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Fairfield June 24 - 25, 2015                        

The College of Business at Idaho State University offers its Bengal Solutions programs to connect the expertise of the College’s faculty and graduates with businesses and entrepreneurs. Consulting is provided at an affordable cost to business owners. Go to http://www.isu.edu/cob/bengalsolutions.shtml.  Contact Jeff Street at 208-282-2504 or strejeff@isu.edu

The Idaho Small Business Development Center is located on the College of Southern Idaho campus in Twin Falls offers various types of assistance for people wanting to grow or start a business.    Go to http://www.idahosbdc.org/locations/region-4-college-of-southern-idaho-twin-falls/.  Call 208-732-6450.

U.S. Small Business Administration, Boise District Office.  Go to http://www.sba.gov/id.

USDA Rural Business Development Grant Program can fund many projects that support business development and job creation.  Go to http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_rbeg.html.  Contact Tobin Dixon, Business Program Specialist, 208-733-5380, ext. 121, tobin.dixon@id.usda.gov.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is a program offering workshops and mentoring to small businesses.  Some of SCORE’s services are available online.  Go to https://easternidaho.score.org/.

The Ewing Kauffman Foundation supports projects that foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities. The Foundation focuses grant making on two areas—education and entrepreneurship.  Go to http://www.kauffman.org.

Business Retention and Expansion Visitation Fundamentals is a joint publication of North Dakota State University Extension and Mississippi State University Extension.  It provides a useful guide to beginning a business retention and expansion (BR&E) visitation program.  Go to http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/agecon/market/cd1605.pdf.

The Western Rural Development Center at Utah State University strengthens rural communities by sharing scientific discovery and application of sustainable practices with rural citizens via conferences, trainings, Web 2.0, and publications. The Center aims to help rural communities prosper, thrive economically, and become self-sustaining.  They can also connect you to other opportunities for partnerships at USU. Go to http://wrdc.usu.edu.  Contact Don Albrecht, Executive Director, 435-797-2798, don.albrecht@usu.edu.

State of Idaho Industrial Revenue Bonds.  Industrial revenue bonds provide businesses with a potentially lower cost alternative source of funding for purchasing and improving upon industrial facilities.  The lower cost is realized because the bonds issued under this program are tax-free.  This incentive might entice investors to accept a lower rate of return.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/assets/content/docs/IRB GUIDE 2010.doc.  Randy Shroll, 208-334-2650, ext. 3168, randy.shroll@commerce.idaho.gov.

TechHelp provides technical and professional assistance, training and information to Idaho manufacturers, processors and inventors to help them strengthen their global competitiveness through product and process improvements.  Go to http://www.techhelp.org/index.cfm

University of Idaho Extension’s “Open for Business” program is designed to bring business training to remote rural communities.  Lorie Higgins, 208-885-9717, higgins@uidaho.edu.

The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship uses webinars, publications, and other tools to share timely information and best practices on a variety of topics related to economic development in rural communities.  Go to www.energizingentrepreneurs.org/siteInnovative Approaches to Entrepreneurial Development: Cases from the Northwest Region” is one publication of interest.  To read or download, go to http://www.energizingentrepreneurs.org/site/images/research/cp/cs/cs4.pdf.

The Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center (E-Center) is a Rexburg-based nonprofit providing value-added business consulting through a network of local university students, government leaders, and business professionals. Go to http://www.idahoecenter.org/about/.  Will Jensen, Executive Director, 208-356-5009, w.jensen@rbdcenter.org.

The Entrepreneurs and Their Communities archived hour-long webinars available through University of Idaho Extension are focused on research-based best practices for supporting small businesses.  Free webinars are ongoing.  Go to http://www.extension.org/entrepreneurship.

An entire curriculum focused on building an entrepreneur friendly community is available through Ohio State University. Go to http://sustentrep.osu.edu/building-an-entrepreneur-friendly-community.

Idaho Housing and Finance Association’s Idaho Collateral Support Program establishes pledged cash collateral accounts with a lending institution to enhance loan collateral for businesses in order to obtain financing on acceptable terms.  Go to http://ihfa.org/ihfa/small-business-loan-programs.aspx.  Cory Phelps, coryp@ihfa.org, 208-331-4725.

