In 2016, Campbell County Health realized that many of their patient rooms were too small, awkward, and limited when it came to accommodating equipment, providers and families. Providers at Campbell County Memorial Hospital toured several other hospitals to see what worked for them, and what they would liked to have done better. A remodel of CCMH began in 2018 with that input, and this week, a new maternal health wing -- Phase I of a project that will be completed next year -- was unveiled.
"I've worked in other places where new units were built. This work team, comprised of staff, was actively involved in planning [the remodel]," says Director of Maternal Child, Josephine LeMaster. "That's huge. You don't see that elsewhere."
Based on projections, there are now less rooms than before, but they will better serve the patients that will stay there. There are now eight "LDRPs," where a patient can go in to labor, deliver, recover, receive postpartum care, and then be discharged, all from the same room. There are also three postpartum rooms, four flex space rooms where surgery can be performed (with more being built.) A pneumatic tube system will quickly transport samples and medications back and forth between the unit and the pharmacies and labs.
The new patient rooms will create a functionally effective work space and flow, and is estimated to serve CCMH for the next 40 to 50 years. The OB section will officially be finished the end of July, with Medical/Surgical and Intensive Care units to be completed next.
You can download some facts about CCMH's Maternal Child Services here, or view photos of the rooms on our Facebook page.
DaNece Day has been practicing law for 21 years, and has recently opened a solo practice on 201 W. Lakeway Rd.
"I'm calling myself a little bit of a boutique," she says. "You don't get to really 'specialize' in law but I am focusing on family and juvenile law and what goes along with that."
Grandparent's rights, guardianship, and custody issues are some of the things she deals with at her location. She's created a space that is friendly and inviting to families, where parents will feel comfortable bringing their children while talking about business.
"I work with a lot of social service agencies in that I represent clients who have children involved or are involved themselves," she says. "I spend a lot of time trying to make sure that I'm involved with organizations that impact families."
This year Day Law sponsored the Donkey Creek Festival because it was a community event that involves generations of family. She wants to make sure there are always events in Gillette that will impact families for good.
DaNece is also a graduate of our Gillette Area Leadership Institute, class of 2002. Her office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. She's available 24 hours a day by phone. You can see their full details here.
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Their first real test was Mother's Day.
"We had 168 orders and I'm the only designer," said Bloomer's owner, Linnie MacMillen. "We were climbing over each other but we got it done!"
Bloomer's, located downtown at 206 S. Gillette Ave., is one of the newest additions to Gillette's "Main Street." They became Chamber members in May, and had their ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, June 19th. Next door neighbor Ice Cream Cafe helped with refreshments, and Four Seasons Events staged an outdoor patio setting for visitors.
"Floral design is something that I love," she says. "My design style is a little different, so people have another choice now. There's nothing I won't try to tackle."
Linnie retired from being a florist after over 30 years in the business, and moved to Wyoming with her family. But after seeing the empty store front on Main Street, she decided she'd spend her retirement starting a new small business.
"I was driving around one day and saw this empty storefront downtown with no sign, so I contacted my realtor, Pat Avery, and he helped me let the space," she says. "Building a business is a process. You build a client base by doing quality work again and again, and being dependable. Provide good work with good prices, and the community will come."
Bloomer's creates both live floral arrangements and silk arrangements, sells potted plants, can provide the flowers for your special event, and even creates gift baskets with anything you like in them. For a fee of $10 or under, you can get arrangements delivered in Gillette, and Bloomer's says they will deliver to Rozet, Moorcroft, and Wright as well. Delivery to funeral homes or, in some cases, the hospital, will have a smaller (or no) charge.
Bloomer's is open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Visit them online at bloomerstheflowershop.com, or give them a call at (307) 670-9292.
View more photos from their ribbon cutting here.
Gillette's Walmart isn't the first to offer curbside grocery pickup, but you can't miss the bright orange pickup pavilion that now graces their parking lot. They held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday to celebrate the start of the service, with food and drink for those in attendance, which included Gillette's mayor, Louise Carter-King.
