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Chamber of Commerce Volume 22 Issue 2

NEWSLETTER

February 2016

Lunch and Learn - “Providing Networking Opportunities” THE HAMPTON INN Join us for our February Luncheon held on Wednesday the 17th at noon at the Hampton Inn in Green River. The Hampton Inn will be catering, please RSVP by Tuesday, February 16th by 10:00 AM. We will hear from Melinda Baas with YWCA. There will also be a live ChamberMaster Training where you will be able to ask questions and learn how to manage all your information through our Website. At January’s Luncheon, we heard from John Walrath with Wyoming Game and Fish, Western Wyoming Community College about their Wellness Program, and Castle Rock Hospital District about their upcoming Health Fair. January’s Lunch and Learn winners will be announced in our March Newsletter, so keep an eye out! We do ask that you RSVP for each Luncheon to the Green R i ve r C h am b e r at 3 0 7 -8 7 5 - 5 71 1 or em ai l [email protected] or [email protected] by Tuesday, February 16th by 10:00 AM. You may also RSVP directly from our Website at www.grchamber.com/pages/LunchLearn. If you know by Tuesday, February 16th 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 January Lunch & Learn!

Monroe Intermediate School Re-dedication Sweetwater County School District #2 Board of Trustees are excited to announce the completion of the renovation of Monroe Intermediate School. On Tuesday, January 12th, the Board of Trustees of School District #2 invited the public to join them to the re-dedication of their newly renovated Monroe Intermediate School. The public had the opportunity to see the changes made during the renovation project, which took around 18 months and 9.75 million to complete. Monroe Intermediate School made many changes, including the area where the school’s swimming pool was once located and is now the new kitchen and cafeteria that will accommodate all of the students without any issues.

Pictured above (L-R): Director of the Wyoming School Facilities Department Del McOmie, Sweetwater County School District #2 Board of Trustees Robin Steiss, Sherie Smith, Brenda Roosa, John Malone, Ann Rudoff, and Superintendent of Schools Donna Little-Kaumo.

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! 

The 15th Annual Chili Cook Off will be held February 20th, make sure to stop by to try some great Chili!

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The 20th Annual BITE Night will be held on February 20th at the Holiday Inn in Rock Springs.

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Attend the Crystal Classic Winter Festival held on February 12 & 13.

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Enjoy the winter scenery and great outdoors!

February 2016

Business Profile—Northern Title

About Us

With an experienced and knowledgeable staff of 8, Northern Title Company of Wyoming has been serving Sweetwater County since March of 2006. With offices in both Rock Springs and Green River we can accommodate your needs. We also have offices in Pinedale, Evanston and Thayne Wyoming to serve your needs. When you are buying or selling a home or property, the last thing you want to discover is that the property has a complication you were unaware of, which may affect the transaction. Northern Title seeks to protect buyers and sellers from such situations. The company performs title examinations on real estate records and issues title insurance policies for buyers, sellers and lenders along with performing escrow closing work. Another service available is IRS 1031 exchanges, which make it possible for one property owner to sell real estate and purchase a different piece of real estate, and thereby defer the payment of federal income taxes. Next time you are in the market to sell, buy or refinance, remember Northern Title Company where “Good Deeds Done Daily” is truly our motto.

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 Blair Graham, Krazy Moose Jason Bartlett, Solvay Staff: Curg Murray, Gorge Rock Products Kelli Lennon, Green River Import Plus, Hitching -Rebecca Eusek, Executive Director -Lisa Herrera, Finance and Membership Post Restaurant & Saloon Allan Wilson, City Council Liaison Manager Tammy Vaught, Radio Network -Destinee Rael, Public Relations and Linda Martin, SWC School District #2 Marketing Specialist Amber Zmolek, Farm Bureau Financial Services Dan Perusich, WWCC

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

February 2016

~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

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February/March Sunday

Monday 1

Tuesday 2

Ride Em High 4H Ride Night, 6pm (EC)

Wednesday

Thursday

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Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

