Insurance Broker and Business Owner, Rebecca Yates, Also Advocates for Change

Current Vice President of Vest Pocket Business Coalition Rebecca Yates, owner of Ark Insurance Solutions, was looking for more opportunities to learn about political advocacy when she joined Vest Pocket in 2016. Yates has a daughter with Autism and advocating for an education bill got her up on Capitol hill for the first time.

“I have always been passionate about small business, I have grown as a business owner and a person, having been involved with Vest Pocket,” Yates said. “Being able to set up a series on addressing the mental health of business owners, where studies have shown that they are under the same levels of stress similar to combat veterans, has been a great opportunity. We need more members so we can really start effecting change.”

Vest Pocket is a collaborative association of Utah’s locally owned small businesses that was born out of necessity in 1997. The issue that sparked the first movement, were local parking ordinances that were put into place making parking very difficult for certain small business owners and their customers. Together, those businesses banded together and fought to make changes that would accommodate the needs of the businesses, the consumer and the city.

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