Healing Hearts Home Health is an outreach member of the FUEL Business Incubator. Based in Moorcroft, they have clients in Campbell, Crook, and Weston counties. They are certified and registered nurses that will come to your home if you have trouble getting out to see your doctor, if you have physical or occupational therapy needs, or medication administered.
"When you get home from the hospital and you're confused about your discharge orders, and need a little extra help getting your medications sorted out, we help with that transition from health to home," says owner Lacy Davis, a Registered Nurse. "A lot of the time doctors don't know what a patient's home looks like and that they may have obstacles there, so that's where we fill in to make your home safe."
Client (and now Office Manager) Rhonda Smith had foot surgery and struggled to do everyday tasks like getting in and out of the shower. Healing Hearts Home Health came to her home and showed her the best way to get around in her wheelchair, and then later with her scooter.
"Some people say it's the little things that matter to your health, so they do all kinds of things to help," Rhonda says. "The CNAs and the nurses make you feel comfortable when you're in an uncomfortable position."
The staff is on call 24 hours a day, but they do have office hours from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. They accept all pay services, including Medicare/Medicaid and VA insurance.
"If you call us and are questioning if you can afford home health, we try to find our patients different pay sources to help not pay out of pocket," Lacy says. "I have parents, too, and I know how expensive it is to keep them at home."
Healing Hearts will help you find community resources and fill out any paperwork necessary to help with your home care. They also provide end of life care to help families transition through a difficult process. They have four nurses on staff currently, and six CNAs. They also have occupational, physical, and speech therapists available, as well.
If you have any questions, you can call them at 307.756.9200, or visit them online.
Equipment Plus of Gillette can provide everything you need for your construction project or ranch. They also have equipment rentals.
On May 18 they held a customer appreciation event at their location on 4007 S. Douglas Highway. The barbecue included a contest to win Garth Brooks tickets!
They also had a ribbon cutting to celebrate.
You can give them a call at (307) 670-9000, or stop by from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
More ribbon cutting photos here.
Dr. Dan Morrison opened Gillette Dental in Gillette ten years ago. At the ribbon cutting for their ten year anniversary this month, Gillette Dental had photos from their first ever ribbon cutting, and the ribbon cutting to celebrate their move to a new location.
"We've been with the redcoats for quite a while, without an English accent," he laughed.
Gillette Dental held a customer appreciation event and barbecue on May 17, to say thank you to the community for a decade of patronage.
"We came to this town and we haven't left yet, which is a good thing. We've grown and advanced," said Dr. Dan. "It's been a wonderful move for us to be here. I hopefully have 10-15 more years here before I retire."
They also had prizes on hand and Basin Radio Network stopped by to do a broadcast during the event.
Gillette Dental is located at 417 W. Flying Circle Drive, and they are open Monday through Friday by appointment. Give them a call at (307) 682-3353.
See more photos from the event by clicking here.
Lil' Tiffany's Spa opened in Gillette a year ago, and immediately became part of the Chamber. On April 27, they celebrated their anniversary, and we were there to take part in all the spa has to offer for families:
Lil' Tiffany's Spa is located at 902 E. 3rd Street, and is open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday. They offer all their services for both adults and children, and even specialize in couples massage.
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WyoSkate opened in downtown Gillette in 2016 as a roller derby and art boutique. In April they moved to 300 S. Gillette Avenue, in the same building as Sir Speedy and the Lubnau Law Office, expanding their offering of art, roller skates, protective skate gear, cosmetics, and apparel to include skateboards and inline skates. We cut the ribbon on their Chamber membership in their new location on April 19.
Everything you need to get started skating or to upgrade your current setup is available at WyoSkate, along with custom designed and/or mounted skates, and fitted gear.
"I wanted a safe, comfortable place for people to come in and ask questions and find out what it is they really need, whether they're quad skating or speed skating or skateboarding," says owner Brenda Kirk. "If you're not wearing the right safety gear, you're not actually protecting yourself, and injuries take all the fun out of it."
