A Leg Up

Original Airdate: 
June 2019

Everyone needs a helping hand. Whether you’re a new American looking to start a business, a cowboy staring down an angry bull or a new local band looking to make it big, Spice Kitchen Incubator, the Circle J. Rodeo Company, and Velour Live Music Gallery are there to help.  

If you want to make it in the Utah music scene, you have to play at Velour Live Music Gallery. Located in downtown Provo, the eclectic music venue has propelled local acts such as Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, The Moth and the Flame, and The National Parks to stardom — and none of it would be possible without the behind-the-scenes work of founder Corey Fox. Corey sees his work as a meaningful way to give back to the community he loves — and the community, as it turns out, has surprising ways to return the favor.  

A project of the International Rescue Committee, Spice Kitchen Incubator provides support for new Americans looking to start a business in Utah, and introduces Salt Lake City to its newest neighbors. Bhutan House Restaurant in Sandy is one of its success stories, and is owned & operated by Bhutanese refugee Kamal Sharma Niroula and his family. Where Kamal brings the knowledge of traditional Bhutanese dishes to the table, Spice Kitchen helps its budding entrepreneurs navigate the rules and regulations and get their business up and running.  

For Casey and Stacy Mascaro of the Circle J. Rodeo Company in Fairfield, rodeo has always been a family affair. While the company itself has been a family business since 1965, Casey, Stacy and their sister Tammy McKee have found a second family in rodeo. When you’re in the ring, you entrust your life to your fellow cowboys. It’s a tight-knit community, and one that always has your back — inside the ring or out. 

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