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It's a frigid, blustery January day in Guernsey, Wyoming. As snow flurries whip through the air, a helmet-clad man climbs into a bucket lift, hoisting himself...
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Posted on Feb 13, 2019
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Three Wyoming startups received $170,000 in January from two Wyoming Business Council grant programs.  This money provides the potential for the creation of 21 to 35 jobs in...
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Posted on Feb 13, 2019
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Old Stoney may have suffered a brief setback when it came time to install the elevator, but the renovation is still bringing changes to the...
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Posted on Feb 08, 2019
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On a vast swath of prairie lined with 79 wind turbines, new blades are delivered on the backs of 18-wheelers. Laine Anderson navigates the snow-packed...
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Posted on Feb 04, 2019
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In 2019, Wyoming will mark 150 years of women’s suffrage in the state – half a century before the U.S. ratified the 19th amendment. To...
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Posted on Feb 01, 2019
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2018 was an interesting year for our region. From elections and population growth to an evolving debate about public lands use, the Mountain West News...
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Posted on Jan 30, 2019
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There is an AI revolution taking place in Wyoming, and it's changing the way Wyoming companies operate. It is being led by research, but a...
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Posted on Jan 28, 2019
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Technology is making it possible for Wyoming entrepreneurs to reach customers across the state and the country. Patrick Kelley, owner of Kelley Integrity Safety Solutions, is...
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Posted on Jan 25, 2019
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What would you do to guarantee that your business was on firm legal footing? For companies in the blockchain space the answer is easy -...
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Posted on Jan 23, 2019
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Owners of historic, commercial buildings located in traditional downtown districts are invited to submit a pre-application to determine eligibility for the Historic Architecture Assistance Fund. If...
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Posted on Jan 21, 2019
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We live in an environment where we are constantly connected at the touch of a button, and yet more and more isolated. That environment creates less need for traditional...
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Posted on Jan 17, 2019
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Both of Wyoming’s U.S. senators addressed the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation at the group’s annual meeting Thursday and discussed the actions they are pursuing on...
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Posted on Jan 04, 2019
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SHERIDAN — Wyoming’s mining sector continued to grow in the first quarter of 2018, improving the state’s overall employment and total payroll, but that growth...
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Posted on Jan 02, 2019
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The oil and gas industry continues to drive down unemployment rates in parts of Wyoming, though the state average remains higher than national numbers. The U.S....
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Posted on Dec 28, 2018
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SHERIDAN — Wyoming’s economy has experienced strong growth this year and has already exceeded last year’s economy in several key metrics, according to Jim Robinson,...
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Posted on Dec 26, 2018
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It is no secret that today the world is online, and small businesses are no different. If you think of your website as the digital welcome mat...
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Posted on Dec 23, 2018
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Experienced patent attorney Henry Nowak has joined the University of Wyoming as director of technology transfer and business resources. “He has a depth and range of...
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Posted on Dec 21, 2018
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The youngsters that adore the Rusty the Ranch Horse children’s book series would say the books are about a sweet, playful horse and his friends...
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Posted on Dec 20, 2018
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A shortage of the right type of housing to fit local needs is a common challenge for all Wyoming communities. Unmet housing needs lead to higher costs...
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Posted on Dec 19, 2018
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It has been a busy and productive year at the Wyoming Business Council. From Weatherby's big announcement to opening a trade office in Taiwan and...
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Posted on Dec 18, 2018
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The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors recommended four Business Ready Community (BRC) funding requests and approved six Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications during its Dec. 6 meeting in...
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Posted on Dec 17, 2018
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Marketing as if you were bigger begins with an understanding of what the big brands do and, maybe more importantly, what they don’t do. Here...
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Posted on Nov 20, 2018
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International trade involves a lot of rules, regulations and terms that can be confusing to a small business owner, but that shouldn’t stop you from...
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Posted on Nov 19, 2018
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For nearly 40 years, Wyoming has been the largest coal producer in the United States. Its communities and their identities have been inextricably tied to the resource,...
