Utah Gay and Lesbian Business Expo attracts diverse companies, individuals

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The Utah Gay and Lesbian Business Expo will feature guest speakers, break-out sessions, business to nonprofit relations, networking and much more.

The expo, which is hosted by the Utah Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (formerly known as the Q Business Alliance), kicks off with a social and ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 2, 5:30 p.m., on the 18th floor of the Zions Bank Building, 1 S. Main St., Salt Lake City. The opening social will be a chance for networking among business professionals and individuals. Members of other business associations, such as the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, and state lawmakers and other officials will also attend. On Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m., the expo continues with a keynote speech from Babs De Lay, a veteran business professional in the Utah queer community. This is also where business will present to individuals and other professionals. The event is free but attendees must register at utahgaychamber.org.

The following is a list of businesses and individuals who will have a table at the event:

The Utah Gay and Lesbian  Chamber of Commerce

The Utah Gay Chamber is open to corporations of all sizes, sole proprietors and independent agents regardless of sexual orientation, this is a great place to meet other professionals, make business contacts, promote business and work for the enhancement of Utah’s gay and lesbian community. With two monthly socials, a charity branch, networking and discounts for members, the Chamber is quickly emerging as one of the premier queer organizations in the state.

Insphere Insurance Solutions
insphereis.com/ccardamon, 801-661-9662

Insphere Insurance Solutions representative Christine Cardamon helps individuals and small businesses with health insurance, life insurance, Medicare, supplemental and other coverage. She is focused on personal service focusing on serving the life, health and retirement needs of small businesses, families and individuals.

The PINQ Pages
pinqpages.com, 801-649-6663

More than 25,000 copies of this queer alternative to the yellow-pages are distributed yearly and the listings are also stored online. The only directory in Utah that doesn’t just get tossed in the trash, The PINQ Pages is the most comprehensive source for queer and allied businesses in the state.

BuzzBooster SEO
buzzbooster.com, 801-842-9765

Shahar and Nashlah Boyayan are the founders of Buzz Booster, a mother-daughter operated small business marketing training company and social media agency that specializes in innovative marketing strategies for small business owners. Their mission is to help business owners and entrepreneurs achieve long lasting prosperity. They know what it takes to build a business from scratch and have helped hundreds of businesses grow.

ilovelotus.com, 801-333-3777

LOTUS is the premiere Utah destination for gemstones, crystals, books, custom handmade jewelry and many other goods and services for anyone interested in high-quality items. LOTUS is a great place for those that are familiar and experienced with gemstones and other items but it’s also perfect for those who are new and looking to learn more. There are also classes and workshops on subjects such as meditation and the law of attraction.

The Joint Chiropractic
thejoint.com, 801-467-8683

The Joint offers an alternative approach to healthcare, based on the age old practice of restoring balance by promoting the body’s ability to heal itself. Predicated on the vision that quality of life can be improved through chiropractic care, The Joint brings affordable and convenient chiropractic maintenance services to locally owned and operated clinics nationwide. With the help of dedicated and experienced chiropractors, each clinic offers excellent chiropractic care.

Brown Brothers Catering
brownbrotherscatering.com, 801-607-1891

Brown Brothers Catering offers five-star catering services at realistic prices. The food quality and presentation are among the top in the industry. The menus are filled with exquisite entrees for all tastes. The catering business has been in the family for more than 40 years and Brown Brothers have extensive experience in catering all occasions from large corporate events and wedding receptions to small intimate engagements.

Jim Harris, Attorney
[email protected]

Jim Harris is a family law attorney with more than 10 years experience in estate planning, small business consultations and assisting same-sex couples with legal advice. He also has experience with child custody, parent visitation, adoptions and guardianship issues.

Digital Financial Group

For online and offline business, Digital Financial Group offers business management tools and payment processing options that can combine to streamline operations, offer customers more choices and increase profitability.

Leesa Myers: Positive Change Consultant
[email protected], 801-824-0774

Do you want to feel better? Have you lost hope in your life? Do you believe you will only be happy when you: lose weight, find the right partner, have your own business, have enough money? You are probably saying “yes.” Leesa Myers, a positive change consultant has helped people throughout the world feel better and regain hope. Leesa can help you feel better, remember your dreams and begin to achieve them.

Main Street Studio
main-st-studio.com, 801-484-4247

Main Street Studio is a full service salon with a remarkably different atmosphere that takes pride in its clean, comfortable, unassuming ambiance. Devoted to providing complete customer satisfaction, it is truly a reprise from busy life.

