“Unwind” With UIBC/Vest Pocket on Thursday, April 25th

Unwind

Unwind with your friends at the Utah Independent Business Coalition (UIBC) this Thursday, April 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”, this Thursday, April 25th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at The Ruin (1215 Wilmington, SLC). We’d love to see you there.

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.

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: 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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PAST EVENT – “Unwind” With UIBC/Vest Pocket on February 28th

Unwind with your friends at the Utah Independent Business Coalition (UIBC) this Thursday, February 28th.

“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, February 28th, 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 on March 28th

March 2019

Unwind with your friends at the Utah Independent Business Coalition (UIBC) this Thursday, March 28th.

“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, March 28th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at The Ruin (1215 Wilmington, SLC). We’d love to see you there.

Join UIBC for the opening of the Wasatch Business Series on Feb. 1st – Hosted by the Sugar House Chamber of Commerce

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

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The Wasatch Business Series is a collaborative effort that is focused on bringing impactful networking and educational opportunities to business owners across the Wasatch Front.

The inaugural event will take place at Kimi’s Chop House in Sugar House on February 1st, 2019 from 11:30am-1:30pm.

11:30 ~ Networking
Noon ~ Lunch
12:30 ~ Speakers
1:00 ~ Networking

Speakers will include:

Anne Holman from The King’s English Bookstore.
Chris Holifield from I Am Salt Lake Podcast

We will be serving a 2-course dining experience:

  • Simple Salad (GF & C) mixed baby greens, romaine, radicchio, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, shaved parmesan, fresh herb vinaigrette
  • Swedish Meatballs whipped potato, lingonberry demi snap peas

For those with dietary restrictions, a vegan option is available:

  • Grilled dijon marinated portobello mushroom (GF, C, VG) tomato, kalamata olive & basil relish, bulls blood, blackberry balsamic reduction

This exclusive event has a very limited supply of tickets. RSVP by January 31st

Admission: $20, includes lunch.

Kimi’s Chop & Oyster House
2155 S Highland Dr, Salt Lake City

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Benjamin Sessions – President, Sugar House Chamber of Commerce
Mike Winder – Commerce & Economic Development Director, Millcreek City
Doug Burton – President, Utah Independent Business Coalition
Jason Woodland – President, Holladay Chamber of Commerce
Gary Birdsall – President, South Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce
Stephanie Wright – President, Murray Chamber of Commerce.

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.

 

Join UIBC For Our 2019 Legislative Warm-Up Breakfast

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Join Utah Independent Business Coalition (f/k/a Vest Pocket) for our 2019 Legislative Warmup Breakfast Wednesday, January 16th. Join us at 8am at Saffron Valley Restaurant at 26 “E” Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103.

Special guest speakers Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb will talk about bills in the 2019 Utah legislative session affecting local independent businesses. With keen insights and humor, Frank and LaVarr will predict how they believe the session will go, and will outline the major bills and issues every local business owner needs to know about. Frank and LaVarr will also answer questions and tell us how local businesses can get involved in the legislative process.

We’ll also update you on important issues that UIBC’s Advocacy Committee has been working on, such as reform of the Business Personal Property Tax.

The buffet-style breakfast at Saffron Valley will include pastries such as muffins and croissants, fresh fruit, cereal with milk, waffles, eggs, plus juice and coffee.

Admission includes breakfast and is $20 for UIBC members and $25 for non-members and includes breakfast. Proceeds will go to benefit UIBC’s Advocacy programs.

Seating is limited so reserve your space now.

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Time: 8am-9:30am

Location: Saffron Valley Restaurant at 26 “E” Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103

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Speaker Bios

Frank PignanelliFrank Pignanelli

Frank Pignanelli is a partner in the Foxley & Pignanelli bipartisan government relations firm in Salt Lake City. Frank was one of the youngest Utahns ever elected to state office, where he served in the House of Representatives for 10 years. As a Democrat, he spent 6 of those years as Minority Leader. Frank also serves on the Advisory Board for the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at The University of Utah and The University of Utah Venture Fund. Mr. Pignanelli writes a Sunday column on political activities in Utah for the Deseret News. Also, Pignanelli is a frequent speaker and political commentator for various civic and business gatherings throughout the state.

LaVarr WebbLaVarr Webb

LaVarr Webb is a political consultant and lobbyist. Previously he was policy deputy to Gov. Mike Leavitt and Deseret News managing editor. His 35 years of public policy and communications work has become legendary. As the publisher of Utah Policy Daily, he steers the most influential insider publication in the state.

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PAST EVENT: “Unwind” With UIBC/Vest Pocket on January 24th

Unwind with your friends at the Utah Independent Business Coalition (UIBC) on January 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, January 24th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at The Ruin (1215 Wilmington, SLC). We’d love to see you there.

Thanks For Helping Make UIBC’s Holiday Party a Success!

Many thanks to all who helped make UIBC’s (a/k/a Vest Pocket) Holiday Party on Thursday evening (12/6/18) a huge success!

Special thanks to our event sponsors Peter Corroon and Scott & Karin Pyne (Cactus & Tropicals) as well as our member businesses that donated services/prizes for the event including: Mountainside Spa (Ezralea Robbins), Feldman’s Deli (Mike Feldman), ACME Threadware (Chris Walker), Lucky Spoon Bakery (Pam Schulte), B Golden Jewelry School (Brittany Golden), Core 7 Fitness (Shantel Reitz), Holbrook Realty (Michelle Sawyer), Paletti (Carol Elliott), Ark Insurance (Rebecca Yates) and JDP Law (Jon Parry).

A sincere “thanks” goes out to Education Chair Rena Ferguson for planning and producing an amazing event —  and Shaun Ferguson (Thistle & the Bee) for preparing and serving the delicious food.

Finally, thanks to our other board members who helped make this event memorable, especially Rebecca Yates, Michelle Sawyer, Jon Parry, Wes Dodson, Scott Pynes, Carol Elliott & Lydia Martinez.

Happy Holidays!

Doug Burton
President
Utah Independent Business Coalition