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Chamber of Commerce Volume 22 Issue 3

NEWSLETTER

March 2016

Red Carpet Award— “Promoting the Community” Lacey Hart with the Arctic Circle won January’s Red Carpet award. Lacey was nominated by Janet Maez.. Janet had this to say about Lacy, “I lost my credit card and Lacey found it and returned it. Honesty is rare these days. Thank you so much Lacey!” Lacey was presented a $25 Gift Certificate, Red Carpet Pin, as well as other advertisement.

Pictured Above: Amber Zmolek, Chamber Board Member, presents Lacey Hart with the Red Carpet Award

Ribbon Cuttings

Staci Ann’s Café Ribbon Cutting On Wednesday, March 9th 5:00pm 95 E Railroad Ave Green River, WY 82935

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Peak Performance Sports Medicine On Thursday, April 7th Open House 4:00-6:00 pm Ribbon Cutting 5:30 pm 140 Commerce Dr. Green River, WY 82935 YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE CHAMBER IN WELCOMING EACH BUSINESS TO THE COMMUNITY

YOUR BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY ADVOCATE 1155 W. Flaming Gorge Way Green River, WY 82935 307-875-5711 FL-GORGE www.grchamber.com Published monthly to serve members in business and community needs

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~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

Don’t tell me you got nothing to do! 

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March 2016

Distributed Information

Bowls of caring will be held March 17th from 4:307 pm. This event is a fundraiser for the YWCA of Sweetwater County.

Information Distributed STARTED

2nd annual Boy Scout and Muley Fanatic Foundation Benefit Breakfast, March 17th at the Rock Springs Holiday Inn 6:30-8:00 am.

Relocation Packets 12 Vacation Packets 3 Convention Packets 50 Wyoming Pins 0 City of Green River Pins 100 Gift Certificates 18 Dollar Amount $2,297.13 Brochure Racks 420 Chamber Kiosk 295 Walk Ins 821 Web Site Hits 66,263 Web Site Sessions 1,855 E-Mails 689 New Facebook Likes 14

January 2016

Year to Date 12 3 250 0 100 18 $2,297.13 420 295 821 66,263 1,855 689 14

Sales Tax Disbursements–December 2015 County $1,964,573 Green River $898,674 Rock Springs $1,709,514 Lodging Tax Sweetwater County –December 2015 County $5,954 Green River $8,859 Rock Springs $71,659 Labor Force Employment Sweetwater County December 2015 21,423 November 2015 21,766 December 2014 22,199 Unemployment Sweetwater County December 2015 1,145 November 2015 1,122 December 2014 913 Statewide Employment December 2015 287,081 November 2015 291,720 December 2014 291,927 Statewide Unemployment December 2015 13,671 November 2015 13,441 December 2014 12,759

Chamber Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors: Tom Arnold, Arnold Family Chiropractic Center ~ President & Hole in the Wall Gang President Angela Shutran, US Bank ~ Vice President Misty Springer, City of Green River ~ 1st Vice President Jeremy Gibson, Trona Valley FCU ~ Treasurer Joanna Nara-Kloepper, BLM ~ Secretary Jason Bartlett, Solvay Curg Murray, Gorge Rock Products Kelli Lennon, Green River Import Plus, Hitching Post Restaurant & Saloon Allan Wilson, City Council Liaison

Tammy Vaught, Radio Network Linda Martin, SWC School District #2 Amber Zmolek, Farm Bureau Financial Services Dan Perusich, WWCC Ken Johnson, White Mountain Lumber Staff: -Rebecca Eusek, Executive Director -Lisa Herrera, Finance and Membership Manager -Kyla Magrath, Public Relations and Marketing Specialist

Chamber Mission Statement: The Green River Chamber of Commerce is committed to enhancing the community through advocacy and partnership between businesses and community leaders.