Idaho Technology Council helps technology businesses get started and expand.  One of the council’s area of interest is Agriscience.  Go to http://www.idahotechcouncil.org/.  Contact Jay Larsen, jlarsen@idahotechcouncil.org, 208 -917-5181.

Idaho National Laboratory’s Technical Assistance Program provides technical expertise to state and local government, and regional small businesses. The requesting organization can receive, at no cost to it, up to 40 hours of laboratory employee time to address technical needs that cannot readily be met by commercially available resources in the region.  Go to http://tinyurl.com/992ayxe.  Stephanie Cook, Stephanie.cook@inl.gov, 208-526-1644.

Idaho National Laboratory Regional Mini-Grants: The grant will support classroom instructional resources, materials, and laboratory equipment which is used to integrated the concepts of STEM across all disciplines. The grant will be awarded to a school rather than to an individual teacher, and the equipment will become and remain school property.  Go to https://www.inl.gov/inl-initiatives/education/k-12-stem-grants/.

The Idaho National Laboratory Extreme Classroom Makeover Grant Program provides schools with up to $10,000 to upgrade science laboratories or transform classrooms into modern STEM learning environments.  Go to https://www.inl.gov/inl-initiatives/education/k-12-stem-grants/.

Several public libraries have developed and are developed Makerspaces.  They represent an excellent opportunity for idea and information sharing.  Libraries in Parma and Aberdeen are two examples.  Go to http://www.parmacity.net/library and http://aberdeen.lili.org, respectively.

Battelle Energy Alliance corporate awards grants for projects aimed at spurring technology-based economic development, entrepreneurship and innovation in the region. Priority is given to projects that focus on connecting industry partners, universities, start-ups and economic development organizations that drive job growth.  Go to https://www.inl.gov/inl-initiatives/economic-and-workforce-development/.
 

The Northrop Grumman Foundation is welcoming submissions for its Fab School Labs online contest, a program that provides public middle schools with an opportunity to make their dreams of a state-of-the-art science lab a reality with grants of up to $100,000.  The contest is designed to drive students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by giving public middle school teachers and school administrators the chance to create the STEM lab of their dreams and provide students access to learning tools and technologies that stimulate as well as teach. Teachers, principals, and school administrators are encouraged to submit photos and a video along with their application to help tell their story. (Videos may not exceed two minutes in length and photos are limited to twenty per application.) After semi-finalist schools have been chosen and announced at the end of August, the public will be invited to vote for their favorites on the Fab School Lab Facebook page. The winning schools will team up with Fab School Labs contest partner Flinn Scientific, Inc. to design a state-of-the-art lab complete with all the tools, resources, and furnishings needed.  Go to www.fabschoollabs.com.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® Grants.  Each year, the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants program contributes more than $5 million to fund improvements at public schools in the United States.  Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvements. Grant requests can range from $2,000 to $100,000. A large majority of grants will be given in the $2,000 to $5,000 range. Go to http://responsibility.lowes.com/apply-for-a-grant/.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s goal is to build pathways to economic progress, including addressing social justice issues that are fundamentally connected to income mobility. Funding is directed to meet the needs of low-income communities, with a particular focus on revitalizing neighborhoods, educating the workforce for 21st century jobs and addressing basic needs, such as hunger and homelessness.  Go to http://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/global-impact/charitable-foundation-funding.html#fbid=Vf_VfglpQU3/hashlink=housing.

Wealth Creation and Rural Livelihoods is a learning network of practitioners, researchers, and policy makers focused on creating and sustaining rural wealth.  Go to http://www.ruralwealth.org.

Host a luncheon or meeting for business owners that features a showing of the “Maps, Apps, and Mobile Media Marketing” webinar available through University of Idaho Extension, then work together to help each other learn about and access the many resources provided in the presentation.  Go to http://www.extension.org/pages/16076/etc-webinar-archive.

Local people investing in local businesses is a trend taking hold in many communities.  Here’s an article on the new Community-Supported Brewery in Boise being funded in this way:  http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/doors-open-at-boise-brewing/Content?oid=3129538.

Locavesting is a resource book by financial journalist Amy Cortese.  Go to http://www.locavesting.com/Locavesting_homepage.html.

Harvest Hosts is a network of farmers, winemakers, and attractions that invites self-contained RVers to visit their vineyards and farms and stay overnight for free.  Food producers in the Rigby area can join this network. Go to www.HarvestHosts.com.

