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Coalition & Cocktails Event a Success

Our Coalition & Cocktails event on August 17th was a great success. Thank you to all that attended with special thanks to Amy Leininger and Rheda Fouad of The RUIN for hosting the event, James Fowler from Sugar House Distillery for donating vodka for our signature drink (The Coalition Cooler), and to Candace Pulli and Chef Shaun of Lazy Day Café for catering for the wonderful food. Special thanks to Vest Pocket Events Committee Chair Rena Ferguson who produced the event!

Join Vest Pocket For Our Annual Holiday Party On Thurs., Dec. 7th at 7:30pm

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Our Holiday Party is just around the corner! Come mix and mingle with your friends at Vest Pocket Business Coalition the evening of Thursday, December 7, 2017. We’ll be enjoying great food and drink from local companies as we celebrate the holidays at Cactus & Tropicals.

Reacquaint yourself with old friends and meet business owners and professionals who are part of our local independent business community as we close out 2017 and look forward to 2018! Please RSVP and invite your friends and colleagues to join, too.

Admission: $10/person – Members | $15/person – Non Members

Location: Cactus & Tropicals, 2735 South 2000 East, SLC

Date & Time: Thursday, December 7th from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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“Coalition & Cocktails” on Aug. 17th!

Coalition & Cocktails
Just a few days left until our Summer Social. Cool off with us at our Coalition & Cocktails fundraising social on August 17th. Enjoy a cocktail or beverage of your choice and learn about Vest Pocket Business Coalition and our mission to build a stronger independent business community in Utah. Get to know other area small business owners and hear how you can be a part of the Coalition’s advocacy, mentoring, and educational outreach efforts.

Admission includes free hors d’oeuvres. There will be a cash bar for wine, beer, and cocktails.

Join us after work on Aug. 17th at The RUIN in Sugarhouse.

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Vest Pocket’s mission is to build a stronger independent business community in Utah through advocacy, education, and social networking. Your input is crucial in helping us to present educational events with the maximum value to small business owners.

Please take our 3-minute survey and let us know which Educational Events you would be most interested in attending over the next year. Click the link below to start

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Vest Pocket Business Coalition Elects New Officers

Doug Burton - President - and Rebecca Yates - Vice President

Doug Burton (Board President) and Rebecca Yates (Board Vice President)

The Vest Pocket Business Coalition has elected new officers to the positions of President and Vice President of the organization. Doug Burton takes over as President from Jon Parry (JDP Law) who served as president from 2015-2017 and remains on the board.

Rebecca Yates will fill the newly created role of Vice President.

Board Member Catherine Pray takes over as Secretary from Westminster College’s Ryan Lewis, who has served as Secretary for the past four years.

Board member Carol Elliott is the new Advocacy Committee Chair and will continue to advocate for local, independent business by working with legislators and policy-makers at all levels of government.

Doug Burton is the co-owner of Saltworks (saltworksdigital.com), a local web development and digital marketing agency. Prior to Saltworks, Doug served as Senior Vice President of Creative for InTouch and InStore Broadcasting Network, retail media companies that provide radio, video, and interactive content for grocery stores and drug stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Rebecca Yates is the owner of Ark Insurance Solutions (ark-ins.com), a local, independently owned insurance agency. Rebecca is also a Westminster College Alumni Board Member and completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in 2014.

Catherine Pray is the Senior Partner of Blueprint Summer Programs (www.bpsummerprograms.com) , a pre-college academic program for high school students focusing on college and career readiness.  Cat is a lawyer by trade but left the practice to pursue other passions.  Besides working for Blueprint she owns a local retail dancewear store and teaches dance.

Carol Elliott is the owner of Paletti, a local clothing boutique on Highland Drive in Salt Lake City (palettislc.com). Prior to opening Paletti, Carol worked for Federated Department Stores (now Macy Corp) Management in both stores and central operation work with Corporate Offices.