Business

Business
7:38 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Wyoming Business Council gives Laramie a record grant

Credit Bob Beck

The Wyoming Business Council voted to approve all five of its Business Ready Community Grants today/Thursday.  Among them is a 5 point 4 million dollar grant to fund construction of a new data and technology park in Laramie.

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Business
7:30 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Wyoming approves a poop for power project

The State Loan and Investment board approved a one point five million dollar community readiness grant to build a power plant that will use human waste to power a Microsoft data center.  

Construction of the Dry Creek Water Reclamation Facility begins in January.  The facility recycles common waste bi-products, creating a stream of biogas methane. This biogas is used as the fuel for a fuel cell. The Fuel Cell converts the biogas into electricity to power the Microsoft data center, which will be located in Cheyenne. 

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Business
5:07 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Wyoming Whiskey: Retailers buy up first batch in 4 minutes

Credit Wyoming Whiskey

After four years aging in barrels, the first batch of Wyoming Whiskey sold out to distributors in only four minutes today.


Three-thousand cases of Wyoming Whiskey went on sale to state liquor license holders at 3:00 p.m. on the Wyoming Department of Revenue’s E-Liquor website. At 3:04, the website crashed because it experienced such heavy traffic. Of the state’s 1,250 retailers, only about 75 were able to purchase the whiskey.

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Business
6:17 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Black Friday: Downtown Laramie businesses react (or don't) to holiday shopping rush

The Copper Kettle in Laramie opened at 5:30 a.m. on Black Friday and enticed customers with steep discounts.
Credit Rebecca Martinez / Wyoming Public Radio

Americans have mixed feelings about Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when many big box stores open early and offer steep discounts to kick off the holiday shopping rush. Small businesses in Downtown Laramie had mixed reactions to the occasion.

Some have been working hard not to be forgotten at the official start of the holiday shopping season.

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Business
4:12 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

What could a second Obama term mean for energy, the environment?

During the campaign season, many fossil fuel developers dreaded the idea of a second term for President Obama.

Bruce Hinchey of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming says during the last four years, it’s been harder to secure oil and gas leases on federal land, get drilling permits, and have environmental impact statements approved.

But Bob Spencer of the Equality State Policy Center says it’s prudent for the administration to strike a balance between mineral production and preserving land for wildlife and public enjoyment.

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Business
4:18 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Laramie franchise owner worries about consequences of Affordable Care Act

In a letter to the Laramie Boomerang last week, Subway and Bagelmakers franchise owner Tim Woodward wrote that if President Obama wins re-election, and the Affordable Health Care Act stands, he would sell off two-thirds of his stores by 2014, cancel health insurance for managers, and shift full-time line workers to less than 30 hours a week. The open letter angered a number of area residents who have planned to boycott businesses Woodward and his brother, Rob, operate in Wyoming and Colorado.

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News
5:46 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Loan program meant to boost childcare businesses

The Wyoming Business Council and the Wyoming Women's Business Center are sponsoring a grant-funded loan program that could help licensed childcare providers improve their businesses.

Rosemany Bratton of the Wyoming Women's Business Center said she hopes the Community Development Block Grant Child Care Facility Loan Program will help participating providers fill service gaps across the state.

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