By Jake Dixon, Wyoming SBDC

January 8, 2018

Enzi GRO-Biz

Wyoming’s premier event for small business owners and entrepreneurs will feature experienced speakers, unique networking opportunities and assistance from valuable resources. Registration is now open for the 2018 GRO-Biz Conference Idea & Expo Feb. 21-22 in Rock Springs.

The two-track event focuses on matching Wyoming businesses with government agencies and providing training and resources on all aspects of operating a company.

In addition to U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi and Gov. Matt Mead, keynote speakers include Vice President of Trihydro Corporation Craig Carlson, Vice President of Applied Intellect Paul Hunter and John Rotellini—a University of Wyoming alumnus, small business owner and successful Las Vegas magician who will offer a unique look at marketing unconventional products and services. There will be plenty of opportunities to network at the event and attendees will be able to choose from a large selection of workshops concentrating on:

  • Social Media Marketing
  • Federal Government Contracting
  • Research and Analytics
  • Legal Updates for Small Businesses
  • Maximizing Workplace Efficiency And much more

Staff from dozens of government agencies looking to partner with Wyoming businesses will be available for one-on- one meetings. Plus, contract procurement experts will walk attendees through the entire process of selling products and services to organizations at every level of government. Representatives with Wyoming’s vast Business Resource Network will also be on hand to help entrepreneurs take advantage of the numerous consultation services and technical assistance programs available to all Wyoming residents at no-to- low-cost.

Among those services is the Wyoming Business Council, the state’s economic development agency. The Business Council provides small business loans, infrastructure grants and consultation among other programs. Grown in Wyoming, another Business Council program, will also be at GRO-Biz promoting opportunities to match local producers with restaurants and grocery stores. 

Early bird registration is open now until Feb. 8 at the discounted price of $165. The event starts on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 am and runs until 4:30 pm, followed by a networking reception, sponsored by Trihydro. The conference resumes the next day from 8 a.m. until closing remarks at 1 pm.

To reserve your spot, or to view a full list of speakers and workshops, visit

The GRO-Biz Conference and Idea Expo is the result of a partnership between U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network, the Procurement Technical Assistance Center, the Wyoming Business Council, the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Business Resource Network.

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