Many communities are using principles of community-based social marketing to increase support for locally owned, independent businesses, increase recycling, and promote property maintenance.  See “Fostering Sustainable Behavior:  An Introduction to Community –Based Social Marketing” by Doug McKenzie-Mohr and William Smith, 1999, New Society Publishers.  www.cbsm.com is a related website with a large amount of information, best practices, and networking opportunities related to reducing waste.

Idaho Biz Help is a website with resources and wizards to help businesses identify funding and address regulatory needs.  http://idahobizhelp.idaho.gov/.

The Successful Communities On-line Toolkit is a searchable database of community design and planning best practices from across the west.  It is a project of the Sonoran Institute.  Go to http://scotie.sonoraninstitute.org/.  602-393-4310.

Region IV Development Association is a private, not-for-profit corporation established to encourage development and diversification in the economy of South-Central Idaho.  Go to http://www.rivda.org/index.html.  Contact 208.732.5727.

Southern Idaho Rural Development is involved in successful business creation and downtown revitalization efforts in Shoshone and other southern Idaho communities.  Contact Julia Oxarango-Ingram, 208-309-3090, sird4u@gmail.com.

Sun Valley Economic Development’s Mentors and Advisors Program (MAP) connects volunteer mentors with businesses looking for help with start-up and expansion issues.  http://www.sunvalleyeconomy.org/mentor_advise Harry Griffith harry@sunvalleyeconomy.org,  208-721-7847.

The Workforce Development Training Fund − WDTF − can reimburse employee training costs to eligible companies that are bringing jobs to Idaho, adding jobs through expansion or upgrading skills of current workers who are at risk of being permanently laid off.    Go to http://labor.idaho.gov/dnn/idl/Businesses/TrainingResources/WorkforceDevelopmentTrainingFund.aspx.  Also check out the new Micro Grant and Sector Grant efforts or contact Regional Business Specialist Brent Tolman at 208-735-2500 x3120 or brent.tolman@labor.idaho.gov.

Idaho Deparment of Labor, Wood River Office.  Contact Carlos Hernandez, Manager, blainecountymail@labor.idaho.gov, 208-788-3526.

Organizing a Successful Downtown Revitalization Program Using the Main Street Approach” is a book available through the Washington Department of Trade and Economic Development.  Go to http://www.commerce.wa.gov/_cted/documents/ID_160_Publications.pdf.

RampUpIdaho is a new effort being developed by a group of folks representing transportation, business, housing, government, economic development and accessibility. The group is planning to compile a list of resources and outline a simple rationale for businesses, chambers of commerce, and other groups to begin thinking more strategically and collaboratively about access. Contact info@rampupidaho.org for more information.

USDA’s Farmer’s Market Promotion Program (FMPP) offers grants to help improve and expand domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, community supported agriculture programs, agri-tourism activities, and other producer-to-consumer market opportunities.  Go to http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/FMPP.

Learn about the City of Glenns Ferry’s downtown revitalization efforts here:  http://glennsferryidaho.org/downtown/.  Volunteer labor and financial sponsorship of individual downtown furnishings (lights, benches, etc.) by individuals, businesses, and community organizations significantly contributed to the success of this effort.

Idaho Department of Commerce – Community Development Block Grant Program can fund lighting, street trees, sidewalk, and other downtown projects. Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/communities/community-grants/community-development-block-grant-cdbg.  Contact Sharon Deal, sharon.deal@commerce.idaho.gov, 208-287-0774.

The Idaho Department of Commerce’s Idaho Gem Grant program provides funding for public infrastructure projects that support economic development.  Examples of eligible activities include: construction materials, new and rehabilitative construction, architectural and engineering services, and property acquisition.  Grant amounts are up to $50,000.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/communities/community-assistance/idaho-gem-grants/.  Jerry Miller, jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov, 208-287-0780.

Idaho Department of Commerce’s Show Me the Money funding newsletter has information about funding for a wide variety of community projects.  To subscribe, go to http://idaho.us2.list-manage2.com/subscribe?u=74de75b2fc7e24670e05b0def&id=a1f3c8c6b9.  Contact Jerry Miller at jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov or 208-287-0780.

