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Small Business Saturday
 Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Senator Enzi’s November Chamber of Commerce Submission (Click here for a link to the article)

Turn this busy season into a small business wonderland
By U.S. Senator Mike Enzi


As we enter the holiday season, spending time with family and giving back is on many of our minds. However, for business owners, this time of year is likely the busiest season for sales. Small businesses know this season can be filled with opportunity, but that usually comes with weeks of preparation. Store owners prepare for the holiday rush through many different outlets. Hiring part-time workers, ordering more inventory and even getting the store website up-to-date are just a few. Holidays are consistently the best time for sales, and according to the National Retail Federation, holiday sales are expected to increase 4% since last year. While that may not seem like much, that can be the difference between expanding inventory or even opening another location.


One way shoppers and store owners can come together this November is to participate in Small Business Saturday. On Nov. 30, 2019 the Small Business Administration will host the 10th annual Small Business Saturday where folks are encouraged to shop local and support community retail. By having your business participate in a community-wide event like this one, it is an extra opportunity to let shoppers know that your business is the perfect place to shop this season. The day is intentionally placed between two major retailing days: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you think your small business cannot compete with national retailers, the amount that shoppers spend at small businesses says otherwise. The National Federation of Independent Business estimated that last year’s Small Business Saturday brought in almost $18 billion – a record high. This Nov. 30 is an opportunity for both shoppers and retailers to not miss, as it is a true diamond in the rough in the world of business.


If you’re interested in participating in Small Business Saturday, the Small Business Administration offers resources to help promote your store. Resources such as marketing materials are available to help your neighborhood know that your store is ready for not only this Saturday, but for the entire holiday season. Your small business does not have to be confined to one day. You can also participate in Cyber Monday using your store website. Surveys show that most consumers today are buying online, and your small business can take this opportunity to expand your online presence. Let those holiday shoppers know how convenient your small business is and that you are only one drive or click away. 


Don’t miss out on the opportunities the holiday season can provide your business. No matter where folks are traveling this season, there is always a small business to support. I hope the joy of this special season stays with you, your family and your business throughout the year.




Blueline Property Management
 Saturday, November 2, 2019

New Member ! Blueline Property Management, they offer rentals for households earning up to 60% of the area median income. Contact Jamie @ 307-578-6387


Red Dandelion
 Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Please welcome our new member Red Dandelion, for graphic design, writing, branding, printing and more !! 


Serving Alcohol
 Tuesday, October 22, 2019

After numerous conversations with Candy Wright (Wheatland's Town Clerk) this morning about laws and regulations in the State of Wyoming concerning alcohol, I have learned that any business besides a business with a liquor license must go through Candy and obtain a permit. Unfortunately, the laws and regulations pertain to free alcohol, as well, as purchased alcohol. The Chamber is working on finding out how this is going to affect our monthly Mixers in the future. As I get information, I will be sharing it with all of you. If you have any questions, please, don't hesitate to contact me at the Chamber. 


VFW Auxiliary #3558
 Sunday, October 20, 2019

"Operation Standdown" is an event held each year to help homeless Veterans and their families as well as people in need to get through the winter months in Wyoming.  The event this year will be held at the American Legion Post in Cheyenne on Thursday, 10/24, from 9 am to noon.  Veterans and their families and needy people can come and find clothing & supplies for the winter months as well as haircuts, basic medical info, bike repair, etc.  

The VFW Auxiliary #3558 of Wheatland is participating again this year by accepting donations of clothing, sleeping bags, backpacks, coats, shoes and toiletries.  Clothing must be gently used and clean.  The clothing that touches the skin such as t-shirts (under shirts), socks, and underwear must be new.  Wheatland REA is helping with the collection of donations.

Donations may be left at Wheatland REA, Wheatland Police Department or the VFW Post on Sunday, 10/20, from 8 am to noon. 

The VFW Auxiliary Pancake breakfast is Sunday, 10/20, from 8 am to noon.  All you can eat for $5.  We serve pancakes, sausage, hash browns, eggs and biscuits & gravy.  So come and drop off your donations and have some breakfast with us.  

For more information contact Ruth Herdt at 331-1286.



