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Join Us For “Essential Apps & Business Resources” Hosted by UIBC and the Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber


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Chief problem solver, lead marketing genius, financial whiz… Running a small business means wearing a lot of hats. But the right business apps can make your life much easier – and help make your business more profitable. The problem is, there are thousands of apps to consider. Which ones are best for small businesses like yours? For answers to that and other questions about free resources for small businesses that the Salt Lake City Public Library offers, join us for “Essential Apps & Business Resources” on Feb. 25th from noon to 1:30pm.

This Wasatch Business Series lunch event begins with a brief discussion on how to weed through the seas of business apps to find the right one for your needs in a variety of areas including:

• Accounting and finance
• Inventory management
• POS and payments
• Time tracking and team management
• Communication
• Customer relationship management
• Project management and organization

Next, Barbara Chavira with the Salt Lake City Library will guide us through the many valuable free resources that the library offers for small businesses. This includes the many resources for doing market research and classes for learning key business software.

Finally, we’ll take a brief tour of the library’s Creative Lab, which has a multitude of free resources to help you market your business.

Come enjoy a great lunch and learn how to get the best apps and resources to help your business grow in 2020!

Admission is $20/person and ticket must be purchased early as this event is limited to 60 attendees and tickets will sell out.

This event is hosted by the Utah Independent Business Coalition, the Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber, and The Salt Lake City Public Library.

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Date: Feb. 25, 2020

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm

Location: Salt Lake City Main Library (4th floor conference space)

Order of Events:

11:45am – Check-in / Networking / Lunch is served
12:00pm – Opening remarks / Presentation begins – Tracey Dean & Doug Burton
12:10pm – “Essential Apps for Your Business” – Shala Dawn and Chris VanGarrett
12:30pm – Barbara Chavira on SLC Library’s Resources for Small Businesses
1:00pm – Tour of the Library’s Creative Lab
1:30pm – Closing remarks/Event ends

This is the second year of the 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, Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber, 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.

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Speakers

Shala Dawn and Chris VanGarrett of VanGarrett media.

Chris VanGarrett is the founder and Chief Creative Officer of VanGarrett Media, and an ambassador for the Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce. He cut his teeth in sales working for small startups, and was eventually asked to join the global sales force at Lenovo. After almost a decade running incredibly successful sales and influence campaigns at Lenovo, he realized that he wanted to make more of a difference in his own community. Along with his spouse Shala, he started VanGarrett Media, a social media marketing and consulting firm, which specializes in teaching small businesses how to communicate authentically with their customers.

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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Take Our Survey

Should Vest Pocket Change Our Name? We Want Your Input

Take Our Survey

Two decades ago, Vest Pocket Business Coalition was started by a group of local business owners that needed advocacy help to fix a challenging parking ordinance. A grass-roots coalition formed to address the issue and they were successful. In the last 20, years Vest Pocket has advocated for countless local businesses on a variety of issues.

The name Vest Pocket was chosen because the term “Vest Pocket” brings to mind local businesses in our neighborhoods that hold close to our hearts, which is where a vest pocket is located. Once explained, the meaning is clear. However, it is worth considering this question: Will business owners (who haven’t yet heard of our organization) immediately grasp who we are and what we do based on our organization’s name?

In other words, does the name clearly and accurately signify what brings us together as local, independent business owners? Should the name be changed to help Vest Pocket be more effective? In light of these questions, we’ve been considering whether a name change might be in order. This topic is particularly important today as Vest Pocket works to increase its influence and advocacy work throughout the Wasatch Front and beyond.

The important thing is how you, our members, feel about this. Therefore, we need your feedback. Please click the link below and complete the short survey. Please let us know whether you favor a name change, and if so, which name(s) you think would best represent the organization that you’ve come to know as Vest Pocket Business Coalition. We will compile the results before the end of the year and report back to you on the results.

Thanks in advance for taking a moment to complete this survey, and thanks for your support of local, independent businesses!

Please click here to begin

Best Regards,

Doug Burton
President
Vest Pocket Business Coalition