Idaho Department of Commerce’s Show Me the Money funding newsletter[JM1]  features grant opportunities for a wide variety of projects.  To subscribe, go to http://idaho.us2.list-manage2.com/subscribe?u=74de75b2fc7e24670e05b0def&id=a1f3c8c6b9Contact Jerry Miller at jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov or 208-287-0780.

Created and maintained by the Idaho Department of Commerce, Gem State Prospector is an on-line inventory of available buildings and properties in the state.  Businesses and the real estate agents looking to expand or relocate in Idaho use this website to identify potential sites.  Go to http://www.gemstateprospector.com/.  The Idaho Department of Commerce offers periodic trainings for people interested in using Gem State Prospector.  Contact Jenny Hemly, 208-287-3169, Jenny.hemly@commerce.idaho.gov.

For an article and resources on successful efforts to fill vacant downtown storefront windows with local art, go to http://ruraltourismmarketing.com/2011/03/using-art-in-vacant-storefronts-to-rebuild-a-small-town’s-future/.

The American Farmland Trust has supported the completion of numerous studies that compare the fiscal impacts of different land uses.  To download their “Cost of Community Services” Fact Sheet, go to http://www.farmlandinfo.org/cost-community-services-studies or http://www.farmlandinfo.org/sites/default/files/COCS_08-2010_1.pdf.

The City of Jerome uses both Urban Renewal and non-profit development corporation to manage and improve its industrial park.  Go to http://www.ci.jerome.id.us/index.html.  Contact:  Mike Williams, City Administrator, mwilliams@ci.jerome.id.us, 208-324-8189 x 102

Rocky Mountain Power’s WattSmart program offers a number of incentives for energy efficiency. https://www.rockymountainpower.net/env/ws.html.  Contact  wattsmart@rockymountainpower.net, 1-800-222-4335.

The Idaho Office of Energy Resources offers low interest loans for energy efficiency improvements for commercial buildings and agricultural facilities.   Contact: Tammy Japhet, tammy.japhet@oer.idaho.gov, 208 332-1663.

The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy offers a comprehensive list of state, utility company and federal incentives for energy efficiency.  Go to http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program?state=ID.

The 22 Benefits of Street Trees is a free publication touting the benefit of planting trees in cities and commercial districts.  Go to http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/22_benefits_208084_7.pdf

The National Main Street Center is a membership organization that offers a number of downtown improvement resources.  A basic membership is $350 per year.  Go to http://www.preservationnation.org/main-street/.

The Idaho Main Street Program is a licensed partner of the National Main Street Center and offers help for communities interested in pursuing the Main Street ™ model.  http://commerce.idaho.gov/communities/main-street Contact:  Jerry Miller, jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov  208-287-0780.

Operation Facelift is a project of the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization that’s inspired many Idaho communities to spruce up their downtowns.  Go to this article: http://www.expansionsolutionsmagazine.com/091011_siedo or call 208-731-9996.

Tourism Cares is a non-profit offering grants and technical assistance for the preservation, conservation and restoration of cultural and historic sites and visitor education.  Go to http://www.tourismcares.org/.

Idaho Regional Travel Grant Program funds projects related to developing tourism-related amenities and marketing.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/tourism-resources/itc-grant-program. Contact Jill Eden, jill.eden@commerce.idaho.gov, 208-334-2650 ext. 2161.

As a way to promote tourism, the Visit Salmon Valley website is an excellent example for Fairfield and the Camas Prairie.  Go to http://www.visitsalmonvalley.com.

Destination Development International is a community branding and tourism consulting firm based in Seattle offering several branding-related workshops, trainings, and a resource book entitled “Your Town:  A Destination” (http://tinyurl.com/7v5l6h9).  Notes from a presentation by one of the book’s co-authors are available here:  http://tinyurl.com/6mchhtp. Additional contact information:  http://www.destinationdevelopment.com, Roger Brooks, 206-241-4770.

The Great Rift Business Organization created and co-sponsored the Future in Technology (FIT) school program.  Contact Kristen Jensen, kristenrjensen@gmail.com, 208-380-1719.

