P O W E L L, W y o. - Cody residents can learn how to start a business, make it fun and avoid discrimination all in just two days at the Northwest College Cody Center for Training and Development. All three topics are covered in three one-time classes that meet Wednesday and Thursday, March 19 and 20.
Things start off at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, with a program titled Preventing Discrimination in the Workplace. This two-hour presentation costs $10 per person and includes a light lunch.
Tamara Fox, a compliance officer with the State of Wyoming, Department of Employment, Labor Standards Program will give an overview of her program's main functions and provide general information to help employers, employees and other covered entities understand and comply with legal anti-discrimination requirements. The information may help employers to review management policies and practices, understand actions needed to comply with legal requirements and prevent or limit potential liability from charges of employment discrimination. The workshop will focus on the do's and don'ts of hiring and firing as well as harassment prevention, recognition and employer responsibilities.
Later that same day, Start Your Own Business is offered from 6-8 p.m. It's designed to help prospective business owners get help with the basics of business start-up. Participants will look at business planning, advertising and marketing, research and resources, and also learn where to go for funding. Cost is $10 per person.
This program is co-sponsored by the Wyoming Small Business Development Center, which is a partnership program funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Wyoming Business Council, and the University of Wyoming.
Anne Wilson, education coordinator for West Park Hospital, will wrap things up Thursday, March 20, with an 11:30 a.m. presentation titled Making Your Workplace Fun. Her two-hour program costs $15 per person and includes lunch. Wilson will explore ways to put fun back into the work environment and reap the rewards, both company-wide and personally. Studies show that people who have fun in their everyday work environment are actually more productive, more loyal to their companies, and enjoy better health. Wilson says the secret is taking out the drudgery and adding some pizzazz.
To register or for more information about any of these programs, e-mail Carolyn Thomalla or call (307) 587-3506.