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A Beautiful Evening at the Vest Pocket / Local First Summer Social

Local business owners gathered for an evening of food, drink, and conversation at this year’s Vest Pocket / Local First Summer Social on August 25th. The event took place in the courtyard of The King’s English Bookshop at 15th and 15th in Salt Lake. Food was supplied by Tony Caputo’s and Mazza, with wine and beer from Vine Lore (a local fine wine & craft spirits brokerage) and Kid Curry Vodka.

Vest Pocket board member Doug Burton emceed the event. Speakers included former Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon, Salt Lake City Economic Development Director Lara Fritts, Local First Board Co-Chair Betsy Burton, and Vest Pocket Treasurer John Lair. Vest Pocket board member Rebecca Yates awarded raffle prizes (proceeds benefitting Vest Pocket and Local First).

Vest Pocket’s June Event Offered Valuable Insights on Finding and Retaining the Best Employees

VP-June-2016-Event-1Vest Pocket’s June 15th event, “Finding and Retaining the Best Employees”, featured employment experts Sheila Sconiers, training and development coordinator for the University Of Utah’s Division of Human Resources, and Dr. Denis Petersen, Director of Professional Education at the University of Utah. Attendees learned how to source prospective employees and implement programs to increase employee satisfaction and retention.


Vest Pocket 2016 Awardees Kim Angeli & Scott Anderson Honored at Special Luncheon Event


On May 25, 2016, Vest Pocket held its fourth annual awards luncheon at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City.  Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski spoke at the event and presented the Independent Business Advocate Award  to Kim Angeli, former director of the Downtown Farmers’ Market in Salt Lake City.  The award honored Ms. Angeli’s several years of work in diligently  promoting and strengthening the market, including many local food industry businesses.  Mayor Biskupski also presented the Richard M. Wirick Achievement Award to Scott Anderson, President and CEO of Zions Bank Corporation, in recognition of his many years of business and community leadership, especially with respect to advancing local independent business issues.  A good crowd of over 60 people attended the luncheon and were inspired by the reflections and stories of Mayor Biskupski and the awardees who spoke about the central role local, independent businesses play in the life of our community.

Vest Pocket’s April Event Provided Insight and Advice on Social Media Marketing

Vest Pocket Event - April 2016Social Media Marketing experts Brian Seethaler and Jesse Stay led an engaging presentation at our April 20th event. In “Decoding Social Media For Small Business” Brian and Jesse offered insight and advice on how small and independent business owners could best use social media to enhance marketing efforts.

Feel free to reach out to Brian Seethaler or Jesse Stay if you would like to connect or have questions about how best to use social media for your business:

Vest Pocket Educational Events Now FREE to V.P. Members!

vp-logo-med-rev2The Vest Pocket Business Coalition board of directors has been working to improve our events, including how we charge attendees. For all remaining educational events in 2016, and starting with our March 16 lunchtime event, How To Find Business Mentors (and Why You Need One!), members of Vest Pocket will be able to attend educational events for free! The fee for non-members is $20.00 per event. However, non-members can also opt to purchase an annual membership for $95.00 and the event fee will be waived on the spot.

Why is Vest Pocket making this change? To make being a member of Vest Pocket more rewarding! In a nutshell, Vest Pocket want our members to get more value out of your memberships. Take advantage of the new policy and join us for the March 16 event! Click here to register now.

Jon Parry
Board President
Phone: (385) 743-1394

Vest Pocket Survey

The Results Are In… From The Vest Pocket Members Survey!

Vest Pocket Survey

Last month, we asked Vest Pocket members and friends to participate in a survey to determine which educational events would have the most value to owners of local, independent businesses.

Here’s a summary of the results:

The majority of respondents prefer lunchtime events (46%) over morning events (32%) or evening events (15%). In response, we’ll increase the number of Vest Pocket lunch events. We’ll also continue to hold several morning events!

Respondents expressed the greatest interest in the following topics:

  • How to Find a Business Mentor
  • How to Leverage Social Media as a Catalyst for Sales
  • How to Find and Retain The Best Employees
  • Managing Cash Flow
  • 5 Tips for Better Networking at Your Next Business Event
  • Forming Strategic Partnerships
  • Building a Team – Incentivizing Employees to Higher Performance

In response, we’re scheduling educational events for the remainder of 2016 that reflect your valued input. We start next month, March 16, with the lunchtime event:

“How To Find a Business Mentor (& Why You Need One!)”

Registration for this event will begin this Thursday so watch your email and social media channels for the link to register.

Thanks again for your valuable input and thanks for supporting Vest Pocket!

Jon Parry
Board President
Phone: (385) 743-1394