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UW’s College of Business plans COVID-19 small business assistance session

University of Wyoming College of Business building (Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

The University of Wyoming College of Business has announced an online small business assistance session via Zoom. The event is free and will be accessible for registered participants.

The session is scheduled for Friday, April 17, from 2-3 p.m. Registration is available at www.uwyo.edu/business/covid-19/.

Several Wyoming business leaders have been invited to join Dave Sprott, UW College of Business Dean, and Steve Farkas, assistant dean, to discuss the process of the economic disaster loans, the new Paycheck Protection Program, and other issues small businesses and nonprofits are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Many Wyoming small businesses and nonprofits are facing a loss of income and a lack of savings because of the economic impact of COVID-19,” Sprott says. “With the U.S. government stepping in with much-needed relief, our goal is to assist small businesses in understanding how those stimulus programs can help them manage their cash flows during this time of uncertainty.”

Signed into law March 6, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, enabling the U.S. Small Business Administration to offer $7 billion in disaster assistance loans to small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Invited business leaders include:

  • Tom Bass, president of Wyoming Bank and Trust.
  • Dave Krause, CEO and president of UniWyo Federal Credit Union.
  • Jaime Liberty, CPA and senior manager at McGee, Hearne and Paiz.

“We are eager to do our part in helping small businesses and nonprofits survive this challenging period,” Farkas says. “Service to our communities and supporting Wyoming’s economic development are a key pillar within the college.”


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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: covid@cnchd.org


  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.