Chamber Celebrates Graduation of Leadership Sheridan County Class

The 2023 Leadership Sheridan County graduates are: first row – Trevor Thorvaldson, Dina Garcia-Blanchard, Meg Kent, Erik Jacobson and Ian Hamilton; second row – Ty Fauber, Jami Kukal, Andrew Holmberg, Jill Benson and Thad Rigby; third row – Heather Miller, Shane Rader, Catherine Bare, Victoria Dahlstrom, Stefanie Gilbert, Susie Garber-Johnson and Tara Dollison; and fourth row – Janet Barnes, Amy Blumenstock, Jennifer McArthur, Stephanie Ellis and AJ Lawrence.

The Chamber celebrated the graduation of its 2023 Leadership Sheridan County Class during the Chamber Lunch program on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023.

Leadership Sheridan County is a program designed to inspire citizens to assume leadership roles in the community. The program’s goals are to identify future leaders, enhance community and leadership knowledge, establish valuable connections and promote civic and community involvement. The program consists of a retreat, seven full-day modules and an overnight trip to Cheyenne spanning a 10-month time period.

Anyone over the age of 18 can participate in Leadership Sheridan County. Participants are chosen by application by the Leadership Sheridan County Steering Committee. Applications are currently being accepted through Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023, for the 2024 class.

The Leadership Sheridan County program will celebrate 30 years next year. This year’s class brings the total program alumni to 413.

For more information about Leadership Sheridan County, call the Chamber at 672-2485 or visit

Zane Garstad Shares “Cowboy Lessons in Leadership” at Chamber Lunch Program

Zane Garstad, executive director of the Sheridan WYO Rodeo and real estate agent for Century 21 BHJ Realty, shared his “Cowboy Lessons in Leadership” at the Chamber Lunch Program and Leadership Sheridan County Graduation today at the Historic Sheridan Inn.

Today’s 22 Leadership Sheridan County graduates bring the total program alumni to 413. Leadership Sheridan County will celebrate it’s 30th year in 2024.

Chamber CEO Reports on Manufacturing Day, Chamber Lunch Program, Support Your Local Chamber Day

Chamber CEO Dixie Johnson was the guest columnist for The Sheridan Press’ Community Perspectives column in Saturday’s edition. Read it here.

Johnson also appeared on Sheridan Media’s Public Pulse program yesterday. She discussed the success of last week’s Manufacturing Day celebration, the upcoming Chamber Lunch Program, Business After Hours and more. Listen here.

Time for Businesses to Register for Christmas Stroll

It’s now time for businesses to register to participate in the 28th Annual Sheridan Christmas Stroll, “Candy Cane Christmas Stroll.” Registrations must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 20, to be included in all event marketing.

Registration packets are available at the Chamber Office, 54 S. Main St., and on the Chamber’s website at

The 2023 Christmas Stroll will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023. Main Street and Grinnell Plaza will close from 4 to 8 p.m. and feature traditional festivities. Fireworks will conclude the evening at 8 p.m.

Stroll button holders will again be able to begin searching for their matching button number Stroll Day and through Christmas Eve. Get Caught Shopping and the People’s Choice Lighting and Decorating Contest will begin Stroll Day as well. Santa and Mrs. Claus will fly down from the North Pole to visit with children. A complete schedule will be available closer to the event on the Chamber website,

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

Sheridan, Johnson County Manufacturers to Host Public Tours for National Manufacturing Day Oct. 6

The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce Business Retention & Expansion Committee, in partnership with Manufacturing Works, will celebrate national Manufacturing Day Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, with free public tours of local manufacturers.

Known as “MFG Day,” Manufacturing Day is an annual national event to showcase modern manufacturing technology and to help shape people’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment. The annual celebration is an opportunity to draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide. Over the next decade, four million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled in the U.S.

Ten businesses in Sheridan and Johnson counties will open their doors to the public and provide free tours and demonstrations.

“Manufacturing Day is the biggest annual opportunity to inspire the next generation of creators and show them that modern manufacturing is a vibrant and growing industry that offers diverse, high-paying career opportunities,” said Dixie Johnson, chief executive officer of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce. “The celebration also allows us to highlight the innovative work local companies are doing. Our hope is that these events inspire the next generation of workforce talent to pursue a rewarding career in manufacturing.”

This year’s Manufacturing Day tour schedule is as follows:


312 Broadway St., Sheridan

  • Tour at 3 p.m.


680 Airfield Lane, Sheridan

  • Tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Free lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


30 Dally Lane, Buffalo

  • Tours every hour 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


1100 High Tech Drive, Sheridan

  • Tours at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.


184 N. Main St., Sheridan

  • Tours at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.


1909 Commercial Ave., Sheridan

  • Tour at 9 a.m.


22 Plains Drive, Buffalo

  • Tours at the top of every hour 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


144 Grinnell Ave., Sheridan

  • Tours at 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. (each tour limited to 20 people)



  • Tour at 10 a.m. (1350 Hi-Tech Drive location)
  • Tour at 2 p.m. (239 Fort Road location)


1550 Yellowtail Drive, Sheridan


For the most up-to-date schedule of events and more information about Manufacturing Day, visit or call (307) 672-2485.


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