CASPER, Wyo — The Wyoming Small Business Development Center (SBDC) recently received a federal grant aimed helping small businesses and workers impacted by the pandemic pivot and diversify, the University of Wyoming announced Friday.
Though the Portable Assistance Grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration is “modest” and does not provide direct financial assistance to businesses, “it does allow us to increase training and advising opportunities for businesses and workers affected by the downturn in the energy industry,” said Jill Kline, state director of the Wyoming SBDC Network.
“We also would love to work with displaced workers interested in applying their skills as small-business owners,” Kline said. “The ultimate goal is to contribute to a stronger, more diversified Wyoming economy.”
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All advising and training opportunities presented through grant activities are no-cost, and all one-on-one advising is completely confidential, as are all interactions with the Wyoming SBDC Network, UW said.
Small businesses negatively affected by economic factors in the energy industry, as well as displaced energy workers interested in learning about small business ownership, should contact the Wyoming SBDC Network at to learn more about business advising and training opportunities.