Weekly E-News - Friday, Feb.19, 2021
A look ahead at upcoming events and announcements by
the Dubois Chamber of Commerce and our Members
Chamber Business Survey
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Announcements, Events and Webinars By Date:
We are Excited to Announce
the National Bighorn Sheep Center's
Annual Meeting
Save the Date!

When: Saturday, February 27th 2021
How: Zoom from 4:00 PM-5:30 PM


Sara Bridge, Executive Director, National Bighorn Sheep Center
Joined by ...
Daryl Lutz, Wildlife Management Coordinator, WY Game and Fish
Amy Anderson, Habitat Biologist WY Game and Fish
Joe Flower, Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Forest Service

Other Important Info:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 899 8546 0299
Tax Considerations for the Self-Employed
March 3, 2021 @ 2 pm
Online Webinar
No Cost
With tax season approaching, many small businesses are wondering how COVID-19 might affect them when they file.

Join tax expert Keith Hall as he dives into the basics of tax preparation for small business and covers any changes you might see compared to previous years.
Federal, state, and local governments spend millions of dollars every year to purchase products and services from small businesses in Wyoming. Many entrepreneurs aren’t taking advantage of this potential market which is constantly on the lookout for food, clothing, construction services, and now, items and services related to COVID-19. The 2021 GRO-Biz Conference is the best chance of the year in our state to learn everything there is to know about government contracting.

While the format looks a bit different from previous years, the conference still promises to deliver a robust offering of matchmaking, networking, and learning opportunities for Wyoming’s small businesses. Whether you are new to the idea of selling your goods or services to the government or you have been working in contracting for years.
February is the Kiwanis Club "Acts Of Kindness" Month!
General Announcements by the Chamber and Our Members:
The Dubois Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us in being part of our
2021 Dubois Visitors and Relocation Guide and
Chamber Business Directory!!
Limited advertising space available!! Reserve your ad space now!
Online and print
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Welcome to the Chambers newest member, Plains Tire Co. of Riverton!!
Located at:
1175 N. federal Blvd.
Riverton, WY. 82501
Tel: (307) 856-0171

Congratulations to chamber member CM Ranch for being recognized by Luxury Travel Magazine as one of the best Best Ranch Vacation Destinations for Kids in 2021!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2021
Contact: Sara Bridge
307-455-3429
sara@bighorn.org


The first Wind River Writers and Photographers Retreat launches this summer, hosted by the National Bighorn Sheep Center and held at the scenic Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp in Dubois, WY August 8th – 14th, 2021

Writers Retreat – Distinguished faculty will lead attendees in a four-day writing program. Lee Ann Roripaugh, poet and Director of Creative Writing at the University of South Dakota, Christine Peterson, Vice President of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and David Zoby, fly-fishing editor at Strung Magazine and tenured professor of Honors English will hold separate weeklong seminars. Small group sizes will provide for individualized attention and one-on-one mentoring between faculty member and attendee. Angus Thuermer Jr. and Aaron Linsdau will join as keynote speakers. Aaron will provide individual manuscript review for interested attendees. 

Programs will include peer-editing workshops, afternoon features from local wildlife experts and artists, and evening programming around the campfire. In addition to yoga and fly casting lessons and kayaking held at the Camp, attendees may spend afternoons seeking inspiration in the beautiful surroundings of Dubois and the Wind River Valley, accompanied by Faculty and fellow Retreat photographers.

Mornings will be spent investigating nonfiction and poetry that explores the personal connection between people and landscapes. Instructors will provide handouts and craft examples, and attendees will receive detailed responses to their work. Attendees will present at the program’s conclusion.

Photographers Retreat – Sandy Zelasko and Bill Sincavage join forces to lead photographers on both morning and evening photography shoots in the nearby scenic landscapes filled with wild life. This retreat offers a truly new and unique nature photography workshop characteristic of the old west where participants will experience some of the best the area has to offer. From geologic panoramas and sculpted pinnacles to the iconic, but elusive wildlife, this adventure is designed for all level of photo enthusiasts. Sandy Zelasko, owner of DBA Sandra Lee Photography for nearly 30 years, is an accomplished speaker, instructor, and hands-on workshop leader. Her photography is internationally awarded and most recently published in Nature’s Best Magazine, Wyoming Wildlife Magazine and Wild Planet Photo Magazine.

“There is photographic charm for everyone here and this workshop won’t disappoint,” Zelasko boasts.

Dubois local, Bill Sincavage, is a freelance nature and wildlife photographer. His work has appeared in the London Times, Wyoming Wildlife magazine, Colorado Wildlife magazine, and Grays Outdoor Journal. His work has also been featured by the Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah departments of tourism, the Wyoming Game and Fish, T-Rowe Price, and the National Bighorn Sheep Center.

Photographers will have the opportunity to meet individually with instructors for portfolio reviews.

