The city’s initial plan includes the creation of a new website showing available redevelopment resources to building owners, as well as the opportunity for entrepreneurs and existing business owners to build a profile and submit their space needs. A business liaison would help connect the two parties, offering guidance about available resources, including grants and equity crowdfunding. A new program of the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office, Wyoming Invests Now (WIN) is an equity crowdfunding opportunity that allows Wyoming residents to invest funds towards approved Wyoming-based businesses.
In addition, the ENDOW Executive Council is currently asking for public participation in its strategic process through a confidential survey. This statewide survey includes a ranking of topics and priorities, as well as open-ended questions that allow you to share your thoughts and ideas on a topic that’s critical to Wyoming’s future. The submission deadline is May 7.
1. Your organization has become reactive. Regardless of what sector you operate in, if you’re always reacting to customers, competition or external events, you’re going to struggle. Think about whether leadership or the board of directors feels in control. If priorities are constantly changing and short-term thinking is dominating the company’s direction, it’s time to define priorities.2. You’re ready to grow. If your organization is at a point where leadership has decided growth is critical for success, you’ll need an updated plan. If you’re looking to grow your business, it’s important to examine how you will address issues such as operations, staffing and funding. If you’re a nonprofit, you’ll need to strategically examine how to expand the services you deliver to the community.3. You want to get leadership and staff on the same page. The importance of having an engaged, enthusiastic and invested executive leadership or board of directors cannot be overstated. Facilitated strategic planning provides the opportunity for those at the top of the organization to create a shared vision with your organization’s staff. Articulating the organization’s values, priorities and direction will help equip everyone in the organization with the tools needed to fulfill its mission.