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Wyoming Business Tips for Jan. 24-30

January 15, 2016

By Susan Jerke, WSBDC regional director

“Where can I learn more about resources that are available to small businesses in Wyoming?” Charlotte, Wright

SBDC, MRC, PTAC, SBIR/STTR, WBC, SBA, WWBC, DWS, MW, WTBC, RPC (answers below). Wow, are you familiar with this incredible “alphabet soup” of acronyms representing organizations that can help build your Wyoming business?

Through March 3, two-hour seminars titled, “Meet Wyoming’s Business Assistance Experts,” will be held statewide to introduce small business owners to these organizations that make up the Wyoming Business Resource Network. Representatives of each organization will share information in person at most of the events and answer questions from participants.

Wyoming is a great place to own and operate a business, and Wyoming residents are known to be hard-working, independent individuals. The state is unique, with its superb opportunities for networking. The large geographic area, with low population, has been described as having one long Main Street, where everyone is connected to their neighbors, helping whenever possible.

Do not miss this opportunity to meet the passionate people who want to help locally owned companies succeed. Funding from the state of Wyoming and local and federal government resources support a wide variety of business services, most of which are free of charge.

These presentations will connect owners with the expertise in the Wyoming Business Resource Network, and how they can serve your business -- from start-up to expansion, to exit, and everything in-between.

To find the nearest event, visit

-- Answers to the acronym challenge: SBDC (Small Business Development Center); MRC (Market Research Center); PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center); SBIR/STTR (Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer); WBC (Wyoming Business Council); SBA (Small Business Administration); WWBC (Wyoming Women’s Business Center); DWS (Department of Workforce Services); MW (Manufacturing Works); WTBC (Wyoming Technology Business Center); RPC (Research Products Center).

A blog version of this article and an opportunity to post comments are available at

The WSBDC is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Wyoming Business Council and the University of Wyoming. To ask a question, call 1-800-348-5194, email, or write 1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3922, Laramie, WY, 82071-3922.

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