Sheridan County Chamber Offers A Salute and A Welcome

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

[This article originally appeared as a “Community Perspectives” article in The Sheridan Press, May 9, 2015.]

 As we close out the week, and more specifically National Small Business Week, the Chamber would like to salute the many small business owners and entrepreneurs in Sheridan County, who not only work long hours but also give back to the community in many different ways – by supporting our youth sporting teams, sponsoring events, and volunteering their time to help make our community outstanding.

Nationally, more than 50 percent of all Americans either own or work for a small business, according to the U.S. Small Business  Administration. And small businesses create about two out of every three new jobs in our country each year. As you can see, small businesses are crucial to our economy, including globally, nationally, and locally. Thank you, small businesses, for all you do to sterngthen Sheridan County’s economy.

Additionally, we’d like to offer a hearty Chamber welcome to the many athletes, coaches, families and fans in Sheridan this weekend for the Snickers Big Horn Soccer Cup. This event, held Saturday and Sunday at the Big Horn Equestrian Center, attracts 128 teams from a four-state region to our area. This outstanding tournament wouldn’t be possible without the year-round efforts of tournament director Jimmy Legerski and his countless volunteers, who work tirelessly to pull off such a high-quality event. Now let’s all hope for better-than predicted weather this weekend!

And as we prepare for the week ahead, we’d like to invite you to our Chamber luncheon, to be held at 11:30 am Wednesday at the Best Western Sheridan Center. This month’s program is on economic development in our community, and we’ll hear from Jay Stender, Forward Sheridan CEO, as well as others involved in Sheridan’s economic development efforts. Give us a call for more information, and be sure to mark your calendars for this coming Wednesday.

Also, Sheridan will play host to the 22nd Annual Rocky Mountain Leather Trade Show next weekend, as well as the 1A, 2A and 4A East Regional High School Track and Field Meet. The leather trade show brings in hundreds of craftsmen and vendors and draws thousands of buyers to our community. In the beginning, the Chamber’s director, Carole Perkins, worked very closely with Bill and Dot Ries to help secure the show for Sheridan. Over the years, the event has grown substantially and has become a highlight for our community and the Holiday Inn, the show’s location. Additionally, the track and field meet, held at Sheridan High School, will draw more than 500 participants from all over eastern Wyoming, along with their families, friends, and coaches. And it’s all happening here next weekend!

We encourage you to make plans to attend these events and hep welcome our visitors to Sheridan. And when you’re in one of Sheridan County’s many small businesses, be sure to thank them for their contributions to our community and its economy.

For more information on all the goings-on in and around Sheridan, give the Chamber a call at (307) 672-2485 or stop by our office at 171 N. Main St.



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