Chamber Offering Trainings, Encouraging Residents to “Think Local First”

Chamber Staff - Dixie Johnson, CEO
Dixie Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce

This article originally appeared as a “Community Perspective” article in The Sheridan Press, March 15, 2014.

Training Programs

The Chamber of Commerce began offering bi-monthly training programs in 2011, covering a wide array of topics, from accounting basics, to customer service, to intense innovation. In that time, we’ve held 13 separate workshops, providing training and development to over 220 participants. You already know the Chamber encourages us all to Think Local First, and by providing local trainings for our local businesses while primarily utilizing local trainers, we are reinforcing the Think Local First message and the overall mission of the Chamber.

We’re pleased to announce our next workshop, “Getting It Done,” scheduled for April 3 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and led by PB Communications and Strategic Solutions, a regional communications and public relations firm located right here in Sheridan. Owner Melissa Butcher and her team have over 20 years of combined experience in project management, marketing, message development, creative print and web collateral design, and public outreach. 

This three-hour interactive time management workshop will help you and your employees get more done every day and help keep low priority tasks from robbing time from the high priority ones. You’ll be sure to leave with helpful protocols and tools designed to help you stay on top of your inboxes and projects, and you will learn how those same methods can be used to manage complex team projects.

Wyoming Chamber Partnership

On another note, let me also introduce the Wyoming Chamber Partnership (WCP), a name that might be new to some of you. The WCP has been in existence for several years now and is becoming more and more visible in the state. This membership organization, made up of Wyoming businesses and chambers of commerce, focuses on sharing information and strengthening the business climate throughout the state. The most recent example has been coverage of the 2014 state legislative activities; WCP had people on the ground feeding updates to all of our chambers on developments of particular interest to us and taking an advocacy role for business as appropriate. They also coordinated the Business Day at the Legislature luncheon last month, an event that was attended by the Governor, our delegation, Mayor Dave Kinskey, and many others from Sheridan and around the state. Another major project WCP has been working on is the creation of a Wyoming state business database.

The Wyoming Chamber Partnership is having its spring conference next month in Buffalo and is asking for nominations for its awards dinner. Categories include: Best Chamber Employee, Best Chamber Director, Best Chamber Board Member or Volunteer, Best Facebook and/or Website; and Best Business Member. Nominations are open statewide.

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If you’d like to register for the next workshop or place a nomination for the WCP awards, please visit our website at As always, we are here for the Sheridan area business community. Please let us know how we can help or if you have ideas you’d like to share. We’re just a phone call away at 672-2485.


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