The new store space includes a classroom for people to learn about the different aspects of skating and skate maintanence, as well as a lounge for viewing roller derby bouts or other televised competitions. WyoSkate has also launched Northeast Wyoming's first Chicks in Bowls chapter, CIB Gillette.
Roller derby skaters on a local league receive 10% off their protective gear automatically, as do Chamber Members, through the Member 2 Member Discount program. WyoSkate also accepts Gold Bucks.
"I love being downtown and part of Gillette Main Street. It's a great business community in Gillette so being part of the Chamber was also important."
Stop by and visit on Friday or Saturday afternoons from Noon until 5 p.m, or message them on Facebook for an appointment. You can also call (307) 529-1506 with any questions.
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Personal Frontiers joined the Chamber and had their ribbon cutting on April 5th, at their offices on 310 S. Miller Avenue in Gillette. The non-profit helps adults and families deal with substance abuse, and has been operating in Campbell County since 1976.
"It's about empowering and treating the whole person," says Executive Director Donna Morgan. "We don't ever try to turn anyone away."
There are three counselors and several others on staff to help the community. They don't choose clients based on income level, and were recently accepted to MAP International, which is a Medical Assistance Program. Personal Frontiers also works with Juvenile & Family Drug Court. They are currently looking to hire even more therapists and office help.
"I'm licensed to do dual diagnosis," says Clinical Supervisor Marty Huckins. "I can diagnose and treat both mental health and substance abuse."
The other two counselors at Personal Frontiers are Provisional Professional Counselors, which means soon they will be fully licensed to treat patients. They also do Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, which is a treatment designed to alleviate distress associated with traumatic memories.
They are open 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. They are open 8:30 a.m. until Noon on Friday, but do not see clients on that day. There are also group therapy sessions that take place after 5:30 p.m. Click here to see their Chamber listing.
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A Helping Hand is one of the FUEL Business Incubator's outreach businesses. That means that while they are a new business that takes advantage of the amenties of the incubator, they don't have an office on-site at the facility on Sinclair Street.
That's because owner Barb Massie spends most of her time providing non-medical, elderly companion care for Gillette.
"If you need help once a week, if you need help daily, we'll tailor the service around whatever your needs are," Barb says. "I do all the fun things with people. We go on day trips, we go grocery shopping, we help with meals."
If you or a family member would like to remain at home as long as possible, but still need help getting to and from medical visits or doing chores around the house, A Helping Hand may be who you need to contact. While the service is not currently covered by insurance or medicare, it is an important addition to Campbell County for those who need some assistance.
You can contact Barb Massie at (307) 689-0291. See more photos at our Facebook page!
Kodi Majors got her start working in the metal industry with Pacific Steel & Recycling 30 years ago. It wasn't long after that she was looking for a way to continue her career from home so she could have more time with her daughter. In 2003, Major Metal Service was incorporated, and moved in to 1110 Robertson Circle in South Gillette.
Kodi eventually sold that business and returned to Pacific Steel in sales, but this year, Pacific Steel & Recycling bought the Major Metal Service location so that they had room to expand. So Kodi's career has come full circle, and Pacific Steel & Recycling has added all the amenties that Major Metal Service has to offer Gillette. With their 100 ton press brake, they will continue to service the mining industry in Northeast Wyoming.
Matt Taylor was the Branch Manager for Pacific Steel in Billings and less than a month ago moved his family to Gillette to manage the new location.
"He's done major things in the last three weeks. The location needed a little TLC," said Gillette Branch Manager Brandon Rosten. "Pacific's been in this area for 40 years but we have not been dabbling in the new steel as much as we should have been."
That will change with the move, Rosten says, taking the Powder River Basin to the "next level." They are open Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at their original location on Larch Street. The new location on Robertson Circle is open and we cut the red ribbon on it this evening, kicking off a customer appreciation event.
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Twilight First Aid & Safety was formed in Sturgis, SD, 24 years ago. In 2015, a local couple purchased the business. Owner Leah Braun says Twilight's mobile safety unit visits Gillette businesses at least once a week, and provides services to customers like Lowe Roofing and Border States Electric.
