Enterprise Newsletter • Douglas welcomes two new businesses to the community
York elected Vice Chair of The Enterprise board
Daniel was originally a member of the Douglas Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, joining The Enterprise Board of Directors when entities were re-organized under a single economic development and visitor services umbrella. He works for Tegeler & Associates, an insurance agency with offices in downtown Douglas. During Daniel's service on The Enterprise board he says that he has seen the group mature. "We are not only putting on good community events, but we are an asset to other groups planning events, and businesses in the community."

"We are seeing more start-up businesses and those looking to relocate to Douglas coming to The Enterprise for resources," says Daniel. "The staff is spending more time dealing with potential new businesses. I hope that continues and that we see a culture of growth and change in Douglas." He adds, "I understand how important our downtowns are for a community to do well and thrive," says York noting that he believes in efforts to diversity and grow the economy. "I grew up in Wyoming and I have seen the boom and bust cycle and its impacts."

"People get used to a service like The Enterprise and they forget how easily it could go away if funding were to dry up," says Daniel. The Enterprise is funded by the City of Douglas, Converse County, memberships and fundraisers. With a team that believes in the projects they are carrying out, Daniel says, "It's not uncommon to see our team make a personal sacrifice and investment well beyond what is expected of them." Recent efforts to clean up and improve the Douglas Railroad Museum, operated by The Enterprise, are a prime example.
Grindstone Realty opens along Second Street
Sara Borton and Kristi Marcus are the team at the Douglas community's newest real estate firm, Grindstone Realty. Courtesy photo
"I chose the name 'Grindstone' to represent the hardworking people of Douglas," says Kristi Marcus remembering Joe Schwartz, a special and hardworking friend who served as the inspiration for "Grindstone."

A Douglas native, Kristi returned to the community 10 years ago and worked for other real estate firms in the area. " As a Wyoming native," she says, "I love everything about this beautiful state, from its wide open spaces to its country simplicity! As an experienced real estate professional, I recognize and value the trust my clients place in me. My business is built on honesty, integrity and commitment. Exceeding your expectations is my goal." Marcus, who opened her firm in June of this year, says she will build her company on quality rather than quantity.

Sara Borton is an agent with Grindstone Realty. "I love being personally involved with my clients and assisting in making dreams come true," says Sara. "It is my goal to make each and every home buying process as smooth of a transaction as possible." Sara says she enjoys helping people and will work to ensure quality customer service and that clients' questions are answered.

Grindstone Realty is located at 124 S. Second Street and can be reached via phone at 307-298-5678.
Hand Therapy of Wyoming comes to Douglas
Whole body treatment offered
"We treat the entire body," says Shayna Shaffer, one of the therapists at the Douglas office of Physical Therapy of Wyoming and Hand Therapy of Wyoming. They do have therapists on staff who specialize in hand care and treatment. The business opened in the Douglas community earlier this year.

Shayna says their services can help patients prior to surgery, after surgery and help address pain and mobility. They also make custom braces for both upper and lower extremities.

"The company started as Hand Therapy of Wyoming," she says noting that it expanded two years ago. "In March of this year we opened our Douglas and Newcastle clinics."
"We are in network for most insurances and we do accept Medicare and Medicaid," she says. "We do offer a 30 percent discount for those who are self paying." Medical offices around the community, says Shayna, have script pads for Physical Therapy of Wyoming and patients can request them as a provider.

"We have seen a good response so far," says Shayna. "People like having a choice which physical therapist they see. Our patients describe this as a homey environment."

"We do offer free screenings if people have questions," she says. The Physical Therapy of Wyoming and Hand Therapy of Wyoming offices can be found at 102 N. Brownfield Road or reached via phone at 307-298-5758.
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