Go the GREEN way to get to the airport

Screen shot 2014-04-14 at 12.14.19 PMThe University of Wyoming graduation is just two days away and summer is just around the corner. If you are headed out of town for the end of school year or  for any occasion this summer, consider taking Green Ride Colorado to and from the Denver International Airport. You won’t have to worry about parking and you can feel good about the service you are using because they try to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

Green Ride Colorado services the Laramie and Cheyenne area and several parts of Colorado. According to their website, “Green Ride offers private charter service and can accommodate up to three groups of 30 people at a time with services between Wyoming and Colorado and between DIA and Fort Collins.” A full schedule of their times and pricing can be found here, but a single adult fare with pick up from either UW or the Hilton in Laramie costs $75 for a one way trip.

Not only is Green Ride an easy solution to traveling to the airport, but they are also a company that believes in bettering the environment. By providing group transportation they are taking a least one car off the road that could have otherwise put harmful admissions into air. Not only do they drive with GREEN in mind, but their entire business is built on green ideas.

Image from http://www.greenrideco.com/. This was the starting fleet for Green  Ride Colorado

Image from http://www.greenrideco.com/. This was the starting fleet for Green Ride Colorado

According to their website, “Our reservation agents work from home; no driving to and from work; no big office to heat and cool. Office furnishing are all used goods acquired from: Colorado Corrections, Savers, etc. Paint from Larimer County Landfill, building materials from ReSource. The managers and officers don’t have individual offices. They work from home, from coffee shops, from wherever they are using computers and smart phones. We attract people who care about the environment. Many employees ride bikes to work and to meetings. Wish we could use a pedicab for airport service!” Green Ride Colorado also partners with companies who are also striving to better the environment. These include: Climatewise, Clean Cities, Redirect Guide, Be Local, GenGreen. 

You can go online to find out more about this LCBA member who is trying to make a real difference in the community. You can also make a reservation online, or call for same day reservations: (970) 226-5533. Just remember that you must call for reservation requests after 5pm the day before travel.

Next time you need a ride to DIA consider Green Ride Colorado!  GO GREEN!

 

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Spring Break Good Morning Laramie Recap

good morning laramieAt the beginning of last month, the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance hosted a spring break themed Good Morning Laramie show at the Laramie Country Club. For those of our members who were unable to attend or those who were not aware of Good Morning Laramie, here is a recap of the most recent event, we hope to see you next time!

Good Morning Laramie is an energized and high paced networking event available to member businesses of the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance. The show is designed with our members in mind, we want you to have the opportunity to be able to connect with other business professionals like yourself and tell them about your business and what you contribute to the community. good morning laramie2

The event on April 4, started bright and early at 7:30 a.m. with a gourmet breakfast buffet provided by the Laramie Country Club. Business guests were then entertained by the Entertainment Sponsor- Laramie Fire Extinguisher Services, LLC. Dan, Dave and Todd entertained the crowd with oldies hits, all done in their spring break attire – Hawaiian shirts.

The event was emceed by the lovely Bridget and Denise. They energetically entertained and joked with the crowd. One of the most exciting times of the event was when a random LCBA member was picked to give a 30 second speech about their business or an upcoming event, the tricky part was that they had to beat the gong. If they were even a one half second over their time limit a gong would sound and they would have to sit down.

Congratulations to the GML Award: The Laramie Animal Shelter! Teresa Bingham accepted the award on behalf of the entire organization.

Congratulations to the GML Award: The Laramie Animal Shelter! Teresa Bingham accepted the award on behalf of the entire organization.

Throughout the event there were several networking events that allowed members to get out of their chairs and get talking with other busineses. The most entertaining of them all was when everyone was instructed to make the sounds of a certain animal found on their placemat. If they could make that sound and find another member with the same sound, the pair could introduce themselves and give a short speech about their business.

Overall the show was a sucess with many businesses able to connect with others, and having some fun while doing it! A big thank you again to all the sponsors of the event. Gold- Powell Title & Escrow, 1-80 Towing, and McCarty Honda Nissan , Silver- The Mortgage Source, Homestead Physical Therapy, and D & L Music, and Entertainment- Laramie Fire Extinguisher Services, LLC, and Friends US Bank, Laramie KOA, XESI Document Solutions, and Express Employment Professionals and Media Sponsor- Laramie Boomerang.

The next show will be on June 6, at the Hilton Garden Inn & UW Conference Center. Please contact the LCBA if you would be interested in participating at 307- 745-7339.

 

 

 

April LCBA Business of the Month: Express Employment Professionals

expressThe Laramie Chamber Business Alliance would like to extend a large congratulations to Express Employment Professionals for being selected as the April Business of the Month! Each month one member of the Alliance is picked to receive this honor. The honoree will receive a certificate of achievement, a gift and a feature in the e-buzz and blog, the Laramie Line. The Business of the Month is another way for LCBA to recognize its members and the contributions they make to the Laramie community.