"Mines, construction companies, manufacturing: anywhere where machinery is being used. We have everything from a typical first aid cabinet to safety equipment and eyewash stations," says Leah.
Twilight will not only stock your first aid station, but will provide guidance on the proper usage of things like AED devices.
"We offer training and we'll also service the unit. It's no good if you don't know how to use it," said Twilight's co-owner, Adam Braun.
Banks, hotels, and any place that has people can also take advantage of their services. The guarantee that they provide is they will show up as often as is outlined by their client, and they clean and maintain a first aid cabinet or eyewash station.
"We take that off their plate so the customer doesn't have to."
Twilight First Aid & Safety joined the Chamber in 2018, and cut the red ribbon on their new mobile unit on March 27, 2019. The company is both woman-owned and veteran-owned. You can contact them at 1-800-598-5630, or visit their Chamber listing.
See more photos of their mobile unit on our Facebook page, by clicking here.
Dr. Kristal Schmidt recently sold her practice at Advanced Orthogonal Chiropractic to Dr. Kari Bennett, who moved to Gillette last May, and who has been a chiropractor for 15 years.
"I met Dr. Kristal almost a year ago, and we talked for over five hours. It was just a good fit," says Dr. Bennett.
After 20 years at AO Chiropractic, we said goodbye Tuesday to Dr. Kristal, who is retiring. We welcomed Dr. Kari, her two daughters, and the new AO Chiro ("Advanced Orthopedic and Chiropractic") to the Chamber with a red ribbon cutting.
Dr. Kari specializes in working with children and athletes. They are currently looking for a theraputic massage specialist to add to the practice.
AO Chiropractic is still located at 201 W. Lakeway Road. They are open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Wednesday and Friday mornings. You can find out more by clicking here.
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Red Daisy Gifts moved from their online storefront to a brick-and-mortar location in 2018, and joined the Chamber of Commerce on April 13 of 2018. A year later, they've moved in to an even bigger location at 310 S. Miller Avenue, near downtown Gillette. Their focus is on small local businesses that can find some shelf space away from the vendor shows.
"As we keep evolving, we keep trying to make this look more like a higher-end store. We don't want it to look like a craft fair," said co-owner Stephanie Bryce.
"The previous store was more separated in to vendor areas, this we wanted to feel more like one unified store," said Krissy Borcher, another co-owner.
"It shouldn't feel like you're going booth to booth," Bryce added.
The new store has retained most of its 50 vendors from the previous location, and there is still a waitlist to add more businesses. Bryce says the key to their success is finding the right mix of people with the right mindset. It's how they keep their turnover rate low and the quality of the products they offer high.
Both women still work full time at the coal mines, and the store operates with the help of the community. People who have product in Red Daisy are offered jobs running it so they can gain experience owning and operating a storefront.
"A lot of people have hopes and dreams but they don't know how to go from Point A to Point B," Bryce says. "We found a lot of local talent and brought them under one roof."
Red Daisy Gifts is open Wednesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here to see more photos.
The Man Cave Salon is Gillette Main Street's newest addition! Located on First Block at 104 S. Gillette Avenue (next door to Big Lost Meadery,) Man Cave opened this week, with a ribbon cutting and open house.
From the beer signs on the wall to Redken's "Brew" shampoos on the shelves, the Man Cave is definitely a friendly space for Gillette men to get a shave and a haircut.
Owner Rhonda Nile has been cutting hair for 16 years, and was previously the assistant manager at Great Clips.
"This has always been the dream," she told the Campbell County Energizers. "We're pretty much only cutting men's hair, but eventually we'd like to do a 'Ladies Night' like on Monday nights."
There are three stylists total on hand to serve Campbell County. Their hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and they take walk-ins as well as appointments. Call (307) 689-8368 or visit their listing to get directions.
You can tune in to 1270 AM / 106.7 FM at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, to hear Rhonda chat about Man Cave with Tracy.
