What is your mission?
The mission of the Rainbow Te-ton Entrepreneur Center (RTEC) is to assist in the creation of new or expanding businesses in the City of Rawlins. Its supports the entrepreneurial spirit, particularly when it leads to new jobs, new businesses and enriches the community and its economy. The Center is meant to provide a starting point for a venture to grow, mature and ultimately move on to become a successful member of the greater business community.
What is an Entrepreneur Center?
The Rainbow Te-ton Entrepreneur Center (RTEC) is a multi-dimensional entrepreneur center serving Rawlins and Carbon County. Entrepreneur centers are designed to accelerate the successful development of companies through an array of business support resources and services. The center was created to provide the opportunity for new, early stage or expanding businesses to collaborate while sharing expenses and ideas. RTEC houses private and public educational and professional agencies to stimulate economic development, information sharing and strengthen community partnerships.
What services do you offer businesses not in the center?
RTEC offers a variety of tools to start and grow your business. You can view many of the tools available on our website on our Beautification and Preservation, Events and Marketing and Funding pages. We would also love to discuss further resources with you. Please call for an appointment to discuss the tools available locally and statewide. We can help you connect the dots for your business, including information on loans, grants, free resources, networking and more!
We also partner extensively with the Wyoming Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to offer comprehensive business counseling, including business plans, profit and loss assessments, marketing strategy consulting, market analysis, and much more. Our local contact for the SBDC is Jim Drever, who can be reached at 307-766-3505 or via email at their website.
Other partners at Rainbow Te-ton Entrepreneur Center that provide training opportunities and business tools include: Carbon County Economic Development Corporation, Carbon County Higher Education Center, Rawlins-Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, TRiO, Small Business Administration, USDA Rural Development, University of Wyoming Outreach School, Wyoming Business Council, Wyoming Small Business Development Center, Wyoming Smart Capital Network, Wyoming Workforce and local financial institutions.
When are upcoming business training opportunities?
We offer training locally, as well as pass on information on training happening via webinar. Watch this section for upcoming training dates.
Can I use your conference room?
Yes, we have a conference room available for rent. It includes advanced technology such as video conferencing and electronic printable white board through the Infocus Mondopad. We have seating for 14 comfortably. Local non-profits will have fees waived for daytime use.
How can I apply to be in the Entrepreneur Center?
The Entrepreneur Center offers two types of rentals: professional spaces for retail and offices as well as virtual office space. Because it is a location created for start-up and expanding businesses, there are certain requirements which can be seen on the application below. A completed business plan is also required for all applicants. The business plan should contain an executive summary, potential markets and size of market, growth potential, financial projections, exit strategies and best estimate of length of stay for the business. Tenants should be directly involved in the production of this important document. If a potential tenant does not have a Business Plan, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will work with the potential tenant to complete.
Virtual office space is a business location that exists only in cyberspace. A virtual office setup allows business owners and employees to work from any location by using technology such as laptop computers, cell phones and internet access. RTEC provides 2 virtual office packages to give the tenant a downtown physical address, a professional phone-answering service and even occasional use of the conference room to meet with clients. A virtual office is a very cost effective option for startup business as it requires no investment in office hardware.