Past attendees share their GRO-Biz experiences.
Casper artist Betsy Bower shares her GRO-Biz experience
Metal Artist Betsy Bower at work in her studio, Infernal Metal Works.
There has not been a slow day since Betsy Bower’s appearance at the 2015 GRO-Biz Conference & Idea Expo in Casper, Wyoming.
In her metal arts studio, Infernal Metalworks, Betsy has been creating more projects, large and small, for a wide range of clients who span the world.
For instance, Bower is currently working on a piece for a lady from Switzerland, describing it as a welcome challenge that pushes her creativity. “All my projects teach me something,” Bowers said, “especially the hard ones.”
As one of the keynote speakers from last year’s conference, Betsy’s GRO-Biz experience was unique because she was both presenter and small business owner sharing her artistic and entrepreneurial journey that led to her being one of the most well-known metal artists in the state.Metal sculpture entitled “Tree of Life” by Betsy Bower. The sculpture was a public art piece commissioned by the Wyoming Medical Center and located in the McMurry West Tower.
One of the biggest things to come from her appearance, Betsy said, was more visibility for her and her studio.
But the more important thing she got from the conference, Betsy said, was finding a common thread that tied the attendees together – passion for their work. Creativity and entrepreneurship, to Betsy, are two sides of the same coin.
“Everyone is passionate about something”, Betsy explains. “It just takes tapping into that creative spirit to stop living on the edge of hesitation and follow their heart.”
Speaking with attendees after her keynote, Betsy witnessed that creative energy shine through with every person who shared their own story of how they too found inspiration and followed their dreams.
When asked about what comes next, Betsy has big plans like building a mobile studio on wheels, teaching metal art workshops to women and youth, and organizing a group trip to Burning Man, the annual gathering centered around art and self-expression held in Black Rock City, Nevada (which she mentioned attending in her keynote address).
In the meantime, Betsy said she will play it by ear and go along for the ride, letting her creativity guide her and finding inspiration along the way.Betsy Bower opening the doors to the industrial oven inside her father’s shop, Bower Welding.
What is the GRO-Biz Conference & Idea Expo?
The GRO-Biz Conference & Idea Expo is Wyoming’s Premier Business Conference. It is a two-track event that creates a one-of-a-kind environment in which business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, business resources, government agencies, and elected officials network and foster economic growth.
The GRO-Biz Conference tracks provide Wyoming businesses contracting opportunities with the state and federal governments. Sessions offer tips on bidding and securing contracts along with networking time to develop professional relationships with state and federal contracting office staff.
The Idea Expo focuses on small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. This track provides a direct link to Wyoming’s business resources; experts in marketing, finance, and human resources, and the chance to network with peers statewide.
The 2016 conference and expo are scheduled for Feb. 17-19 in Gillette. For more information or to register for the event, please visit the GRO-Biz registration website. A copy of the agenda is available on the website.
Read our post from last year for more about Betsy’s GRO-Biz keynote address.