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Chamber of Commerce Volume 22 Issue 7


July 2016

April Red Carpet Award Julie Hoopes from Trona Valley Credit Union was nominated for April’s Red Carpet Award. She was nominated by Donna Lakes.

Things to Do in July Stock Car Races: July 2nd– 4th Events Complex 7 pm Americans for Freedom Charity Run: July 9th 9 am 38 N Center St, Green River Painting with a Twist! July 7th, 6 pm Expedition Island, Green River International Day: July 9th Bunning Park, Rock Springs Red Desert Roundup Rodeo: July 28th & 29th, 7 pm Events Complex Wyoming’s Big Show : July 31st—August 7th Events Complex Free Concerts in the Park: Every Wednesday and Thursday 7 pm Bunning Park in Rock Springs Farmers Market: Every Wednesday at 4 pm Uinta Drive, Green River BMX Races: Every Thursday, 6:30 pm Events Complex

Pictured : Julie Hoopes accepting her award from board member Jeremy Gibson

Donna had this to say about Julie, “As receptionist, I am in a position to observe members reaction to the exceptional customer service provided by Ms. Hooopes. They will not only wait until she is available, if she is unavailable they will come back just to work with her. She makes them feel very special.” Julie was presented a $25 Gift Certificate, Red Carpet Pin, as well as other advertisement.

May Red Carpet Award Paul Helvik from Green River Imports Plus was nominated for May’s Red Carpet Award. He was nominated by Jeff Coulter. Jeff said this about Paul, “We were broke down with 12 scouts, Paul stayed late to get us back on the road, shared his fresh baked cookies. Awesome customer service.” Paul was presented a $25 Gift Certificate, Red Carpet Pin, as well as other advertisement. Pictured : Paul Helvik accepting his award from board member Kelli Lennon YOUR BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY ADVOCATE

Ribbon Cuttings James Chavez Waddell and Reed July 20th 5:30 pm At Green River Chamber of Commerce 1155 W Flaming Gorge Way Join us in welcoming Waddell and Reed to the Chamber!

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

August 19th & 20th See inside for full itinerary of events!

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~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

Information Distributed STARTED May 2016

July 2016

New Members - Welcome!

Year to Date

Relocation Packets



Vacation Packets



Convention Packets



Wyoming Pins



City of Green River Pins



Gift Certificates



Dollar Amount



Brochure Racks



Chamber Kiosk



Walk Ins



Web Site Hits



Web Site Sessions






New Facebook Likes



Sales Tax Disbursements–April 2016 County $1,550,340 Green River $713,051 Rock Springs $1,339,149 Lodging Tax Sweetwater County –April 2016 County $243 Green River $8,148 Rock Springs $41,655

A Taste of Grace Grace Yeager 823 Uinta Drive Green River, WY 82935 (307) 871-8842 Panini Sandwiches, Soup, Salad and Homemade Sides Open Tuesday-Sunday 6am-2pm Volunteers of America/Northern Rockies Sandy DaRif PO Box 645 Rock Springs, WY 82901 (307) 672-0475 To compassionately serve and strengthen individuals by empowering them to build healthy and happy lives. The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program for VOA houses homeless veterans.

Membership Benefits As a member of the Green River Chamber, you can post your HOT DEALS, JOB OPENINGS, and EVENTS with your login through Chamber Master. You can also send them to us and we can post them for you. If you do not have your login information please contact us at 307-875-5711 and we will give you your information.

June Renewals 2016 Green River Insurance Quality Builders Western Inn

7 Years 26 Years 29 Years

Labor Force Employment Sweetwater County April 2016 20,878 March 2016 21,019 April 2015 22,386 Unemployment Sweetwater County April 2016 1,428 March 2016 1,393 April 2015 1,030 Statewide Employment April 2016 281,212 March 2016 281,883 April 2015 292,465 Statewide Unemployment April 2016 17,115 March 2016 17,148 April 2015 12,609

Chamber Mission Statement: The Chamber enhances the community through advocacy and partnerships.

