JACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 The Wyoming Council for Women (WCW) today announced that Alexis \u201cLexie\u201d Garrett has been awarded the 2020 Woman Entrepreneur Award. Garrett owns and operates Cheyenne-based Alexis Drake, a design company that creates affordable and customizable luxury handbags and accessories. \u201cThe benefits to owning a business as a woman in Wyoming include our amazing sense of community and how in our 'small town' of Wyoming, we support each other,\u201d Garrett said. "It is an honor to be part of such an amazing group of nominees. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Wyoming business community. The support, encouragement, and love has been incredible." The Woman Entrepreneur Award recognizes woman-owned businesses in Wyoming and is designed to increase the attention to and recognition of the contribution female entrepreneurs make to Wyoming's economy. Each year has seen an increase in the number of applicants. A Cheyenne Central graduate, Garrett earned an undergraduate degree in Studio Art from the University of Arizona. She started Alexis Drake in 2003, and since that time has been building the brand while teaching art, obtaining her master\u2019s degree, raising two children\u2014all while working out of her garage. Garrett taught elementary school art full-time in Cheyenne until 2016. Shortly thereafter, Garrett moved Alexis Drake into her manufacturing and retail location in downtown Cheyenne. She employs seven individuals and her products can be found online and in shops across the state. Garrett believes in giving back and building the future of our communities. Through her business, she has supported many Wyoming nonprofits and initiatives including CLIMB Wyoming, Wyoming Children\u2019s Society, Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative and the Alzheimer\u2019s Association. All the Wyoming Woman Entrepreneur Award nominees have been highlighted on the WCW Facebook page over the past several weeks. Ariane Jimison, of Gillette, was honored with the award last year. WCW Chair Jennifer Wilmetti commented, "We would like to thank every person who took the time to nominate these outstanding Wyoming women. We had nominations that came from local Chambers of Commerce and Urban Renewal Agencies, friends and family, and the entrepreneurs themselves. It takes great courage and resilience to be a business owner at any time, but even more so when times are tough. Please support small businesses in your community."