Legacy Diamond & Gems, Hammer Chevrolet Named Rodeo Window Decorating Contest Winners

Grand Prize winner: Legacy Diamond & Gems. Pictured are (left to right) Chamber CEO Dixie Johnson, Legacy Diamond & Gems Owner Tom Kraft and WYO Rodeo Board Member Brandy Campbell.
Runner Up: Hammer Chevrolet. Pictured are (left to right) Chamber CEO Dixie Johnson, Hammer Chevrolet employee and window designer Leah Dockery and WYO Rodeo Board Member Brandy Campbell.

Legacy Diamond & Gems was selected as the grand prize winner of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Sheridan WYO Rodeo Window Decorating Contest. Hammer Chevrolet was named runner up.

A panel of anonymous judges chose the winners based on the best use of the theme, “The Sheridan WYO Rodeo Rides Again” and on overall Rodeo decorations.

Legacy Diamond & Gems received a “WYO Rodeo Bucket of Fun,” containing four ticket vouchers to the Wednesday Sheridan WYO Rodeo performance, a signed copy of “Rodeo Time in Sheridan” by Tom Ringley, an official WYO Rodeo Contestant Back Number, WYO Rodeo Whisky and two Whisky Glasses, two WYO Rodeo Coozies, two WYO Rodeo Caps, a WYO Rodeo Flask and $75 in Chamber Bucks. Hammer Chevrolet received a WYO Rodeo Whisky Package containing WYO Rodeo Whisky, two Whisky Glasses, a WYO Rodeo Flask and $25 in Chamber Bucks. Prizes were provided courtesy of the Sheridan WYO Rodeo and the Chamber.

“Thank you to all of the businesses who participated in this year’s competition and showed us such great Sheridan WYO Rodeo spirit,” said Dixie Johnson, CEO of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce. “The judges had a difficult time choosing from so many well-done displays, and we appreciate all of the creativity and work that went into them. I highly encourage everyone to get out and see them all.”

Window decorating contest participants were:

Best Out West Antiques & Collectibles, 109 N. Main St.

Bighorn Design Studio, 171 N. Main St.

Epiphany, 619 Broadway St.

ERA Carroll Realty, 306 N. Main St.

Fly Shop of the Bighorns, 201 N. Main St.

Foot of the Bighorns, 104 N. Main St.

Hammer Chevrolet, 107 E. Alger St.

Kid Curious, 129 N. Main St.

King’s Saddlery, 184 N. Main St.

Legacy Diamond & Gems, 11 N. Main St.

Provision Fund, 366 E. Brundage St.

Range, 290 N. Brooks

Side Street Bed & Bath, 160 N. Main St.

Smith Alley Brewing Co. , 150 N. Main St.

Sugar Boot, 198 N. Main St.

The Mint Bar, 151 N. Main St.

The Sport Stop, 208 N. Main St.

The Union at the Montgomery, 15 W. Brundage St.

Urban Thrift, 266 N. Main St.

For more information, contact the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce at (307) 672-2485.


Forward Sheridan moving operations under Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce

The Forward Sheridan and Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce board of directors are pleased to announce that the activities and mission of Forward Sheridan will be transitioned to the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, effective this month.

Forward Sheridan was formed in 2005 to serve as Sheridan County’s primary economic development organization. The organization and its 16-member board of directors focused on maintaining, developing and supporting economic vitality. The organization suspended operations in early 2020.

“We are pleased that Forward Sheridan’s mission will live on under the capable management of the Chamber,” stated Forward Sheridan Board Chair Mark Law. “2020 was unprecedented and as the pandemic wanes, Sheridan County is, more than ever, in need of a consistent path of sustainable economic development. We believe that the vitality and national interest of Northeast Wyoming and the Bighorn mountains has never been as robust as we see it today. We know that under the capable leadership of CEO Dixie Johnson, board of directors and staff, the mission of Forward Sheridan will expand to the benefit of our community.”

Based on the suspension of Forward Sheridan’s services and the results of a feasibility study of Sheridan’s economic development footprint, the Forward Sheridan board of directors determined that moving under the Chamber of Commerce would allow the community’s economic development organizations to better serve Sheridan County.

“The Chamber sees this change as an exciting opportunity to join forces and build on our mission,” said Dave Schwend, Chamber Board Chair. “Business retention and expansion is already a key focus for the Chamber, and with this new structure, we will be able to expand resources and broaden our efforts to support existing businesses.”