Wyoming Local Art
 Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Senator Enzi’s October Chamber of Commerce Submission

Wyoming’s local art: Where hardworking hands meet creative minds
By U.S. Senator Mike Enzi


Small businesses are a great way to take a look into the heart of a state, and local art is just one example. When I visit towns, I always look forward to walking into galleries, meeting artists and seeing their pieces. Some artists feature their work at a shop while some run their own independent gallery. Art is a great way to see how innovative Wyoming really is. It does not just have to be painting, but it can be wood carving, writing, music and much more. Folks do not have to look far to see Wyoming’s creative side because art comes from all corners of our state.


One Wyoming artist was recently highlighted on a national stage for becoming a 2019 National Heritage Fellow with the National Endowment for the Arts. Jim Jackson of Sheridan is an example of someone who has dedicated his career to mastering the trade of leather carving. The National Endowment for the Arts annually recognizes impressive artists from all across the country who have contributed to our nation’s heritage. I had the honor of presenting an award to Jackson, who was one of nine throughout the country, in September and I was proud to see a talented Wyomingite chosen for his hard work and unique expertise. While he contributed to King’s Saddlery for years in Sheridan, you can see Jackson’s leatherwork for yourself at the Brinton Museum outside Big Horn.


Similar to any business, local art is an important piece of the puzzle in our Wyoming economy. The vibrant art scene consists of unique craftsmanship of all kinds. If you would like to see impressive metal work, check out Hugh Jennings’ pieces in Buffalo or Diverse Metals in Gillette. You can also find jewelry and bags, like the ones made by Alexis Drake in Cheyenne, and intricate wood carvings, like those from Jonathan the Bearman in Afton. These Wyomingites made professions of their passions. Even your local high school theater is a great example of how the impact of art spans all ages. All of these put together showcase our cowboy culture from the angle of art.


The art industry offers about 11,000 jobs in Wyoming and makes up nearly 3% of the state’s economy. You can show your support for local art by collaborating with artists, spreading the word about their products or even attending one of their events. As small business owners know, shopping local means the piece you bought from a fellow neighbor now holds a greater story behind it.


Next time you are running errands or going to your town’s fall festival, remember to stop at your local gallery, as you might just find your next favorite treasure. Handcrafted art is a great example of what hardworking Wyoming folks can create. These artists help make our beautiful state even more beautiful.



307 Roots Salon & Boutique
 Monday, October 14, 2019

307 Roots Salon located in beautiful downtown Wheatland. Specializing in the newest trends in hair and spa services. Offering tanning beds, hair products and boutique items  


867Gilchrist St

Wheatland, Wy


Welcome 307 Home Care , Inc
 Monday, October 7, 2019

Help me welcome our newest member of the Chamber
307 Home Care, Inc
They offer personal care services provide specialized, NON medical assistance to seniors and disabled individuals. Caregivers assist with homemaking and personal activities, allowing care recipients to continue living comfortably and safely at home.

709 9th Street
Wheatland, Wy


Park Lane Village
 Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Please welcome our new member Park Lane Village!


The manager is located in lot 14 at 1700 11th Street, Wheatland Wyoming, phone number 307-322-2083


Bens Bar
 Tuesday, September 24, 2019

We are happy to announce our newest member Bens Bar located in Guernsey, Wyoming!

Fun friendly atmosphere 

Great food and great drinks!

39 N Wyoming

Guernsey, Wy



 Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Dear Employers and Business Owners,

Platte County School District #1 receives federal grant money through the Wyoming Department of Education for the Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant.  This money is used to support our Career and Technical Education programs in all our high schools.  As part of our effort to continually improve, we are asking the Platte County Employers to fill out this quick survey.  The survey results will be shared with the teachers, school administration, school board, and the Chamber of Commerce. Please feel free to call me with any questions or concerns regarding this survey. Thanks so much!!

Tracy de Ryk

Perkins Grant Coordinator

307-322-2075 ext. 5031




Rose Stem Girdler
 Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Fig 2 – Larvae of Agrilus cuprescens, weaken the canewhich may break spontaneously. (James W. Amrine Jr., West Virginia University,

Natter’s Notes

Rose stem girdler, a new pest of cranberries & roses

Jean R. Natter

As insects go, rose stem borers, Agrilus cuprescens, (Fig 1) are small metallic beetles in the Family Buprestidae, about a 1/4-inch long when mature. This imported European species attacks two favorite garden plants: Roses and cranberries. Their larvae bore into the stems, eventually girdling them. The growth beyond that point wilts and dies. (Fig 2)

The older name, Agrilus aurichalceus, is still used in various resources. Other common names include bronze cane borer, cane fruit borer, and raspberry borer.

