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Welcome New Members
Real McCoy Horses

Join the McCoy crew for family fun at Pahaska Tepee this summer for beautiful horseback rides! Their experienced wranglers are familiar with the forest trails which stretch for miles in every direction and are great with horses and people too! They have several favorite trails which, in a short time, can have you high on a mountainside or in a lush mountain meadow. Their horses are gentle and surefooted enough, so that the young or inexperienced rider can share the enjoyment of a ride through wilderness scenery along the wild game trails of the Shoshone National Forest. Learn more here!
Staff Highlight
Meet Carla Parsons,
Visitor Center Representative

How long have you worked at the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce?
This is my 3rd summer.

Why do you love Cody Country?
I've lived here since I was 5 - raised my family here & just love the small town feel - but the variety of opportunities here as well.

What is your favorite thing to do in Cody Country?
Anything outdoors - love the mountains, our skies, our lakes and rivers, and our wildlife.
Name one thing everyone (residents and visitors) should do while in Cody Country?
Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the Rodeo.
What's Going On
Energy Share of Wyoming

Energy Share of Wyoming’s Board of Directors has voted to reopen the season for utility bill payment for qualifying individuals. The move is the result of two large donations to Energy Share of Wyoming from Black Hills Energy and Rocky Mountain Power. “These generous new contributions have made it possible for us to resume our operating season and accept applications to pay utility bills for those in need,” said Energy Share of Wyoming Board President, Laurie Farkas. “Qualifying factors for individuals to receive funds will be financial emergencies related to COVID-19 or recent energy sector job loss,” said Farkas.

Read the full article here.
Cody Club Luncheon

Join us this coming Monday, June 1st at 12 PM at the Holiday Inn for our monthly Cody Club Luncheon sponsored by Black Hills Energy fe aturing local Primary Election Candidates.

In order to keep everyone healthy and safe, the event will be limited to 35 attendees . Lunch will be plated and other public health order recommendations will be in place.
Lunch is $15 per person - cash, check or Cody Club card only. No credit cards.

If you are planning to declare your intention to run, please contact us here as we would like to formally invite you to participate in this event.
Join Cody High School's 2020 Graduates Sunday, May 31st at 10AM for a Ceremony Video Stream! Learn more here.
Non-Store Front Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, June 4th 4 to 5 PM

Led by the Chamber Ambassadors, join us as we celebrate several local businesses with a ribbon cutting! These unique businesses and organizations don't operate out of a traditional brick and mortar shop, so we want to help them shine! This event will be held on the Front Porch of the Cody Chamber in order to adhere to social distancing recommendations. Joining us will be:

Cody Buckle Club
Fresh Prince of Steaks
Ghost Town Jeep Ventures
SoSocial
Wander Wyoming
Wild Horse Photo Tours with Wild at Heart Images

See you then!
Education & Business Resources
Women Entrepreneur Award

The Wyoming Council for Women is seeking applications for their annual Entrepreneur Award. The following are criteria for the award: Nominee must be a female who owns/operates a business that has functioned for at least three (3) years and generates a minimum of $5,000 gross revenue annually. The business must make or sell a product or provide a quantifiable service. Franchise owners are not eligible for this award. The deadline for 2020 nominations is May 31, 2020.  Here is the application.
PTAC Lunch and Learn

Have you been wondering if the 8(a) Business Development Program might be right for your business?

Join the SBDC for a lunchtime discussion May 27th from 12 to 1 PM about the 8(a) program with guest presenter Deb Farris, Deputy District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Wyoming District Office.

Attendees are invited to share their own questions, stories of success, and lessons learned.
Be sure to pick the May 27th, 2020 date upon registration here!
PPE for Non-medical Businesses

Governor Mark Gordon has allocated $2 million to the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security to purchase and distribute Personal Protective Equipment to non-health care related entities. This effort will support public safety for businesses and communities across the state under the new health orders.

WOHS will be working with the Wyoming Business Council and the Wyoming Office of Tourism to assess the specific needs for this vital equipment. Businesses can submit a PPE distribution request form here . Questions may be emailed to wohsppeinfo@wyo.gov.
Business Council Creating Business Relief Grant Programs

The Wyoming Business Council staff is spearheading the creation of the Wyoming business relief programs and working to ensure a smooth and simple process for Wyoming's small-business owners. 

The Wyoming Legislature passed  a bill  on May 16th that created three grant programs to distribute $325 million of Wyoming's $1.25 billion allocation from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to Wyoming small-business owners who have experienced hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic.
 
The Business Council's financing experts are currently working with Wyoming businesses and associations to understand and address specific nuances, write rules and finalize a process to distribute and track funds.

The Business Council expects to launch the first portion of the grant program and open applications for businesses at the beginning of June. The agency anticipates holding webinars at the end of May to help business owners understand the program, determine whether they qualify and begin applying.  
 
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Social Media Workshop
Wednesday, May 27th

Join  SO Social  for an introduction to the efficient use of Facebook and Instagram for your business. This will be a Facebook Live event!

If you are new to business Social Media Marketing for your business: Sign up and learn the basic concepts to manage your professional Social Media activities and let your business benefit from a better online presence.

The number of participants per workshop is limited. 

Sign up today at
info@sosocialinc.com or call 307-272-9762
Promotion for Your Future Events

Wyoming Public Media is here to help provide additional support to our business community.
Chamber members and community resource organizations are invited to post to Wyoming Public Media's online events calendar.

To post, merely click on the  Submit Event Here  and enter the information requested. Events posted to the calendar have an additional opportunity be read live, on-air as public service announcements as the news cycle and time permit. This is a great opportunity for announcements potentially to air during peak listener times.
Farmers and Ranchers in Wyoming Can Now Apply for Financial Assistance through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

CASPER, WY, May 26, 2020 – Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff members are available via phone, fax and online tools to help producers complete applications. The agency set up a call center in order to simplify how they serve new customers across the nation.

“We know Wyoming producers are facing a tough time now, and we are making every effort to provide much needed support as quickly as possible,” said Lois Van MARK, state executive director for FSA in Wyoming. “FSA is available over the phone and virtually to walk you through the application process, whether it’s the first time you’ve worked with FSA, or if you know us quite well.”

Read the full article here.
Local Business
Here at First Bank of Wyoming, we operate by one simple rule - You. First. Your financial security, your well-being and your stability is the first thing on our minds. Learn all the ways we are keeping you first by visiting this link .
Morrison-Maierle employee-owners are spending 2020 in celebration of our 75th anniversary. Founded in 1945, Morrison-Maierle has grown into a multi-discipline engineering firm focused on providing practical solutions and exceptional client service.
Since 1986, Sierra has been the one-stop shop for men, women, and kids who want to get active and outside with epic gear at teeny, tiny prices. Shop online and in store.
TCT provides Internet, Telephone, Television, Security, IT Support and so much more! Serving Southeastern Montana and the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming.
We are about one thing, the best customer service you have ever seen. From the sell of a vehicle or taking care of any problems that come up, we have you covered.
Yellowstone General Stores is dedicated to offer gifts inspired by Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone is the very first of all national parks. Enchanting mountains, vast pastures, views of old Old Faithful and the diversity of the animal wildlife are treasures you will want to capture with keepsakes that will keep your memory of Yellowstone alive. Shop online here!
Now offering pick-up! Order online, pick-up later.
Drive-up open. Contact your banker for an appointment. Visit our website.

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