“The Chamber was involved in the creation of Forward Sheridan approximately 15 years ago, and their work over the years has helped create a strong foundation for economic development in our community,” stated Chamber CEO Dixie Johnson. “Since Forward Sheridan suspended operations over a year ago, we have been working closely with other economic development partners in the community to address opportunities. We plan to continue working with those partners and the economic development task force to develop a strong plan for Sheridan’s future.”

Over the next several months, Law and the Forward Sheridan board will convene with Johnson, Schwend and the Chamber board to complete the transition and provide guidance for the continued development of economic strategies for the community.

For more information, contact Johnson at (307) 672-2485. You may also email Johnson at ceo@sheridanwyomingchamber.org or Law at lawranch1@gmail.com.


Chamber Seeks Training Proposals for 2021 Ignite Conference

The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce is seeking training proposals for the IGNITE Conference on Oct. 14, 2021.

The Ignite Conference provides the opportunity for professionals at every level to gain innovative ideas, learn about best practices and acquire vital information to spark their professional development and business growth.

In its seventh year, IGNITE will include a full day of 75-minute seminars. Typically, sessions may fit under one or more general business categories: human resources, customer service, marketing and communications, business growth and development, leadership, entrepreneurial development and cybersecurity.

Proposals must be received no later than May 28. The complete RFP is available for download below or by calling the Chamber at (307) 672-2485.

For more information, contact Teresa Detimore at the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce at (307) 672-2485 or tdetimore@sheridanwyomingchamber.org.


2021 Christmas Stroll Theme Announced; Students Invited to Submit Designs for Button Contest

Summer may be right around the corner, but the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce is thinking about Christmas Stroll! It is time once again for area children to submit their designs for the 2021 Sheridan Christmas Stroll Button Design Contest.

The theme for the 2021 Christmas Stroll is “Gingerbread Stroll.”

Sheridan County students in Grades 1 through 6 are encouraged to submit their designs for the Stroll Button. Stroll Button Design entry forms are available at all county elementary schools, the Chamber office at 24 S. Main St., Kid Curious at 129 N. Main St. and online here:

The winning design will be chosen by the Stroll Committee, based upon how well it reflects the theme “Gingerbread Stroll.” The winning artist receives $100 in Chamber Bucks, their framed Stroll Button Design and Stroll Button No. 1.

Entries are due June 4 and can be mailed to the Chamber at P.O. Box 707, Sheridan, or dropped off at the Chamber Office at 24 S. Main St.

If you know a student in this age group, encourage them to submit a drawing. You never know who the next winning artist may be!

The 2021 Christmas Stroll event will be Nov. 26, the Friday after Thanksgiving.

For more information, contact the Chamber at 672-2485 or email info@sheridanwyomingchamber.org.


Chamber Announces 2020 Awards of Excellence Recipients

The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of the 2020 Awards of Excellence during its virtual Awards of Excellence program Feb. 10.

The recipients were voted on by the membership via on-line ballot.

The awards presented and the recipients are:

Spirit of Sheridan

This award honors a business or individual who volunteers countless hours for the betterment of the Chamber and our local area. They demonstrate vision, ambition and drive to serve the community and the mission of the Chamber, understanding that a community thrives when those in it invest and contribute to its success.

2020 Recipient: Erin Kilbride

Erin Kilbride has served as the Executive Director of the Tongue River Valley Community Center in Dayton and Ranchester since 2007. She has a passion to help others and believes that good, positive opportunities help everyone to grow. She believes in giving opportunities, like those afforded to her when she was growing up, to youth, families and senior citizens to increase quality of life. Erin has served or currently serves on several boards, including the Wellness Council of Sheridan County, Sheridan KidsLife, the Center for a Vital Community, and the Sheridan Economic and Educational Development Authority (SEEDA). She volunteers her time for The Food Group, Habitat for Humanity, Sheridan Memorial Hospital Foundation, Antelope Butte, the YMCA and Sheridan County School District #1. She is currently the board chair for the Center for a Vital Community, serves as a trustee for the Homer and Mildred Scott Foundation, and was recently elected to the Northern Wyoming Community College District board of trustees. Erin said she serves because she has a passion for giving, and she believes in a healthy community. Erin says the Chamber is a major contributor to the healthy community and if she can be a small part of that, it is very worthwhile.

