UIBC’s Independent Business Forum on COVID-19 Thurs., June 4th @ 12 Noon

What: Independent Business Forum on COVID-19 – Virtual Meeting
When: Thursday, June 4th at 12 noon MDT
Where: Virtual/online meeting

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Our COVID-19 weekly forum continues Thursday, June 4th at 12 noon MDT.

Topics will include the current COVID-19 outlook for small businesses, potential state and federal government actions, managing cash flow, financial resources available, managing employees, marketing and communications with customers, and stress management.

Special thanks to Salt Lake County Economic Development for the sponsorship of UIBC’s educational events, including this one.

After submitting your info, you’ll receive a link to this week’s Zoom forum.

UIBC’s Independent Business Forum on COVID-19, Thurs., May 21, Wrap up

 

We want to sincerely thank Adam Affleck and everyone who attended last week’s virtual forum on COVID-19.  As was mentioned on the call, we will now host this call bi-weekly, with the next call scheduled for June 4th but would still like to continue this conversation throughout the week on our Facebook forum:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/142558210460193/

Adam Affleck, attorney at Richards Brandt Miller Nelson law firm discussed topics on:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Fiduciary duties

You can access the video from May 21st here:

 

Special thanks to Salt Lake County Economic Development for the sponsorship of UIBC’s educational events.

The next virtual meeting will be on June 4th.  Click here to register to join the meeting.

P.S. You can support our mission by joining UIBC. Click here for more information: https://utahindependentbusiness.org/join/

UIBC’s Independent Business Forum on COVID-19, Thurs., May 7th Wrap up

UIBC-COVID-19 Forum

 

We want to sincerely thank Brad Baldwin and everyone who attended this week’s virtual forum on COVID-19.  As was mentioned on the call, we will now host this call bi-weekly, with the next call scheduled for May 21st but would still like to continue this conversation throughout the week on our Facebook forum:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/142558210460193/

In summary, here are some highlights discussed on the call from our guest, Brad Baldwin, CEO/President of First Utah Bank.

  • First Utah Bank is a Utah State Chartered Bank, with a focus on small businesses.
  • Although the bank has been open for business during the pandemic, the bank lobbies have remained closed and most staff has been working remotely.
  • Loan details were discussed for the SBA loans, EIDL, and PPP.  Please view the video for further details.
  • Brad can be reached at bbaldwin@firstutahbank.com

You can access the video from May 7th here:

 

Special thanks to Salt Lake County Economic Development for the sponsorship of UIBC’s educational events.

The next virtual meeting will be on Thursday, May 21st.  Click here to register to join the meeting.

P.S. You can support our mission by joining UIBC. Click here for more information: https://utahindependentbusiness.org/join/

UIBC’s Independent Business Forum on COVID-19, Thurs., April 30th Wrap-up

UIBC-COVID-19 Forum

We want to sincerely thank U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams and everyone who attended this week’s virtual forum on COVID-19.  As was mentioned on the call, we will likely be hosting this meeting weekly going forward and would like to continue this conversation throughout the week on our Facebook forum:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/142558210460193/

In summary, here are some highlights U.S. Rep. McAdams shared:

  • Congress passed the 4th bill, an additional $400 Billion for economic support, which includes PPP loans and other small business resources.
  • His office has received many phone calls from small business owners who have been unable to access loans etc. In response, he has requested the SBA release the list of businesses who have received funds, transparency is vital to making sure distributions are fair.
  • Rep. McAdams reported that the Utah Department of Workforce Services has reported that 70% of those receiving unemployment benefits are job attached.
  • Rep. McAdams stressed that gaining the public’s confidence will be the key to a successful re-opening. The first baby step begins on May 1. He also stressed it is up to every business and individual to take responsibility to do their part. Practice good hygiene, wear a mask in public, sanitize often.
  • The Government is looking at several options to reduce the deficit moving forward, so far nothing has been decided concretely.
  • The SBA application portal is currently closed as they work through loans already in the queue, it is thought to be reopened soon, TBA.

You can watch the video from Thursday’s virtual meeting by click the image below:

Special thanks to Salt Lake County Economic Development for the sponsorship of UIBC’s educational events.

