We’re Building a Stronger, Independent Business Community in Utah
Utah Independent Business Coalition (formerly Vest Pocket) is a collaborative association of Utah’s local, small businesses. These “independently-owned” enterprises include the small stores, cafes, manufacturing, and professional services businesses that are at the heart of our community. These businesses lend a unique flavor and a “sense of place” to our neighborhoods.
That’s why Utah Independent Business Coalition (UIBC) is committed to building a stronger independent business community in Utah. We’re achieving this goal by providing advocacy, education, mentoring, and social connections for small business owners.
What Our Members Love About Utah Independent Business Coalition
“I love being informed about what is happening politically and legislatively in direct relation to my business. Having an organization that is giving this perspective focus and working on change is what I have been looking for. Add in the mentoring in the round tables and the network of like-minded businesses and it’s everything I need!”
– Rebecca Yates, owner of Ark Insurance Solutions
UIBC Small Business Advocacy
Utah small businesses comprise 99.3% of the state’s businesses and employ almost half (46.3%) of the private workforce in Utah. Yet, it’s often the large corporations that garner the incentives and preferential treatment to do business in Utah.
Utah Independent Business Coalition has been advocating on behalf of local, small businesses since our founding (as Vest Pocket) in 1998. For more than two decades, we’ve engaged in proactive advocacy by helping small business owners build positive relationships with other local businesses, government, and community leaders. Our mission also includes informing business owners about emerging issues and policies being considered at the local, state, and federal level that will impact their businesses.
You can help shape our ongoing Small Business advocacy efforts. Become a member of UIBC today!
What The UIBC Advocacy Committee Has Been Working On…
During 2020, UIBC hosted a series on online business forums for Utah business owners to help address problems and issues related to COVID-19.
Guest speakers included U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams and Utah Rep. Robert M. Spendlove. Most important, these collaborative events served as an open forum for our members to discuss challenges and brainstorm strategies to work together to weather the pandemic.
To see recaps of each event, click here.
UIBC Mentor Round Table Program
What if you could have an outside board of business experts to provide you monthly advice and support for your organization? Now you can. Utah Independent Business Coalition’s Mentor Round Table (MRT) program brings independent business owners and managers together into support groups. These groups of 8 to 10 people meet together once a month to discuss their organizations in a structured, confidential, and safe environment.
Members of Utah Independent Business Coalition who are business owners or managers of a locally-owned, independent business in the state of Utah are eligible to apply for the Mentor Round Table program. If accepted in the program, a yearly MRT fee applies.
Get Your Membership In Utah Independent Business Coalition (UIBC)
Every UIBC membership includes:
Discounted admission to all UIBC events (for 2 persons/small bus., 4 persons/medium bus., & 8 persons/large bus.)
Admission to UIBC’s Facebook Group (Facebook group rules apply)
Listing in our Member Directory (logo, name, contact info, short description of products/services)
“Welcome” post on our social media channels with your logo, info about your business, and a link to your website
Feature page for your business (includes photos, listing of your products/services, story of your business, reviews, etc.)
To get started, choose from the options below.
* = Yearly subscription auto-renews but can be cancelled at any time.