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Catapult Your Small Business Growth by Building a Contagious Employee Culture

Join Vest Pocket (soon to be Utah Independent Business Coalition) and learn how to “Catapult Your Small Business Growth by Building a Contagious Employee Culture!”. Talent branding expert Tannen Ellis-Graham will offer answers to the following important questions:

  1. With a growing company, what changes can you expect within your employee base, and what can you do to make the culture within your company better for your team?
  2. What do we need to start doing and what do we need to stop doing to promote culture?
  3. What tools can small businesses use measure the scaling of our companies culture?
  4. How do you measure your employees ROI and if what you are doing is working?

When: Thursday, September 13th, 11:45am-1:30pm

Where: Suazo Business Center, 960 W 1700 S, Salt Lake City, UT

Cost: $12/Vest Pocket members or $15/non-members (includes lunch)

This event is presented by Vest Pocket / Utah Independent Business Coalition and the Suazo Business Center

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Order of Events

11:45 am Open Networking, Registration, & Lunch available

12:00 pm Presentation begins

1:30 pm Event Close

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Speaker Bio

Tannen Ellis-Graham

Tannen Ellis-Graham is Manager of Talent Acquisition at Verisys Corporation and Co-Founder of CareerKarma360. Tannen specializes in developing and supporting Company Culture, Employer Branding, and Talent Acquisition for small to mid-sized companies. Tannen works with Executives, Directors, hiring managers, and Career Coaches to create a one-of-a-kind Candidate Experience. She emphasizes, “What goes around, comes around!” Treating candidates to an exceptional hiring experience builds your company’s Employer Brand and creates a positive first impression. Conversely, “What comes around, goes around” how you represent your company in the hiring process can either broadcast your strengths or showcases your company’s weaknesses.

Tannen is the former Director of Human Resources and Director of Operations of the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, the fifth largest aquarium in the United States, and now serves on their Education Advisory Committee. She was the third employee and Director of Operations and HR for FatPipe Networks, an INC 500 Fastest Growing Tech Company. She serves as 2018 Board Member and Director of Workforce Readiness for Salt Lake SHRM, Executive Board Member/Secretary National Speakers Association-Mountain West Chapter, and is Former Chairman of the Department of Workforce Services Employers Compensation Appeals Board.

She lives near Snowbird ski resort in Utah with her husband Tim, daughter Taitlynn, stepdaughter Julia, stepsons Ian and Theo. She loves hiking, skiing, and tries her best to golf.

Karen Halliday

Karen Halliday is a strategic human resources consultant and business owner advocate with BBSI.

Karen has 20 plus years’ experience in the HR field at the manager and director level. She has had the privilege of supporting large corporations including 7-Eleven, Blockbuster, Home Depot, and Taco Bell. Karen is known for helping leaders that run challenging businesses (retail and fast food) to attract and retain talent when unemployment is extremely low. She has a career track record of greatly increasing employee retention by improving the employee experience and company culture.

Karen’s passion is employee development and helping company leaders’ identify the “diamonds in the rough” and then help them develop those employees to becoming highly successful.

Karen first received her Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Salt Lake Community College and then earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She is SHRM-CP and PHR certified.

Karen truly loves being an empty nester with her husband Larry and their two labs and toy poodle. In her spare time she loves to do anything outdoors. She enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, backpacking, traveling and hanging out with her family.

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Join Vest Pocket Business Coalition for the Small Business Summer Mixer on August 23rd!

Small Business Summer MixerMark your calendar and join us for the Small Business Summer Mixer on August 23rd from 5:30 to 8:00pm at Fairmont Park. Come mix and mingle with business professionals from 4 major organizations including Vest Pocket Business Coalition, The Holladay Chamber of Commerce, The Sugar House Chamber of Commerce, and The Utah Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Join us for a great evening of conversation, outdoor games, and camaraderie with other local business owners.

Admission is free – and dinner will be available for purchase from food trucks that will be stationed at the park for the event.

Click below to register for free!

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July’s Unwind Event VP Member Favorite

July’s “Unwind” event received very positive reviews from all who attended.

Unwind with us on the 4th Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. 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 the next “Unwind” at The Ruin (1215 Wilmington, SLC). We’d love to see you there.

The First Ever “Unwind” Event Gets Rave Reviews!

This June, Vest Pocket kicked off a new a new way for local business owners to socialize and relax at the end of the workday.

Unwind with us on the 4th Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. 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 the next “Unwind” at The Ruin (1215 Wilmington, SLC). We’d love to see you there.

Join Us For “Delegating Effectively to Help Your Business Grow”

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Most small business owners understand the importance of delegating, yet few do it effectively. This can lead to lower revenue, slower growth, and increased stress.

Want to learn how to keep your team accountable and trust that things gets done?

Join Vest Pocket Business Coalition at the Suazo Business Center for “Delegating Effectively to Help Your Business Grow”

In this workshop, strategic performance coach & advisor Camilla Kragius will show you how to figure out what to delegate and to whom. You’ll learn how to create a simple system so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time, how to communicate effectively, and why having an organizational chart without employee names is a must for every business.

When: Thursday, June 14th, 11:00am-1:00pm

Where: Suazo Business Center, 960 W 1700 S, Salt Lake City, UT

Cost: $12/Vest Pocket members or $15/non-members (includes lunch)

This event is presented by Vest Pocket Business Coalition and the Suazo Business Center.

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Speaker Bio

Camilla Kragius is a Strategic Performance Coach & Advisor who works with business owners and their teams showing them how to reach that next level and work more efficiently. She believes in using simple tools that give big results. Camilla specializes in time management, productivity, mindset, goal-setting, high performance as well as sales, leadership communication and business strategies. Her clients range from startups to 100 million dollar companies.

Join Us For Our May Event: A Tasting Tour of Dented Brick Distillery on Wednesday, May 16th!

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You’re invited to join Vest Pocket Business Coalition for our special May event after work on Wednesday, May 16th. Join us for a tasting tour at Dented Brick Distillery starting at 5pm. You can sample the various spirits produced at Dented Brick and learn how their distilling process works on this informative tour. Come meet other local, independent business owners and enjoy food from Caputo’s.

This is a private event and pre-registration is required. Be sure to register now to reserve your space on the tour.

When: Wednesday, May 16th, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Where: Dented Brick Distillery, 3100 South Washington Street in Salt Lake (near 3300 South and 300 West)

Cost: $12/members or $15/non-members includes cost for the tasting tour and appetizers

Other: Must be 21 or older to be admitted.

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