The next virtual meeting will be on Thursday, May 7th,  Click here to register to join the meeting.

P.S. You can support our mission by joining UIBC. Click here for more information: https://utahindependentbusiness.org/join/

COVID-19 Action: Proclamation Requesting Relief For Small Businesses in Utah

The Board of Utah Independent Business Coalition has issued the following Proclamation Requesting Relief For Small Businesses in Utah. We invite you to read it and sign it, adding your voice to help support local, small business. We’ll be presenting this proclamation to the governor and the legislature soon.

The COVID-19 crisis has hit Utah’s small business community especially hard. Facing weeks or months with limited or no revenue, many companies have been thrown into financial peril. On March 19, more than 100 people participated in the Utah Independent Business Coalition’s town hall web conference expressing fear and looking for answers regarding what they can do to save their businesses. Tens of thousands of small hospitality and retail businesses have been forced to close completely or greatly scale back operations. Yet, the monthly expenses for the businesses (commercial rent, wages, utilities, insurance, etc.) persist. As most small businesses already have loan obligations, non-loan remedies are necessary at this time.

We, the signers of this Proclamation, implore the State of Utah to help small businesses. By offering one-time emergency grants, the state can be instrumental in helping small businesses weather this economic storm.

In Utah, locally-owned, small businesses are the lifeblood of our state. These enterprises include the small stores, restaurants & cafés, manufacturing, and professional services businesses that are at the heart of our communities. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), small businesses employ a massive 46.3% of the Utah workforce, and 99.3% of Utah businesses are small businesses.

The residents of Utah will benefit greatly from keeping independently-owned, small enterprises in operation because for every dollar spent at a locally-owned business, $.55 stays in the local economy, four times more than if that same dollar was spent at a national retailer. At no previous time have so many Utah small businesses been so suddenly thrown into such peril.

The State of Utah’s rainy day fund currently stands at $550 million, key to what the governor’s budget labeled a few years ago as “an effort to be ready for an economic downturn.” We believe the state should leverage funds from the rainy day fund to help small businesses survive.

Therefore, we request that the State of Utah act without delay to help sustain the small businesses that serve our communities.

