruin (1215 Wilmington, SLC). We’d love to see you there.