Wyoming Cybersecurity Competition offered again for small businesses in 2020

In its third year, the Wyoming Cybersecurity Competition for Small Businesses began Monday, Feb. 10, and encourages a human-centric approach to cyber leadership in small businesses that don’t have full-time technology help.

Any small Wyoming business can enter the competition and receive free basic cybersecurity business counseling services. Cybersecurity business counseling services help establish a cyber leader in the office who may not be technically inclined, but is provided the tools and support to be successful in protecting the company.

“We have had office specialists, marketing managers and HR managers take the lead on cybersecurity in some offices with great success,” said Laura Baker, executive director of CyberWyoming, in a prepared statement. “You do not have to be technical at all.”

The competition winners speak at Cyber Leader Awards Banquet on Oct. 6 in Casper and at the Wyoming Cybersecurity Conference on Oct. 7 at Casper College. In addition, winners and participants will be featured in statewide press releases and on CyberWyoming’s website.

To enter the competition, email info@cyberwyoming.org or download the application at www.cyberwyoming.org. Final entries are due to the judges on Aug. 31, and CyberWyoming helps participants write up the reports. The judges are recruited via economic development agencies throughout the state and are unknown to CyberWyoming’s staff that helps businesses reach their goals.

Originally developed in 2018 by CyberWyoming, the competition was established through partnership with the Wyoming Business Report, owned by Adams Publishing Group.

While there is no entry fee, participants in the competition should be prepared for possible financial outlays to upgrade software, purchase hardware, and purchase cyber-related services from attorneys, insurance agents or IT professionals.

CyberWyoming is a nonprofit organization that founded the Made Safe in Wyoming Program. The program helps business owners develop and implement best practices to become cyber secure through partnerships with Wyoming technology companies, law firms, insurance companies, education and more.

BBB warning: Online home goods retailer generates high volume of complaints

Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming is warning consumers about a business purportedly located in Wyoming.

Online retailer HM Cozy has generated 30 complaints and 46 negative customer reviews since BBB began reporting on the business Nov. 23, 2019.

The retailer lists a variety of goods on its website, hmcozy.com, including bedding, towels, flags, coffee tumblers and rugs. Complainants allege a litany of issues when ordering from the website, including long shipping delays, fake tracking numbers, receiving partial orders and difficulty reaching customer support representatives. Consumers also report that their merchandise was shipped from China – a fact they were not aware of before ordering and that does not appear to be disclosed on HM Cozy’s website.

The majority of consumers also allege they received products that were not as advertised. Some consumers report receiving merchandise with typos, while others complain that they received the incorrect product altogether. Many consumers complain about the general quality of the items received.

The business advertises an address in Sheridan; however, this appears to be a Commercial Registered Agents location and is typically not a physical place of business. Furthermore, BBB has received returned mail from this address marked “Attempted-Not Known” by the U.S. Postal Service. BBB is unable to locate a business registration on file at the Wyoming Secretary of State.

BBB has also attempted to reach the business by telephone using the number advertised on their website but the phone number is not in service.

BBB has contacted the company via email regarding the pattern of complaints filed and to seek information regarding their business practices, structure, and location. The business has not responded to its concerns. The company is currently Not Rated by BBB because staff have been unable to locate a valid address for the business.

Cheyenne Vision Clinic, Eye Care Clinic & Optical announce move to former IBMC building

In celebration of the year of the eye, 2020, the Cheyenne Vision Clinic and Eye Care Clinic & Optical have announced the completion of their merger and their move to the former IBMC building, located at 1854 Dell Range Blvd., next to the new Hobby Lobby.

The new location includes more examination rooms, additional doctors, extensive testing rooms and an expansive optical, making the new location the largest in the state of Wyoming, according to a news release.

In addition to standard services such as eye and contact lens examinations, Cheyenne Vision Clinic offers the most modern and advanced technology, treatment of eye disease, medical eye care, perisurgical care, and 24-hour care for eye injuries and eye emergencies.

Honnen Equipment announces opening of new facility on Hutchins Drive in Cheyenne

Honnen Equipment announced recently that its new, state-of-the-art facility at 7808 Hutchins Drive in Cheyenne is now open.

This marks the 11th location in the Rocky Mountain region for Honnen Equipment, and expands capacities for customer support in sales, rentals, parts, service and technology in the Cheyenne area, according to a news release.

Honnen Equipment has been in business more than 55 years, and is an authorized dealer for John Deere construction and compact equipment, Hitachi excavators, Manitowoc Group lifting equipment and Wirtgen Group road building equipment.

Dr. Alan Thomalla announces new psychology practice, ABC Resources, opens in Lander

Dr. Alan Thomalla has announced the opening of ABC Resources, his private psychology practice, in Lander.

Dr. Thomalla and his wife, Zina, moved to Lander from Minnesota in 2016 and are making the Valley their home. He is a licensed psychologist and a graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he completed his doctorate through an APA accredited Counseling Psychology program.

Dr. Thomalla has worked as a psychologist for more than 25 years. As a licensed psychologist in multiple states, he is also certified to provide services in the state of Wyoming. He is listed as a member in good standing in the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and has diplomat status in clinical forensic psychology.

ABC Resources is located at 153c S. Fifth St. in Lander. They offer a range of therapeutic services including traditional individual, family and group psychotherapy. They also offer a stress management clinic to support people struggling with anxiety or situational distress events like starting chemotherapy or quitting smoking. They also offer a range of psychological assessments to support educational services, diagnostic services, forensic services, etc.

Additional information can be obtained on their web page at www.abcresources.life.

Milestones

• Ramaco Carbon, a coal technology company headquartered in Sheridan, announced it has hired Christopher Yurchick to serve as director of research. Yurchick will manage research operations in both Sheridan and Charleston, West Virginia. Coming to Ramaco with more than a decade of experience working in joint academic/industrial ventures, and 15 years of prior experience in carbon science and intellectual property development, Yurchick will help spearhead the development of Ramaco’s research facilities, called iCAM centers, or “Carbon Advanced Materials” centers. The first research center is now under construction in Sheridan, and scheduled to open this summer.

• Energy Capital Economic Development has announced Curtis R. Burdette as its new vice president of operations. Burdette, previously general manager at the Ramada Plaza Gillette, started his new role on Jan. 2. Energy Capital Economic Development Corporation is a nonprofit organization led by a board of directors of business executives and community leaders to grow Campbell County’s economy through attracting, retaining and expanding companies.

• Chris Allred was recently promoted to senior vice president of lending at First State Bank of Cheyenne.

• Kevin Moffett recently joined First State Bank of Cheyenne as an assistant vice president of lending, specializing in real estate and commercial loans. Moffett has 15 years of lending experience.

• A rangeland specialist in the University of Wyoming Extension has received an early career honor from the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station. Assistant professor Derek Scasta in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management was presented the Early Career Research Achievement Award last month. WAES is the research office within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming.

• Cheyenne’s Green House Data, a leading provider of digital transformation services for enterprises, has named Victor Tingler to its executive management team as senior vice president of digital transformation. In this role, Tingler will lead a diverse team of skilled and experienced technologists who will provide clients with advanced digital solutions aimed at transforming business processes, culture and customer experiences to better meet current and future market demands.

• Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck continues to expand its government relations team with the addition of Neal Tomlinson, shareholder; Kristina Kleist, policy advisor and associate; and Denise Freeman, senior policy assistant. This team will work primarily out of the firm’s Las Vegas and Carson City, Nevada, offices, as well as in the firm’s new Cheyenne office.

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