Wyoming small businesses 'heart and soul' of state's economy, official says

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — The Wyoming Small Business Administration is looking for 2016 award nominees for its 2016 Small Business Week Awards. Wyoming's Small Business Week Awards include Small Business Person of the Year, Exporter of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year and the Spirit of Wyoming award. For full award descriptions and to make nominations, click here. "Owning and managing a small business is challenging," Amy Lea, District Director of SBA’s Wyoming District Office said in a recent newsletter. There are more than 63,000 small firms in Wyoming, employing over 134,000 people. "Small business is the heart and soul of our state’s economy," she said. "That’s at least 134,000 Wyomingites that must make payroll each week; need to collect and pay taxes regularly; and have a sense of personal responsibility for the wellbeing of their employees and their families. "Small business owners are required to wear many different hats. They are the company’s sales force, IT administrators, janitors, delivery person, head cheerleader, and accountant. All these functions in addition to being a mother, father, parent, soccer coach, school volunteer, caretaker, brother, sister, and friend," she said. All nominations need to be submitted by Monday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. Feature photo Sheridan businesses and vendors gather for a Third Thursday street festival hosted by the Downtown Sheridan Association last summer. / Pitchengine Communities #dally #news