Training Opportunities

Inventors Conference

“From Your Garage to the Assembly Line”

Senator Enzi’s 2017 Inventors Conference

Eastern Wyoming College,

3200 W C Street

CTEC Building Room 101

Torrington, Wyoming

October 21, 2017





7:30 AM                      Registration for Conference Opens

Participants may also pre-register by contacting Karen McCreery at 307-527-9444 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


8:30 AM                      Conference Opening: U. S. Senator Mike Enzi


Master of Ceremonies: Ashley Harpstreith, Goshen County Economic Development


8:45 AM                      Keynote Speaker: Bob Fuziak, Inventor, Omni-wearables


9:30 AM                      Patent Searching – Davona Douglass, Director, Research Products Center


10:15 AM                    Break – Please visit the exhibitors in the hallway and refreshment room.


10:30 AM                    What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Intellectual Property – Toni Tease, Attorney at Law


11:15 AM                    From IP to IPO: The Business Case for Intellectual Property– Molly Kocialski, Director, Rocky Mountain U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


12:15 PM                    Lunch on Your Own


1:15 PM                      Getting off the Ground Panel: Covering all Bases  

David Bell, Director, Manufacturing-Works

Jim Drever, Director, Wyoming SBDC Network, Business Planning, Services, and Resources

Jon Benson, CEO, Wyoming Technology Business Center


2:00 PM                      Funding Options Panel: SBA Programs to Alternative Methods 

Tim Ostic, Branch President, FirsTier Banks

Kelly Haigler Cornish, Manager, Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative

Josh Keefe, Economic Development Finance Manager, Wyoming Business Council


3:00 PM                      Break – Please visit the exhibitors in the hallway and refreshment room.


3:15 PM                      Marketing Panel: What Is Your Product And Who Wants It?

Sarah Hamlin, Wyoming SBDC Network

Charles Sauer, President, Market Institute


4:15 PM                      Closing Remarks and Program Closing



Secretary of State Ed Murray to Address WEDA on Access to Capital for Business

Secretary of State Ed Murray to Address WEDA on Access to Capital for Businesses


Secretary of State Ed Murray will address the Wyoming Economic Development Association (WEDA)and the Wyoming State Chamber of Commerce at their “Wyoming Working Together Conference” on Friday, September 22nd in Laramie.  Secretary Murray will present a new opportunity for Wyoming entrepreneurs and businesses to raise capital financing through Wyoming Invests Now (WIN). 


“Wyoming is ranked as one of the best places to start a new business, but Wyoming is also ranked dead last for access to capital for businesses.  Equity Crowdfunding through our program called WIN – Wyoming Invests Now – will help entrepreneurs and business owners by providing them with a new source of capital.  WIN gives small businesses the opportunity to raise up to $2 million dollars in capital by turning to local investors for financial backing,” said Secretary Murray.


Crowdfunding raises money from a number of people for startups and various projects, but most online crowdfunding platforms do not offer any monetary return for contributors. WIN, however, will provide equity crowdfunding options that were previously unavailable because of prohibitive regulations on investments. Recent legislation in Wyoming, advanced by the Secretary of State’s Office, opened up crowdfunding as new means to acquire capital in Wyoming.


“My Office is excited to oversee WIN as we continue to maintain Wyoming’s business friendly reputation and facilitate economic development,” stated Secretary Murray.


The Secretary of State’s Office will assist with any questions surrounding the process for getting started with WIN, and reminds potential investors that, as with any investment opportunity, there are risks involved.  


For more information on WIN, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Employer Information Seminars

Department of Workforce Services Announces Line-Up for Employer Information Seminars


CHEYENNE – Today, the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) announced its annual Employer Information Seminar schedule. The public seminars feature agency subject matter experts and are aimed at helping Wyoming employers enhance their knowledge regarding new workforce law changes, workplace safety compliance, and workforce assistance and grants available to businesses.


The seminars will be held from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the following communities:


  • Evanston: September 6, at Uinta County BOCES (1013 W. Cheyenne Drive #A)
  • Laramie: September 7, at Albany County Public Library (310 S. 8th Street)
  • Powell: September 12, at Northwest College, Yellowstone Conference Center (231 W. 6th Street)
  • Gillette: September 14, at Alan Mickelson Fire Training Center (701 Larch Street)


The agenda will focus on workforce training programs, an overview of workers’ compensation benefits, fraud prevention, safety and risk management, unemployment insurance taxes, claims and appeals, Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) requirements and more.


