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What is a Chamber of Commerce?

At the February Annual Dinner and Meeting, there was an infographic on each of the tables that was a visual representation answering this very question. Just as a tree needs certain things to grow, so does your business. Passive energy comes from...

 
 By Joshua Wood    Business    April 3, 2019

Eclectic finds new home

Since opening in May 2013, Strong Tower Designs called the little storefront at 115 W. Bridge Ave. home while owners Ray and Jamie Bernal made use of the space available. One had only to walk through...

 

Triple Play on tap

Shop at any of your favorite local business during three weeks in March. Hit a home run with a purchase of $20 or more made between March 11 and March 29 at any Platte Valley Business allows you the opportunity to win one of three great Prizes, The...

 
 By Joshua Wood    Business    March 13, 2019

Koyoty blooms in old Flower Pot

The process of moving a business can often be an arduous task. When Koyoty Sports and Trophy Room Artistry moved in 2015, it was from just south of Saratoga to Bridge Street. For three years, Warden...

 

Care center among state's bests

The Saratoga Care Center was recently listed in U.S. News and World Report Nursing Home Finder as one of the top nursing homes in Wyoming for 2018-2019. The ranking is based on a data-driven...

 

New year, new business recruitment

The last building block in the Economic Development Tiers is “New Business Recruitment”. This gets people really excited when they think about community and economic development. “All of our problems would be solved if we just had a business...

 

Barkhurst builds business

Byron Barkhurst is already a familiar face in the Valley. The son of Les and Tammy Barkhurst, he helps his parents manage the family ranch and aided in starting Iron Creek Bison Company. Barkhurst...

 

Betting the farm

The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch (Brush Creek) has opened its doors to guests looking to experience the winter beauty of the Valley opening from Dec. 27, 2018 through Jan. 5, 2019 and then Feb....

 

Keeping it cool

Over the years, customers of Valley Foods have seen the older model of coolers and freezers slowly get replaced. Beginning with the freezers and moving onto the dairy section, the final coolers have r...

 

Backing into a grand

Thursday the Saratoga Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce drew the last numbers for the reverse drawing. Member Services Manager Sierra Martinez drew numbers from the basket as Chamber Director Stacy...

 

Entrepreneur development starts young

The last economic development block in the third layer is ENTREPRENEUR DEVELOPMENT. This is similar to the adjacent block, Existing Business Development, but focuses on start-ups, new ventures and development of innovative products and services. At...

 

Familiar face in 'old' place

A familiar face to the Valley and the Saratoga Museum is returning as director. Kimberly Givens, who was employed as director from 2012 to 2014, was rehired by the Saratoga Museum Board of Directors...

 

Grumpy all year long

When the Grumpy Italian Eatery first opened at 113 W. Bridge Ave. in Saratoga, owner Steve Deorio knew that to make his business last he would have to carve out a spot for himself in a community that...

 

Holiday sweets

Since starting her business five years ago, Marie Christen, owners of Sweet Marie’s Bakeshop, has filled special orders for the holidays. During Thanksgiving, the Valley baker does pies, but...

 

A legion of trees

Scott and Michelle McIlvaine wanted to help out the American Legion, specifically with Tyler Pickett Park. To that end, the McIlvaines purchased 85 trees and 35 wreaths worth $3,500. After paying...

 

A difference in dollars

"The biggest difference between a bank and a credit union is we are member owned," Jeanne Stapleton, vice president branch manager for Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union said. She has been at this...

 

Last lick at Lollypops

On Oct. 30, just shy of their six-year anniversary of buying the business, Bobby and Danyel Chitwood, and daughters Dallys and Austyn, worked their final shift at Lollypops before closing the doors on...

 

New marketing grant

Wyoming businesses seeking new markets for their products and services have a new resource at their disposal thanks to a revamped Trade Show and Market Expansion Grant program through the Wyoming...

 

New 'Crossing' in Elk Mt.

Elk Mountain is a small community that enjoys tremendous beauty around it. Though the town has plenty of history from pioneer times, it has become a bedroom community. There are now very few...

 

Family footsteps

Jezria Collins recently established a new Saratoga business, Provident Realty. "I am very connected to Carbon County since I was born and raised here," Collins said. "I got my brokers license at 20...

 

RMP rehearses re-powering

As a part of Rocky Mountain Power's Energy Vision 2020 initiative last week the company began testing the process of replacing wind turbine nacelles and blades at the Seven Mile Hill wind farm. Rocky...

 

Solitude versus Inclusion

The second layer of the Economic Development Tiers Includes Quality of Life and Workforce Development. This month my thoughts turn to the third block: Infrastructure Development. Living in a small, rural, isolated community can be thought of as a...

 

Cooley named Wyo. Realtor of the Year

Marcy Cooley is a total Carbon County girl, although in her early years, she was raised in Rock River. When her father told her the family was going to live in Encampment, Cooley was resistant. She...

 

Keeping data safe

Doing business in the 21st century means thinking about the possibility of data breaches. Technology has become so prevalent in our everyday life, we don’t often think about what could happen if we lost all that information. When starting a small b...

 

Get a job! We did!

Depending where you live in Carbon County, summer jobs for high school students can be difficult to find. Basil Phillips, a junior at Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Middle/High School and...

 

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