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The College of Business at Idaho State University offers its Bengal Solutions programs to connect the expertise of the College’s faculty and graduates with businesses and entrepreneurs. Consulting is provided at an affordable cost to business owners. Go to http://www.isu.edu/cob/bengalsolutions.shtml.  Contact Jeff Street at 208-282-2504 or strejeff@isu.edu

The Idaho Small Business Development Center located in Idaho Falls and affiliated with Idaho State University is a source of various types of assistance for people wanting to grow or start a business. Contact 208-523-1087.  Go to http://www.idahosbdc.org/locations/region-6-idaho-state-university-idaho-falls/.

U.S. Small Business Administration, Boise District Office.  Go to http://www.sba.gov/id.

USDA Rural Business Development Grant Program can fund many projects that support business development and job creation.  Go to http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_rbeg.html.  Contact Dale Lish, dale.lish@id.usda.gov, 208-785-5840, ext 119.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is a program offering workshops and mentoring to small businesses.  Some of SCORE’s services are available online.  Go to https://easternidaho.score.org/.

The Idaho Latino Economic and Development Center based in Blackfoot assists low- and moderate-income Latinos and other minorities to build strong businesses by offering trainings, micro-lending, and other forms of assistance with financing, which transform lives, strengthen families, and build sustainable communities.  Go to http://www.idaholead.org/.  Contact Sonia Martinez, 208-251-0925, soniam@idaholead.org.

The Ewing Kauffman Foundation supports projects that foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities. The Foundation focuses grant making on two areas—education and entrepreneurship.  Go to http://www.kauffman.org.

Business Retention and Expansion Visitation Fundamentals is a joint publication of North Dakota State University Extension and Mississippi State University Extension.  It provides a useful guide to beginning a business retention and expansion (BR&E) visitation program.  Go to http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/agecon/market/cd1605.pdf.

HomeTown Competitiveness is a joint project of the Nebraska Community Foundation, the Heartland Center for Leadership Development and the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. Started in 2002, HTC’s community development strategy focuses on four pillars:  (1) Developing Local Leadership, (2) Increasing Community Philanthropy, (3) Energizing Entrepreneurs, and (4) Engaging Youth.  Go to http://htccommunity.whhive.com for additional resources and contact information.

The Western Rural Development Center at Utah State University strengthens rural communities by sharing scientific discovery and application of sustainable practices with rural citizens via conferences, trainings, Web 2.0, and publications. The Center aims to help rural communities prosper, thrive economically, and become self-sustaining.  They can also connect you to other opportunities for partnerships at USU. Go to http://wrdc.usu.edu.  Contact Don Albrecht, Executive Director, 435-797-2798, don.albrecht@usu.edu.

State of Idaho Industrial Revenue Bonds.  Industrial revenue bonds provide businesses with a potentially lower cost alternative source of funding for purchasing and improving upon industrial facilities.  The lower cost is realized because the bonds issued under this program are tax-free.  This incentive might entice investors to accept a lower rate of return.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/assets/content/docs/IRB GUIDE 2010.doc.  Randy Shroll, 208-334-2650, ext 3168, randy.shroll@commerce.idaho.gov.

TechHelp provides technical and professional assistance, training and information to Idaho manufacturers, processors and inventors to help them strengthen their global competitiveness through product and process improvements.  Go to http://www.techhelp.org/index.cfm

University of Idaho Extension’s “Open for Business” program is designed to bring business training to remote rural communities.  Lorie Higgins, 208-885-9717, higgins@uidaho.edu.

The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship uses webinars, publications, and other tools to share timely information and best practices on a variety of topics related to economic development in rural communities.  Go to www.energizingentrepreneurs.org/siteInnovative Approaches to Entrepreneurial Development: Cases from the Northwest Region” is one publication of interest.  To read or download, go to http://www.energizingentrepreneurs.org/site/images/research/cp/cs/cs4.pdf.

The Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center (E-Center) is a Rexburg-based nonprofit providing value-added business consulting through a network of local university students, government leaders, and business professionals. Go to http://www.idahoecenter.org/about/.  Will Jensen, Executive Director, 208-356-5009, w.jensen@rbdcenter.org.

Fill-in-the-Blank Business Recruitment Workbook.  This workbook was designed for downtown and commercial district revitalization organizations that want to improve the mix of businesses in their districts by helping existing businesses thrive, and by recruiting new businesses to fill gaps in the market.  Go to: http://www.DowntownDevelopment.com/fibbr.php, 1-800-232-4317.

