May: Month in Review – Leadership Laramie Graduation, a conference, and ribbon cuttings abound
May was filled with several different events and activities for Laramie Chamber Business Alliance Board and Staff members. From searching for a new CEO to planning the golf classic and holding several ribbon cuttings, the LCBA is having a great start to the Laramie Summer.
Throughout the month the LCBA board continued its search for a new CEO. As of last week, the search committee narrowed it down to five candidates and expects to have the position filled by mid-summer.
The month kicked off with staff returning from the Wyoming State Chamber of Commerce Spring Conference in Thermopolis. Staff members Josie Molloy and Hannah Robinson attended the three-day conference and learned about a variety of topics including trust, leadership and disaster awareness in the workplace. LCBA staff was also able to make connections with other chambers.
“The best part of the conference was getting to network and know other chamber staff from across the state of Wyoming,” said VP of membership Josie Molloy.
The following week, the town of Laramie celebrated its 150th anniversary. The kick-off celebration was at the Wyoming Territorial Prison and had living history actors, local food trucks and vendors, a classic car exhibition and education stops for school children to view with much more. Thanks to an effort of community partners including the Albany County Tourism Board, the kick-off event was a success with many more celebrations to come this summer and fall.
Throughout the month, the Golf Committee started to meet regularly to plan the upcoming golf classic, this event will be held the 27th of July. This annual event is held for LCBA members to get together and network out in the sun during a fun golf tournament. There is food, drinks, and several prizes. The committee is still seeking a title sponsor, if you are interested in this unique opportunity, please contact Josie at email@example.com.
Along with all the special events, regular LCBA Committees continued to meet and make progress toward their goals. The Business Retention and Expansion Committee sent the Business Resource Guide off for a large print run. There was a community partner meetup between the staff of LCBA, City of Laramie, Albany County, Laramie Main Street Alliance, and the Small Business Development Center. Additionally, the LCBA hosted a new member orientation with 25 people in attendance and is preparing for a New Business Roundtable covering the 2018 Tax Reform. To save your spot for the roundtable please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 307-745-7339.
Among all the special events, regular activities and business as usual, there were five ribbon cuttings this month with another this Thursday. ArtConnect Gallery, a project of Works of Wyoming and Wyoming Women’s Business Center, opened its doors May 3rd with a ribbon cutting and artists reception. The following day, Friday the 4th, Basecamp held it's grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. On Monday the 7th of May, Cowgirl Fitness was able to show off its facility with a ribbon cutting. Then on May 17, Wyoming Health Fairs celebrated its new location in Laramie with a Business After Hours and ribbon cutting. The following week, Pole Mountain Pharmacy hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony that celebrated the brand-new business. There’s one more chance to make it to a ribbon cutting and Business After Hours this month as Expert Exteriors hosts its Business After Hours and ribbon cutting this Thursday, the 31st at the Durlacher, details can be seen below in this newsletter.
As we round out this month, LCBA Staff is excited to continue to provide networking opportunities, resources and work towards the improvement of the local business environment throughout the summer of 2018.