On September 4th, the Wyoming State Chambers will be hosting their Fall Conference at the Cam-Plex. The event will bring the Wyoming Economic Development Association and Wyoming Main Street programs together for three days of networking and seminars.
Not only is this an opportunity for the Campbell County Chamber to show other Wyoming Chambers around Gillette, it will be a good community building experience. Keynote speaker Patrick McGaughey, and guest speakers like Sam Chapman from the National Association for Business Economists will be presenting to a combination of organizations that work to improve Wyoming every day.
"We're exited to host, as Gillette has not been the site of this conference for many years," says Executive Director, Gail Lofing. "This will be a chance for people from outside of Campbell County to see what we've done to improve our community."
Attendees will be touring the new Area 59 facility at Gillette College and businesses like L&H Industrial. Though the conference is Wednesday through Friday, you can choose to attend just one day, or even specifically just the Economic Development portion of the event.
Click here to register for the event or check out the conference schedule.
The Campbell County Lodging Tax Joint Powers Board announces that Campbell County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CCCVB) Executive Director Mary Silvernell, whose responsibility is to market and promote Campbell County to leisure, group and sports travel, has submitted notice of her retirement this coming December 2019.
In conjunction with Silvernell’s retirement, the Campbell County Lodging Tax Joint Powers Board and the Gillette Main Street Board are announcing a partnership of the two entities under the direction of one Executive Director. Current Gillette Main Street Executive Director Jessica Seders has been named to serve as Executive Director of both organizations.
Silvernell has been the Executive Director of the CCCVB since February 1, 2010. She has served and continues to serve on several community boards, including the Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition, the Campbell County CARE Board, the Public Land Board, and Devils Tower Natural History Association. Silvernell is a 2011 GALI graduate, a Leadership Wyoming 2013 graduate, and is a member of Campbell County’s Air Service Enhancement committee.
“Mary has proudly served as Executive Director for more than nine years in Campbell County. She is an accomplished executive who has partnered with lodging businesses, local sports and event organizers, and local venues and attractions to recruit more leisure travelers and groups to stay in Campbell County”, said Curtis R. Burdette, Chair of the Campbell County Lodging Tax Joint Powers Board. “Mary’s outstanding performance in budgeting, communication with stakeholders, and developing relationships with hospitality and tourism partners has benefited our communities of Gillette, Wright and all citizens of Campbell County.”
With Summer kicking in to high gear, there will be lots of visitors to Gillette and Campbell County, and they're not all going to stop in to the Chamber for a folding map. Google has started an app called "Trips," which allows you to plan your entire vacation through Google search results.
"The best way for Wyoming businesses to take advantage of Google Trips is by claiming their online business listing, and adding important business details that users want to know when searching for things to do on their Wyoming vacation," says Wyoming SBDC's Market Researcher, Nicholas Giraldo.
Whether or not your business can be found on Google Maps or your event can be seen on Facebook (or the new Visitor's Bureau events calendar) is more and more important, as people are using their phones to navigate through unfamiliar places when they travel. According to Google, while foot traffic in retail stores has declined by 57% in the past five years, the value of every visit to a brick-and-mortar location has nearly tripled.
That's because consumers prefer small business to big box stores. Now, no matter when or where you are, you can research a product, narrow down your choices, compare reviews, and make a decision before you set foot in a store. Finding a local retailer on your smart phone when you're deciding what to buy is key to maximizing the potential of your foot traffic.
One free way to boost your marketing potential is to "claim" your listings on review sites on Google, Yelp, and Tripadvisor. All three websites can combine to boost your revenue by 36%. Marketing magazine Street Fight says that in their research, businesses that claim no listings earn 24% less in average annual revenue than their competitors.
We are available to help you set up your Google business listing or Facebook page if you haven't already. Please call us at the Chamber at (307) 682-3673 to schedule an appointment. You can also contact the Wyoming SBDC in Campbell County at (307) 682-5232, they can help you establish your Google My Business page.
And if you already have a Facebook or Instagram page and wants to be featured on "Follow Friday," message us on our page or email Brenda Kirk.
Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC has been named one of the top twenty best employers in the Senior Living industry by Lincoln, Nebraska–based healthcare-intelligence firm NRC Health. The award recognizes and ranks senior-care organizations across the country for engaging and inspiring their employees.
“We’re incredibly honored to be recognized with this award,” said BJ Schaefbauer, President of Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC. “We’ve always known that the heart of Primrose is our employees, and this distinction is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our teams throughout the Primrose family.”
“I’m so proud of the work we do together every day,” said Chipper Hill, Executive Director of Primrose of Gillette. “Our entire team here in Gillette is wonderful! Each of us is committed to making this a great place to live and work.”
