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Wyoming SBDC Promotes State’s Small Businesses May 6

May 2, 2017

Small businesses are an important part of the nation’s communities, and play a central role to the health and well-being of Wyoming.

To recognize the contributions of small businesses in Wyoming and across the nation, many Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) have designated Saturday, May 6, as Focal on Local Day in their state and a way to wrap up Small Business Week.

On that day, individuals are encouraged to support and shop at their local small businesses.

“Small businesses are vital to Wyoming’s economy, and we actually want to support shopping local 365 days a year. Saturday, May 6, is a start,” says Jill Kline, Wyoming SBDC Network state director.

The SBDC is a partnership among the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Business Council and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBDC focuses on educating small-business owners and potential owners on how to successfully start and operate small businesses. The SBDC’s main office is located at UW.

According to the U.S. SBA Office of Advocacy, Wyoming small businesses employ more than 136,000 people and represent more than 60 percent of the employed workforce in the state. Small businesses are the drivers of job creation, Kline says.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to energize our communities to focus on all of the amazing local businesses,” she adds.

Wyoming SBDC Network employs certified business advisers, many of whom are former business owners, and hold nationally and internationally recognized professional certifications.

The Wyoming SBDC Network is a business advising group of the Wyoming SBDC, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Market Research Center and SBIR/STTR Initiative. The network’s mission is to help Wyoming entrepreneurs succeed. Advising and most market research activities are free of charge to Wyoming residents.

The SBDC is funded, in part, through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. SBA. Additional support is provided by the Wyoming Business Council and UW.

For more information on Wyoming SBDC Network services, visit

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