RIVERTON, Wyo. — Have you ever wanted to start your own business? If so, then you’re in luck! Central Wyoming College is teaming up with the University of Wyoming to offer a six-week Entrepreneurial Essentials Course starting on January 29 that will provide Wyoming residents with the knowledge and tools to become successful entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurial Essentials (e2) is an intensive education program that is geared toward both aspiring and current entrepreneurs. Participants will learn the key frameworks and tools, and answer essential questions, to effectively launch or grow their business. The program helps entrepreneurs move from the idea stage to working on a prototype or selling a completed product or service.

The program is a collaboration involving CWC and UW’s College of Business and College of Engineering and Applied Science. The program is based on the highly-successful Start-Up Intensive (SUI), which is a 10-week program based in Jackson that has trained more than 140 Wyoming entrepreneurs over the past six years.

During the past year, 28 entrepreneurs participated in Entrepreneurial Essentials (e2) from all across Wyoming, and 93 percent of participants said they would recommend the course to a friend.

The hybrid format of the course offers a mix of in-person and virtual sessions. On-site instruction occurs during the weekends of January 29 and March 12 in Riverton and Casper, with virtual components during the weeks in between. This format encourages participants to connect face to face at the beginning and end of the course and allows for participation across all of Wyoming.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unpredictable nature of Wyoming’s winters, entrepreneurs have the option to join 100% virtually from anywhere in Wyoming.

“I’m thrilled to be making good use of the years of investment and refinement made of SUI and e2 and look forward to offering the e2 course across Wyoming,” said CWC President Brad Tyndall.

The track record of Entrepreneurial Essentials (e2) and the Start-Up Institute (SUI) has been impressive. About 77 percent of the SUI program graduates are still operating their businesses after three years, and 82 percent of last year’s e2 participants made demonstrable progress and moved from the idea stage to working on a prototype or selling a completed product.

About the Instructors

Peter Scott

Peter is the Entrepreneur is Residence at the University of Wyoming, where his goal is to help students, faculty and Wyoming entrepreneurs start companies. He brings over 20 years of experience in industry and academia working with entrepreneurs and technology companies.

Kyle Trumble

Kyle Trumble has experience as an entrepreneur and small business owner and has worked in management roles for many different companies. He has been a business instructor for more than two years at CWC.

The deadline to register for Entrepreneurial Essentials is Wednesday, January 27. More detailed information regarding the course and registration is available at www.cwc.edu/essentials/. You may also contact Lynne McAuliffe at lmcaulif@cwc.edu or Peter Scott at pscott5@uwyo.edu to learn more.