Participants can register the day of the seminar between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. or online at The cost of the seminar is $25.00, which covers lunch and breaks. 

For more information, please call (307) 777-8717.


Export Expters to Help Wyoming Businesses

  Export experts to help Wyoming businesses develop market expansion plans   Wyoming business owners interested in selling product internationally are invited to attend a free, one-day, hands-on workshop at 9 a.m. on Sept. 14 in the Hampton Inn & Suites in Casper. Nationally-recognized experts will provide individual attention to companies interested in market research, labeling and documentation, shipping and logistics, financing and more. Entrepreneurs will walk away from the event with a customized export plan designed to expand their market. “We want participants who are ready to sit down with experts and discover solutions to their exporting needs,” said Briana Tanaka, Agriculture and International Trade Coordinator for the Wyoming Business Council. The lessons in store for small businesses are geared toward international trade, but firms simply wanting to sell outside of Wyoming will also learn helpful information. “Whether you’re new to exporting, need a refresher course, or want to involve more of your employees in the exporting process, this workshop is designed to provide immersive learning,” Tanaka said. Workshop leaders include David Noah, founder and president of Minnesota-based Shipping Solutions, which develops and sells export documentation and compliance software. Joining Noah will be Anthony Russo, president of Colorado-based TradeHub International. Funding for the export workshop comes from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s State Trade and Expansion Program grant. The Wyoming Business Council, the state’s economic development agency, has used this money to bring companies on trade missions to Canada and Mexico in addition to holding monthly exporting training programs. Local expert Mike Lambert, manager of Wyoming’s Market Research Center, will also be available to assist businesses. Wyoming companies exported about $1.1 billion in goods in 2016, primarily to Brazil, Canada, Indonesia and Japan.

To register for the workshop, click here or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Call Tanaka at (307) 777-6430 with questions and comments.  


Business Round Table Series 2017-2018


Customer Service Training



Sponsored by the Wyoming SBDC Network

Torrington – Sept. 15 from 10:00 am to 2:00 PM


Torrington, WY.  August 2017.  Understand the value of each of your customers and how to interact with them effectively.  This class will take place on Friday, Sept. 15, at 21st & Main, 2042 Main Street in Torrington, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.  Registration fee for the event is $30, and attendees can register at


Every business needs repeat and loyal customers to thrive.  Learn why customer service is so important, how to think in a customer centric way and communicate effectively, and techniques to develop a high standard of customer service.   


Matthew Melinkovich of Timberline Training will teach the class.  For the past seven years, Matt has been using his entrepreneurial skills and business experience to help small businesses become more efficient, grow their operations, and increase profits.  He is a certified Innovation Growth Coach, Family Business Advisor and Franklin Covey Speed of Trust facilitator.  This course will help all levels of employees understand and identify the true benefits of excellent customer service. 


SBDC Network programs and services are provided to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  Language assistance services for clients with limited English proficiency will be provided.  Contact John Privette at the SBDC at (307) 772-7371 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain further information. 


The Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network is a business advising group, consisting of the Wyoming Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Market Research Center, and SBIR/STTR Initiative.  Our mission is to help Wyoming entrepreneurs succeed.  Advising and most market research services are free of charge to Wyoming residents.  The Wyoming SBDC Network is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Additional support is provided by the Wyoming Business Council, and the University of Wyoming. 


For further information, visit our website, .


Wyoming Manufactures Invited to Canadian Trade Mission

Wyoming manufacturers are invited to apply for a Sept. 24-29 Wyoming Business Council trade mission in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, to meet with buyers and exhibit products at the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show.

The Business Council, Wyoming’s economic development agency, is using federal State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) money to slash trip costs to $925 per company – a nearly 90 percent discount.

Firms with innovative manufacturing technology that may be interested in exhibiting products, or businesses with manufactured products looking to break into Canada’s markets, must submit an application by July 21 to Briana Tanaka, the Business Council’s agriculture and international trade coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Business Council has made increasing exports a priority in the coming decade. Currently, Wyoming exports about $1.1 billion in products. State economic development officials want to increase that value 50 percent by 2026.

Federal programs like STEP and state-funded programs like the Trade Show Incentive grant are key strategies for helping Wyoming manufacturers and producers discover new markets across the country and the globe.

Visit to learn more about the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show. The trade mission agenda and application can be found on the Business Council website at  Call Tanaka at 307-777-6430 for more information.


Building Strategies for Growth and Innovation in your business!

Innovation training focuses on building strategies to help create a culture of skill development, idea creation, and implementation of innovation in your business. 


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