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JONATHAN HOWDESHELL

OWBO Program Director & Business Counselor

Jonathan Howdeshell is a Laramie, Wyoming native with diverse entrepreneurial experience. He is a full-service business counselor and trainer specializing in a broad range of topics including business planning, strategy, brand marketing, sales, and finance. Jonathan’s skills in assessing the needs of his clients has been instrumental in the development and achievements of the OWBO department. His clients consistently benefit from his supportive and motivational nature. Jonathan is known for his responsiveness and timely answers to client questions.  

 

Prior to joining WWBC, Jonathan worked to help grow a technology start-up company in Laramie dedicated to building computers for financial day traders. Additionally, he grew two entrepreneurial ventures of his own in both the food and financial services sectors. His experience and Business Administration degree from the University of Wyoming make Jonathan a valuable resource for WWBC clients.  

 

Email: jhowdesh@uwyo.edu

Cell:  (307) 399-7116

MEET THE TEAM

WENDY FANNING

Executive Director

I am excited to join the Wyoming Women’s Business Center team! Since moving to Wyoming many years ago, I have always been amazed by the strength of Wyoming women. Throughout our history, Wyoming women have led the way, broken through barriers, and played such a critical role in making Wyoming what it is today.

 

Joining the WWBC has been a dream come true for me as I get to focus on two things I think are vitally important: helping women achieve their dreams, and giving back to my Wyoming community.

As we begin a new year, we are excited for what lies ahead. We will be here to support our clients and budding entrepreneurs as they navigate through these unprecedented times, to ensure that they are achieving their dreams. And we will be here to help build Wyoming’s economy. To that end, we want to acknowledge others who believe in and give to these values. I encourage you to become a member of the Wyoming Women’s Business Center’s Alliance of Exceptional Women. Join us in supporting these dreamers and doers, and in turn the Wyoming economy. Together, we can!

 

Email: wfanning@uwyo.edu

Phone: (307) 214-0897

DAVE WESTON

Interim Microloan Manager

Email:D50weston@icloud.com
Phone: (307) 460-3946

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JONATHAN HOWDESHELL

OWBO Program Director & Business Counselor

Jonathan Howdeshell is a Laramie, Wyoming native with diverse entrepreneurial experience. He is a full-service business counselor and trainer specializing in a broad range of topics including business planning, strategy, brand marketing, sales, and finance. Jonathan’s skills in assessing the needs of his clients has been instrumental in the development and achievements of the OWBO department. His clients consistently benefit from his supportive and motivational nature. Jonathan is known for his responsiveness and timely answers to client questions.  

 

Prior to joining WWBC, Jonathan worked to help grow a technology start-up company in Laramie dedicated to building computers for financial day traders. Additionally, he grew two entrepreneurial ventures of his own in both the food and financial services sectors. His experience and Business Administration degree from the University of Wyoming make Jonathan a valuable resource for WWBC clients.  

 

Email: jhowdesh@uwyo.edu

Cell:  (307) 399-7116

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CHRISTINE LANGLEY

COVID-19 Program Director & Business Counselor

Christine Langley is a sales and marketing expert with a 15+ year track record of achievement and demonstrated success driving sales growth in highly competitive markets. In addition to her corporate experience in General Management, Sales Management, and Human Resources, she is a serial small-business entrepreneur in both product and service businesses. Christine truly understands the joys and challenges associated with business ownership and her clients often praise her for the detailed and specialized assistance she provides.

 

Most recently, Christine was the Chief Operating Officer for the University of Wyoming Technology Business Center. Through her work with business incubators across the state, she brings a deep knowledge of the Wyoming start-up climate. She has been professionally trained in life and executive coaching from the Coach Training Institute and has been providing business advising and executive coaching to clients for over ten years. With a degree in communications and a special emphasis in interpersonal communication, she is excited to work with WWBC clients on business and personal development, business expansion, and day-to-day operational improvements.

Email: clangle1@uwyo.edu
Phone: (307) 760-0704

LORENA PATZER

Works of Wyoming Retail & Store Manager

Lorena Patzer began her entrepreneurial path while in high school in Nebraska. Realizing a 9 year dream of learning hot glass lamp-working, she began selling decorative pieces at a local jewelry store and a mall store while in  college.

After moving to Wyoming in 1988, she began selling lamp-work gifts at regional Holiday Shows over the next decade. Then in 1993, she took a basket weaving class and was hooked. Creating freeform baskets using mule deer antlers became a passion, and her biggest accomplishment was being accepted as one of 20 (out of 200 entries) Wyoming exhibitors, with her antler baskets, to be included in QVC's “Quest for America’s Best” when it aired in Wyoming in 1997.

In 2000, e-commerce caught her attention and she began selling on multiple venues, including Amazon and Ebay.  In 2011, she was invited to join a highly trained team coaching e-commerce entrepreneurs for 3 years.

She moved to Laramie in 2013 and was hired by the WWBC in 2015 to assist Wyoming Artists in growing their business and selling their works in a downtown retail store, Works of Wyoming, which is now adding an online store (coming Winter 2019).

 

Lorena and her team are passionate about promoting and selling the works of incredibly talented Wyoming Artists. Customers from all over the United States (and several international countries) find beautiful and unique home decor and gifts to enjoy or share.

Email: wow@uwyo.edu

Phone: (307) 460-3304

Cell: (307) 321-3507

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BROGAN CLAY

Microloan Manager

Brogan Clay is a Wyoming native with a UW education in agricultural business and work experience in the banking industry overseeing ag and commercial operations. As the Microloan Manager for WWBC, he works directly with clients to overcome challenges they have experienced in a traditional lending environment. When evaluating the worthiness of microloan applications, Brogan is primarily focused on the character of the entrepreneur and the effectiveness and successful trajectory of the business. He understands that his success as a lender is directly linked to the success of our micro-enterprise clients, and it shows in his communication style and approach.     

 

Prior to joining WWBC, Brogan worked in multiple sectors from agriculture to banking. He’s excited to be working in his hometown of Laramie where he’s able to assist with the family cattle operation in his free time.

 

Email: bclay@uwyo.edu

Cell:  (307) 460-0774

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Cindy Garretson-Weibel, President

Talisha Mottinger, Treasurer

Connie Lindmier, Vice-President

Audrey Jansen,

Board Member

Contact Us

(307) 460-3943

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