April Month in Review – Ribbon Cuttings, a luncheon and more
April was host to a record breaking amount of Laramie Chamber Business Alliance Ribbon Cuttings. Among the ribbon cutting celebrations, staff and the board of directors has been hard at work to continue carrying our mission of leading the community in the improvement of the local business environment, creation of jobs and growth of the local tax base.
On Friday, April 6, the LCBA hosted its first ever membership luncheon. After Laramie Chamber Business Alliance representatives spoke to give general updates to the community, guest speakers took the mic. The special guests included local government representatives City of Laramie Manager Janine Jordan and Albany County Commissioner Tim Chesnut. The event sold out with more than 80 attendees.
Concerning local government, the LCBA would like to let our members know about the upcoming vacancies on the Laramie City Council. There are 5 spots to be filled in this November election. Two seats from Ward 1 and one seat from Ward 2 and two seats from ward 3 will be open (you can view a ward map). We encourage our business owners and LCBA Members to seek out opportunities to lead our business community in local government.
An additional item we would like our members to know about is a project that is nearly complete is the Cirrus Sky Technology Park website. The website is in its final stages and can be visited here. The project comes to a finish and pause as the LCBA works with community partners to develop a final plat later this year.
Another project LCBA has been partnering on is getting businesses ready for Laramie Jubilee Days. A similar focus to the annual fall Small Business Saturday event, Laramie Main Street and LCBA are working closely with Laramie Jubilee Days organizers to champion shopping local during the annual statehood celebration. To learn more about how your business can get involved or how you can #shoplaramie this July, email Hannah.
While we have our sights on the future, several events are in the works for May. Including the 2018 Laramie Community Clean-Up Day and Leadership Laramie Graduation.
The Laramie Beautification Committee has been working hard to organize the 2018 Laramie Community Clean-Up Day that will be held May 5 with cleaning starting at 9 a.m. all over Laramie. There are several opportunities to clean your favorite part of our community. If you are interested in helping Laramie stay beautiful, call the LCBA office at 307.745.7339 to sign up for a specific spot or to sign up your volunteer group. You can also show up at to City Hall the day of to be assigned a spot. We enjoy partnering on this event and hope that you will, too.
Also in May, Leadership Laramie’s Graduation will be Tuesday May 8 at the Hilton Garden Inn. The event will start at 5 p.m. and be dedicated to those finishing the program and celebrating those that have completed the first year of the program. Attendance is limited to graduates and guests for this event.
In case you did miss any Ribbon Cuttings this past month, they included Snowy Range Dodge Jeep Ram Chrysler who also host a Business After Hours. More then 100 people showed up to celebrate the new dealership. The following week, Holiday Inn and Matthew Idler Photography teamed up to put on their luau Business After Hours. There were several prizes including meeting room giveaways and UW football tickets, there was also a photo booth. The night garnered over 100 people as well. On April 19, Hilton Garden Inn hosted a Business After Hours complete with live music from the Boogie Woogers. The night celebrated the Hilton’s 10 year anniversary and was followed up with a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the recent lobby remodel. Over 100 attendees aided in the celebration. The following day, Friday April 20, Hammontree Real Estate hosted it’s Ribbon Cutting. Then on Monday, April 23, Wyoming’s Rib & Chop House opened its doors for business, they did so with a ribbon cutting at 10:30a.m. with 20 people and several staff. Upcoming ribbon cuttings include Relative Theatrics Thursday, April 26 at 4:30, Sears Saturday, April 28 at noon. Details for these events and upcoming May events can be found further down this newsletter.
Finally, we would like to say thank you! Thank you to our LCBA members and Laramie community members for helping us welcome new businesses and new business professionals to Laramie. Without your support, we would not be as successful, nor would our community. Thank you.