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October 2015

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October 2015 Legislative Update

The 2016 legislative budget session will begin on February 8, 2016 and will run until March 8, 2016. Declining energy revenues have resulted in Governor Mead implementing a hiring freeze and to cut state agency budgets where appropriate to address the current $180 million dollar biennium budget deficit. It is expected that significant discussion about the rate at which Wyoming puts revenue into savings and whether the state will dip into it’s “rainy day fund” to smooth out some of the shortfalls will take place leading up to and during the 2016 session.  Read More »

Cybersecurity Webinar: Is Your Business Protected?

The Internet has become an almost indispensable tool, both personally and for businesses. As Internet popularity has increased, so have the dangers associated with its use. Is your information safe? Join the Small Business Development Center online on Nov. 5 from 3-4:30 pm to learn about information security. Fee for the program is $15, and attendees can register at http://WyEn.biz. The SBDC will have two experts on hand to help attendees understand the extent of cybersecurity breaches, and explain what cybersecurity means, and how to protect your data.   Read More »

Casper College to Offer Retail Classes and Certificates

Casper College offers a wide range of courses across academic and technical subjects. Whether you're looking to earn credits, work toward your degree, pick up a new skill, or qualify for a new job, you're sure to find the program you're working for. Casper College is flexible, offering new Retail Management classes 100% online or on-campus. Spring semester starts January 19th, 2016.  Read More »

FBI Issues Warning on New Chip Cards

Earlier this month the FBI issued a warning about new chip credit and debit cards that are being issued to consumers saying, “When using the EMV card at a PoS terminal, consumers should use the PIN, instead of a signature, to verify the transaction.”  This warning states what retailers have been saying all along, which is that the new chip cards issued by banks need an accompanying PIN.  Read More »

Will Obamacare Fix Protect Small Employers from Higher Costs?

The National Retail Federation today welcomed legislation signed by President Obama that repeals an Affordable Care Act provision that would have driven up health care costs for businesses with between 50 and 100 employees by forcing them into small group insurance plans. “This bipartisan legislation is constructive reform,” NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. “We hope that this is the first of many such changes to Obamacare to improve the law and make it easier for retailers to comply.”  Read More »

Small Business Saturday - It's YOUR Day, Make it Special!

Last year, 88 million people showed up to Shop Small on Small Business Saturday. This year could be even bigger.  Make the day eventful, from hosting an in-store event to decorating your shop on the day. Get started by applying for free marketing materials that will help you get the most out of your Small Business Saturday. Inspire your customers to Shop Small For All on November 28, 2015! Be sure you apply by November 16, 2015.  Read More »

What's Next in Digital Retail

Companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon are investing heavily in innovation, operating less like companies and more like research labs. Iterate Studios co-founder Jon Nordmark kicked off the closing “fast track” session at the Shop.org Digital Summit by sharing some powerful numbers: Those four tech giants spent more than $35 billion in research and development last year, up from $19.8 billion in 2013. The “GAFA” companies are also actively tracking and acquiring startups around the world; Amazon alone has acquired 65 companies over the past decade. To stay competitive, modern retailers must keep a watchful eye on emerging technologies.  With this in mind, Stitch Fix’s Julie Bornstein, 3DLT’s John Hauer and SmartThings’ Maria Thomas took to the stage to discuss their retail experiences and what changes — and surprises — lie ahead for digital retail.   Read More »

Walmart Foundation Awards $157,500 to Wyoming Nonprofits

The Walmart Foundation’s Wyoming State Giving Program has awarded $157,500 to four nonprofits throughout the state dedicated to serving residents through its core areas of giving: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, career opportunity and women’s economic empowerment. "We’re honored to partner with organizations that make a significant philanthropic impact and help Wyoming residents live better,” said Kal Patel, Walmart vice president and regional general manager. "We’re proud of the relationships we've built with local nonprofits and are eager to see their work continue to unfold within our communities.”  Read More »

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