July 2016

~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

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July 2016 Sun

3 7 pm Stock Car Race (EC)


4 7 pm Stock Car Race (EC)


5 City Council mtg. 7 pm


6 Farmers Market, 4 pm Uinta Dr

Chamber Closed


11 Ride ‘em High 6 pm (EC)



1 Gov’t Affairs 8 am (VC)

2 7 pm Stock Car Race (EC)

7 SW Wyo BMX races 6:30 pm (EC) Hotdoggers 7 pm (EC) HIWG 7 pm


9 International Day-Bunning Park 8 am All Breed Trails Series (Farson)

12 Board meeting 7:30 am

13 Farmers Market, 4 pm Uinta Dr

14 SW Wyo BMX races 6:30 pm (EC) Business Dev. & Retention mtg 8:30 am (VC)



21 SW Wyo BMX races 6:30 pm (EC)



28 Red Desert Roundup Rodeo 7 pm (EC) Active Shooter Training GRPD 7 am

29 Red Desert Roundup Rodeo 7 pm (EC)

30 Red Desert Roundup Rodeo 7 pm (EC)

Chamber Finance Mtg 2 pm (VC) 17

18 Ride ‘em High 6 pm (EC)

19 City Council mtg. 7 pm





27 Farmers Market, 4 pm Uinta Dr

31 Wyoming’s Big Show! The Sweetwater County fair July 31st– August 7th


Lunch & Learn12 pm Hampton Ribbon Cutting Waddell & Reed 5:30 pm (VC) RF Meeting 6 pm

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~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

Wyoming Business Tips By Bruce Morse, WSBDC Region II director “Besides the customary liability and commercial coverage on company assets, are there other types of insurance I should consider?” Larry, Riverton I recently had some surgery on my hand, which has made it painfully clear the difficulty some small businesses would have operating in the event the owner or key employee was injured. Years ago, I worked with an owneroperator trucking company. The owner was tarping a large load, and a gust of wind caught the tarp and threw him off the trailer, severely damaging his arm. Consequently, he was unable to drive for a period of time, had to hire a replacement driver who cost him most of his profits, and this driver did not take care of the truck like an owner would. This unfortunate event nearly cost him his business. While this was most likely a personal injury coverage situation, having additional coverage would have helped. I recall another instance when a motel burned down late one evening. The owner had the property insured, of course, and was able to rebuild the structure, but this took considerable time to accomplish. In the meantime, he had no revenue coming in to live on. These two incidents illustrate that, while none of us likes to pay for insurance coverage, it serves a valuable purpose in protecting a business and lifestyle. Depending on the type of business, different coverage options might make sense for the business owner. Business interruption, key man or buy/sell, professional liability, commercial auto, and something that has been in the news lately, data breach or cybersecurity, are all possible needs in addition to basic commercial property coverage. I encourage business owners to contact insurance agents and visit about appropriate coverages for their businesses. A local SBDC adviser, while not an insurance professional, can help with possible types of coverage needed and can suggest questions to ask an agent.

July 2016

Business Profile—Oak Tree Inn ALL ABOUT TR LODGING ENTERPRISES TR Lodging Enterprises helps railroads improve safety by providing a superior rest environment for their engineers and conductors that includes extra-quiet rooms with light-proof drapes. We also help the railroad achieve on-time train performance by giving their employees rooms without waiting. Our team members analyze available data to determine the flow of incoming railroad guests, focus attention on cleaning rooms quickly, and sell rooms that are not guaranteed or needed by the railroad to our commercial and public guests. At Penny’s Diner, we provide our guests with high quality, great-tasting, cooked-to -order meals 24 hours a day in a fun, friendly, ‘50s atmosphere. Hotel Guest Experience We aim to exceed guest expectations for cleanliness, friendliness, quality and speed of service, as we provide a superior rest environment that is attractive, well-maintained and secure at a fair price. Diner Guest Experience We aim to be the first choice for cook-to-order, 24-hour dining in our town by exceeding guest expectations for food quality, friendliness, cleanliness and service in a fun, ‘50s atmosphere. Supporter Experience Each supporter is empowered to provide excellent quality guest service and to solve guest problems. We will do this with teamwork, training, coaching, fairness and respect for each other. Profit Experience We meet profit expectations by accommodating every possible railroad guest and selling all of the remaining available rooms to commercial guests. We take action to build sales and control costs without sacrificing quality.TR Lodging Enterprises Inc., corporately located in Wichita, Kansas, began as Lodging Enterprises, Inc. in 1986. Today we own and manage 45 hotels in 22 states. We manage lodging facilities for the Union Pacific, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, CSX and Canadian Pacific Railroads, which includes our own independent Oak Tree Inns and ever-popular Penny’s Diners. Most of our hotels house contract guests as well as the commercial traveler. Our largest customer is UP, followed closely by BNSF. Under the able leadership of our president, Bill Burgess, whom has retired this past February, the company has grown from a single property, the Days Inn of Muskogee, Oklahoma; to the major company we are today. We are one of the largest management companies in the United States. Our dedication to quality, value, and employee empowerment has allowed us to be financially stable and well respected in the industry. The company employs approximately 20 people in the Corporate Office—and more than 900 people nationwide. Our supporters are respected and given the opportunity to grow to their fullest potential, and we’re proud to be able to offer an excellent training program and many fine incentive plans. The ONE Promise “To make our Guests feel welcome, to provide the highest quality experience, and to respond to our Clients and Guests every need in a professional and authentic manner.” Talent Management Goal “To make our team members feel welcome and valued, to provide the highest quality workplace experience, and to respond to team members needs in a professional and authentic manner.”