March 2016

~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

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March/April Sunday

Sweetwater Ranch Sort Jackpots, 8 am (EC) Team Roping Jackpot, 12 pm (EC)

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

Roller Derby Practice, 5pm (EC)

GR City Council Meeting, 7pm

Sweetwater Ranch Sorting Club, 6pm (EC)

Roller Derby Practice, 5pm (EC)

Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

Roller Derby Practice, 5pm (EC)

Indoor Arena Closed , 2pm (EC)

Southwest Wyoming BMX, 6pm (EC)

Southwest Wyoming BMX, 1pm (EC)

Ride em high, 6 pm (EC)

GR Chamber Board Meeting, 7:30am (VC)

Sweetwater Ranch Sorting, 6pm (EC)

4H Horse Development Meeting, 6pm (EC)

Up in Arms Gun Show, 3pm (EC)

USA West Square Dancing, 8am (EC)

Staci Ann’s Café Ribbon cutting, 6 pm

Southwest Wyoming BMX, 9am(EC)

Ride em high, 6 pm (EC)

Up in Arms Gun Show,9am (EC)

Spring series barrel racing, 8 am (EC)

Team Roping, 6pm (EC) Hotdoggers 4H Meeting, 7pm (EC)

Roller Derby Practice, 5pm (EC)

Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

Ride em high, 6 pm (EC)

Arena Cross Race (EC)

Roller Derby Practice, 5pm (EC)

Roller Derby Practice, 5pm (EC) Sweetwater Ranch Sorting, 6pm (EC)

Thursday

Wind River Riders Dressage Club, 6pm (EC)

Friday

Saturday

Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

Sweetwater Ranch Sort Jackpots, 8am (EC)

Government Affairs, 8am VC

Hotdoggers 4H Meeting, 7pm (EC)

Up in Arms Gun Show,9am (EC)

Hotdoggers 4H Meeting, 7pm (EC) Bowls of caring, 4:30pm (EC) Wind River Riders Dressage Club, 6pm (EC)

Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

Team Roping Jackpot, 12 pm (EC)

Roller Derby Practice, 5pm (EC) Ride em high, 6 pm (EC)

Spring series barrel racing, 8 am (EC) R & R Rodeo, 6 pm (EC)

Lunch and Learn 12 pm

Guild Mortgage Ribbon cutting 6:30pm

Roller Derby Practice, 5pm (EC)

Hotdoggers 4H Meeting, 7pm (EC)

Arena Cross Race (EC)

Arena Cross Race (EC)

Wind River Riders Dressage Club, 6pm (EC)

Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

Sweetwater Ranch Sort Jackpots, 8am (EC)

Rocky Mountain MMA, 6 pm (EC)

Sweetwater Ranch Sorting, 6pm (EC)

Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

Roller Derby Practice, 5pm (EC) Sweetwater Ranch Sorting, 6pm (EC)

Sweetwater Ranch Sort Jackpots, 8 am (EC)

Muley Fanatic Foundation Banquet, 4pm (EC)

Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

Roller Derby Practice, 5pm (EC)

GR Chamber Board Meeting, 7:30am (VC)

Sweetwater Ranch Sorting, 6pm (EC)

GR City Council Meeting, 7pm

Sweetwater Pool Shootout (EC)

Ducks Unlimited, 6 pm (EC)

Sweetwater Pool Shootout (EC)

Sweetwater Pool Shootout (EC)

Hotdoggers 4H Meeting, 7pm (EC)

Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

Sweetwater Pool Shootout (EC) Spring series barrel racing, 8 am (EC) R & R Rodeo, 6 pm (EC)

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~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

March 2016

2015 Annual Report

2015 Snap Shot

2015 turned out to be a banner year for the Green River Chamber of Commerce. We ended 2015 with a 5% increase in members. Over the past 2 years Chamber

Membership has increased by 11%. We also increased our retention rate this year which is up to 93% and 8% above the

national average. These numbers speak to the value of the chamber’s programs and our mission to continue to meet the needs of our members. The Chamber is committed to enhancing the community through advocacy and partnerships between businesses and community leaders. One of the chambers top 5 core goals is to create a strong local economy. Our

gift certificate program kept over $299,000 local this year! That is a 30% increase over last year. The Chamber Springs Chamber and WWCC.

hosted the Sweetwater County Leadership Program in its 16th year. This program is a partnership with the Rock

The Chambers website is now responsive meaning the entire site can be viewed from an electronic device. With

the revision of our website we saw a 16%

increase in views.