Roller Derby Practice, 5pme (EC)

Wind River Riders Dressage Club, 6pm (EC)

GR City Council Meeting, 7pm

Sweetwater Ranch Sorting, 6pm (EC)

RS Motocross Club Meeting, 6:30pm (EC)

Friday 5

Hotdoggers 4H Meeting, 7pm (EC)

Saturday 6

Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

Memorial Hospital Red Tie Gala, 5pm (EC)

Government Affairs, 8am VC

HIWG, 7pm

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Team Roping Jackpot, 12pm (EC)

8 Roller Derby Practice, 5pm (EC)

9 Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

10 Roller Derby Practice, 5pm (EC)

Indoor Arena Closed (EC)

Southwest Wyoming BMX, 6pm (EC)

13 Southwest Wyoming BMX, 6pm (EC)

Sweetwater County Rodeo Practice, 6pm (EC)

Ride Em High 4H Ride Night, 6pm (EC)

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

Sweetwater Ranch Sorting, 6pm (EC)

Hotdoggers 4H Meeting, 7pm (EC)

Crystal Classic, Expedition Island

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet, 4pm (EC)

Business Development Meeting, 8:20am

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Southwest Wyoming BMX, 9am (EC)

President’s Day Roller Derby Practice, 5pm (EC)

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Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

Roller Derby Practice, 5pm (EC)

Hotdoggers 4H Meeting, 7pm (EC)

Sweetwater Ranch Sorting, 6pm (EC)

GR City Council Meeting

Lunch and Learn, 12pm Hampton Inn

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Crystal Classic, Expedition Island

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Wind River Riders Dressage Club, 6pm (EC)

20

Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

4H Sagehopper Meeting, 6:30pm (EC)

Sweetwater Ranch Sort Jackpot, 8am (EC) SPE Chili Cook Off, 11am (EC) R & R Rodeo, 6pm (EC)

Leadership

BITE Night Holiday Inn RS, 6pm

21 Team Roping Jackpot, 12pm (EC) Sweetwater County Rodeo Practice, 6pm (EC)

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Brower Brother Great Western Nissan Liquidation Sale, 9am (EC)

Brower Brother Great Western Nissan Liquidation Sale, 9am (EC)

Brower Brother Great Western Nissan Liquidation Sale, 9am (EC)

Brower Brother Great Western Nissan Liquidation Sale, 9am (EC)

Roller Derby Practice, 5pm (EC)

Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

Roller Derby Practice, 5pm (EC)

Indoor Arena Closed, 2pm (EC)

Ride Em High 4H Ride Night, 6pm (EC)

Sweetwater County Fair Board Meeting, 7pm (EC)

Sweetwater Ranch Sorting, 6pm (EC)

Hotdoggers 4H Meeting, 7pm (EC)

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Arena Cross Race, EC

Arena Cross Race, EC

Brower Brother Great Western Nissan Liquidation Sale, 9am (EC)

Brower Brother Great Western Nissan Liquidation Sale, 9am (EC)

Meet the Experts, 12PM WWCC RS

28 Arena Cross Race

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Sweetwater Ranch Sort Jackpots, 8am (EC)

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Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

Roller Derby Practice, 5pm (EC)

Ride Em High 4H Ride Night, 6pm (EC)

GR City Council Meeting, 7pm

Sweetwater Ranch Sorting, 6pm (EC)

Brower Brother Great Western Nissan Liquidation Sale, 9am (EC)

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Roller Derby Practice, 5pm (EC)

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3 Wind River Riders Dressage Club, 6pm (EC) Hotdoggers 4H Meeting, 7pm (EC)

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Team Roping, 6pm (EC) Government Affairs, 8am VC

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Sweetwater Ranch Sort Jackpots, 8am (EC) Muley Fanatic Foundation Banquet, 4pm (EC)

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Roller Derby Practice, 5pm (EC)

Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

Roller Derby Practice, 5pme (EC)

Indoor Arena Closed , 2pm (EC)

