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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.
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!