Our social media presence also increased. A goal for 2016 is to continue to increase our social media presence making sure we are using the platform to promote Green River businesses and events. The second core goal is promoting the community. The chamber hosted the annual Sweetwater County Photo Contest and printed post cards for visitors to be able to send all over the world. So far we have had great response from this new program. The River Festival, our annual fundraiser, continues to grow with an average of 34% of attendees coming from out of county. Overall participation

exceeded 4,000 participants from all over Wyoming, 27 different States and Canada.

Once again, the Chamber sold out of shrimp boil tickets, cooking over 900 pounds of shrimp. Over 150 people competed in the Run with the Horses Marathon which is a slight increase over 2014. We saw a 20% increase in beer sales as well! We have exciting things planned for the 2016 River Festival including new promotional ideas and increased advertising spending for the marathon to help grow the event. We also distributed 59 vacation packets and we assembled 1,230 convention packets. We distributed over 30,000

brochures which was an 18% increase. Walk in traffic through the visitor center remained consistent with 17,500 walk-ins. We sold over $45,000 in tickets for various events throughout

Assisted visitors from 48 states

Sweetwater County. During the 4th year of the NHSFR the Chamber partnered with Green River URA/Main Street and we gave away over 50 fishing poles dur- including Hawaii and Alaska and 17 couning the 2015 NHSFR tries from Australia to Switzerland. shooting competition that took place in Green River. This program promoted the tourism aspects of Green River and encouraged participants to stay longer.

March 2016

~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

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2015 Annual Report Our third core goal is providing networking opportunities. Lunch

and Learn

saw a 21% increase in overall attendance which is attributed to the location, professionalism, and topics. We hosted 11 ribbon cuttings and 8 after hours. We also hosted an email marketing training and we recently began a business roundtable program. Our fourth core goal is representing the interests of business to government. We have continued to host quarterly meetings with the trona industry and other local partners. We also host an annual legislative town hall where business have the opportunity to speak to local Sweetwater county legislators. The chamber director also sits on the Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition board as well as the Wyoming State Chamber of Commerce Board. Our fifth core goal is strengthening member relations. This year we installed a state of the art digital sign board. Over

$80,000 in grants and sponsorship money was raised to complete this project. The sign has been a great success for recruiting members. We have had over 40 businesses advertise on the sign. The Red Carpet customer service program had 65 nominees this year. This year we have 27 people from Green River going on the annual chamber trip on a Rhine River Cruise which is our largest number of participants yet! The chamber also partnered with the City and the Mine Rescue Teams of Sweetwater County to host the first national mine rescue day in Green River. It was a tremendous turnout and we are looking forward to helping with that event in 2016. Each year the chamber presents citizen volunteer awards and the winners for 2015 were Randy Walker and Dennis Freeman, Distinguished Citizens of the Year and Brian Taylor, Chamber Volunteer of the Year. We would like to take some time to highlight our goals for 2016 and let you know what to expect. We have recently begun a business roundtable program in partnership with Green River URA/Main Street and the SBDC. This program is designed to benefit the needs of our members by providing hour long trainings centered around different topics every month. Topics will be chosen from the results of surveys that are sent out via email and at the chamber luncheons. If you have a topic suggestion, please feel free to call us anytime. We want to make sure we are fulfilling your needs and communication is the key to ensuring your needs are being met. In 2016 we will also be completing synchronist surveys. These 2015 Green River Chamber Board of Directors surveys help the Chamber understand the business climate in Green River and can help us pinpoint trends in the community. We can use this information to better represent your needs and interests and build a better business climate. We will be completing these surveys throughout the year. Green River will also be hosting the 2016 Fall State Chamber of Commerce Conference on Oct. 5th through the 7th. It was a competitive bid and we are ecstatic that Green River was awarded the bid. We are looking forward to showing off all that Green River has to offer. Thank you to all of our members, volunteers, and community partners!

