Expo geared for tribal businesses

Apr 12, 2012 By Joshua Scheer, Staff Writer

The Wind River Development Fund is teaming up with the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies to put on the 12th annual Native American Business Expo.

The expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25 at the Frank B. Wise Business Plaza in Fort Washakie.

"It's for any business, but earmarked toward tribal businesses," said development fund executive director Brett White.

The expo is designed to meet the needs of individuals looking to start a small business, those who already own one and those seeking jobs.

"I know that the event itself has grown" over the years, White said. "We're trying a new model this year."

The location has been downsized from last year's at Central Wyoming College, a change White hopes "will prove valuable to networking and a more personal experience for all participants," he wrote to the Fremont County Commission.

White is in his second year on the job and recalled last year's event being "really well done."

He said there will be 12 to 14 different employers and contractors in attendance to talk about the their needs and opportunities for those looking for jobs or contracts.

"We've got some energy companies coming," White said.

He said there will be two tracks of seminars to attend: personal finance and general business.

The personal finance track "is really for people thinking about business," White said, adding there would be four or five topics discussed including those on managing personal credit.

In the business track, seminars will cover items like applied accounting and cash flow.

"If it's new to you, it really kind of matters," White said of cash flow, stressing the importance of the topics to be discussed.

The expo is free to attend.

Registration by April 20 is encouraged to ensure the availability of a free lunch.

Those who do not register ahead of time might be asked to contribute $5 for lunch.

To learn more or to register, call the development fund at 335-7330.

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