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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

For Your Information
 Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Chamber has been hard at work gathering information about events, such as this basketball tournament, that will affect our communities and businesses. Why is this information so important? The reason it's so important is so our businesses are aware that they need to have extra food or staff available to meet the needs of these large crowds.

This summer, Camp Guernsey, will be training the largest number of soldiers in the history of the camp. If you are a business and would love to know the exact dates of these events so you can be prepared you must be a Member of the Chamber to receive this information. Please contact the Platte County Chamber at 307-322-2322 or info@plattechamber.com to join the Chamber. WE would love to work with you! #LovePlatte

WELCOME TO PLATTE COUNTY, THE HOME OF THE OREGON TRAIL RUTS.

We have it all, here in Platte County!
 Tuesday, January 21, 2020

We’ve got it all, here in Platte County.  Platte County is where nostalgia and magnificent natural beauty will open your mind to a sense of adventure. Let us help you free yourself from the daily grindstone.
The best place for first-time visitors to begin learning about Platte County is the Platte County Visitor Center in Wheatland which is located within the Platte County Chamber of Commerce. At the Platte County Visitor Center, you will find helpful visitor specialists who will be able to answer any questions and supply all the maps and brochures you will need. They will even help you plan your trip to Platte County!!!
While you are out and about traveling Platte County, take the time to visit our small communities. You will find that each of our towns has its own distinct charm and proud traditions. We have State Parks, National Historic Sites, and beautiful downtowns for you to explore. 
One thing that you will discover while visiting our communities they all have one thing in common, friendly people. Please don’t rush your visit. Take your time to visit with the locals you meet. It won’t take you long to realize that we’re as eager to get to know you as you are to know us.
Thank you for stopping by. Let the Exploration begin.
Shawna Reichert
Executive Director 
Platte County Chamber of Commerce
www.plattechamber.com – 307-322-2322
 

HELP WANTED!

Associate Director Position
 Friday, January 3, 2020

Associate Director Position

  • People skills a must.
  • Experience with Word, Excel, and Publisher a must.
  • Current experience with QuickBooks a plus.
  • Must be flexible and reliable.
  • Multitasking is the name of the game and ready to do it all.

General Description:

Provide a wide variety of complex and DETAILED clerical, recordkeeping and administrative tasks related to the operations of the Chamber office. Prioritize duties and assignments to ensure efficiency and effectiveness, meeting established tight timelines.

Full Job Description

The Associate Director will work closely with the Executive Director. Must be enthusiastic in supporting the Chamber’s mission and be knowledgeable of Platte County. Qualified applicant needs to be organized, detail oriented, self-motivated and resourceful. Will assist with event planning and creative marketing, maintain membership records, and be accountable for accounts receivable. The associate director position also requires good written and communication skills, and a proficiency in the social media platforms of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Knowledge of Mailchimp would also be a plus. Very important is someone who is reliable and dependable with the ability to work occasional weekends and evenings as needed.

Job Type: Full-time (35-40 hours per week)

Work Location: Mainly one location

Typical Start Time: 9AM

Typical End Time: 5PM

Hourly pay: $12.50 

Please bring a resume into the Platte County Chamber of Commerce Offices. Call for more information 307-322-2322.

HOLIDAY HOURS AT THE PLATTE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Holiday Hours
 Monday, December 16, 2019

The Platte County Chamber of Commerce will be closed for the holidays from December 21, 2019 to January 1, 2020.  We will resume normal business hours on January 2nd, 2020 at 9am

 

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

307 ROOTS SALON & BOUTIQUE

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
 Saturday, December 7, 2019

Congratulation to 307 Roots Salon! Our Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening was so fun!!!!! A million thanks to all who came out to share this moment with us and help us welcome 307 Roots Salon into our business community. Thank you, 307 Roots Salon, for believing in our small community! We look forward to working with you!!!

BOMGAARS RIBBON CUTTING

Welcome to the community
 Thursday, December 5, 2019

Congratulation to Bomgaars! Our Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening was wonderful!!!!! A million thanks to all who came out to share this moment with us and help us welcome Bomgaars into our business community. Thank you, Bomgaars, for investing in our small community! We look forward to working with you!!

TOUCH OF COLOR LLC

Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening
 Saturday, November 30, 2019

Congratulation to Touch of Color! Our Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening was victorious!!!!! A million thanks to all who came out to share this moment with us and help us welcome a Touch of Color into our business community. We look forward to working with you!!!

 

307 HOME CARE, LLC RIBBON CUTTING

Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening
 Monday, November 18, 2019

Congratulation to 307 Home! Our ribbon cutting Grand Opening was a success!!!!! A million thanks to all who came out to share this moment with us and help welcome 307 Home in to our business community. We look forward to working with you to help your business grow.

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ANGEL TREE/ FOOD BASKET

2019 Food basket and angel tree info
 Friday, November 15, 2019

 

For those wondering what will be done about the Wheatland Angel Tree/Christmas Food Baskets in 2019. Drube Supply/Hardware Hank has joined the partnership of Bikers Helping Others, Platte County Department of Family Services, Platte County Chamber of Commerce, The Merchant/Record Times, and Wheatland Lions Club for the 2019 Campaign. 

Angel Tree/Christmas Basket applications for minor children birth through age 12 or applications for Christmas Baskets will be taken at Platte County DFS, 1556 Progress Court across from the Senior Center and Bomgaars starting today, November 15 and ending December 10. The Angel Tree will be hosted by Drube Supply/Hardware Hank at 609 16th Street. Pick up the requests of the families there, buy and wrap your gifts and get them back to Drube Supply/Hardware Hank by December 15. All items being donated to the Christmas baskets should be dropped off at the Platte County Chamber of Commerce located at 65 16th Street in Wheatland. The list if items included in the Christmas Baskets will be in articles in the Wheatland newspapers or at the Wheatland Chamber of Commerce.
 All Christmas Baskets and Angel Tree gifts can be picked up by applicants Saturday, December 21 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. And 11:00 a.m. 
Any questions can be asked by calling 307 331-1634 during daylight hours.

SENATOR ENZI SUBMISSION

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.

 

 

NEW MEMBER

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

NEW MEMBER

Red Dandelion
 Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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

FYI

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. 

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

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.

 

SENATOR ENZI ARTICLE

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.

 

ANOTHER NEW MEMBER IN OCTOBER!

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  

307-322-4247

867Gilchrist St

Wheatland, Wy

NEW MEMBER OCTOBER 7TH

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.

307-331-7809
709 9th Street
Wheatland, Wy
82201

NEW MEMBER OCTOBER 1

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

NEW MEMBER OF THE WEEK

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

82214

NATTER'S NOTES

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, Bugwood.org)

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.

 

Description

“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.” (http://bugoftheweek.com/blog/2013/1/2/gnarly-roses-rose-stem-girdler-agrilus-aurichalceus)

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” -

https://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/fidls/bbb/bbb.htm)

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.

Damage

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

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 (j.r.natter@aol.com). After I verify your tentative diagnosis, I will notify both you and the entomologist. Oh, yes; keep your eyes peeled for this new pest.

Resources

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”

 

(http://bugoftheweek.com/blog/2013/1/2/g gnarly-roses-rose-stem-girdler-agrilus-aurichalceus)

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

 

CRAZY FALL WEATHER IN WYOMING

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
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
For Your Information
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Welcome to Platte County, the Home of the Oregon Trail Ruts.
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Friday, January 3, 2020
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