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Our first ribbon cutting of 2019 was a combined affair! Jack Kaup, CEO of Black Hills Urgent Care, welcomed the Chamber and the Chamber Energizers to the new Urgent Care location on South Douglas Highway in Gillette on February 19. The extension clinic of the Rapid City hospital moved in to Campbell County last summer, renovating the old First Interstate Bank building to make space for not only their general care facility, but the Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine Center.
Black Hills Urgent Care and Ortho & Spine realized they actually served a wider area, 250 miles around their location in Rapid City, and they began looking for another location a year and a half ago. They settled very quickly on Gillette.
"We've had excellent success in the two and half months we've been open," said Kaup. "We bring something different to our clinic visitors, we're interested in long term care for our clients, while also taking care of your health care needs."
Depending on how many doctors are on staff day to day, just the orthopedic clinic itself will see 40-70 patients per day. The urgent care center can treat a wide range of issues, and they have begun providing general preventive care as well. Dr. Monica Morman has been an orthopedic surgeon in Gillette for fifteen years, and now is a full time staff member at Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine. Eight other surgeons visit throughout the month, and there are 17 specialists total in the network.
"Starting in March, we'll have an ears, nose, and throat doctor and other specialists who will come through," said Kyle Wiese, CEO of the Orthopedic & Spine Center. "Right now we are looking at our options to privilege our doctors so they can perform surgeries in town, but we do have our surgical hospital in Rapid City which is ranked sixth in the nation."
You can find both care centers in one place, 2201 S. Douglas Highway, or check them out online here and here.
There are more photos on our Facebook page.
The grand opening of Gillette College's Area 59 was today and we brought our red ribbon to welcome them to our community.
Senator Mike Enzi was one of the many people who turned out to tour Area 59 and see what Wyoming's newest makerspace is all about. The open source facility is for people of all ages in Campbell County that want to learn more about manufacturing, designing, and engineering. It contains 3D printers, laser cutters, a woodworking shop and even two robotic arms for anyone to use who wants to learn.
The "big idea" behind the space is to take an idea from thought to concept to prototype that then enables an entrepreneur to create and package a product for sale. This came true this month with Director Ian Scott's idea to create a toy top to give away at the grand opening, which from idea to design to production took one day.
"Literally he was taking a shower one day and he had the idea 'I should make these tops and be able to ship them out as a product.'," said Trevor, an Area 59 student at the ribbon cutting. "If it's something in your brain, it's something you can make."
Using computer schematics, they both 3D printed and woodworked the tops, as well as printing out the packaging for them. Trevor says he's working on a design for 3D printed guitars. The building is also the home of a new VEX robotics team, for kids ages 8 - 14.
Area 59 is located at 3207 South Douglas Highway. To find out more about how to get involved, visit them at Area-59.com.
Erica Kissack launched Elegant Kreations in April after spending ten years working in jewelry.
"I've always wanted to have my own store," she told Energizers and clients on October 9, when she cut the red ribbon on her Chamber membership.
While she currently is still working on her gemologist degree and will soon be able to do appraisals, she goldsmiths out of her home and attends trade shows and will make appointments with clients in person to make sure they get exactly what they are hoping for from their jewelry.
(You can see more photos on our Facebook page.)
One of her favorite techniques is a Japanese metalworking procedure called mokume-gane, which produces a finish that looks like wood grain. She brought with her gold, silver, and copper pieces showing off the look.
"I'm just like any other store where you can order a piece and get something in. I have mountings and loose stones, you name it I can make it," she says.
In addition to her own work, she sells vintage jewelry pieces, and leather- and knife-work from other local artisans, as well.
"I like to help local artists and sell their good work."
Maximillian Carper has helped businesses of all sizes customize software to fit their needs.
"We help solve problems with business software," he told us at his ribbon cutting. "If your software isn't doing exactly what you want the way you want it, then we can help you customize it and make it more efficient."
Carper Technology Services is a new company in Campbell County, with a staff of software developers based out of Seattle to help the operation serve businesses in Gillette and beyond. They specialize in fixing the programs you have running customer databases, or developing tools to help with sales data.
