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Wyoming Business Council releases interactive business directory to track modified hours and services

Interactive map feature shows businesses, with an added mapped layer, shows COVID-19 potential economic impact county by county (Oil City News file photo)

CASPER, Wyo — The Wyoming Business Council has released a new tool at wideopenwyo.org to serve as a one-stop site to see open businesses in their community and how to access their services amid the COVID-19 crisis.

“The site is searchable by business or by community, and it’s easy to navigate,” said Wendy Lopez, business recruitment manager for the Wyoming Business Council.

Users can browse businesses by county or city, and see their location in the map window on the right. (Oil City News file photo)

The site uses Google Maps and includes, to date, more than 800 businesses, including grocers, day cares, restaurants, breweries, retailers and more.

The site lists businesses’ hours, new services like takeout, delivery or online shopping, and accommodations for at-risk populations.

The interactive map feature also incorporates data analytics that show COVID-19 related statistics county by county. The filters include job-loss vulnerability, total new cases, and total cases per 10,000 people.

Businesses can easily add their information to the system by clicking “Add Business” and filling out a short, simple form.

Local governments, economic development organizations, chambers and community development organizations are all encouraged to contact the Wyoming Business Council for a unique link that will lead visitors directly to their community and filter just the businesses in their area.

Those organizations are also encouraged to reach out to the Business Council for a template that can be used to upload local businesses in batches.

For more information about resources available to employers, employees and communities, visit wyomingbusiness.org/covid19.

The Wyoming Business Council’s newsletter can be found here.