In 2007 Pat and Renee Ashworth took ownership of the Express Employment Professionals Office in Cheyenne with a simple idea: “to help people succeed.” In addition to assisting people in the Cheyenne community, they also had another goal. They wanted to open another location in Laramie. In July of 2013 they made that goal a reality. Currently they are located at 1771 Centennial Drive, Suite 120.

“We like to think of ourselves as givers of hope. Helping people succeed is our mission. Whether it is a candidate that is looking for work, or whether it be a business that is looking to increase their staff and find a new employee. Our goal is to add some value to the Laramie community. We try to do this by helping businesses that are experiencing some growth, we try to reduce some of that work load off of their shoulders. We do this primarily by selecting and placing that right person for them. We also hope to help those who are new to Laramie, or who maybe have lived here all their life and are going through career changes. We like to be able to help them and coach them on to their next successful career path,” said Renee.

Congratulations to the April Business of the Month, Express Employment Professionals!

Congratulations to the April Business of the Month, Express Employment Professionals!

In addition to placing perspective employees and helping businesses find the right fit for their company, they also offer human resources support.

“We can help small businesses who maybe don’t have an HR person. We can help them out with newsletters and such, things that can help keep them up to date on hiring trends and new laws. For larger businesses we are just an extension of their HR department, so that they can, as we say, work closest to the dollar and focus on their business while we handle their staffing needs. We also do a lot of development and training,” said Pat.

The organization is hoping to bring in an HR expert from Oklahoma City during either the late summer or early fall. The expert would lead a half-day seminar, free of charge, but the information will be very valuable. “We do these as a way of giving back or helping the members of our community. It will be real training and development, not just showing people if they use Express they will be successful,”said Pat.

They hope to help and educate people who have been elevated to higher positions in the work place. The seminars with be excellent guiding tools for those professionals to be able to take the next step in their career.

The Express Employment Professionals Laramie office currently employees two full-time staff members, while the Ashworths move in between the Cheyenne office and the Laramie office each week.

“We have been extremely pleased and blessed to be a part of this community. We have been welcomed with open arms, there are some great people to work with in this town. We are just happy to be here,” said Pat.

If you would like to contact Express Employment Professionals for any hiring or human resources purposes you can do so at (307) 460-9074 or find out more on their website. 

Once again, the LCBA would like to congratulate Express Employment Professionals for being the April Business of the Month. Thank you for all you contribute to the Laramie Community!

Snowy Range Evangelical Free Church

With Easter just around the corner, it’s a good time to decide on a place of worship for this Sunday, April 20th.  If you have yet to find a church you love in Laramie, stop by Snowy Range Evangelical Free Church, located at 2552 N. 15th Street, for a great, modern service. E-free is a place for friendship, love, and hearing and spreading God’s word.  Their purpose is to “make disciples who make a difference for Jesus in Laramie, WY and all around the world.” Image

Senior Pastor Mark Vaporis, who leads the sermon weekly, is a great speaker and lover of Jesus.  There is rarely a sermon that does not speak to everyone in the audience on a personal level.  He grew up near Chicago Illinois, and is now striving to live his life as an enthusiastic follower of Christ alongside his wife and four children. Pastor Mark graduated from Trinity International University, and received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  He is a great leader in the local church, and “clearly communicates God’s truth so people may know Him in a saving and transforming way”

If the music is what brings you to a church, Dave Rickard, the music director at Snowy Range E-Free, definitely gives you a reason to keep coming back each week.  Their music is contemporary and fun, and is usually something popular that is easy to sing along with.  Dave and his wife, Lisa, have been using their musical training to serve E-free since 1998.  Dave provides joy and spunk to every service.

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If you’re looking for a fun, modern service, E-free is a great place for both students and families.  It is a very welcoming church, with many ways to meet other members and get involved outside of the church service itself.  They host events such as Mothers of Preschoolers, Men Eating And Talking, and many more. If you would like any other information, please call their office at (307) 745-8024 or visit their website, http://snowyrangeefree.org/.  If you are interested in attending E-Free for Easter, their Easter service will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn at 10 a.m., with a brunch following. Due to limited space, tickets are available for purchase through their office for the Easter brunch.

Summer is coming at NU2U

nu2u signSummer is on its way (hopefully!), and one place that is getting an early start on preparations is NU2U Laramie. This Laramie Chamber Business Alliance

image from https://www.facebook.com/NU2U.Laramie

image from https://www.facebook.com/ NU2U.Laramie

member has been replacing the long pants and shirts with short ones on the vast racks of clothing that make up most of the eclectic shop.  Employee Esther told us that they are excited about the change from winter to summer, especially when it comes to there gear program.

