June in Review – CEO Search, committee meetings and more
After a whirlwind spring at the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance, staff took June to prep for upcoming events and continue to work on resources for members and better the Laramie economy.
LCBA CEO Search
The LCBA board has been hard at work on the CEO search. It is coming to a close as the selection committee interviews candidates last week and this week. The board is slated to announce a new CEO in the coming month. Meanwhile, several LCBA Committees have been making headway with special events.
BR&E works on Startup Competition
The Business Retention and Expansion committee is wrapping up its resource manual project with a mass print of finished publications to arrive at the LCBA office next week. Please let the LCBA office know if you would like a copy of the Business Resource Guide. The committee is now onto the next project of a startup challenge. It is set to be hosted at the University of Wyoming the third weekend in September. More details will be released as planning continues.
Golf Committee gets ready for July event
The Golf Classic Committee is rounding up details for the annual tournament to be held the morning of Friday, July 27. The committee is looking to fill a couple more team spots, hole sponsors and find a major sponsor. There will also be several prizes to be given away. If you are interested in participating by playing, sponsoring or donating a prize, please let us know by emailing Hannah (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Josie (email@example.com). Breakfast and lunch will be provided that day. We look forward to having a fun day out in the sun with our members.
Ag Banquet planning begins
The Agribusiness Committee met in June to start planning the Ag Appreciation Banquet. While the event is not until Thursday, October 18, the committee is already hard at work creating a great event for LCBA members and our ag community. We would like to thank Premier Bone & Joint Centers for committing to be our auction sponsor for the 2018 Ag Appreciation Banquet. If you’re interested in purchasing a table or donating an auction item, contact Josie at firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee is also open to new members, if you would like to help with this great event, please contact Josie.
Staff attends Next Gen. in Lander
While our committees have been working on helping with these upcoming events, our staff have been working on new initiatives. This includes the Wyoming Workforce Development Council’s (WWDC) new statewide initiative called the Next Generation Sector Partnership (Next Gen.) Vice President of Economic Development Josh Boudreau attended WWDC’s Next Gen Academy in Lander May 30-31, the event was attended by about 200 Wyomingites. Josh had this summary to share:
“Next Gen is a proven, step-by-step model that brings industry, education, workforce development, economic development and community organizations together to address the needs of a targeted industry. It is an industry-driven, community-supported approach that works on needed solutions and interventions to keep industry strong and get people jobs.
Sector partnerships and strategies have the potential to assist the WWDC, ENDOW, and all partners with a proven, step-by-step model that will assist the State and its regions in developing and sustaining industry partnerships.
Albany County has selected the manufacturing industry as their targeted sector and is in the process of building their team.”
The New Business Roundtable that kicked off the month. About 20 members attended to hear how tax reform will begin to affect businesses in the upcoming tax seasons. The presentation was given by Abby Hagerman of Anton Collins Mitchell. There were also two ribbon cuttings since the last monthly update. The Laramie Plains Museum held a ribbon cutting June 1st to celebrate the addition to the Alice Hardie Stevens Center. Also, Hampton Inn hosted a Ribbon Cutting and Business After Hours that was complete with tours of remodeled rooms and door prizes including a tablet and flat screen TV.
Shop Local & Volunteer in July
In July, the LCBA encourages you to enjoy Laramie Jubilee Days. You can do so by volunteering. The event is in need of volunteers for a variety of positions, you can sign up here. Another way to enjoy LJD is shopping local. Our community partner, Laramie Main Street Alliance has a shop local initiative in action. You can visit to shopsmalllaramie.com for a list of specials happening in downtown stores during the weekend. We also encourage you to shop local all year long. For a list of our members, you can visit Laramie.org/directory.