Key Service

This award honors a Chamber member non-profit organization that has made a significant impact in Sheridan County. This organization serves with enthusiasm and dedication, addresses needs in the community and aligns the vision of its organization for maximum effectiveness.

2020 Recipient: The Hub on Smith

The Hub on Smith, known as the Sheridan Senior Center until 2017, started in 1973 when the Senior Citizens Council became a private, non-profit corporation. The Senior Center rebranded as The Hub to better reflect how the center encompasses people of all generations. Today, The Hub provides community-based services to older adults, family members, caregivers, people living with disabilities and many others, in 10 different program areas, with 100 staff members. The Hub offers several programs and services that support and keep older adults engaged in the community. These include providing healthy and nutritious home delivered meals, offering public transportation through Goose Creek Transit, connecting seniors to important services through the Support Center, supporting families through the Help at Home, Day Break and Family Caregiver Support programs, lending adaptive equipment through the Community Loan Closet and leading several diverse activity opportunities throughout the community. In the last fiscal year, more than 3,500 individuals were served, including nearly 106,000 meals served to the community, 18,000 hours of homemaking and personal care, 18,000 hours of care were provided through the Day Break program to families needing respite and care services, and more than 40,000 rides were provided to Sheridan County residents through Goose Creek Transit’s door-to-door service along with 12,000 rides on the Fixed Route.

Strength of Sheridan

This award honors a Chamber member business or organization that has a distinguished tenure of 20 or more years in the community. This business or organization demonstrates consistent service, continually invests in the community, meets challenges with innovative solutions and demonstrates sustained quality performance.

2020 Recipient: Sheridan Commercial Company

In 1892, when Sheridan was just seven years old and before the railroad came to town, a general store was started to serve the needs of the young community. This was the beginning of the Sheridan Commercial Company, located on Alger Street. When the railroad arrived, the company moved to its current location on Broadway, with a rooming house and restaurant added on to the second floor. The building was destroyed by fire in 1915 and its contents and entire structure were razed. In 1916, the company reorganized with new stockholders. The current building was erected by John B. Kendrick and opened in 1917. Sheridan Commercial now helps do-it-yourselfers, providing quality service with knowledgeable staff. The building next to Sheridan Commercial houses local non-profit organization, The Food Group, and the Sheridan Commercial staff work hand-in-hand with the group – providing their forklift to move pallets and unload trucks as well as clearing snow. In 2020, Sheridan Commercial implemented a “rounding up” initiative where their customers donate to The Food Group through rounding up their sales transactions at the retail counter, raising more than $1,500. Through the True Value Foundation’s Education Heroes Campaign, Sheridan Commercial also was able to provide health and safety kits to Holy Name School. Sheridan Commercial remains the oldest commercial establishment in Sheridan still doing business in the same location.

Business of the Year

This award honors a Chamber member business that positively impacts the economic health of the Sheridan area through exceptional business practices, customer service and innovation. This business shows steady growth and consistent strong performance, excels in community relations, practices exemplary business conduct, responds positively to adversity and shows proven business achievement.

2020 Recipient: First Northern Bank of Wyoming

First Northern Bank of Wyoming is a local family and employee-owned financial services institution. From humble beginnings in 1885, First Northern continues to be a community focused financial services provider for the communities it serves. The bank is proud to be a community champion. They advocate for local youth by supporting the Sheridan County YMCA, 4-H, FFA, FBLA, school academic and athletic teams, drama and arts. First Northern Bank also supports The Hub on Smith, Sheridan Memorial Hospital Foundation, Sheridan College, Downtown Sheridan Association, WYO Theater, the Chamber and many other local organizations and events. The bank donates and volunteers many staff hours serving on boards or volunteering to give back in areas such as the WYO Rodeo, Habitat for Humanity, Sheridan County 4-H and FFA and larger philanthropical boards across the community. In 2020, they partnered with the Scott Foundation and other financial institutions to help create a significant contribution to the Sheridan Area Employee Relief Fund to help those impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 shutdowns. The bank increased community giving, supported local retail stores and encouraged shopping local. First Northern continued to provide five area scholarships to graduating seniors, helped several nonprofits with match grant challenges, provided support to the Big Horn baseball field and much more. Innovative, not for products but for their people, First Northern Bank believes in reinvestment in its people with additional professional development certifications and an experience rather than a transaction for their clients.

