Weekly E-News - Friday, September 3, 2021
A look ahead at upcoming events and announcements by the Dubois Chamber of Commerce and our Members
Enjoy Your Labor Day Weekend!!
Chamber and Member Announcements, Events and Webinars by Date:
Keys To Mastering Virtual Meetings
Thursday, September 16, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am MDT
No Cost

Join presenter Bridget Manley for Keys to Mastering Virtual Meetings, a webinar that will help you have more efficient and engaging meetings. This webinar will provide foundational mindsets and practices for successful online event production and facilitation. You will explore a four step model that covers strategy, expectations, engagement, and presence.

Bridget Manley is vice president and lead instructional designer at Ascendant Design and Training, an eLearning and EdTech company based in Laramie. She co-founded the business in August 2020 with her husband, Daniel Patterson, a software systems developer with 30+ years of multidisciplinary experience. Bridget has a background in online training for compliance and manufacturing. Her areas of expertise include visual design, accessibility, and adult learning theory.

The Five Principles of Marketing
September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19
10am-11:30am MDT
No Cost

This course outlines 5 disciplines in developing a marketing strategy. These disciplines are broken down into their fundamental levels to make them easy to understand and use in your marketing plan. Throughout this course, there are exercises designed to incorporate these disciplines into your business. As you complete these exercises you will see how each discipline is related to the other disciplines and you will see how important it is to understand this flow of your marketing.

Registration for this course will be limited to 20 attendees to create an engaging environment
Attendees will be encouraged to meet with their regional advisors to work through and discuss the course material further and its applications to their business
This course is interactive and requires homework on the part of the registrants
Course materials are provided to attendees by the Wyoming SBDC Network at no cost
General Announcements by the Chamber and Our Members:
A big thank you to chamber Blue Chip Member
Mountain Dental for your continued support!!

104 N. 1st St.
Dubois, WY 82513
(307) 332-5230
COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy Op-Ed
Creating Healthier Families One Shot at a Time
by Dr. Ken Holt, Obstetrician/Gynecologist at SageWest Health Care

As an obstetrician-gynecologist with SageWest Health Care, my goal is to always provide the best possible care and medical advice for expectant mothers and females who plan to become pregnant. I love helping moms-to-be stay healthy and prepare to welcome their baby into the world. As you can imagine, one of the most important conversations I’ve been having lately with my patients is around COVID-19 vaccines and their safety for those who are pregnant or who are in the planning stage of their pregnancy journey.

First of all, let me say that COVID-19 vaccines continue to be proven safe and effective against serious illness, and being vaccinated is our best defense against this disease. That holds true for pregnant women and individuals who are planning to become pregnant. For the majority of individuals receiving the vaccine, very few adverse affects are noted. As a joint statement from a number of leading expert organizations in maternal care and public health just declared, all pregnant individuals, newly pregnant individuals, those planning to become pregnant, those who are breastfeeding and others are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

These vaccines have undergone extensive research and testing, and there is no known evidence of adverse effects on fertility (for women or men) or fetal development as a result of becoming vaccinated before or even during pregnancy.

Whether you are currently expecting, have recently had a baby or are planning to start or expand your family, I sincerely encourage you to get vaccinated if you have not already done so. I also hope you’ll take a moment to review my answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy and that it will help you attain the peace of mind that comes from being protected against this virus.

Why is it important for pregnant women or those planning to become pregnant to be vaccinated against COVID-19?
Pregnant individuals are at a higher risk for severe illness, complications and death than non-pregnant individuals if infected with COVID-19. Also, in some cases, pregnancy can come with medical conditions that put women at even further risk. The best way to protect yourself against potential harm from a COVID-19 infection is to be vaccinated. This is especially true with the continued rise of cases from the more contagious Delta variant and new variants as they emerge.

Does the COVID-19 vaccine cause fertility problems for women or men?
The simple answer is no. There is no evidence that getting the COVID-19 vaccine affects fertility in individuals trying to become pregnant, including those using in vitro fertilization methods. The safety profiles and the way the vaccines work to prevent infection and illness from COVID-19 do not cause infertility in men or women.

If I’m trying to become pregnant, do I need to avoid pregnancy for a specific period of time after being vaccinated?
No. Whether you are trying to have a baby now or in the future, it is safe for both parents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. There is no need for a waiting period. Additionally, if you become pregnant after your first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, you should still receive your second dose as indicated and recommended (three weeks after your first dose of Pfizer and four weeks after your first dose of Moderna).