Through the efforts of our hardworking 3 fulltime staff, 13 board members and our volunteers we were able to meet many goals this year as we continue to serve our community and Chamber members.

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~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

March 2016

Tickets for Sale

February Renewals—Thank you! Business

Years

Mobilitat Advance America Green River Basin FCU Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County Broken Arrow Field Service Castle Rock Hospital District First American Title Insurance Coca- Cola Bottling Co. Prevention Management of Wyoming Marine Corps. League #1406 The Office Shop Smith’s Food and Drug Rock Springs Sweetwater Co. Airport Mi Casita Sweetwater County Museum United Way of Southwest Wyoming Solvay United Site Services Western Wyoming Community College Inberg-Miller Engineers (IME) Cowboys Against Cancer Castle Cleaning Company Western Wyoming Beverage Sweetwater County Democrat Party Sweetwater County Library System Rock Springs Chamber Eagle Uniform & Supply The Office Products Dealer Northern Title Company of Wyoming YWCA of Sweetwater County Green River URA/Main Street Agency Sweetwater One Foundation Exxon Mobil Corp. Brenda Roosa/Mary Kay Cosmetics Wild Card Towing Gorge Rock Products Amber Zmolek/Farm Bureau Financial Boy Scouts of America/WY Trails Dist. McDonalds Sweetwater County Prevention Sweetwater County Community Nursing Wind River Hotel & Casino Hampton Inn & Suites – Green River Family Dynamics Counseling Lucerne Valley Marina Red Desert Roundup Rodeo The American Legion Post 28 Wyoming Dept. of Workforce Services American Cancer Society Rocky Mountain Service Bureau Oak Tree Inn Penny’s Diner UESI/Rock Springs Taco Time Wyoming Wireless Arctic Circle HydraFab Sweetwater Co. Board of Realtors Century Link Hospice of Sweetwater County Keamas Quilts

17 5 19 29 10 28 28 29 3 4 8 20 7 5 25 29 29 15 29 21 16 3 29 18 26 24 14 4 11 29 4 3 29 2 9 15 2 5 17 6 2 4 10 11 29 20 3 9 12 29 18 18 13 25 2 29 4 3 25 2 11

THANK YOU TO OUR RENEWING MEMBERS!

Sweetwater County Concert Association Membership Packs 2015-2016 Concert Season Membership is available. Adults are $45, Seniors 65+ are $35, Students in HS and under are $25, a family 2A and 1+child is $110. A season membership will get you into all four concerts. Cash and check will be accepted. 2nd Annual Boy Scout and Muley Fanatic Foundation Benefit Breakfast Thursday, March 17th at the Rock Springs Holiday Inn. 6:30– 8:00 am. Breakfast burrito bar and silent auction. $25 individual or $200 table of 8. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.

New Members—Welcome! Guild Mortgage 541 E. Flaming Gorge Way Unit E Green River, WY 82935 P: (307) 371-2361 Www.guildmortgage.com Hours: 9-5 with after hours and weekend appointments by request Guild Mortgage is dedicated to making your housing dreams come true! Equal Housing Lender Peak Performance Sports Medicine 140 Commerce Dr Green River, WY 82935 (307) 875–8492 Outpatient physical therapy Staci Ann’s Café 95 E. Railroad Ave Green River, WY 82935 307-922-8670 Family Style Restaurant. J.R. Simplot Company 515 S. Hwy 430 Rock Springs, WY 82901 307-382-1400 Manufacturer of Nitrogen based fertilizer

