Gavin Fine and Roger Freedma

Gavin Fine and Roger Freedman are the founders of Fine Dining Restaurant Group, whose first restaurant, Rendezvous Bistro, will close at the end of ski season after 20 years in business. But Fine Dining will debut new restaurant, The Bistro, in The Cloudveil Hotel on Center Street. The Cloudveil anticipates greeting its first guests in May.

The Bistro coming to The Cloudveil

When Rendezvous Bistro says goodbye to Jackson Hole, The Bistro will say hello.

The Bistro is what the newest restaurant opened by Gavin Fine, co-founder of Fine Dining Restaurant Group, will be called. It will be located in The Cloudveil, the hotel on Center Street that’s slated to start welcoming its first guests in May.

Rendezvous Bistro, at 380 S. Highway 89, was Fine Dining’s first restaurant. The company announced a few months ago that Rendezvous Bistro will close at the end of the 2020-21 ski season after 20 years in business.

“It felt like the right time to end one chapter and begin another,” Fine said in a press release. “We look forward to sticking to our French bistro roots while creating a completely new dining experience for guests with the opening of The Bistro.”

Naming the new place “The Bistro,” the release said, “pays homage to FDRG’s roots, as will the raw bar and a handful of rotating dishes.” In addition to indoor tables in a “modern interior,” the new restaurant will have “European-style sidewalk dining.”

The Cloudveil, a Crystal Creek Capital property that’s part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, will have 100 rooms and suites.

MoFi offers PPP loans

MoFi, a community development financial institution in Missoula, Montana, said it is providing Paycheck Protection Program loans of up to $250,000 to business owners in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon or Washington.

Legislation signed into law in December provides $284 billion for PPP loans, which come with a low interest rate but are forgivable if the recipient uses 60% for payroll. The program reopened last week to businesses that didn’t receive a PPP loan last year, as well as certain businesses that have exhausted their first loan.

The Small Business Administration, which backs the loans, has said “it remains committed to helping underserved small businesses that face potential barriers to accessing capital through traditional lenders,” MoFi said in a press release. “It is looking to community financial institutions like MoFi to ensure that PPP loans reach every person in need of the help, especially first-time applicants, sole proprietors, independent contractors and others that might not be able to obtain one from a bank or credit union.”

Last year, the release said, MoFi provided nearly 1,300 PPP loans to businesses in the five states, with an average loan size of $26,000. Since the program reopened, MoFi has heard from hundreds of first- and second-time applicants, with an average loan request of just over $20,000.

Application instructions can be found at MoFi.org.

‘Entrepreneur Essentials’ is

Jan. 27 is the deadline to register for “Entrepreneur Essentials,” a six-week program of face-to-face and virtual instruction to help entrepreneurs move from the idea stage to working on a prototype or selling a completed product or service.

The program is a collaboration involving Central Wyoming College, the University of Wyoming’s College of Business and UW‘s College of Engineering and Applied Science. It’s based on the Start-Up Intensive, a 10-week program hosted in Jackson that has trained more than 140 Wyoming entrepreneurs in the past six years.

Students will have on-site instruction the weekends of Jan. 29 and March 12 in Riverton and Casper, with virtual components in between. Due to COVID-19 as well as winter weather, students also have the option to join virtually.

“The topics covered in e2, including business models, market research, financials, legal and communicating the story, will really help entrepreneurs move the needle on their startups,” Cameron Wright, dean of UW’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, said in the press release.

The course costs $600. For details and to register go to CWC.edu/essentials. For information email Lynne McAuliffe at {a}lmcaulif@cwc.edu{/a} or Peter Scott at {a}pscott5@uwyo.edu{/a}.

Programs offer financial education

The Wyoming SBDC (Small Business Development Center) Network has several free financial education programs for businesses on the calendar.

- A “COVID-19 Relief Town Hall” is scheduled for 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

It combine the expertise of the U.S. Small Business Administration, a lender and a certified public accountant to explain the new relief available.

Topics will include tax credits, forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loans received in 2020, PPP first- and second-draw loans in 2021, and other provisions.

To sign up go to TinyURL.com/yxfasjj9.

- A webinar called “Business Debt Restructuring: A COVID-19 Survival Strategy” is scheduled for 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28.

“Whether you sell goods or services, we want to help you by increasing your cash flow, improving your quality of life, avoiding unnecessary legal fees and making fixed, affordable payments to your creditors possible.”

To sign up go to TinyURL.com/yycnjyft.

- An online “Profit Mastery Course” will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 11, 18 and 25 and March 4, 11, 18 and 25.

The course, the description says, will give participants “the tools and confidence needed to manage their businesses by the numbers.”

To sign up go to TinyURL.com/y46btpst.

The Wyoming SBDC Network is a partnership between the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Business Council and the U.S. Small Business Administration that offers business expertise and technical assistance for people to start, grow, reinvent or exit their business.

For information visit Wyoming.SBDC.org.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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