"In my time volunteering for the Chamber, I hope to ensure we address current issues that impact our local businesses. I also hope to expand our networking capabilities, and bring affordable education and training to our members, so they may grow in their businesses.
"Being on the Board has given me a different view of our community concerns, which allows me to see where my business might be helpful in areas I had not considered before. For example, working with staff on the Innovate & Grow Conference, allows me to educate small business owners that I might never reach otherwise.
"In my discussions with family, friends, and business acquaintances, I see how they can benefit from the Chamber's advocacy, education and support. I encourage businesses to be a part of the Chamber to help grow their visibility in the community and expand their networks."
A new partnership between CyberWyoming and the Cybersecurity Collaborative brings national content and experts to Wyoming technology professionals.
“The Cybersecurity Collaborative was founded by a group of Industry-Leading CISOs that, with our Community Membership Leadership Council, created these forums so security professionals that wear multiple hats can be immediately updated by Fortune 1000 subject matter experts on cyber challenges they face,” said Stuart Cohen, Chief Executive Officer of the Cybersecurity Collaborative.
CyberWyoming’s aim is to pull communities together and advance the security of Wyoming through information sharing. The Cybersecurity Collaborative brings benefits like a morning security report and community member Q&A calls with leading subject matter experts, working well with CyberWyoming’s vision.
Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums (CWAM) is excited to announce that Emily Graslie, The Field Museum’s Chief Curiosity Correspondent and host of the science YouTube channel The Brain Scoop, will be the keynote speaker at CWAM’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Gillette, Wyoming. The annual meeting will be held May 23 to 25 at CAM-PLEX, 1635 Reata Dr., and Emily will speak at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24. Tickets will be available March 1 at CWAM-US.org.
Born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota, Emily has been a museum advocate since 2011, when she began volunteering at the University of Montana’s Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum. In 2013, she joined The Field Museum where she uses a variety of new media to communicate the importance of natural history museums with the world. Emily has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including the American Alliance of Museum's Nancy Hanks Award for Professional Excellence. She’s a six-time Webby Award honoree and nominee in the ‘Online Science/Education Channel’ and ‘Web Personality/Host’ categories; a member of the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list in Education; and was named as a ‘Person of the Year’ in 2017 by the Chicago Tribune.
The theme for the Annual Meeting is “Energy for Impact,” focusing on re-energizing museum workers and volunteers and, in turn, energizing the public. On this topic, Emily will speak about the value of curiosity and its impactful role in museums.
Learn more about the Annual Meeting at CWAM-US.org. Tickets will be available March 1. Session proposals will be accepted through Feb. 1.
The CWAM 2019 Annual Meeting is generously supported in part by grants from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources; the Papers of William F. Cody; and the Campbell County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
MKB's The Reservoir, a restaurant and bar in Pine Haven near Keyhole State Park, is one of the Campbell County Chamber's newest members.
The newly remodeled and renovated space also has a revamped menu. They've been going strong for a few months now, adding special events all the time, like Thursday Ladies Night, and a Vendors Show over the holidays.
This coming Tuesday, February 5, they'll be hosting a Sip 'N Paint event. It includes all materials, even the apron. All ages are welcome.
You can follow The Reservoir on Facebook or Instagram, or RSVP to the event here.
"With my time on the board, I hope to listen to our local businesses and find ways that we can help them to succeed in our community, making them as a business - as well as our community - stronger. By serving on the board I have been able to get to grow in my personal understanding of the business environment of Campbell County. This has helped me better understand my customers, and allows me to find the right solutions that we offer that best benefit them.
"I personal choose to advocate for the Chamber by serving as an Energizer, representing publicly the Chamber to our business community. I also utilize the relationships I have built in our community, to help the businesses that I work with to understand what is available to them through our local Chamber."
According to a recent report from the Wyoming Economic Analysis Division, sales and use tax collections in fiscal year 2018 were up 15.3%, while lodging tax revenue went up 13.6%.
The report is produced annually and contains sales and use tax collection information categorized by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) super sector. Total sales and use tax collections reached $910.7 million across the state. The year over year growth rate for the state-imposed 4% tax collections was 17.1 percent, in contrast to a decline of 8.2 percent in the previous year.