March 2016

~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

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Thank you Blair! The Green River Chamber Board of Directors and Staff want to thank Blair Graham for his time spent on the Board of Directors. Blair recently announced his resignation from the Chamber board. Blair was the owner of the Krazy Moose in Green River for many years. He served on the Green River Chamber Board of Directors since 2013. Blair served on the Governmental Affairs Committee also served on the River Festival Committee. Blair was instrumental in helping organize the shrimp boil. He helped place the food order and plan the logistics involved with feeding 900 people. Blair has been an invaluable member to the Chamber as well as to the entire community. His volunteerism and hard working attitude will certainly be missed.

Distinguished Citizen Award

2016 Distinguished Award

Citizens

Promoting the Community Do you know someone that is absolutely passionate about Green River? Do you know someone that continually volunteers, supports and is behind the scenes working for the betterment of our town? Those people need to be recognized! The Green River Chamber would like to make sure these individuals are recognized and we are looking for nominations. The Chamber is looking for the “Distinguished Citizen Award”. Persons qualifying for this nomination must be a resident of Green River and have demonstrated a long history of civic involvement to the community and or the Chamber. You are encouraged to elaborate on the candidate’s background. News articles, testimonials, etc. will help the committee arrive at an informed decision. A few of the previous winners of the “Distinguished Citizen Award” are Carl Morck, Regina Clark, Bill Thompson, Al Harris, Pat Robbins, Al Carollo, Vicky Roth, Marsha Tynsky, Mike Frink, Tom McIntosh, Judy Graham, Gaye Winter, Bill Hoyt, Randy Walker, and Dennis Freeman . These winners are not eligible for nominations. To nominate an individual please write a letter and send it to 1155 W. Flaming Gorge Way or email [email protected];Attention Distinguished Citizen Award Committee. Include other letters of support, newspaper clippings and any other information that will help the Committee in making their decision. Please submit nominations to the Green River Chamber of Commerce by March 21st, 2016. Contact the Chamber with any questions at 307-875-5711 or [email protected]

Green River Chamber of Commerce 1155 W Flaming Gorge Way Green River, WY 82935

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~Green River Chamber Newsletter~

March 2016

Lunch and Learn - “Providing Networking Opportunities” THE HAMPTON INN Join us for our March Luncheon held on Wednesday the 16th at noon at the Hampton Inn in Green River. The Hampton Inn will be catering, please RSVP by Monday, March 14th by 10:00 AM. We will hear from Steve Perry with Aspen Mountain Medical Center. Marine Corps League #1406 will also present. At February’s Luncheon, We heard from Melinda Baas with YWCA. There was also a live ChamberMaster Training where you were be able to ask questions and learn how to manage all your information through our Website. February’s Lunch and Learn winners will be announced in our April Newsletter, so keep an eye out! We do ask that you RSVP for each Luncheon to the Green River Chamber at 307-875 -5711 or email [email protected] or [email protected] by Tuesday, March 14th by 10:00 AM. You may also RSVP directly from our Website at www.grchamber.com/pages/LunchLearn. If you know by Tuesday, March 15th that you will not be able to attend, please let us know and you will not be invoiced. Lunch will be $12 for members and $15 for non-members. We would like to thank everyone who attended our February Lunch & Learn!

Picture Above: Melinda Baas with the YWCA and Kelli Lennon with the Green River Chamber Board.

Northern Title Company would like to THANK SWEETWATER COUNTY for their business over the last 10 years. Please join us March 4, 2016 from 3-5 pm to Celebrate our 10 year anniversary. 2620 Commercial Way, Ste 101 Rock Springs, WY 82901 (pictured from left to right) Marianne Emden, Lorie Rivera, Mindy France, Penny Pizzie, Susan Icazuriaga, Lisa Nye, Andrea Potter and Trudi Wells