Southwest Wyoming BMX, 6pm (EC)

Southwest Wyoming BMX, 1pm (EC)

Team Roping, 12pm (EC)

Ride Em High 4H Ride Night, 6pm (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)

Sweetwater County Rodeo Practice, 6pm (EC)

RS Motocross Club Meeting, 6:30pm (EC)

Hotdoggers 4H Meeting, 7pm (EC)

Up in Arms Gun Show,9am (EC)

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~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

February 2016

Rebecca Eusek, IOM of the Green River Chamber of Commerce Graduates from Institute for Organization Management A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Rebecca Eusek IOM, Executive Director of the Green River Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually. “Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.” Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

February 2016

~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

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The Green River Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center will be closed on Monday, February 15th for President’s Day. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, February 16 at 8:30AM. Crystal Classic Winter Festival—February 12th & 13th What art form utilizes chainsaws, handsaws, hairdryers, irons and chisels? Why only the art of Ice Carving, which is the main event during the Crystal Classic Winter Festival. Each year carvers gather in Green River, WY from all over the United States to work with massive blocks of ice weighing over 300 pounds apiece. You won’t want to miss this family fun weekend filled with activities for people of all ages. We will once again be holding our ever popular Soup Cook Off on Friday evening. This year we are opening up a Junior Chef category for those 10-17 years old. Registration for the competition is now open. You ask what else is going on during this time? Don’t miss the Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Strolling Magic, Live Music or roasting marshmallows over the fire for your s’more while you ponder over your vote for the People’s Choice Ice Sculpting Competition. If you say this isn’t enough well then make sure not to miss our Sponsor Walk carved out of ice, interactive ice games or the fireworks display for all to enjoy. Curious about the Sponsor Walk? There is still plenty of time to get your business involved in the Sponsor Walk which will light up the Park on Friday evening and is a great way to get your business out to the public and support this family fun event in Green River. If the evening event isn’t for you or your little ones, then we hope Saturday will be. The day will begin with a pancake breakfast hosted by our local Boy Scout Troop 312, the Frostbite 5K Walk/Run and many more activities. Our main events for the day will be the National Ice Carving Association Sanctioned Ice Carving Competition and a family friendly Magic show in the Pavilion. We can’t wait to see you at this year's Crystal Classic Winter Festival. For more information call 307-872-0514. How can I become a part of the Crystal Classic? The top 10 ways you can become involved in the Crystal Classic Winter Festival 10. Compete in the 5th Annual Soup Cook Off, now with a new Junior Chef category for 10-17 year olds. Registration now open! 9. Register a team for the Snow Boot Softball Tournament. 8. Run or Walk the Crystal Classic Frostbite 5k. 7. Roast a marshmallow and make a FREE s’more with us. 6. Become a coveted sponsor and have a unique ice sculpture created for you by a professional artist for the Sponsor Ice Walk 5. Participate in the Children’s Ice Cube Hunt 4. Take a Horse Drawn Carriage Ride with your friends and family. 3. Go on a Chiller Family Scavenger Hunter and find fun prizes for your children. 2. Watch a family friendly magic show on Saturday afternoon. 1. Get outside and join us in the midst of winter to see finely crafted ice from Professional Artists

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~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

