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UW, CCEDC Partner to Form e2e Gillette


June 13, 2011 — The University of Wyoming's Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC), in cooperation with the Campbell County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC), has formed "entrepreneur to entrepreneur" (e2e) Gillette.

e2e, one of two outreach programs provided by the WTBC, is an entrepreneurial networking group designed to foster an entrepreneurial climate and, ultimately, lead to an increase in new business creation and growth for existing businesses in Wyoming communities.

"The CCEDC is pleased to be working with the WTBC to help in the creation of small businesses throughout Campbell County. This collaboration fits right into CCEDC's strategic plan to encourage small business growth," says Philippe Chino, CCEDC executive director.

The first e2e Gillette meeting, free and open to the public, will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at the Clarion Inn and Conference Center, 2009 S. Douglas Hwy. The inaugural speaker will be Gillette native and former University of Wyoming basketball player Krista Treide.

Treide began her professional career with an impressive climb up the corporate ladder with Reebok International, LTD, where she became global product line manager. From Reebok, Treide moved to Nike and took a business unit from annual sales of $24 million to nearly $2 billion.

Treide has also worked in high-level corporate positions with UGG Australia, Diesel, Seven for All Mankind, Tsubo, Hurley, Michael Stars, Speedo and more. She is the daughter of longtime Gillette residents Paul and Carol Treide.

Each e2e chapter will meet bi-monthly for 45 minutes of networking followed by a 45-minute program.  The programs include successful entrepreneurs telling their story, panel discussions on relevant topics and advice from experts in a specific business sector.

Each chapter has a dedicated advisory board that will oversee programming and membership. e2e Gillette will be the third chapter started by the WTBC since 2009. For more information on e2e Gillette, call Jeff Lowe, WTBC assistant director, at (307) 766-6283 or e-mail jlowe13@uwyo.edu.

The WTBC is a business development program that focuses on high-growth oriented companies with an emphasis on technology.  The WTBC runs a 30,000-square-foot, technology-oriented business incubator and data center within its facility at UW as well as outreach programs, including business consulting and e2e events in Laramie and Sheridan.

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