Newsletter: Students vie for seed money for business ventures


The State of Wyoming's Economic Development Agency   l   April 6, 2018

Students vie for $50,000 in seed money for business ventures


The 10 finalists in Wyoming’s largest student entrepreneurship competition take the stage April 26 at the Gateway Center on the University of Wyoming campus.

“Each year, students complete hundreds of projects that result in creative and innovative ideas with market potential as a product or service,” said Steven James Russell, assistant dean for the College of Business. “The $50K Ellbogen Entrepreneurship Competition is designed to encourage Wyoming students to act on their talents, ideas and energy to produce tomorrow’s leading businesses.”

The $50K John P. Ellbogen Entrepreneurship Competition enters its 18th year with some new wrinkles. Chief among those changes is a name change to reflect the additional $20,000 in startup money available for the top competitors.

Feedback from students and judges alike also led to the creation of two tiers for competitors – a business track and a social enterprise track. Each track includes $25,000 in prize money. The grand prize winners in each track will receive incubation space for one year in the Wyoming Technology Business Center, a partner of the Wyoming Business Council, the state’s economic development agency.




Rock Springs named winner of Great American Main Street Award

Rock Springs Main Street has been named the winner of the National Main Street Center’s 2018 Great American Main Street Award. The award, which was presented today at the 2018 Main Street Now Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, recognizes Main Street communities that excel at comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization. // READ STORY


Business Council offers energy efficiency grants

The Wyoming Business Council’s State Energy Office has $325,000 in competitive federal grants available for Wyoming local governments and small businesses seeking to cut their electric bills. // READ STORY


Wyoming community advocates to host placemaking trainings

Community development experts are offering workshops around Wyoming this spring to teach local leaders how to create interesting, well-loved places on a tight budget. 


Business Council welcomes new Board members

Jason Kintzler is the founder of web-based public relations and marketing software company PitchEngine in Riverton. Erin Moore is chief executive officer and principal of Gannett Peak Technical Services, a Cheyenne technology company. // READ STORY


Business Council Board recommends Planning grant

The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors recommended at its March 15 quarterly meeting in the Evanston Roundhouse a $50,000 grant to Uinta County to identify target industries for recruitment to Uinta and south Lincoln counties. // READ STORY


April 10

Are You Wondering Where You're Going to Get Bonding for Your Next Job?

April 11
Placemaking Workshop, Bear River

Innovation Road Tour, Northwest College

April 12
State Loan and Investment Board Meeting, Cheyenne

Advanced Manufacturing Forum, Rock Springs

Placemaking Workshop, Rawlins

Innovation Road Tour, Casper

April 13
Wyoming Innovation Road Tour, Riverton

April 17
Innovation Road Tour, Rock Springs

April 21
Placemaking Workshop, Gillette

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Cheyenne ranked No. 8 in best cities to start a business

UW to launch Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Degree in fall 2018

SBA names 2018 Wyoming Small Business Person of the Year

Wind power helps fund school house restoration in Sundance



Chad Banks of Rock Springs speaks to more than 50 attendees at the GAMSA: Taking Your Community to the Next Level workshop. Rock Springs was awarded the GAMSA on Monday. #now18 #wymainstreet @NatlMainStreet

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Wyoming Main Street program manager Linda Klinck received her Main Street America Revitalization Professional (MSARP) certificate at the Main Street America Conference on March 28.

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This Wyoming team gave a presentation at National Main Street Conference on transformation strategies. The main street directors showcased successes and struggles of each unique community. The Wyoming Main Street program has one of the highest ROI’s of all programs the Wyoming Business Council runs.

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