Weekly E-News - Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021
A look ahead at upcoming events and announcements by
the Dubois Chamber of Commerce and our Members
Our wonderful festive town is still a glow!! Visit our local businesses and shop local!!
Not here in Dubois to see our town in all its Winter beauty? No problem, click on the DTE/Range live webcam of the Town Corner and see it light up at night!
Announcements and Events By Date:
This Thursday, January 7, 2021 - Farmers Market!!
3:30- 5:30pm
Dear Hospitality & Tourism Industry Partners –
There have been some very exciting developments with the new COVID-19 Relief Bill recently passed by congress. On Monday, January 11th at 1:00pm MT, the Wyoming Office of Tourism, Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association, and the Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition, as well as representatives from Small Business Administration (SBA) and Jonah Bank, will be discussing new pieces of the bill, including; Payroll Protection Program, Tax Deductibility, Expanded Business Meal Deductions, Available Grants, Extension of Employee Retention Tax Credit, and the extension of Coronavirus Relief Funds. Please register for the discussion here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Prior to this industry discussion, the U.S. Travel Association will be holding a webinar of their own. On Thursday, January 7th at 12:00pm ET, U.S. Travel’s government relations team will hold a webinar to walk through the Emergency COVID-19 Relief Bill, as well as provide details about the relief programs available and the application processes. During the webinar, you will have an opportunity to ask questions. To register, please follow this link.
This Friday, January 8th!! Story Time @11.30am
Upcoming events and specials at the NBHSC!!
For more information, please contact the center.

10 Bighorn Lane | P.O. Box 1435 | Dubois, WY 82513
307-455-3429  | Like us on Facebook!

January 9: Fire Ecology & Sheep Habitat with Steve Kilpatrick at the National Bighorn Sheep Center in Dubois, WY  

January 30: Comp 101: Counting & Classifying Sheep According to WY Game & Fish Biologists (outdoors activity in Torrey Valley)

February: Gift Shop Sale: 10% discount on inventory February 1 - February 14 (exceptions for consignment)  

February 17: State of the Herd: National Bighorn Sheep Annual Meeting (Zoom & limited in-person)
General Announcements by the Chamber and Our Members:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 2, 2021
CONTACT: Michael Pearlman, Communications Director
Michael.Pearlman@wyo.gov

Bars, Restaurants Can Resume Late Night Service After Decline in
COVID-19 Hospitalizations
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced a return to normal operating hours for bars and restaurants, praising the response by Wyomingites that has resulted in a decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations around the state.

Effective January 9, updated health orders permit bars and restaurants to resume onsite consumption from 10 pm to 5 am. The updated orders also allow gyms to increase the number of participants in group fitness classes from 10 to 25.

The updated health orders, along with additional information on Wyoming’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, can be found on Wyoming’s COVID-19 website. Copies of the orders, which are effective January 9 and expire on January 25, are also attached.
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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.
Thank you so much for all your votes!
As a result of everyone’s combined efforts, NMMV has won the #10 spot in the 2020 USA TODAY Best Readers’ Choice contest for Best New Attraction! This contest featured 20 nominees from across the U.S. and included attractions ranging from art and entertainment venues in Las Vegas to fellow history museums just outside of Washington D.C. Nominees were chosen by a panel of experts including USA TODAY editors, 10Best editors, travel experts, and other relevant expert contributors. The winners are chosen by the public.
This is a huge deal for both the museum and the town of Dubois. This award is promoted across USA TODAY’s various media outlets and will also be seen by 10Best.com’s 5 million visitors per month. We are grateful for the support we have received since we opened on August 7th. As we continue to expand the museum, we hope to gain even more support. To find out more about the museum and our Mission, please visit our website.
The Round Up Classifieds and 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
jared.whitehead1@wyo.



Resources and support available to businesses and nonprofits:
Wyoming Community Foundation has some exciting news to share with you!

Doug McLaughlin, a former WYCF board member, made a generous gift to the Wyoming Community Fund. Given the challenges of 2020, Doug hoped this gift would encourage others to support the work of WYCF statewide.

In partnership with current WYCF board members, Doug and the board have made $50,000 available as a match! Doug hopes that others will make a personally meaningful gift this year in recognition of the efforts WYCF has made to help other Wyoming nonprofits weather the pandemic.

"I know that when the pandemic took hold last spring, WYCF set aside their own fundraising efforts in order to support other Wyoming nonprofits who feared they might have to close down. Now more than ever, the Foundation needs our support to fund their own good work." - Doug McLaughlin

We thank Doug for his generosity and leadership. On his behalf, I am personally asking you to make a gift to the Wyoming Community Fund! Not only will your gift support our important work, but it will be matched 1-to-1!

We are so very appreciative of all the different ways you continue to champion WYCF. You know that WYCF is critical in supporting Wyoming nonprofits and in strengthening communities in good times and in bad. You recognize our role in building a better Wyoming.

Your support makes Wyoming better. Make a gift to the Wyoming Community Fund today, and support our important work across Wyoming!

Best wishes for the year ahead,

Craig Showalter
President and CEO
Wyoming Community Foundation

P.S. If you've already made a gift, thank you for your generosity! And don't forget - your gift is doubled!
Dear Hospitality & Tourism Industry Partners –

I hope this email finds you well as we make our way through the final month of 2020. There have been many COVID-19 protocol updates and changes since the last email as well as some optimistic outlooks on vaccines and recovery in 2021. We look forward to continuing economic growth and many successes for all of our partners in the new year.

COVID Testing Support for Employers:
Wyoming cares about employees and has made testing available to businesses and employees who live and work in the state. With winter upon us, the Wyoming Department of Health is offering free tests through a company called Vault Health. These tests are available at no cost; insurance is not necessary. The department and Vault Health will work with employers to support the use of the tests for Wyoming-based employees, including appropriate training. To learn more, visit the WDH’s COVID-19 Workplace Testing.

COVID Testing Support for Visitors:
Wyoming cares about our visitor’s health and wellbeing and understands the challenges faced with travel at this time. Some states are requiring testing when a traveler returns home. In an effort to assist our visitors, click here for some helpful options:
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