Grand Opening Events!

You are invited to the Energy Capital Enterprise Center Grand Opening events the week of Sept. 10. The week will kick off with a ribbon cutting at noon on Monday, Sept. 10, and will include several other events, including tours and learning opportunities.

9/11, Lunch & Learn, with First National Bank of Gillette   11:30    

Ben Connolly and Cody Friedlan with First National Bank of Gillette will visit with attendees on what banks look at when financing small businesses.

Cost is $10 and includes a light lunch.

Register online:

Or RSVP to Doni at or 307.686.260

9/11, Lean Business Startup with Wyoming SBDC Network    6:00 PM    

Thinking about starting your own business? Prepare for the challenge by attending this FREE presentation. “SYOB” is designed to help potential business owners explore the pros and cons of owning a business and evaluate the skills and knowledge necessary for success. We will cover topics such as how to develop a business model from your idea, the truth about start-up capital, business legal structures to consider, and more. If you plan on joining Wyoming’s small business community, “Start Your Own Business” is a basic introduction to this exciting and challenging world.

RSVPs are required, 307.686.2603 or

9/12, Planning for the Future of Your Business      9:00 AM    Tom Lubnau  

One of the biggest and most difficult issues your children and employees may have to deal with is: How to retain YOUR business and YOUR good customers after you leave your business.  Your departure might be retirement, a catastrophic illness or even death.  Gillette Lawyer, Tom Lubnau, has seen it all and would rather help YOU now rather than later.   Tom will introduce you to the “why” and “how” of planning ahead.


9/12, How to do Business with the Government        11:00 AM      Rich Lyles

The Government doesn’t make anything;  the Governments  in the United States spend several Trillion dollars a year in goods and services.  From paper to flag poles, and everything in-between, local businesses have a chance to sell goods and services to any branch of Government.  Rich Lyles travels across Wyoming helping small business navigate the process of selling goods and services to Government entities.  Maybe you have something “the Government” would buy.  Learn what the Government buys, and business opportunities, from Rich.


9/12, Finding the Money          1:00 PM               Waldo Smith

Where is the money?  Waldo Smith is the Director of the Micro Lending Program and the Individual Savings Account Program with the Wyoming Women’s Business Center.  He assists Wyoming residents with loan applications to start or expand their business.  The loan program was started to provide access to funds for those unable to get loans through traditional means.   Quit chasing rainbows for the pot of gold at the end.  Instead, check out Waldo

9/12, Protect Your Business from Fraud          3:00 PM               Jeremiah Wagner

Fraud can devastate a business in the blink of an eye.  Learn about the threats from outside a business as well as the problems that can develop right under your nose.  Detective Jeremiah Wagner, a 10 year veteran of the Gillette Police force, is a detective with some stories to tell, and way to prevent threats.  Lean to identify the red flags of fraud.