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Lander woman becomes business champion

Submitted by Newsroom on May 6, 2011 – 7:40 amNo Comment

By News Director Leslie Drollinger Stratmoen

LANDER, Wyo. – The Workforce Training Coordinator at Central Wyoming College in Lander has been chosen as the minority small business champion of the year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Her name is Anne Even.

Anne Even

She received the award Wednesday during the Wind River Business Conference/Native American Business Expo held at the college. She was nominated by Lisa Wagner who’s the manager of First Nations Oweesta Corporation.

The award selection includes evaluation of growth in sales, profits, and employees; participation in community and charitable affairs; overcoming adversities; uniqueness and special attributes of the business; and the use of other minority firms as suppliers or subcontractors.

Even has been a workforce training coordinator at the college since August of last year. She’s responsible for coordinating trainings that support and help improve performance, productivity and profitability of small businesses in the state.

She was described as a person who is passionate about her work and continually searches for new ways to support and develop Native American small business owners. One of her ideas was to develop a market for sale of local Native American artwork through the NEAT program. That stands for Native Emerging Artist Training, a 10-month program that includes professional instruction for Native American emerging artists from the Wind River Reservation followed by an exhibition at the Lander Arts Center.

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