“Because of two consecutive declines in fiscal years 2016 and 2017, the amount of total sales and use taxes for fiscal year 2018 was still 15.0 percent lower than that of fiscal year 2015, before the economic downturn in the state,” said Dr. Wenlin Liu, Chief Economist with the Economic Analysis Division.
As supply and demand rebalance, both oil and natural gas prices, particularly oil prices, have rebounded considerably since early 2016. Consequently, activities in mineral exploration gradually picked up, as evidenced by the increase of active drilling rigs in the state from twenty in early 2017 to nearly thirty in 2018.
Information and agricultural services showed declines, but the state’s pivotal industry, mining (including oil & gas extraction), demonstrated the largest increase, at 57.2 percent, during the year.
“Around 20% of collections are from the mining industry, therefore the changes in total sales and use tax collections in Wyoming have been greatly affected by the dramatic swing in mineral activities,” Liu commented.
Campbell County showed a boost of 19.9%, with over 20 million dollars more collected than in 2017. The strong sales tax expansion was mainly driven by increased oil and/or natural gas drilling activities.
September was National Mortgage Professional Month, and First Northern Bank of Wyoming celebrated by introducing each of their mortgage lenders on Facebook.
One such real estate expert is Ashley Jastren, one of our Chamber Energizers and a 2018 graduate of our Gillette Area Leadership Institute.
"I have two wonderful boys, Joshua (7 years old) and Landon (3 years old). We also have two dogs, Brudus and Buddie," Ashley writes. "When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my family. We all enjoy camping, fishing, and anything outdoors."
Ashley also volunteers in community food drives and for the Salvation Army.
A comment and a like on Ashley's bio (or one of their other three home lenders) earned you a chance at winning a $1200 mortgage payment for October. The winner was Ashley Musselman Kolb. Congrats to both Ashleys!
The Wyoming Farmers' Market Association is heading in to their twelfth year hosting an annual conference for local farmer's markets.
This year the program will kick off with "Foodpreneur" Marty Butts, owner of Small Potatoes, a national marketing, advocacy and consulting firm that specializes in working with small scale and start-up food product companies seeking to launch and grow their businesses. Marty will discuss how to start production, market and SELL your food products.
The conference will also feature specialists from the University of Wyoming like Cole Ehmke, and presenters like Tate Belden, founder of the Natrona County Beekeeper's Association. For those of you interested in greenhouses, a "Dome Greenhouse Building Workshop" will be offered starting Friday afternoon. The conference is September 28 - 29 in Casper, and you can find a schedule and more information at WyomingFarmersMarkets.org. Registration for the conference is $50 for both days, and includes lunches.
Where can you learn web design, hone your Microsoft skills, and get tips on succession planning for your business?
The Campbell County Public Library System, specifically Campbell County Public Library and Wright Branch Library, is the correct answer.
The learning opportunities offered by your libraries now extend beyond the buildings themselves to online. They are accessible from office and home, and it’s free to cardholders.
Lynda.com is a website with more than 3,000 courses and more than 130,000 videos from web design, marketing and media production, to business essentials. It typically costs $24.99 a month to subscribe to the site. But cardholders at any county library can get all of Lynda’s content for free. The idea is to give patrons another way to continue learning when the libraries are closed or when they cannot make a visit.
“You can learn things from online marketing to word processing skills. There's a boatload of information there in the database,” says Adult Program Coordinator Genevieve Schlekeway.
Patrons can get to Lynda.com by logging in through the library’s website with their library card and pin numbers. After creating an account – which only requires a name and e-mail address – users are set. They can watch any videos, create playlists, download course files and bookmark pages.
Once signed up, library members can get access to Lynda at the library, on their desktop computers or on their mobile devices. The only caveat is that they must use a web browser, not the Lynda app.
“We’re excited to be able to offer the opportunity to use the library’s services without necessarily being in the building,” said CCPLS Executive Director Terri Lesley. “We want to be accessible to patrons on their own time and at their own pace.”
The Lynda.com videos are more in-depth and have higher production values than many tutorials on YouTube, library Lesley said. The website is owned by LinkedIn.
To get free Lynda.com access as a Campbell County Public Library System cardholder, visit: ccpls.info/Lynda