Only twenty Senior Living organizations earned this prestigious distinction, of which Primrose ranked sixteenth. Winners were selected according to the results from NRC Health’s 2018 Employee Experience Survey. To qualify, organizations must have a high percentage of respondents willing to recommend their locations as places to work, which strongly correlates to employee engagement, organizational loyalty, and job satisfaction.
“In senior living, employee culture makes all the difference,” said Stephanie Kolbo, NRC Health’s Vice President of Business Development. “These organizations have developed working environments that both create and sustain employee engagement, so workers can dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to care. NRC Health commends these organizations for their dedication to their staff.”
Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC, headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, provides high-quality independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities across the country which specialize in personalized services and resident-focused care. The mission of Primrose Retirement Communities is to create happy and healthy living environments for seniors. Since the opening of the first Primrose community in Aberdeen in 1991, Primrose has grown to include 40 locations in 17 states.
“With eighty men I could ride through the entire Sioux nation.” The story of the Fetterman Fight, near Fort Phil Kearney in present-day Wyoming in 1866, is based entirely on this infamous declaration attributed to Capt. William J. Fetterman. Historical accounts cite this statement in support of the premise that bravado and contempt for the fort’s commander, Col. Henry B. Carrington, compelled Fetterman to disobey direct orders from Carrington and lead his men into an ambush by an alliance of Plains Indians.
In the aftermath of the incident, Carrington’s superiors positioned him as solely accountable for the “massacre” by suppressing exonerating evidence. In the face of this betrayal, Carrington’s first and second wives came to their husband’s defense by publishing books presenting his version of the deadly encounter. Although several of Fetterman’s soldiers and fellow officers disagreed with the women’s accounts, their chivalrous deference to women’s moral authority during this age of Victorian sensibilities enabled Carrington’s wives to present their story without challenge.
Tuesday, April 23, 6 pm at the Campbell County Rockpile Museum, Shannon Smith, Executive Director, Wyoming Humanities will give a presentation on Women and the Myth of the Fetterman Fight. She is the author of “Give Me Eighty Men”: Women and the Myth of the Fetterman Fight, winner of the 2009 Wyoming State Historical Society non-fiction book award and is working on a biography of Frances Grummond Carrington, one of the officers’ wives who wrote about her experiences in Wyoming Territory.
In 2013, Shannon was selected as the sixth executive director for Wyoming Humanities, our state’s affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and one of 56 state and territorial humanities councils. She grew up in Gordon, Nebraska, 15 miles south of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney where she received a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1982 and worked for two decades in the software industry in New York City, Boston, and Denver. Shannon returned to the University of Nebraska where she received a master’s in American History in 2001 and began her teaching and writing career focusing on women in the West and in Wyoming in particular. From 2002-2009 she taught at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
The Campbell County Rockpile Museum is located at 900 W 2nd Street in Gillette. This presentation is free, and open to the public.
"I have enjoyed hearing how the Gillette Area Leadership Institute has evolved since I was a part of it. I have always encouraged everyone to be a part of GALI, to learn about our fabulous community and all that it offers, as well as participating in the many networking and marketing opportunities that are available at an exceptional value to its members."
Chele Schamber recently took over the Miss Wyoming Scholarship Organization as the Executive Director. They are looking to build a new board with representation from across the state.
Miss America 2.0 has created an evolution for the program from a pageant focus to a competition that centers on the candidate and talent. It provides young women an opportunity to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of unique national and community-based programs. Miss America partners with Children's Miracle Network to fundraise in all states as well as give state titleholders an opportunity to mentor children.
This year, the Miss Wyoming and Outstanding Teen competition is located in Sheridan, Wyoming on June 22nd, at the Wyo Theatre. This is the only state qualifier for Miss America and Miss America's Outstanding Teen.
Titleholders spend a year of service promoting their personal platform, travel throughout the state performing their talent and giving public addresses and appearances at various events. This program not only provides scholarship funds but an opportunity to gain public speaking experiences, network with businesses throughout the state, sponsorships throughout the country and build friendships throughout the United States.
For a list of open volunteer positions and their descriptions, click here. For a board application, click here.
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.
Devils Tower National Monument always has something going on for visitors, and this summer -- with the help of the the Devils Tower Natural History Association -- is going to be jam-packed with educational and fun events.
Ranger programs are presented year-round, but in the summers from Memorial Day to Labor Day, there will be evening presentations Sunday through Thursday starting at 8:30 p.m. in the amphitheater across from the picnic area. Here's the big list of events starting this week: