'An amazing honor'

Aspen House Restaurant of Rawlins awarded 2022 Wyoming Small Business of the Year


Mike Armstrong

From left, Wyoming SBDC Regional Director Jim Drever, Jim and Lena Dirk, Pam Thayer of the Rawlins DDA and Jordan Besler of the U.S. Small Business Administration pose for a photo on May 5.

"The 2022 Small Business Person of the year for Wyoming is such a prestigious award and it looks at a business that has grown in its revenue, its employees and has that resilience and staying power for a small business as well as its contributions to its community," Amy Lea, Small Business Administration (SBA) District Director for Wyoming said. "Lena Dirck here at the Aspen House has done all that in spades."

The Aspen House has been in business for 27 years since Lena and her husband, Jim, bought it. The building was constructed in 1905 for a doctor-a nephew of Governor Amos Barber-employ...

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