September kept Laramie Chamber Business Alliance staff and members busy with several events, a state conference and many meetings.
The LCBA kicked off the month with a New Business Roundtable. About 15 members in their first five years of business showed up for a general discussion over lunch. From questions of which social media platform should be used to website creation and even how to thank customers, the table was open for these new business owners to bounce ideas around. The next New Business Roundtable will be held November 2 and cover the topic of websites and online presence.
Classes at the University of Wyoming were in full swing by the beginning of the month and the LCBA was invited to exhibit at the service and vendor fair on campus Wednesday the sixth. LCBA staff attended and handed out LCBA pens, maps of Laramie and the reusable, blue “Laramie” bags. Several students signed up for a drawing for a downtown Laramie gift certificate and also signed up to receive email updates from the LCBA.
Western States Bank held its business after hours on the seventh. With the bank being the official bank of UW Athletics, the pep rally themed business after hours was well attended. University of Wyoming coaches gave away signed balls from their respective sports as door prizes. UW cheerleaders and Pistol Pete helped make the night really feel like a pep rally as Western States Bank prepped for the first home football game of the season.
The next Thursday, September 14, United Way of Albany County held its business after hours in association with its annual campaign kickoff. The 2017 campaign “Live United” was kicked off with a fun evening of networking and speeches from non-profits that partner with United Way. Paul Heimer, United Way Executive Director stated the goal for the year was $480,000 and introduced the 2017 campaign chairs Tom and Kelly Wolfe.
The third week of September was filled with the first ever Wyoming Working Together, a joint conference held by Wyoming Economic Development Association, Wyoming State Chamber of Commerce and Wyoming Main Street, held right here in Laramie. An opening reception sponsored by LCBA’s Business Retention and Expansion committee kicked the conference off at the First Street Plaza in downtown. Also to open the conference, chamber and economic development executives from across Wyoming attended a tour of LCBA's projects including Cirrus Sky Technology Park, UL, the Spec Building, and HiViz. Thursday was filled with various breakout sessions including branding, housing, revolving loan funds, resources for businesses and business retention and expansion. The conference ended with updates from around the state and a thorough presentation of the Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming (ENDOW) program. You can read all about the staff's experience here.
The month wrapped up with First Interstate Bank’s business after hours on the 28th. There was drinks, food and networking. First Interstate Bank gave away two tickets to its Wildcatter suite for the Wyoming v. Texas State football game September 30.
The month was also filled with committee meetings and owner-architect-contractor meetings for LCBA projects, as usual. The Ag Appreciation Banquet, set for October 19, is taking shape as ticket sales are ongoing; the LCBA is also accepting auction items for the silent and live auctions at the event. Hometown Holiday Hurrah drawings are set for the first three weekends in December, however sign up ends October 2. If businesses would like to sign up, please contact the LCBA at 307-745-7339. OAC meetings were held weekly for the current Bright Agrotech and HiViz II projects. Updates can be seen below.
A list of our upcoming activities can be seen below, as well. With several more meetings planned, two projects to finish and the end of the year approaching, the LCBA Staff expects to continue the busy trend.