January Renewals—Thank you! Business White Mountain Lumber Wyoming.com Churches Inc. Green River Auto Sales Mustang Motel High Plains Physical Therapy Sweetwater Trophies & Gifts Mathey Law Office, P.C. Young at Heart Senior Center Domino’s John Bunning Transfer Co. China Garden Aspen Mountain Medical Center JFC Engineers & Surveyors Hilltop Baptist Church Trona Valley FCU Castle Rock Realty Eye Care Specialist of GR Lemich Law Center Society of Petroleum Engineers Arnold Family Chiropractic Center Memorial Hospital of SWC The Oil Can Carl Morck Flaming Gorge Automotive Vaughn’s Plumbing & Heating Rendon Properties/Mansface Plaza Green River Tire Springtime Laundromat Chopstix Asian Bistro Sweetwater Technology Services Golden Hour Senior Center Rocky Mountain Power Green River Realty K-Motive & Sports Fraternal Order of Eagles 2350 Brady’s Auto Body Bottomline Marketing Castillon & Associates Sweetwater Mtn. Biking Assoc. Earthwise Herbal & Massage Green River Little League Aflac/Christensen Ins. Agency Muley Fanatic Foundation White Pine Ski Resort Smyth Printing Summit Physical Therapy Tata Chemicals Mission at Castle Rock Ensignal, Inc. Wyoming Rents, LLC College Hill Health Center GED Properties Food Bank of SWC Desert View Eye Care The Window & Door Store Papa Murphy’s Pizza Red Desert Road Runners Rolling Green Country Club Union Wireless Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Tronox Aflac – Ind. Agent Tiffany Phillips Wyoming Waste Systems STAR Transit DJ’s Glass Plus SWC Child Dev. Center State Bank LK Drilling & Boring Joint Powers Water Board Williams Field Service Pioneer Park LLC Mansface Terrace Green River Cable Loc Electric

February 2016

Red Carpet Nominations— “Promoting the Community” Years 29 15 4 16 16 14 14 11 6 21 28 25 1 8 1 30 30 12 12 2 9 29 16 9 4 15 13 1 10 1 1 3 29 11 14 28 25 14 2 1 2 5 6 5 1 29 2 28 1 3 9 3 7 6 3 9 5 11 14 9 27 19 4 24 15 15 27 20 18 15 9 25 16 28 17

Dr. Bryant Birch Business: Birch Family Dental Why: I chipped a large section off of one of my front teeth. I made an appointment with Dr. Bryant Birch as a new patient since my dentist I usually see has retired. I went in on a Thursday morning for a consultation appointment and Bryant was gracious and worked me into his busy schedule in order to fix my tooth later that afternoon. Bryant and his staff provided excellent service and I will be forever thankful for the compassion and professional service I received. Nominated by: Lisa Herrera Lacey Hart Business: Arctic Circle Why: I lost my credit card and lacey found it and returned it. Honesty is rare these days. Thank you so much Lacey! Nominated by: Janet Maez Darren Gregory Business: Darren’s Towing Why: Darren is a long time Green River business. He is efficient, friendly, hard working, and always provides excellent service at a fair price. I am honored to nominate Darren’s Towing. Nominated by: Randy Walker Alicia Turner Business: Hampton Inn & Suites Why: She has great customer service and a winning personality. She is a great asset to the community. Nominated by: Rail Roader Joe Becky & Staff with Youth Services Business: Sweetwater County Library Systems Why: Creates awesome opportunities for children to explore literature in many models and experiences. Nominated by: Judy Graham If you would like to nominate someone who works for any business in Green River, please visit our website at http://www.grchamber.com/pages/RedCarpetAward and fill out the entry form or contact the Chamber for any questions at 307-875-5711.

Tickets for Sale 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.

New Members—Welcome! Greater Wyoming Big Brothers Big Sisters 1471 Dewar Drive, Suite 147 Rock Springs, WY 82901 P: (307) 399-9262 Hours: M-Th 8:00 AM-3:00 PM, always available by phone Big Brothers Big Sisters provides one-to-one mentoring for Sweetwater County youth, and is one of the only prevention programs in Wyoming proven to affect a broad range of social issues.