Sign the Proclamation Requesting Relief For Small Businesses in Utah


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79 Kathryn Stalsberg Happy dumpling Apr 07, 2020
78 Casey Balding Ferrrus Industries Apr 07, 2020
77 Sandra Castles Big Daddy's Deli Apr 07, 2020
76 Katie Weinner SLC POP, LLC Apr 07, 2020
75 Nick Passey Folk Hogan LLC Apr 07, 2020
74 Angel Moleni Meraki House Salon Apr 07, 2020
73 Hally Hanssen Gourmandise Apr 07, 2020
72 Megan Humphreys Apr 07, 2020
71 Brittney Wiseman Meraki House Salon Apr 07, 2020
70 Diane Sheya Salt Lake Culinary Education Apr 07, 2020
69 Marianne Liljenquist Baltic Born Apr 07, 2020
68 Emily Carty Apr 07, 2020
67 Biz Anderson Self Apr 07, 2020
66 Megan Schroeder Meraki House Salon Apr 07, 2020
65 Victoria Wright Cosmetology Apr 07, 2020
64 Vincent Hernandez Vince Hernandez LLC Apr 07, 2020
63 Casie Sharp Meraki House Salon Apr 07, 2020
62 Alyson Watkin Sundara Essentia, LLC Apr 07, 2020
61 Amber Jolley Meraki house salon Apr 07, 2020
60 Jennifer Kimble Meraki House Salon Apr 07, 2020
59 Aimee Cook ACook Enterprises Apr 07, 2020
58 Holly Stokes The Brain Trainer for Success LLC Apr 07, 2020
57 Jackelin Slack Jackelin Slack Photography Apr 07, 2020
56 Lindsay Frendt Custom Canvas Prints LLC Apr 07, 2020
55 David Coomans Manufactured Casegoods & furniture Apr 07, 2020
54 David Coomans Manufactured Casegoods & Furniture Apr 07, 2020
53 Megan Peters Acoustic Music LLC Apr 07, 2020
52 Joe Maughan 9th & 9th Jewelers Apr 07, 2020
51 Matthew Phillips Apr 07, 2020
50 Stephanie Wright Murray Area Chamber of Commerce Apr 07, 2020
49 Robert Mack Advanced Solutions Property Management. Apr 07, 2020
48 Adam Kreisel Chaia Cucina Catering and Consulting Apr 07, 2020
47 Thomas Hamilton Financial Advisor Apr 07, 2020
46 Christian Harrison Apr 07, 2020
45 Justin Johnson Self Apr 07, 2020
44 Jennie Richau Jennie Richau Real Estate and Feng Shui Apr 07, 2020
43 Jonathon Parry Richards Brandt Miller Nelson law firm Apr 07, 2020
42 Schuyler Northstrom Uinta mattress Apr 07, 2020
41 Barbara Chavira Apr 07, 2020
40 Tracey Dean Apr 06, 2020
39 Emily Potts Sugar House Coffee Apr 06, 2020
38 Kristine Watson WSI of Utah, LLC Apr 06, 2020
37 Kathy Anderson Little Apples Childcare Center Apr 06, 2020
36 Francis Brennan Fleet Services of Utah Apr 06, 2020
35 Christopher Towson Living Home Construction Apr 06, 2020
34 T Price Apr 06, 2020
33 Tessa Arneson Maven District// Maven Strong Apr 06, 2020
32 Jaelynn Jenkins Wharton O’Brien Apr 06, 2020
31 sheri gibb Clever Octopus Inc Apr 06, 2020
30 Janet Wade The Stockist Apr 06, 2020
29 Dave Udy DaMar Enterprises LLC Apr 06, 2020
28 Brittany Golden B Golden Jewelry School Apr 06, 2020
27 Kristen Lavelett Local First Utah Apr 06, 2020
26 Michael Anderson Parr Brown Gee & Loveless Apr 06, 2020
25 tracey thompson Vine Lore Wine & Spirits Apr 06, 2020
24 Richard Holley Star West Distributing Apr 06, 2020
23 Scott Lyttle Tea Zaanti Apr 06, 2020
22 Mary Sandino DaMar Enterprise Apr 06, 2020
21 Lucy Cardenas Red Iguana Restaurants Apr 06, 2020
20 Dennis Chambers The Tap Room II, Inc. Apr 06, 2020
19 Amir Haskic Advanced Business Consulting Apr 06, 2020
18 Ezralea Robbins Ezralea Inc. / DBA: Mountainside Spa Apr 06, 2020
17 Scott Pynes Cactus & Tropicals Apr 05, 2020
16 Betsy Burton The King’s English Bookshop Apr 05, 2020
15 Meili Myles BGR Apr 04, 2020
14 Carol Elliott Paletti Apr 03, 2020
13 Mike Manousakis Alliance Data Apr 03, 2020
12 Mary Wheeler Skintherapy Skincare & Acne Clinic Apr 02, 2020
11 majid omana Salt Lake City Apr 02, 2020
10 Kelly Omana Evergreen Framing Co. & Gallery, Inc, Apr 02, 2020
9 g larsen PMX Apr 02, 2020
8 Maria Ivanova DF Dance Studio Apr 02, 2020
7 Jana Larson Bug + Bird Mercantile Apr 02, 2020
6 Jil Goorman Skintherapy Skincare & Acne Clinic Apr 02, 2020
5 John Lair Momentum Recycling Apr 02, 2020
4 Wesley Dodson Guerrilla Advisors Apr 02, 2020
3 Joseph Evans La Barba Coffee Apr 02, 2020
2 Betty Burton Saltworks Apr 01, 2020
1 Doug Burton Utah Independent Business Coalition / Saltworks Mar 24, 2020

UIBC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

As concerns continue to increase about the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), UIBC is committed to assisting our members in any way we can. This will include sharing best practices as prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Utah Department of Health. We’ll also offer news and suggestions on how we as business owners might best communicate to our customers how the virus may affect the daily operations of our respective businesses.

In an effort to contain and reduce the spread of the virus, we’ve also decided to postpone all in-person educational and networking events until at least April 15th, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate by email and social media regarding events which may be scheduled after mid-April.