July 2016

~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

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Resigning from the Board– Misty Springer On June 14, 2016 Misty Springer was recognized for her service as a Green River Chamber Board member for the past two years! Misty is leaving the board to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Wyoming. Misty Springer was 1st Vice President of the board in 2016. During her tenure, she served on several committees such as: Beautification Committee, Digital Sign Committee, River Festival Committee, and Governmental Affairs Committee – Chair Person. Misty is currently the Public Affairs and Grants Administrator for the City of Green River where she has secured millions of dollars in grant funding. We appreciate everything Misty has done and continues to do for the Green River Chamber of Commerce and the City of Green River. She dedicated many hours of her time to the Chamber and played an instrumental role in the success of the Digital Sign and the beautification of Green River! Misty Springer

Ribbon Cutting—Recreation Center The Green River Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the new exercise equipment at the Green River Recreation Center in Green River on June 13th, 2016. The new exercise equipment is located on the Barbara Carroll Walking path, outside the Green River Recreation Center. They are open: Monday – Friday 5 AM - 9 PM, Saturday (Oct.-April) 8 AM - 5 PM, Saturday (May - Sept.) 10 AM - 4 PM, Sunday: 12 PM - 4 PM. The Recreation Center is located at 1775 Hitching Post Dr Green River, WY 82935. Call them today at (307) 872-0511.

Pictured (L-R): Mike Shutran, Katie Duncombe, Mayor Pete Rust, Brad Raney, Katie Blood, Kevin Sadler, Beckie Iwen, Ted Barney, Mark Peterson, Angela Shutran

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~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

2016 Photo Contest “Red Desert Adventure” by Joanne Zotti, 2015 Grand Prize Winner

July 2016

Red Carpet Award Nominations - “Promoting the Community” Name: Paul Helvik Business: Green River Imports Plus Why: We were broke down with 12 scouts, Paul stayed late to get us back on the road, shared his fresh baked cookies. Awesome customer service. Nominated by: Jeff Coulter Name: Jody Pine Business: Green River Taco Time Why: Jody was super helpful and nice bringing our order to our table, she was also polite to our Down syndrome kid. Nominated by: Zach Parr

Theme: “Wild Color” Eligibility: Open to anyone either Amateur or Professional Photographers Entrants per person: 3 Format: Color or Black & White, 8X10 matted (no larger than 2 1/2 inch border). Landscape ONLY. No signature on photo. Deadline: To Chamber office by July 29th, to Events Complex by July 30th & 31st. *All photos must be taken in Sweetwater County

Name: Rachel Boren Business: Pink Sink Luxuries Why: Wonderful addition to our community. Love the product and most of all the great service. Nominated by: Coree Bybee Name: Jeffrey Stout Business: Hitching Post restaurant Why: I received the best service I have ever gotten at the Hitching Post or any Green River restaurant. Nominated by: Miranda Barrett Name: Zella Mares Business: Zella’s Daycare Why: She’s been doing daycare since she was 14 yrs old, now she is 66 years old and still doing what she loves. Nominated by: Micki Thomas If you would like to nominate someone who works for any business in Green River, please visit our website at and fill out the entry form or contact the Chamber for any questions at 307-875-5711.

Wyoming’s Big Show Tuesday, August 2nd Josh Turner, 8:30 pm Wednesday, August 3rd A Thousand Horses, 8:30 pm Thursday, August 4th The Used, 8:30 pm Friday, August 5th All That Remains, 8:30 pm Saturday, August 6th Chris Jansen, 8:30 pm Wyoming’s Big Show tickets are available online through their Online Store at And at the Chamber of Commerce. Tickets available are: Carnival Ride Pass $20; Fair Admission Booklet— Adult $40; Fair Admission Booklet— Child/Senior $25; Horse Stall $5; Livestock Fee $5; RV Space $75.

