SALT LAKE CITY – The city has teamed up with Local First Utah and Vest Pocket Business Coalition to sponsor the third annual Neighborhood Business Conference.

The conference will be held Thursday at the University of Utah’s Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building from 7:30 a.m.–noon.  The purpose of the conference is to assist business districts with marketing and branding initiatives and to provide resources and support for Salt Lake City’s small local businesses.  

This year’s conference will focus on the “local effect” and how dollars spent at local businesses support the local economy. The “local effect” theory ties service, retail and community together, regardless of whether someone is a home-based business, an accountant or a service professional. Attendees will hear from leaders within the community as well as Dan Houston, from Civic Economics, who analyzes the economics of regional retail and service activities.

A continental breakfast and box lunch will be provided.

For more information, please visit, or call Jessica Thesing at 801-535-7159.