The business is home-based, but can help anyone across the nation. They've helped build sales lead distribution system for an online loan mortgage business, helped clients build customer relations management systems, and worked with manufacturers streamline their inventory and assembly line operations.
If you think you need Carper Tech's services to help improve how your business works, visit them online at Carper Tech, or give them a call at 1-833-2ASK-CTS. Welcome to the Chamber!
It was just over a year ago that Hand Therapy of Wyoming opened its doors for the first time, and we were there to celebrate with them. Now they've moved to a different location in the same building on Highway 59, to offer Physical Therapy as well as hand therapy.
"We now have two physical therapists on staff, who are also co-owners: Brandi Johnson and Shawn Gallagher," said Anni Stafford, who co-owns Hand Therapy. "So now that we've expanded, we're doing full body treatment!"
The change means they have more space to work and serve Campbell County. Congratulations to their new staff!
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On September 13, we welcomed Strata back to the Chamber! CEO Jim Murphy returned to Gillette for the ceremony, and thanked the employees at the Gillette office for being dedicated to maintaining a presence in Campbell County, and roots in his hometown of Gillette.
"I don't get back here as much as I'd like to, but it sure is nice to see some friendly and welcoming faces," he said.
Strata has been providing engineering and testing services since 1974. They moved in to new laboratory space on 2nd Street (near Dads Truck and Auto) this summer. You can contact them at (307) 686-6409, or find out more here.
The Lodge, a men's salon, recently opened at 439 Prairieview Drive, near Highway 59. Filled with hunting trophies and with a big screen placed perfectly for watching television while you get your hair cut, The Lodge is a place for the men of Gillette to get themselves groomed in a comfortable environment.
"This allows the girls to have their own hours and work for themselves," said owner Patty Junek.
The Lodge's staff is all experience stylists, who can cut women's hair as well as men's, but don't offer chemical services, as part of their relaxed aesthetic. We welcomed them to the Chamber on September 13.
They are open Monday through Friday from 9 - 6, or by appointment.
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On September 10, Energy Capital Economic Development and the Wyoming Small Business Development Center moved to their new home at 345 Sinclair Street, near Gillette College.
ECED purchased the office space using a Wyoming Business Ready Community grant in 2016. They have been using the location to help startup companies and small businesses looking for shared workspace, to get a footing in the business community. Now with a steering committee for the "Business Incubator," and a location shared with ECED and the SBDC, new entrepreneurs have a good chance at finding success in Campbell County.
"This is one of the projects that we hope diversifies and strengthens our economy," said CEO Phil Christopherson at the dedication ceremony.
The business incubator's official name was unveiled during the ribbon cutting. It's now called "FUEL": Fostering Upstanding Entrepreneurial Leaders. The building currently is home to nine new businesses, including the Advanced Carbon Collective, run by former Wyoming Business Council director Dave Spencer.
"I think this is a good example of economic development, that you're constantly having to re-tool your community," said County Commissioner Mark Christensen.
FUEL will have multiple events this week as part of their grand opening. You can see the full schedule by clicking here.
On August 23 we welcomed the Loyal Order of the Moose to the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, and learned a lot about what the Moose Lodge does!
Every year, our local Moose Lodge (and the Women of the Moose) makes four $1000 scholarship donations to Campbell County students. To fund these scholarships, they put on monthly hamburger feeds, pancake breakfasts, and prime rib dinners.
They also contribute to the national Moose Lodge's "Mooseheart" school: a 1,000-acre residential childcare facility and school near Chicago that houses children under 18 who are in need of a family, home, and education.
If you're interested in becoming a Moose member, stop by and see them on 2704 Hackathorn Lane and pick up a member application.
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Every member that joins the Chamber of Commerce is entitled to a ribbon cutting event. Our Chamber Ambassadors, the Energizers, attend ribbon cutting events to network and learn about your business. You get to use the big scissors and cut the red ribbon on your Chamber membership!