July 2016

~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

River Festival 2016 Bands

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Chamber Board of Directors and Staff Board of Directors:

Friday, August 19th 5:30-10:30 PM The B #’s

Tom Arnold Arnold Family Chiropractic Center ~ President & Hole in the Wall Gang President Angela Shutran US Bank ~ Vice President Jeremy Gibson Trona Valley FCU ~ Treasurer

Saturday, August 20th 12:00 - 4:00 PM Eef and the Blues Express

Joanna Nara-Kloepper BLM ~ Secretary Jason Bartlett Solvay Curg Murray Gorge Rock Products Kelli Lennon Green River Import Plus, Hitching Post Restaurant & Saloon

River Festival 2016 Tentative Schedule

Allan Wilson City Council Liaison

Friday, August 19th

Tammy Vaught Radio Network

Micro Brew Garden

3 p.m.

Signups, packet pick up and orientation

4 p.m.

Cajun Shrimp Boil-serving from

5:00-7 p.m.

Linda Martin SWC School District #2

5:00 – 7p.m.

Amber Zmolek Farm Bureau Financial Services

Band – The B #’s

5:30– 10:30p.m.

Great Duck Race Chamber Fundraiser

7:30 p.m.

Dan Perusich WWCC


At dark

$25.00 for adults and $15.00 for children/senior Spaghetti Dinner (by the Knights of Columbus) $10.00 for Adults, children 6 and under $5

Saturday, August 20th Marathon

6:30 a.m.

Green Belt Bike Poker Run

9 a.m.

River Event (Trout Unlimited)

9 a.m.

Dog fetching competition– Rs Humane Society

11 a.m.

Car and Bike Show – Evers Park

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Band – Eef and the Blues Express

Noon – 4 p.m.

Micro Brew Garden

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dog Show - RS Humane Society

1 p.m.

Shrim p Ticke Boil ts on sale n ow!!

Ken Johnson White Mountain Lumber

Staff: Rebecca Eusek Chamber CEO Lisa Herrera Finance and Membership Manager Kyla Magrath Public Relations and Marketing Specialist

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Tickets for Sale Boys and Girls Club of Sweetwater County 5th annual benefit Concert Sawyer Brown-Friday September 9th, 2016. Gates open at 6, concert starts at 7. Sweetwater Events Complex. $40 before the event, $45 at the gate. They are accepting Cash, Check and credit cards. River Festival Shrimp Boil Tickets August 19, 2016. 5 pm or 6:30 serving time. Adult tickets $25, Child/Senior $15. Expedition Island. Accepting Cash, Check and Credit Cards. River Festival Duck Race Tickets August 19, 2016, Expedition Island, Green River, WY. 7:30 pm. 1 for $5, 5 for $20. 1st place wins $250, 2nd place wins $100, 3rd place wins $50.Accepting Cash, Check and Credit Cards.

~Green River Chamber Newsletter~

July 2016

July Lunch and Learn Join us for our July Luncheon held on Wednesday the 20th at noon at the Hampton Inn in Green River. The Hampton Inn will be catering, please RSVP by Monday, July 18th by 10:00 AM. We will hear from Dena Douchant with Sweetwater Technologies and Devon Brubaker with the Rock Springs Sweetwater County Airport.

We do ask that you RSVP for each Luncheon to the Green River Chamber at 307-8755711 or email [email protected] or [email protected] by Monday, July 18th by 10:00 AM. You may also RSVP directly from our Website at LunchLearn. If you know by Tuesday, July 19th 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 nonmembers. We would like to thank everyone who attended our June Lunch & Learn!

Red Desert Roundup Rodeo Tickets July 28, 29, 30. Gates open at 6 pm Adults $16, Children $8 (ages 5-12), Children 4 and under free. Accepting Cash, check and Credit Cards. Wyoming’s Big Show Tickets July 31st—August 7th Adults $11, Children (6-12) $7, Seniors $7. Children 6 and under are free. Accepting cash, check and Credit cards. Tina Price and Bernadine Craft from the Sweetwater Concert Association

Kandi Pendleton and Lena Warren from The Sweetwater Events Complex