Located near the scenic Wind River and framed by the wild Wind River Mountains to the south and the distinctive Absaroka Range to the north, the timeless cowboy town of Dubois invites attendees to share in its history and overflowing inspiration. Attendees will enjoy a rustic and western experience at the Conservation Camp. Renovated in 2017, the Camp boasts a state-of-the-art educational facility and dining hall amid the natural landscape of Torrey Valley.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinners are included with tuition. Proceeds will benefit the National Bighorn Sheep Center, a nonprofit located in Dubois, dedicated to educating about bighorn sheep and the conservation of wildlife and wild lands.

COVID-19 protocols are in effect; all attendees are required to comply by COVID-19 specific safety measures.

For more information, please contact Sara Bridge, Executive Director, at the National Bighorn Sheep Center, sara@bighorn.org (307) 455-3429.
Crisis Line: (307) 856-4734
Office: (307)856-0942
Fremont Count Alliance Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is a registered nonprofit agency dedicated to the service of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and has been serving Fremont County for over 30 years. Our goal is to provide compassionate and supportive services to our clients, helping them to move forward violence free.

New office Hours in Dubois!!!
The Dubois center is located in Town Hall and is open Thursdays from 9:30 to 3:30 (weather permitting) and always by appointment if needed. 
Chamber Member Brooks Lake Lodge Featured in USA Today as Wide-open Wyoming Space
Wildly remote lodge packed with outdoor activities fits the bill for social distancing.
-USA Today recently called out Wyoming, one of the least populated and least traveled states in the U.S., as a perfect socially distanced family travel destination, recommending Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa, the exclusive, all-inclusive guest resort, for an ideal winter stay. The “Wide-open spaces of Wyoming” article praises the Dubois, Wyoming, location as a “winter mecca,” with plentiful snowfall and fresh-air activities as motivation to get out in the wild and connect with nature.
Opening in the Fall 2021!!
Restaurant Announcements:
Stop in at Lava Mountain lodge, fill up your stomachs and fuel up your vehicle, or snowmobile!
Starting Sunday, open for lunch, and dinner. A fully stocked bar opens at 11 in the mornings, till 10 that night. Stop in & see us anytime, we'd love to see you! Tel: 307-455 2506.
Did someone say breakfast? Breakfast is now being served all 7 days of the week at Crooked Creek Guest Ranch!! Come on in and fill up! Hurry!!
Tel: (307)-455-2815

Brooks Lake Lodge Offers Reservation-only Winter Lunch to the Public
Local favorite to serve gourmet snow-season lunches with new guidelines in historic hall

Brooks Lake Lodge’s popular winter lunch will open to outdoor adventurers enjoying Wyoming’s snowy back country. Lunch in the historic Great Hall will be available for limited capacity by advance reservation.

Locals and visitors can still enjoy a day trip of snowmobiling, snowshoeing or even fat biking the snowy road that leads to Brooks Lake Lodge for lunch this winter; however, they will need to make a reservation. While typically the lodge is open to the public for winter lunches on a first-come, first-served basis, to continue to put the safety of staff and guests first, the lodge will host a limited number of reservation-only daily lunch guests for this year’s December 20, 2020 – March 15, 2021, season.

Always a popular way to spend a winter day in Wyoming! Each winter season, the lodge enjoys serving its daytime guests a well-earned, hearty lunch while offering riders the comfort of warming up by one of the lodge’s giant crackling fires before heading back out to enjoy the snowy backcountry terrain. Continuing that tradition is important to the lodge, and they are asking for daytime lunch guests to call in advance at 307-455-2121 to reserve space for their party, so that the lodge can maintain a limited amount of people indoors at a time.
The Round Up Classifieds and Employment Opportunities:





Fremont County School District #1 is hiring for an Accounts Payable/Grants Manager

POSITION: Accounts Payable/Grants Manager
LOCATION: District Administration
SCHEDULE: Full-time, 12-month position
APPLY BY: March 3, 2021
The job of Accounts Payable/Grants Manager is done for the purpose/s of providing support to the educational process with specific responsibility for ensuring efficient management of the District’s purchasing department; executing District purchasing activities in compliance with established requirements; managing the day-to-day operation of the consolidated and related grants; ensuring the district is in compliance with all federal and state grant requirements; overseeing daily activities; maintaining accurate account balances; assuring the educational community that expenditures focus on the needs of the students; and achieving Department objectives and District mission within budget.


Looking for a job?
Wyoming at Work has a website with available jobs here in Wyoming. Updated on a regular basis.

For further information, please contact:
Jared Whitehead
Workforce Specialist
POWER Case Manager
WIN Case Manager
Riverton Workforce Center
422 E. Fremont
Riverton, WY 82501
307-856-9231 phone
307-856-3468 fax
jared.whitehead1@wyo.
Resources and support available to businesses and nonprofits:

With 2021 getting into full swing, we’d like to hear about anything new and exciting coming to Wind River Country throughout the year. From renovations and openings, to new exhibits and events, we want to hear from you.

Our public relations agency of record, B Public Relations, will create a press release highlighting everything new and exciting happening in 2021, which they will then distribute to media across the country.