Business Person(s) of the Year

This award honors a Chamber member business person(s) who shows outstanding business acumen and strong leadership in business and community efforts. This person is a champion for economic development, strives to exceed customer expectations, delivers industry leading standards of service and quality and exhibits innovation in business development.

2020 Recipient: Paul & Christina Haworth, Sackett’s Market

Paul and Christina Haworth met while building boats in Florida. Christina is a licensed interior designer and was doing boat and yacht interiors, and Paul was a fiberglass and gel coat engineer. The couple traveled all over the world and loved researching foods in the areas where they visited. After owning several private businesses, the couple moved back to Wyoming in 2005 to purchase a meat processing facility in Riverton. In just four years they turned the company around to be a $2 million company, and the largest meat processor by volume in the state of Wyoming. Paul and Christina moved to Sheridan in 2009 and founded Sackett’s Market in 2010 with the goal of providing local, back-to-basics, quality foods. This past year with the pandemic, Paul and Christina were able to provide consistent quality products from local farmers and ranchers, never running out of product and serving as the only grocery store in the area providing true farm-to-table products. In October 2019, Paul and Christina bought a “diamond in the rough” building and began planning its facelift. Though they had planned on doing many of the renovations on their own, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the Haworths decided to utilize people that had lost their jobs to help with the renovation. With their new location on Burkitt Street, the Haworths have been able to expand their product offerings, employ more staff and provide more services to the Sheridan area.

For more information, contact the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce at (307) 672-2485.


Chamber to Host Annual Awards of Excellence Program

Join us as we celebrate and recognize local businesses, organizations and individuals during our annual Business Awards program on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. We will recognize all of the nominees and announce the recipients of the 2020 Awards of Excellence.

The awards to be presented and their nominees are as follows:

KEY SERVICE AWARD
This award honors a Chamber member non-profit organization that has made a significant impact in Sheridan County. This organization serves with enthusiasm and dedication, addresses needs in the community and aligns the vision of its organization for maximum effectiveness.

Nominees:
• Impact Sheridan (formerly WTBC)
• Sheridan County Public Health
• Sheridan On Skates
• Sheridan Memorial Hospital
• The Hub on Smith

STRENGTH OF SHERIDAN AWARD
This award honors a Chamber member business or organization that has a distinguished tenure of 20 or more years in the community. This business or organization demonstrates consistent service, continually invests in the community, meets challenges with innovative solutions and demonstrates sustained quality performance.

Nominees:
• Best Western Sheridan Center
• Big Horn Beverage
• Harker Mellinger
• PO News & Flagstaff Café
• Sheridan Commercial

SPIRIT OF SHERIDAN AWARD
This award honors a business or individual who volunteers countless hours for the betterment of the Chamber and our local area. The nominees demonstrate vision, ambition and drive to serve the community and the mission of the Chamber, understanding that a community thrives when those in it invest and contribute to its success.

Nominees:
• Peter Clark
• Rosemary Garber
• Erin Kilbride
• Robby Smith
• Paula Whitworth

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award honors a Chamber member business that positively impacts the economic health of the Sheridan area through exceptional business practices, customer service and innovation. This business shows steady growth and consistent strong performance, excels in community relations, practices exemplary business conduct, responds positively to adversity and shows proven business achievement.

Nominees:
• First Northern Bank
• Koltiska Distillery
• Papa Joe’s Produce
• Peak Consulting
• Pony Grill & Bar

BUSINESS PERSON(S) OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award honors a Chamber member business person who shows outstanding business acumen and strong leadership in business and community efforts. This person is a champion for economic development, strives to exceed customer expectations, delivers industry leading standards of service and quality and exhibits innovation in business development.

Nominees:
• Patrick Akers (Qdoba)
• Kendra Barney (The Paint Post)
• Dave Engels (Engineering Associates)
• Paul & Christina Haworth (Sackett’s Market)
• Linda Robbins (Annie Greenthumb’s Flowers & Gifts)

Voting to determine the recipients was done by the membership via on-line ballot. The recipients will be announced during the program, which is open to everyone. Cost for the program is $10 per person, and registrations must be made in advance to receive the Zoom link to join the program.

Register here.
Online registration will end at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. To register the morning of the program, please call the Chamber at 672-2485.


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