“We have our gear consignment program, which is new and exciting. In the winter it was mostly snowboards and skis and now we will be switching over to summer things like backpacking equipment,” said Esther

NU2U also has a vast section of other items including shoes, accessories, records, wall decorations, and even mounted animal heads all for great prices. They do still have many winter items for those looking to catch the last of the snow. nu2u winter items

If you are looking to clean out your closet and perhaps gain a little money for your previous investments, NU2U also has a consignment program. They accept consignment Saturday, Monday and Tuesday during business hours, you can consign up to 25 items per week. You can also donate clothes, they accept them any day of the week other than Sunday. Headed into the warm months, NU2U will be looking for summer type items including: camping gear, rock climbing gear, fishing gear.

nu2u recordsNU2U is located at 116 E. Custer, you can find out more about them at http://thriftandconsignmentlaramie.com/ or follow them on Facebook, they post employee selected outfits often and these are not to be missed!

 

Growing our community, one building at a time!

This time of year, Wyomingites are used to seeing construction around their town. If you have driven past the University of Wyoming Union area lately, you have likely noticed a pretty big project going on. Groathouse Construction has been working around the clock since the summer of 2013 to provide a new and improved Half Acre Gym. This is a 22-month project, improving many aspects of the gym at the University of Wyoming.

Groathouse Construction began as a small, family owned company in Laramie, Wyoming in 1954. They have now grown to be the largest Wyoming owned construction firm in the region. They are uniquely qualified to assist clients with a variety of tasks; from assistance with the early stages of planning a building to renovating an older project, from assisting clients with construction management services to helping design a building with a limited bude.   Groathouse provides services including site selection, pre-construction services, construction services, construction management, and more.  If you are in need of a construction company, Groathouse has it all and they are definitely the people to call.  They have experience with many different types of buildings, whether it is a business building remodel or a gym, plus many more.

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Groathouse has a number of ongoing projects, and is bidding on a few others. If you are interested in getting in contact with Groathouse, please visit their website, www.groathouse.com, or stop by their office at 1050 N. 3rd Street.

 

March LCBA Business of the Month: Peak Wellness Center

photo2The Laramie Chamber Business Alliance would like to extend a large congratulations to Peak Wellness Center for being selected as the March Business of the Month! Each month one member of the Alliance is picked to receive this honor. The honoree will receive a certificate of achievement, a gift and a feature in the e-buzz and the blog Laramie Line. The Business of the Month is another way for LCBA to recognize it’s members and the contributions they make to the Laramie community.

Albany County Clinic Director, Dr. Carol Sprabery kindly sat down with LCBA to discuss Peak Wellness Center and what they do for the Laramie community. “As the community mental health center, we deal with the mental health issues of  all citizens of Laramie and Albany County. We help people with everyday problems, all the way from kids who have problems in school to adults with chronic mental illness. We are really here to help everybody,” said Sprabery.

Peak Wellness Center has been in the Laramie community since 1959, and has grown into one of the best centers in the state who staff around 45 members. They offer many programs for youth and adults including: day counseling for youth, the only substance abuse treatment center the is certified by the state, drug court, adult mental health services, EAPs for businesses to help with problems and issues they may have with their employees, and help for chronically mentally ill citizens who to be able stay in the community.

“We have three apartment complexes in Laramie that allow us to work with and house 30 people and keep them out of mental hospitals. They have really just melted into the community and they are living good quality lives now,”said Sprabery.

Congratulations to Peak Wellness Center for being the Business of the Month

Congratulations to Peak Wellness Center for being the Business of the Month

Peak Wellness Center, according to their annual report, “Are committed to offering a comprehensive, balanced and coordinated system of community based services that respects and advocates for the individual dignity of our clients, and that produces meaningful improvements in quality of life for our clients and for our communities.”

“We are privileged to be forward thinking with what is happening now with mental health and how we are supposed to practice and what we are supposed to do to have the best practices. This means that we have to do what research says works best for people, and when you do talk therapy you are doing something that you know works,” said Sprabery.

The center also offer a variety of events, including a free Positive Aging Film series each month at the Laramie County Library in Cheyenne. The next showing is on April 11 with film “About Schmidt.” This summer they will be having their 2nd Annual Summer Wellness Summit on Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Laramie County Library in Cheyenne, this event will be family friendly and free to attend.

Peak Wellness Center not only serves Laramie and Albany County, but also residents of Goshen, and Platte counties. If you require their services in Albany County please contact the staff at 307-745-8915, day or night someone will always be there to help, you can also contact them by email at albanycountycenter@peakwellnesscenter.org. You can also find out more information about Peak Wellness Center and the services they offer at http://peakwellnesscenter.org/.

Once again, the LCBA would like to congratulate Peak Wellness Center, Carol Sprabery and the rest for the staff for being the March Business of the Month. Thank you for all you contribute to the Laramie Community!