Friday, May 29, 2009

Kim and Matt's Excellent Adventure

Matt and I will be hitting the open trail bright and early Monday morning for a week-long trip through our great state.

Our mission: To gather video, photos, interviews, etc., on Business Council community development and business ready projects, and to get fodder for publications, ads and other PR needs the WBC may have.

Join us on the road as we blog, tweet, and YouTube about our adventures!

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Happy trails!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Keeping Wyoming beautiful

We have to say: Wyoming is a darn beautiful state. But even those fortunate enough to be naturally gorgeous need a little help every now and then.

The Business Council and Wyo. Travel and Tourism spent some time last Friday walking our adopted two-mile strip of interstate picking up trash and debris to keep Wyoming the way Mother Nature made.
Part of the team at the beginning of the day...

Team members hard at work...

CEO Bob Jensen scours a drainage ditch for all traces of trash...

New employee Chava Case. We initiate all new employees this way...

A pleasant find amongst the muck...

Ag Division Director Cindy Weibel with another find: a basket for garden tools. Way to reduce, reuse and recycle!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Community Members Helping Community Members

Yesterday I spent the day with attending the Wyoming Rural Development Council's (WRDC) Community Assessment training in Cheyenne.

I usually attend these events as a fly on the wall, shooting video and photos and picking up as much information about the subject as I can, but in this case, I was part of the story.

WRDC’s Community Assessment training is for anyone and everyone interested in stepping up and volunteering to help Wyoming towns create locally-conceived and locally-driven development strategies to improve their communities.

Wyoming Rural Development Council Executive Director Mary Randolph and WRDC Senior Rural Development Specialist Jo Ferguson presented to about 15 community members yesterday in a recruitment push to fill future community assessment resource teams.

The purpose of these teams is to secure a diverse collection of experts in community and economic development to help rural communities discuss, plan and implement strategies that will improve their towns according to their resident's vision.

After individuals train, they are chosen to be on specific teams deployed to specific towns to hold three-day pow wows with community leaders and concerned citizens to nail down the major goals of the town and develop strategies to get there.

According to Randolph, the program has trained more than 500 volunteers and has assessed nearly every incorporated town in Wyoming.

The training provided a good chance to learn more about the WRDC, its mission and its impact on our state.

I highly suggest anyone who is civically minded attend one of these sessions.

To read more about WRDC community assessments, visit:

(by Matt Cox, Marketing & PR, WBC)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cultivating Leaders

The Wyoming Leadership Education and Development Program (L.E.A.D.) is holding a series of recruitment receptions for its next class around the state starting today in Cheyenne and ending June 4 in Riverton.

The receptions are a chance for Wyoming producers to learn more about what the L.E.A.D. program entails - a 14-month adult leadership initiative - and how it can provide tools to help producers enhance their broad-based knowledge, decision-making abilities and leadership skills for a sustainable agriculture in Wyoming.

“We are very proud of the success of the Wyoming L.E.A.D. program, which has been turning out agriculture leaders in the state for the last 25 years,” said Cindy Garretson-Weibel, director of the Wyoming Business Council’s Agribusiness Division. “We look forward to selecting Class 11 and helping them continue to meet the changing needs of Wyoming’s agriculture community.”

Following is the Class 11 Recruitment Reception schedule:

  • May 20, Cheyenne, Wyoming Business Council Board Room, 7 p.m.

  • May 21, Green River, Hampton Inn - John Wesley Powell Room, 7 p.m.
  • June 2, Ag Resource and Learning Center - Midwest Room, 7 p.m.

  • June 3, Buffalo, Best Western Conference Room, 7 p.m.

  • June 4, Riverton, Claim Steak Restaurant Banquet Room, 7 p.m.
"The recruitment receptions are a great way to learn more information about the L.E.A.D. Program and visit with alumni about their experience," said L.E.A.D. program manager Kim Porter.

To learn more about the L.E.A.D. program read the Wyoming Business Council press release:

(by Matt Cox, Marketing & PR, WBC)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

One More Mission

Today was the first Wyoming Honor Flight for Cowboy State veterans, the national program that flies WWII veterans to Washington, D.C., to see their memorial and other nearby national landmarks free of charge.

Wyoming Business Council CEO Bob Jensen took time to escort a team of Wyoming vets on the trip. The group gathered this morning with state, city, and military officials for a send-off ceremony in Cheyenne.

The last time this gritty group of warriors stood shoulder-to-shoulder the fate of the nation rested on their backs. This time, nearly 60 years after the climax of World War II, these same men and women came together again, shoulder-to-shoulder, to celebrate their service.

With round trip boarding passes, a few carry-ons and the well wishes of more than 200 friends, family members and supporters, about 110 World War II veterans from Wyoming prepared to board a plane from Cheyenne to Washington D.C., to visit the monument built on their collective sacrifice.

While in Washington, the veterans will be recognized at a banquet and be present for the memorial’s wreath laying and flag ceremony

The veterans will return to Cheyenne Regional Airport tomorrow.

Stay tuned for Bob's account of the trip.
(by Matt Cox, Marketing & PR, WBC)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Change of address

Welcome to the almost new Wyoming Business Council blog!

We say "almost" because we are in the process of transitioning from our previous home.

The Business Council blog has languished a bit, but we're bringing it back with lots of information, lots of posts, and a brand new look that will hopefully knock your socks off.

Your online WBC personalities are Kim, Matt and Rachel, with a few guest contributers every now and then. Now that you know who we are, let us know about you! Leave us your comments and give us some feedback....

We like talking about doing business in Wyoming and hope you'll join the conversation.


Kim, Matt and Rachel

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

What do you want entrepreneurs?

Well, it's officially been an incredibly long time since I've posted anything on Wyospace. Much apologies.

Today, I was thinking about what we and our partners at the University of Wyoming offer as far as programs that directly benefit entrepreneurs, which lead me to a question: What types of programs would be the most helpful to you as an entrepreneur?

Being Wyoming and all, we can't really offer any meaningful grant programs (which probably is ok) though we do have some pretty good loan programs for equipment and buildings.

Nonetheless, will you do me a favor and comment on this story with some ideas on things we could do to assist you better as an entrepreneur?

Appreciate it!

(by Brandon Marshall, Business & Entrepreneurial Dvlpmt program manager, WBC)