The Wyoming Small Business Development Center (SBDC) administers a Portable Assistance Grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide advising and training assistance to Wyoming small businesses affected by the economic downturn and ongoing economic uncertainty in the energy industry.

Portable Assistance Grants are provided by the SBA to target negative economic events in specific business segments or geographical areas, according to a release by the Wyoming SBDC Network.

If your small business has been negatively affected by economic factors in the energy industry or you are a displaced energy worker interested in learning about small business ownership, contact the Wyoming SBDC at to learn about business advising and training opportunities.

The SBDC can also provide advising and assistance if you are interested in starting a business to serve the energy industry.

“Although we are unable to provide direct financial assistance with this modest grant, the funds do allow us to increase training and advising opportunities for businesses and workers affected by the ongoing uncertainty in the energy industry. Small businesses are the backbone of Wyoming’s economy, and negative economic conditions usually hit small businesses first, and often, hardest. SBDC staff are experts in assisting businesses at any stage with everything from business plans to human resources issues to marketing. We also look forward to working with displaced workers who are ready to explore their entrepreneurial dreams,” Wyoming SBDC Network State Director Jill Kline said.

The Wyoming SBDC Network provides no-cost, confidential advising to existing small businesses and individuals looking to start a new business.

Webinars and training opportunities are also available from the SBDC, including the upcoming “Small Business Skill-Building Workshop and Resource Expo” in Gillette on April 20.

Go to to find out more about the event and to register.

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