Independent Business Conference set for Salt Lake City

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) THe 2017 Independent Business Conference is set for Salt Lake City. Local business and entrepreneurship manager Silvia Castro amd Kristen Lavlett from Local First joined Good Morning Utah with Hailey Higgins to talk about the conference.

Hosted by Local First Utah and Salt Lake City Economic Development, the 2017 Independent Business Conference will focus on the theme of “Building A City of Neighborhoods.”

This conference is designed for local small business owners, and will be a one-of-a-kind event for Salt Lake City’s business community. With ample opportunities to connect to small business resource providers and other independent business owners, this is a must attend event for startups, established businesses, and those invested in building Salt Lake City’s independent business community.

The keynote speaker will be Dionne Baux, of the National Main Street Center.

Earlier this year two areas in Salt Lake City, State Street and the Granary District, received an official Main Street America designation. Ms. Baux will speak on topics like “Entrepreneurship Ecosystems” and transformational strategies for individual neighborhoods.

Topics covered will include:

  • Learning how to find a business mentor, navigate city hall, and brand locally.
  • Connecting with other independent business owners and resource providers.
  • Hear from experts about “entrepreneurial ecosystems.

The Independent Business Conference takes place on Tuesday, September 12 at the Downtown Public Library, from 8 am to 3 pm. While the conference officially concludes at 3 pm, they will also host Mobile Neighborhood Tours from 3 to 5 pm, visiting businesses in the State Street District, Central Ninth and the Granary District.

Guests on these unique neighborhood tours will see behind the scenes at Epic Brewery, Publik Coffee and Rico Foods. We’ll wrap the day up with a happy hour at Fisher Brewery in the Granary.

Full day conference passes, which include the Mobile Neighborhood Tour cost $50. Conference only tickets cost $35. Tickets are available at or at

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