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       A Message from WRA Director, Chris Brown



Welcome to the first WRA e-newsletter of 2017 and thank you so very much for your membership within our association. The Wyoming Retail Association consists of hundreds of retail outlets and allied businesses throughout Wyoming banded together to ensure that legislation on the state and federal level provides for a prosperous retail environment. We provide ideas and information that help you increase your bottom line and we offer money-saving benefits to help enhance the profits of our members.

With our mission top of mind, the WRA engaged in an extremely busy 2017 Legislative General Session. Leveling the playing field that Wyoming’s brick and mortar, main-street retailers operate on is a primary focus of our association. HB 19- Sales from Remote Sellers does just that by legally requiring all out of state retailers that sell into Wyoming with more than 200 transactions or more than $100,000 in annual sales to collect and remit state sales taxes. The passage of this bill is a huge victory for all of Wyoming’s retailers. We were also successful in passing legislation that protects the franchise business model by defining franchisees employees as their own-not employees of the franchisor. We worked to defeat several unfavorable tax related bills and were successful in amending pharmacy related legislation that would have been unfavorable for the industry. The WRA was active at the legislature every day of the session ensuring that the Wyoming’s retail industry continues to flourish.

Did you know that the Wyoming Retail Association offers our members numerous money saving benefits? Do you ship with Fed-Ex? Do you need back office solutions like payroll services, strategic planning, website development? Are you taking advantage of the discounts our members get on office supplies from Staples? These and many others are available as a part of your membership. Please reach out to our sales and membership director Tate Bauman at tate@wyoretail.org if you would like to learn more about the money savings discounts that you are entitled to as a member of our association.

Speaking of money saving benefits are you aware that the WRA offers secure credit card processing? We understand that you are contacted regularly about credit card processing but this program is really worth taking a look at. Unlike other processors, the WRA program does not have any hidden costs or fees. Our service provides free supplies, free set up and programming and no chargeback fees. All of this with no long term contracts. Participants in our program are automatically insured against a data breach up to $100,000. If you are unhappy with your current processor, our members that have compared are seeing savings of $1000 to $5000 annually. Let us help you bring more money to your bottom line this year!

Do you read our monthly e-newsletters and did you receive our weekly legislative updates during the 2017 legislative general session? The WRA strives to keep you up to date on all things retail from both the state and local level. Do you have tax questions, labor issues or legal questions about changes in the state or federal laws? The WRA acts as your “one stop shop” for all of your questions. We interact with all state agencies, including the Wyoming Dept. of Workforce Services, the Wyoming Dept. of Revenue and the Wyoming Board of Pharmacy on a regular basis. If you have any questions or concerns that we can help with please give us a call. If we don’t know the answer we will help you find it immediately.

For more than 60 years the Wyoming Retail Association has existed to serve the needs of Wyoming’s retail industry. In the coming year retailers large and small will continue to operate in an evolving landscape at both the state and federal level. It is a critical time to be proactively involved. I sincerely look forward to working together to protecting and promoting Wyoming’s retail industry and I am honored and grateful to partner with you in these efforts. Thank you very much for your continued support of the WRA. Please reach out to me directly, at any time, if I may be of assistance to you.


Warm Regards,

Chris Brown
Executive Director



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P.O. Box 1003, Cheyenne, WY 82003  Phone: (307) 634-8816, Fax (307) 632-0249