Do I need to take a pregnancy test before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?
No. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend routine pregnancy testing before getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

What if I am currently pregnant or breastfeeding? Is it safe for me to get the vaccine?
Yes. Whether you are currently pregnant, or breastfeeding your new baby, it is safe for you to get vaccinated against COVID-19. None of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized or approved vaccines contain the live COVID-19 virus, so the vaccines do not present a risk of COVID-19 infection for you or your baby.

If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, there has never been a better or more urgent time to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if you have not yet done so. With the ongoing spread of the virus and the increased risks for severe illness and pregnancy complications that can arise from a COVID-19 infection in pregnant individuals, it is vitally important to get vaccinated to help protect the health and safety of both you and your baby.

If you have any concerns about being vaccinated, I encourage you to discuss them with your provider and make the choice to be a Vaccine Hero. Let’s work together to put an end to this pandemic and help create a healthy future for our families.

If you would like to speak with a provider about COVID-19 vaccination concerns or any aspect of your pregnancy journey, call 332.4420 or 856.4161 or visit the Find a Provider tab at SageWestHealthCare.com to make an appointment and get connected with the care you need.
Roundup Classifieds & Employment Opportunities:

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
Resources and support available to businesses and nonprofits:
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - Business Training and Support Services offers a variety of business training grants to support the sustainability and growth of the Wyoming workforce. Grants directly support internships, apprenticeships, and business training opportunities.
Wyoming Nonprofit Sector Report and Salary/Benefit Survey

August 19, 2021

The Wyoming Nonprofit Network represents the collective voice of the Wyoming charitable nonprofit sector and brings best practices, resources and support to the nonprofit community.

In meeting our mission, one of the most important projects is the Wyoming Nonprofit Sector Report. The last report was in 2018. We are producing an updated and expanded Report in 2021 which will include an economic analysis. This is a critical communication tool with policy makers and the general public. In addition, the information is helpful in decisions related to allocation of funding and resources.

We have contracted with the University of Wyoming's Center for Business and Economic Analysis to conduct the Economic Impact Analysis portion of this project. We need comprehensive and current data, therefore, we are utilizing a survey for this year's report. We are also developing a separate Salary and Benefit Report with the information provided by organizations with employees. Think of this survey as a "census" for nonprofits. It is vital that we have as many 501(c)(3) public charities complete this as possible, no matter the size of the organization.

If you are affiliated with a 501(c)(3) public charity, please keep reading.

Surveying the whole Wyoming 501(c)(3) public charity sector (over 3,000 organizations) is a monumental task. Your assistance in making sure your organization is "counted" is very important and will save us valuable time in follow-up emails and phone calls.

This survey should be completed by the leader of the organization that has access to information on your most recent fiscal year-end financial information. If you are not this person, please forward this to your CEO/Executive Director. If you are an all-volunteer organization, forward this email to your President. It is important that we have just one person at your organization complete it.

The person completing this survey will need to refer to your organization's most recent year-end financial information and have your Employer Identification Number (EIN). For those without paid staff, the survey will take less than 10 minutes. For those organizations with paid staff, the survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes. To make it easier, you may want to download the printed version of the survey before completing it online.

Your responses will be grouped with all other responses. Although much of the information we are asking is public, we will keep your responses confidential. Results will only be presented in aggregate. The data in this survey will be used to develop two reports: the Wyoming Nonprofit Sector Report, which will be a public document, and the Salary and Benefit Report, which will be available for free to organizations that complete the survey.

If you have any questions about the survey, email me or call 307-772-9050. If you are the primary contact for two or more nonprofits, please contact me for further direction. If your nonprofit is not based in Wyoming, but you have a Wyoming office, please contact me before completing the survey.

Thank you,
Jody Shields, Executive Director

ServeWyoming promotes collaborative efforts among private, non-profit and governmental organizations that advance community service, volunteer programs and activities in each Wyoming community. We also collaborate with other Corporations for National & Community Service programs such as AmeriCorps*VISTA and Senior Corps. ServeWyoming gives every citizen an opportunity to help solve our biggest challenges in disaster, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, veterans and military families.
For more information on volunteer opportunities, or to list your organizations volunteer needs, visit the website at: https://www.servewyoming.org/
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.
Attention Chamber Members!! Let us help you promote your business or event!!
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 by 5pm on Thursdays to:
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 and residents.
Please let us know how we can support you and your business!! 
This enews is made possible by a grant graciously provided by the
Wyoming Community Foundation.
Dubois Chamber of Commerce
708 Meckem Street, Dubois, WY 82513  |  P.O. BOX 632
duboischamber@gmail.com  |  (307) 455-2556