Monday, February 27, 2012

Competition is always something for small businesses to think about.  This video shares three tips for your success.  The first tip discusses blogging and social media.  Both the second and third tip can be aided through social media.  If you would like help knocking the competitors out of the park using social media be sure to stop by for some social media marketing help and tips.

Small Business Tip for dealing with "Major League" Competitors

You can call the Wyoming Women's Business Center at 307.460.3947 to see what WWBC can do for you.  You may also be interested in some of the social media marketing tips WOW offers on their blog.  WOW is a project of the business center.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Creating an Employee Handbook Presentation at Laramie Business Roundtable March 1st

Join us for our next Albany County Business Roundtable on Thursday, March 1st. Our topic is:

Creating an Employee Handbook

Megan Hayes, Esq. with Corthell and King, will provide some insights for writing an employee handbook for your business. Do you need an employee handbook at your business? What are the critical elements for an employee handbook? Are there any dos and don’ts that should be considered? Megan can answer those questions as well as provide us with some samples of appropriate content for a handbook.

If you would like to e-mail your questions to Megan in advance of the meeting, so she can understand some of your concerns with employee handbooks and employees in general, her e-mail address is

Date: March 1, 2012 (always the 1st Thursday of every month)
Time: 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: First Interstate Bank
221 Ivinson Avenue, Laramie

Lunch and meeting space graciously provided by First Interstate Bank.

Please RSVP by noon Monday, February 27th to or 307-460-3943

Share this notice with your associates who could benefit from the roundtable program. All interested parties are welcome. Business roundtable meetings are opportunities for businesses in Laramie and Albany County to network, share business expertise, and identify potential small business resources in their community. or 307-460-3943

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Torrington/Goshen County Roundtable Program March 14


The What, Why & How of Marketing:
What it is, Why you should care, and How you do it

If you have ever found yourself trying to understand just what Marketing is and why you should care about the process, then this Roundtable is the perfect venue for you to get those answers.

Elizabeth Parks, Researcher for the Wyoming Market Research Center will discuss the Marketing process and how to navigate through the critical marketing questions. The Market Research Center, a program of the Wyoming Entrepreneur, offers a variety of resources for getting you the critical information you need for developing your marketing plan.

Date: March 14, 2012
Time: 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: Goshen Enterprise Center
110 West 22nd Ave. Torrington

You must RSVP to Amy Duke at 307-532-5162 or by email at: no later than Noon on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.

Lunch Graciously Provided by Points West Community Bank

Who should participate?
• Small business owners who have strong entrepreneurial skills and show potential for continued success;
• Small business owners who are willing to share ideas and to learn from the ideas of others;
• Individuals interested in starting their own business;
• Anyone interested in networking with small business owners and community members!

Bring plenty of business cards and/or brochures for networking!

All Roundtables are funded in part by:

SBA’s participation in this co-sponsorship is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs, services & cosponsored activities are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Wyoming Women’s Business Center, 307-460-3943, or Wyoming Women’s Business Center Roundtables are funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Naming your Small Business

Are you having trouble naming your small business? The Wyoming Women’s Business Center can help you come up with a name and help to develop a unique and conceptual logo. But for now here are some tips to help you get started brainstorming the perfect name for your business or product.

Small Business Tip: Creative Tips on How to Name your Business 

When developing a logo, I always start with a bubble brainstorm chart. Ideally, I like to come up with a concept for the company to convey and create the logo and name together. This is just one strategy we can help you with.
There are more brainstorming tips where this came from.