February 2016 Leadership 2016

~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

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The Sweetwater County Leadership Class of 2016 met for their first class on Tuesday, January 12th. The orientation was held at Western Wyoming Community College where participants were able to get to know one another, discuss the course objectives, the requirements, and learn how to excel in their areas of strength. President of WWCC, Dr. Karla Leach led the class discussion and we would like to thank Dr. Leach for taking the time to lead the class. The next class will be Business & Human Services on Thursday, February 18th. The 2016 Class Participants are: Jennifer Baker Erika Koshar Ruthann Wolfe Daniel Perusich Rina Martinez Shelly Richno Ronee Warne Amy Votruba Sue Lozier Mandy Camphouse Amber Zmolek Michael Hollin Angela Shutran Mike Shutran Kim George

Elwood Staffing Sweetwater Events Complex YWCA WWCC WWCC United Way 1st Bank Questar White Mountain Mall High Country Realty Farm Bureau Financial Services Young at Heart Center US Bank PacifiCorp Energy Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce

Distinguished Citizen Award

MEET THE EXPERTS

Do you know someone that is absolutely passionate about Green River? Do you know someone that continually volunteers their time 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 that these individuals are being recognized and we are looking for nominations. The Chamber is looking for nominations for “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 Citizens Award” are Bill Hoyt, Carl Morck, Regina Clark, Bill Thompson, Al Harris, Pat Robbins, Al Carollo, Vicky Roth, Marsha Tynsky, Mike Frink, Tom McIntosh, Judy Graham, Gay Winter, and Randy Walker. To nominate an individual, please write a letter to the Chamber of Commerce: 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 1st, 2016. Contact the Chamber with any questions at 307875-5711 or email [email protected]

Roundtable on February 25th 12:00-1:30 PM Western Wyoming Community College Rock Springs Campus Room 3650 in the Wellness Center Learn more about the valuable assistance available to support Wyoming’s businesses and economy. Do not miss this opportunity to meet the passionate people who want to help your company succeed. There is no fee to this seminar, but please register by calling 307-352-6894 or visit http://wyen.biz and click on “Classes.”

The US Forest Service now has 2016 Annual Flaming Gorge Passes on Sale

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

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~Green River Chamber Newsletter~

February 2016

Wyoming Business Tips November 24, 2015 — A weekly look at Wyoming business questions from the Wyoming Small Business Development Center (WSBDC), part of WyomingEntrepreneur.Biz, a collection of business assistance programs at the University of Wyoming. By Lisa daCosta, WSBDC business adviser “My two friends and I started a business this year, and we all agreed to put in the same amount of money and time to be equal partners, but I ended up doing way more work and put in way more money than they did. How can I get a larger share of the company for my work ?” Jerry, Afton According to “Startup Dirty Laundry: Conflicts that Kill Partnerships” by Anna Vital (www.fundersandfounders.com), 62 percent of all startups fail due to co-founder conflicts, including the idea about the execution, who is doing the work and how much, and who is contributing money. We found a number of articles on the Web addressing the question of ownership fairness, and most indicated that a 50/50 or equal share split is a bad place to start because it is unlikely or very rare that all founders will contribute meaningfully and equitably. If you and your partners already have established an operating agreement that designated ownership percentages, you may have to revisit the document. Setting aside friendship and personal relationships for the moment, that conversation may likely breed resentment from the founding partners who are going to lose some of their interests in a rebalanced ownership. If you start with the initial balances, and then adjust ownership interests for incremental contributions, for example, working on the business full time, without pay, or bringing in money -- your own or investors -- these factors can be used to create a more appropriate division of ownership. You also can pursue a vesting period for all founders in case life changes for one or more founders. If they leave early or do not commit the same amount of time, their share is diminished. Most important, you should consider the importance of the team you have assembled. If reallocating means losing life-long friendships you value or key individuals who will be ultimately important in your success -- whether in sales or operations -- you need to consider what ownership interest you want to give to retain them, irrespective of contribution to date. To learn more about equitable ownership splits, join our Business Fitness Webinar Thursday, Dec. 3, from 2-3 p.m. You can register for the event at www.wyen.biz/events/wyoming-entrepreneur-classes/perfect-equity-splits-startups/?eID=751. A blog version of this article and an opportunity to post comments are available at http://wyen.biz/blog1/. The WSBDC is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Wyoming Business Council and the University of Wyoming. To ask a question, call 1-800-348-5194, email [email protected], or write 1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3922, Laramie, WY, 82071-3922.