Pumps and Pants Photography
pumpsandpants.com, 801-520-7297

Pumps and Pants offers a photo studio and traveling services for all the diverse photography needs. From family portraits to wedding and commitment ceremonies, owner Sasha Polak is an experienced and creative photographer who caters to a queer clientele. Gays and lesbians can rest assured walking into the studio knowing they’re in the capable and friendly hands of a true “family” member.

Plus Size Consignment
plussizeconsignmentofslc.com, 801-268-3700

Now women in Salt Lake City can recycle their wardrobes by buying, selling and trading plus size clothing. Until now, the large size customer has been the “forgotten woman” in the world of consignment but the average American woman is size 14. As owner of the Greater Salt Lake Woman, Pam Scarpelli introduced fashion to the “curvy woman.” Now as the baby boomers change their life style, she brings recession proof, new and nearly new, ego-friendly recyclable alternatives to the retail clothing market. Consignment jewelry and accessories and new active wear are also featured.

The Window Box
thewindowbox.com, 801-546-3649

As Northern Utah’s premier florist, the Window Box has just the right flowers and gifts to make any day special. With complete floral services for every occasion, featuring the designs of Tracy Barlow, Davis County’s only AIFD accredited designer, they look forward to an opportunity to be of service.

Zions Bank
zionsbank.com, 1-800-974-8800

Zions Bank is a community bank with the unique ability to offer a full array of financial services to clients throughout the market area. The main goal is to create value — real value for clients; value for the communities they serve; and value for their employees. Zions Bank changed their discrimination policy to protect gay and transgender employees two years ago.

Now & Again
nowandagainslc.com, 801-364-0664

Downtown Salt Lake City’s hippest consignment shop featuring a wonderful eclectic mix of vintage and modern home furnishings, lighting, artwork and accessories. Secondhand-chic to mid century modern and more. Always excepting fabulous consignment.

Reliv International
reliv.com, 801-556-5134

Reliv’s cutting-edge formulas deliver optimal nutrient levels in forms that are readily absorbed by the body. Reliv nutrition works. This proven, home-based business opportunity will be hosted by Gaylynn Mauss. More than 60,000 independent Reliv entrepreneurs in 15 countries own and operate Reliv businesses. Reliv is mission-driven to make a real difference in the world by offering individuals the chance to make a difference themselves.

Accounting & More, Inc.
tonijohnson.net, 801-410-4792

For those that need a tax preparer they can feel comfortable with, Toni Johnson is the perfect match. With business and personal solutions, she can help with everything from bookkeeping to personal tax returns. Whether starting a business or looking for a helping hand this season, contact Toni!

Security National Mortgage Company
[email protected], 801-300-5551

Because each client has unique needs and goals, Omee Milavong with Security National Mortgage Company will strive to meet those specific needs with a wide array of mortgage products and investment tools. Best of all, she provides best-in-class customer service and individual attention. She offers great rates and a full spectrum of mortgage products that are sure to satisfy each customer. By effectively communicating all options and the progress of each loan, there will have less stress and a great experience while we serve you.

Dogs R Us
dogsrusslc.com, 801-485-7387

The city’s best-kept secret for daycare, boarding and award-winning grooming and training plus a full retail store at 1458 S. Main Street, Salt Lake City. Winners of the QSaltLake Fabby Award for best grooming and four-time winners of Best of Salt Lake in dog training.

BEAU (Broadview Entertainment Arts University)
beau.broadviewuniversity.edu, 801-300-4300

BEAU offers a unique blend of artistic, technical and business training in the creative arts, empowering students to pursue their passions in a broad range of fields within the entertainment arts industry—including television and film. BEAU is accredited by Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to offer Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science and Associate degrees.

Winder Farms
winderfarms.com, 801-969-3401

Winder Farms has been providing fresh dairy to the doorsteps of tens of thousands of Utah homes since 1880. However, they’re no longer just a milkman. In addition to milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, fresh squeezed juices, and cookie dough; we now deliver fresh fruits, vegetables, salads, freshly made pasta, all-natural bacon and sausage and more! In fact, they now deliver over 300 products that come fresh from the farm, like a farmers market on wheels.

Johnston Construction
[email protected], (801) 577-8394

Johnston Construction is a licensed and insured general contractor specializing in new construction, remodels, basements, kitchens, baths, decks and cedar pergolas. They provide reliable and quality craftsmanship every time. The company has grown in a down economy through hard work and great communication. They do large custom projects and small remodels. Clients enjoy the detailed hands on approach and the great contractor and client communication.


KRCL is a volunteer-driven, non-profit, listener-supported community radio station.The station provides media exposure for music, ideas and viewpoints that are under-represented in mainstream commercial media. KRCL airs 56 different music programs and 27 public affairs programs each week and provides a diverse selection of music programming.

More information on the Utah Gay and Lesbian Business Expo is at UtahGayChamber.org.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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