vest-pocket-icon-newsUtah Independent Business Coalition (UIBC) News

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

Call For Nominations to the VP Board of Directors

Do you or someone you know have a heart for supporting our local, independent businesses?  As we begin 2016, Vest Pocket seeks nominations for new board members.  The Vest Pocket board is a working board, and the organization has a tradition of providing valuable advocacy, education, and social events for our business community.

Vest Pocket had a busy 2015, and new projects will be implemented in 2016, including a new business mentor roundtable and several business education events, as well as on-going advocacy efforts.  Click here to learn more about Vest Pocket.

Multiple board positions may be filled this year, and people with finance/accounting; event planning; public outreach, fund raising, or grant writing; and management/administrative skills would help round out the current board members’ diverse backgrounds and skill sets, although business owners and people with other professional expertise and skills sets are all sought for nomination.  

Board members must attend monthly board meetings and serve on at least one committee (advocacy, education, or membership), with the monthly time commitment averaging about 5 hours. 

You may nominate a friend or yourself.  Interviews with prospective board members will begin in February, and persons elected to the board will begin service in April 2016.  For more information, or to nominate yourself or someone else to the board, please contact Vest Pocket’s current President Jon Parry at (385) 743-1394 or via email