We wish you all good health, and thank you for continuing to place your trust in us. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or inquiries.

-Doug Burton, Board President

Utah Independent Business Coalition (UIBC) has a few openings on our board of directors!

Do you love helping local, independent businesses? Utah Independent Business Coalition (formerly Vest Pocket) has select positions to fill on our board of directors. UIBC has a long tradition of providing valuable advocacy, education, mentoring, and social events for the independent business community.

Multiple board positions will be filled this year, and people with finance/accounting, event planning, advocacy, communications, fundraising, and management/administrative skills would help round out the current board members’ diverse backgrounds and skill sets. See who’s on our board.

UIBC Board member candidates should have a passion for local, independent businesses and be familiar with the challenges of running a small business. The UIBC board is a working board – board members are expected to attend monthly board meetings (the first Tuesday morning of each month) and serve on at least one committee (advocacy, education, communications or membership), with a monthly time commitment of approximately 8 hours per month.

Interviews with prospective board members will be conducted in August and persons elected to the board would begin service in October 2019.  To find out more, or to nominate yourself or someone else, please contact board president Doug Burton.

Contact:

Doug Burton, Board President
dburton@saltworksagency.com
801-879-4928

PAST EVENT: UIBC invites you to the 2nd event in the Wasatch Business Series: The 2019 Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast

Legislative Warm-Up Breakfast

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The 2019 Utah State Legislative Session was an important session affecting Utah’s independent businesses. Bills concerning tax reform (including business personal property taxes and new taxes on services), transportation, education, and affordable housing were all up for debate. Join us for review of key legislation that was debated and passed in the 2019 session. We will also hear about the critical issue of tax reform that will affect all Utah businesses that our businesses need to understand and prepare for now.  The President of the Utah State Senate, J. Stuart Adams, who is a key figure in tax reform, will be one of the speakers.  This will be one of the first opportunities for business owners to discuss tax reform directly with key legislators. Our legislator speakers need to hear your opinions as they work on tax reform that will affect all Utah businesses.

Speakers will include:

  •  J. Stuart Adams, Utah Senate President and chair of the special tax reform task force
  • Dave Davis, President & Chief Legal Officer of the Utah Retail Merchants Association
  • John Lair, President & CEO of Momentum Recycling
  • Representative Robert Spendlove

This is the second 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 Utah Independent Business Coalition, Holladay Chamber of Commerce, Sugar House Chamber of Commerce, Millcreek Business Council,  South Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce, and the Murray Chamber of Commerce.

Event Details:

Location: Holladay City Hall, 4580 S. 2300 E., Holladay, UT

Date & Time: April 18, 2019 – 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM

Admission: $18 (includes breakfast from Midvale Mining Cafe)

Order of Events:

7:30 – Event begins and light breakfast buffet

7:45 – Welcome & Introductions – Doug Burton, President, Utah Independent Business Coalition

8:00 – Dave Davis, Utah Retail Merchants Association – 2019 Legislature Wrap-Up

8:15 – John Lair, Momentum Recycling – The Personal Tangible Property Tax & Tax Reform

8:30 – Sen. Pres. J. Stuart Adams – Why Tax Reform is Needed and Main Considerations

8:45 – Special guest state representative from the Tax Reform Task Force – work and discussions necessary to complete tax reform planning

9:00 – Q & A with all four speakers

9:25 – Closing remarks

9:30 – Event finished

Speaker Bios

Senate President J. Stuart Adams:

J Stuart AdamsSenator J. Stuart Adams represents Utah Senate District 22 and resides in Layton, Utah.  Senator Adams, a Republican, was first appointed to the Utah House of Representatives in 2002, and then to the Senate in 2009. In 2012, he was chosen to be Senate Majority Whip.  Most recently, in 2018, he was chosen as the Senate President.  He serves on several legislative committees, including the Executive Appropriations Committee, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, and the Senate Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee.  Senator Adams is a businessman focused on real estate development and property management, and he holds a B.A. degree in Business Finance from the University of Utah.Senate President J. Stuart Adams:

Senator J. Stuart Adams represents Utah Senate District 22 and resides in Layton, Utah.  Senator Adams, a Republican, was first appointed to the Utah House of Representatives in 2002, and then to the Senate in 2009. In 2012, he was chosen to be Senate Majority Whip.  Most recently, in 2018, he was chosen as the Senate President.  He serves on several legislative committees, including the Executive Appropriations Committee, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, and the Senate Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee.  Senator Adams is a businessman focused on real estate development and property management, and he holds a B.A. degree in Business Finance from the University of Utah.