To be included in this release, please share information with hwilson@windriver.org by Friday, Feb. 26.
Register To Be a Retailer On The NEW Shop Wyoming Platform
As part of our expanding services within the CARES Act Recovery Program, the Wyoming SBDC Network has created a one-stop e-commerce site for the Wyoming entrepreneurs, called Shop Wyoming. This site allows customers to shop and check out from multiple Wyoming grown businesses at once and will give you an opportunity to reach new and existing customers on a local and national scale all within one unique, state-centric platform.

There is no cost to participate and we provide in-depth training on how it all works upon registration.



USDA Rural Development is pleased to announce the Rural Business Development Grant program in Wyoming.

If you are interested and/or know of possible candidates, such as:
(1) A public Body/Government Entity;
(2) An Indian Tribe; or
(3) A Nonprofit entity.
(4) Cooperatives can be eligible (only when organized as a private nonprofit corporation).
(5) Eligible entities must serve rural areas.

We are including information for your guidance and reference.


Wyoming Rural Development: www.rd.usda.gov/wy



RBDG NOSA (Notice of Solicitation for Applications, attached), and at this link: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-02-04/pdf/2021-02343.pdf

Feel free to reach out to RD Business Programs staff in Wyoming:
Laurie Anderson, Business Assistant/Specialist (RBDG
Laurie.Anderson@usda.gov
(307) 233-6717

Scott Sutherland, Business & Cooperative Programs Director
Scott.Sutherland2@usda.gov
(307) 233-6706
The deadline for applications is March 31, 2021.
COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
We have recently expanded our current advising team with supplemental experts in every field of entrepreneurship as part of the The Wyoming SBDC Network CARES Act Recovery Program. Armed with first-hand small business experience, our expanded team of advisors are pulled from all areas of interest and come from a wide variety of industry backgrounds. View their specialties on our resources page and contact your local Wyoming SBDC Network advisor to start creating your response and recovery plan today.

Visit our COVID-19 Resources page to learn more about these new supplemental advisors and to find up to date loan and grant guidance for small businesses.
2021 WYOMING CYBERSECURITY COMPETITION WORKS WITH YOUR BUSINESS PLANNING
LARAMIE – Celebrating its fourth year starting on Feb 1, the free Wyoming Cybersecurity Competition for Small Businesses works with a company’s planning efforts by capitalizing on the company’s strengths to meet goals.
Small businesses and start-ups that participate in other programs throughout the State will find the competition complementary to their business planning, strategic planning, and marketing efforts.
COVID-19 SUPPORT PROGRAM FOR
WOMEN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES
The WWBC’s COVID-19 Support Program aims to help women-owned small businesses build or enhance their online presence, launch crowdfunding campaigns, and implement accounting software at no cost. To receive free services from WWBC, follow the link below and complete our simple application.
We look forward to working with you!
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Wyoming Small Businesses

Small nonfarm businesses in nine Wyoming counties and neighboring counties in Idaho, Montana, South Dakota and Utah are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary counties that began Oct. 6, 2020.

Primary Wyoming counties: Crook, Lincoln and Sublette;
Neighboring Wyoming counties: Campbell, Fremont, Sweetwater, Teton, Uinta and Weston;
Neighboring Idaho counties:  Bear Lake, Bonneville and Caribou;
Neighboring Montana counties:  Carter and Powder River;
Neighboring South Dakota counties:  Butte and Lawrence;
Neighboring Utah county: Rich.

“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster,” Garfield said.

Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

“Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 3 percent for businesses and 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years and are available to small businesses and most private nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship,” Garfield said.

By law, SBA makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. The Secretary declared this disaster on Dec. 17, 2020.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration. However, nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance in drought disasters.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to apply for economic injury is Aug. 17, 2021.
Attention Chamber Members!!
Don't forget to email us your announcements for any upcoming events, promotions or special offers you have!! It's one of your member benefits. Take advantage of it! Please email information to: duboischamber@gmail.com
Chamber Member Benefits:
The Dubois Chamber of Commerce supports our 125+ Chamber Members with a professional marketing mix including our website, social networks, E-news, maps, calendars, and more. We work diligently with our Members to network and gain visibility within the community and beyond.
 
We support the Dubois community in events that allow our member businesses to gain visibility. These major events include the 4th of July Parade, Airport Appreciation Day, Halloween events, Holiday Dubois Delights. We also publish branded events calendars and a map of the Town of Dubois.
 
The Dubois Chamber of Commerce creates business referrals and networking opportunities for our members through in-person meetings, phone calls, networking events, ribbon cuttings, social networking, and content and links throughout all of our electronic marketing.
 
The Chamber of Commerce acts as a source of reference and information for new businesses and families relocating to Dubois.
The Dubois Chamber of Commerce is committed to stimulating the economic health of its partner businesses through promotional activities and services while promoting the unique advantage of the Dubois area as a desirable destination for new businesses, nonprofit organizations and residents.
Please let us know how we can support you and your business!! 
Dubois Chamber of Commerce
708 Meckem Street, Dubois, WY 82513  |  P.O. BOX 632
duboischamber@gmail.com  |  (307) 455-2556