Facts about borers

Before we delve into further details, we need to understand that all insects that bore into plants behave similarly. For rose stem borers, it’s essentially this:

  1. Stressed plants release volatiles (e.g.: ethanol) to attract the pests.
  1. The borers find the host by following a scent emitted by the plant.
  1. The beetles “taste” the plant and, if it’s suitable for attack – adequately stressed – release aggregation pheromones which attract more of their kin.
  1. After sufficient beetles have arrived, they release a “de-aggregation” pheromone which essentially says “Back off, dude.”
  1. The beetles lay eggs on the canes. The larvae hatch and immediately bore into cambium where they feed in a spiral pattern, girdling the stem.
  1. The stem develops a gall (a slight enlargement); the growth beyond the girdle dies.
  2. The 4th instar larvae overwinter in the stem.
  1. Adults emerge about mid-May, mate, and lay eggs singly on canes.
  2. Repeat from #5 the next season.



“Flatheaded borers are larvae of a remarkable group of beetles known as buprestids or metallic wood boring beetles, so named for their luminous, metallic exoskeletons. While the adults levy no particular offense other than to nibble a few leaves, their youngsters are real trouble makers and some of the most devastating pests of woody plants.” (

Here in the northwest, we’re already familiar with another small

invasive buprestid, the Bronze Birch Borer (Agrilus anxious). They inflict

serious damage and, often kill, stressed birch trees by girdling them,

thereby disrupting the flow of the phloem and xylem. (Details at

“Bronze Birch Borer” -

Host plants

As you might suspect, hosts of rose stem borers include roses, but also certain other members of the rose family, among them cranberries commonly grown in home gardens, including both raspberry (red and black) and blackberry. Affected roses may be wild or cultivated kinds.


Affected canes develop a gall (enlargement) at the feeding site which dries, weakens and may break. (Figs 4, 5) Fruit production may decrease. Cranberry plants with normally lush growth may die.



Management of rose stem girdler in Oregon is currently limited to cultural methods. Plant in well-drained soil and provide adequate water and fertilizer to avoid plant stress.

Jean R. Natter                                                                                                                                             

Rose Stem Girdler, a new pest of cranberries & roses

When telltale enlargements are seen on the canes, remove them by pruning below the damage, then destroy the pruning’s.

MGs as First Responders

Here’s an important project for you: Help track the spread of Rose Stem Girdler in cranberries and roses.

If you suspect such a diagnosis while volunteering as an MG, or in your own berry patch or rose bed, get images and/or samples. Jot down a history with at least a few known facts, among them the cultivar name of the plants; when the damage was first detected; also, in which town the plants are growing. The most useful images to verify a diagnosis are the entire plant; a view of the affected cane(s); and a cut-away of the affected section.

Next, email the images and history to me ( After I verify your tentative diagnosis, I will notify both you and the entomologist. Oh, yes; keep your eyes peeled for this new pest.


Be cautious while researching rose stem borers. Several insects have similar common names which can lead you astray. (It may be risky to trust information that uses only a common name for the pest.) What you can tell clients, with confidence, about the rose stem girdler is that management is currently limited to removing and discarding (or burning, where allowed) the galled cane(s).

  • Garden Insects of North America; Whitney Cranshaw; 2004; pages 476-477; this book is in each of the metro MG offices.


“Gnarly Roses – Rose Stem Girdler”


( gnarly-roses-rose-stem-girdler-agrilus-aurichalceus)

Jean R. Natter                                                                            Metro MG Newsletter; 2017-11                   Rose Stem Girdler, a new pest of cranberries & roses



Hail and tornadoes hit the county
 Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Here is a great photo of the large hail from GOLF BALL TO TENNIS BALL size associated with the tornadic storm earlier this afternoon in Hartville, WY!

Photo Credit: Kari Young


Past Posts
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Senator Enzi Submission
Saturday, November 2, 2019
New Member
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
New Member
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Wreaths Across America
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Senator Enzi Article
Monday, October 14, 2019
Another new member in October!
Monday, October 7, 2019
New Member October 7th
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
New Member October 1
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
New member of the week
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
PCSD #1 Employer Survey
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Natter's Notes
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Crazy fall weather in Wyoming

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