(April 26, 2023) IMPACT 307, a startup business development program of the University of Wyoming, has a new assistant director serving Laramie, Cheyenne and the surrounding areas.
Josh Keefe will provide business startup advisory services to innovative, growth-oriented entrepreneurs in southeast Wyoming.
Keefe’s educational background includes a master’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, from Regis University. For six years, he worked for the Wyoming Business Council (WBC) as the economic development finance manager, and he was a commercial/consumer loan officer for an additional nine years.
In his role at the WBC, Keefe was responsible for managing the loan portfolio, bond issuances, the Small Business Investment Credit Program and the Large Loan Program. He reviewed business plans from various companies looking to move to Wyoming and assisted with the expansion of current state businesses, including overhauling/revamping the loan program offerings at the WBC.
This experience will provide valuable insights into creating and sustaining future Wyoming startups, IMPACT 307 leaders say.
Keefe was recognized as one of the Wyoming Business Report’s “40 Under 40” in 2019, is a small-business owner and has been involved in several leadership programs and community organizations. Those include Leadership Cheyenne, Future Business Leaders of America Board, Healthworks and the Wyoming Housing Network.
IMPACT 307 is part of the state’s Business Resource Network. It is administered through UW’s Research and Economic Development Division.