Representative Robert Spendlove

Robert Spendlove

Representative Robert Spendlove proudly serves in the Utah House of Representatives, where he was elected in 2014. He represents District 49, covering parts of Sandy and Cottonwood Heights cities. He is the Vice Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee and serves on the Revenue and Taxation Committee, and the Social Services Appropriations Committee. He is also a member of the Legislative Tax Reform Task Force.

Professionally, Robert is a Senior Vice President and the Economic and Public Policy Officer for Zions Bank. In this capacity he monitors and reports on economic indicators and public policy developments for the bank.


John Lair, President & CEO of Momentum Recycling

John LairJohn Lair is CEO and Co-Founder of Momentum Recycling in Salt Lake City. He has worked to grow Momentum Recycling, founded in 2008, from a local recycling plant to adding a second glass recycling plant near Denver in 2016. John earned his undergraduate degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and his MBA from the University of Utah. After college, he spent his first years in the tech industry, including as IT director for a regional accounting firm in Utah. He also founded and grew an electronics company before later helping to found Momentum Recycling. Momentum Recycling originated from John’s passions for our environment, local community, and personal ethics. In addition, John has been a member of Salt Lake City’s Business Advisory Board since 2013, representing District 2, plus he has served on the Loan Committee for the Salt Lake City Economic Development Loan Fund and was a long-time board member of the Utah Independent Business Coalition.

Dave Davis, President & Chief Legal Officer of the Utah Retail Merchants Association

Dave Davis

Dave Davis is President & Chief Legal Officer of both the Utah Retail Merchants Association and the Utah Food Industry Association. He has served both organizations since 2007 and advocates for interests of hundreds of different small, medium, and large businesses in Utah, including advocating for businesses at the Utah State Legislature. Dave’s prior work included serving as director of human relations and general counsel for both Macey’s Food Stores and Associated Food Stores. He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Government from the University of Utah, and his law degree from Brigham Young University. He has spoken before at other Utah Independent Business Coalition events.

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UIBC Board Member John Lair

Board Member John Lair Speaks At The Utah Taxpayer’s Association Legislative Outlook Conference

UIBC Board Member John LairUIBC Board Member John Lair (President & CEO of Momentum Recycling) spoke about the Business Personal Property Tax at the Utah Taxpayers Association’s Legislative Outlook Conference on January 7, 2019. Click below to listen to his speech.

 

Vest Pocket is changing our name! Introducing… the Utah Independent Business Coalition (UIBC)


Last winter, we asked Vest Pocket Business Coalition members, board members, and founders to weigh in on the idea of a name change for our organization. The response was overwhelmingly positive in favor of choosing a new name that more clearly conveys our mission – which is to advocate for local, independently-owned businesses in Utah.

On September 1st, we will become the Utah Independent Business Coalition (or UIBC for short). This was the winning name based on the survey of many prospective names voted on by our members in December. This spring, the Vest Pocket Board of Directors voted to make the name change official.

We’re very excited about our new moniker, which we believe perfectly conveys our core purpose. This change coincides with our current board’s redoubling of efforts in the areas of providing advocacy, education, mentorship, and social connections for local business owners.

There are many exciting things in store for the coming months, including the unveiling of our new logo and a new website, which are both in development. For now, please continue to keep up to date on upcoming events here on this website and by connecting with us on our social media channels.

Note that if you are a current member of Vest Pocket, your membership will continue uninterrupted and will automatically transfer over to membership in the Utah Independent Business Coalition on September 1st. If you are not a current member, please click here to sign up.

Together, we’re building a stronger, independent business community in Utah. We look forward to seeing you soon at an upcoming event!

Best Regards,

Doug Burton
President
Vest Pocket Business Coalition (Utah Independent Business Coalition)

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