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Posted on Nov 16, 2018
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CHEYENNE — If you’re looking to start up a business, the Wyoming Business Council may be the best place to start. The council launched applications Monday...
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Posted on Nov 15, 2018
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(StatePoint) If you’ve ever considered going into business for yourself, you may have wondered whether opening a franchise is right for you. Learning more about...
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Posted on Nov 14, 2018
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Hunting, fishing and wildlife watching on Bureau of Land Management lands generate more than $3 billion in economic activity annually, according to...
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Posted on Nov 13, 2018
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On Aug. 31, the Wyoming Broadband Advisory Council officially adopted the Wyoming Broadband Plan as its guiding document in efforts to expand and improve broadband...
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Posted on Nov 12, 2018
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The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors voted unanimously Monday to refine a proposal to study opportunities and challenges to building USDA-inspected meat processing plants in Wyoming. The...
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Posted on Nov 11, 2018
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During the week of Oct. 1, 2018, representatives of the Wyoming Business Council and Wyoming producers are in Taipei, Taiwan, as part of an ongoing trade mission to develop a small-but-steady...
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Posted on Nov 09, 2018
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The Wyoming Business Council launched applications this week for two new grant programs aimed at helping startups in Wyoming thrive. The programs are an outcome of economic diversification...
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Posted on Nov 08, 2018
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The Wyoming Council for Women (WCW) is accepting nominations for the Woman Entrepreneur Award until Nov. 1.  The Council developed the brand-new Entrepreneur Award to recognize and support female-owned businesses in...
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Posted on Nov 07, 2018
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Historically, it’s been relatively easy to obtain a decent paying job in Wyoming without any more schooling than a high school diploma. According to the United...
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Posted on Oct 08, 2018
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CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Business Council, with financial assistance from the state, is laying groundwork for new international trading with Taiwan and, eventually, the larger...
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Posted on Oct 05, 2018
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The Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming Committee or ENDOW presented a 20-year plan to the legislature’s Joint Revenue, Business and Economic Development Committee and...
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Posted on Oct 03, 2018
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Wyoming is ranked 42nd in the nation for growth of women-owned businesses since 2007, with a 22 percent increase in that time. That’s compared to...
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Posted on Oct 01, 2018
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SHERIDAN — Wyoming has long debated how it could develop a more diversified economy that is not as vulnerable to the boom-and-bust cycles caused by...
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Posted on Sep 28, 2018
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As elk hunting season begins sportsmen and -women will find — or seek to find — more than 104,800 elk in the state, a figure...
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Posted on Sep 26, 2018
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Shortly after the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would roll back methane regulations on the nation’s oil and gas industry, officials from Wyoming Department of...
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Posted on Sep 24, 2018
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Colorado-based Techstars, a firm focused on helping entrepreneurs launch new companies, is holding a "Startup Weekend" Sept. 21-23 at the University of Wyoming. Techstars Startup Weekends are...
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Posted on Sep 20, 2018
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The Wyoming Economic Development Association, Wyoming Main Street and Wyoming Chamber organizations will come together for a joint 2018 Fall Conference on Sept. 18-21 at the Roundhouse &...
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Posted on Sep 19, 2018
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The largest economic development investment in the history of the state of Wyoming is coming, and businesses in the Cheyenne area need to prepare themselves to...
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Posted on Sep 18, 2018
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Coal has driven Wyoming’s economy for decades — the state sits on a rich abundance of coal reserves. But the world is slowly moving away from...
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Posted on Aug 29, 2018
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Cash flow issues seem to be a concern for many small businesses. They often stem from a limited understanding of the components of cash flow...
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Posted on Aug 22, 2018
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Upton is located 70 miles east of thirteen open pit coal mines, including the Thunder Basin Coal Mine, the nation's largest. You can arrange to have guided tours to learn more about this critical industry in northeast Wyoming. Upton and Newcastle are on the railroad right-of-way that ships most of the coal to midwestern and eastern markets. There is an average of 75 Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad trains that pass through Weston County daily. This is a train watchers heaven!