The Entrepreneurs and Their Communities archived hour-long webinars available through University of Idaho Extension are focused on research-based best practices for supporting small businesses.  Free webinars are ongoing.  Go to http://www.extension.org/entrepreneurship.

An entire curriculum focused on building an entrepreneur friendly community is available through Ohio State University. Go to http://sustentrep.osu.edu/building-an-entrepreneur-friendly-community.

Idaho Housing and Finance Association’s Idaho Collateral Support Program establishes pledged cash collateral accounts with a lending institution to enhance loan collateral for businesses in order to obtain financing on acceptable terms.  Go to http://ihfa.org/ihfa/small-business-loan-programs.aspx.  Cory Phelps, coryp@ihfa.org, 208-331-4725.

Idaho National Laboratory’s Technical Assistance Program provides technical expertise to state and local government, and regional small businesses. The requesting organization can receive, at no cost to it, up to 40 hours of laboratory employee time to address technical needs that cannot readily be met by commercially available resources in the region.  Go to http://tinyurl.com/992ayxe.  Stephanie Cook, Stephanie.cook@inl.gov, 208-526-1644.

Wealth Creation and Rural Livelihoods is a learning network of practitioners, researchers, and policy makers focused on creating and sustaining rural wealth.  Go to http://www.ruralwealth.org.

Host a luncheon or meeting for business owners that features a showing of the “Maps, Apps, and Mobile Media Marketing” webinar available through University of Idaho Extension, then work together to help each other learn about and access the many resources provided in the presentation.  Go to http://www.extension.org/pages/16076/etc-webinar-archive.

Local people investing in local businesses is a trend taking hold in many communities.  Here’s an article on the new Community Supported Brewery in Boise being funded in this way:  http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/doors-open-at-boise-brewing/Content?oid=3129538.

Locavesting is a resource book by financial journalist Amy Cortese.  Go to http://www.locavesting.com/Locavesting_homepage.html.

Harvest Hosts is a network of farmers, winemakers, and attractions that invites self-contained RVers to visit their vineyards and farms and stay overnight for free.  Food producers in the Rigby area can join this network. Go to www.HarvestHosts.com.

The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies is a national alliance of nonprofit, government, and private sector partners providing assistance to communities and regions working to encourage strong support for locally owned businesses.  Go to http://www.bealocalist.org.  Go here for a copy of BALLE’s excellent resource:  Local First:  A How-to Guide:  https://bealocalist.org/local-first-how-guide.

Many communities are using principles of community-based social marketing to increase support for locally owned, independent businesses. “Fostering Sustainable Behavior:  An Introduction to Community –Based Social Marketing” by Doug McKenzie-Mohr and William Smith, 1999, New Society Publishers. www.cbsm.com is a related website with a large amount of information, best practices, and networking opportunities related to reducing waste.  Consulting and training services are available through the book’s authors.

Several Idaho communities have established “shop local” campaigns and organizations.  Examples include:  Boise, Eagle, Nampa, Moscow, Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint, Preston, and Idaho Falls.  The Boise project is called Think Boise First.  Go to www.thinkboisefirst.org.

The Idaho Department of Commerce’s Idaho Gem Grant program provides funding for public infrastructure projects that support economic development.  Examples of eligible activities include: construction materials, new and rehabilitative construction, architectural and engineering services, and property acquisition.  Grant amounts are up to $50,000.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/communities/community-assistance/idaho-gem-grants/.  Jerry Miller, jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov, 208-287-0780.

Idaho Biz Help – Idaho Biz Help is a website with resources and wizards to help businesses identify funding and address regulatory needs.  http://idahobizhelp.idaho.gov/

4CASI is an economic development organization serving Bear Lake, Caribou, Oneida and Franklin Counties.  4 CASI helps market the four county region for economic development and helps communities identify and secure resources for attracting and growing businesses.  4 CASI can help the city create a Ready Team.  Contact: Kathy Ray 208-317-1827 fourcasi@hotmail.com

Southeast Idaho Council of Governments provides a range of planning, program management, and business assistance services in seven Idaho counties, including Franklin County Go to http://www.sicog.org.   Contact Kathleen Lewis, kathleen@sicog.org, 208-233-4535.

The Successful Communities On-line Toolkit is a searchable database of community design and planning best practices from across the west.  It is a project of the Sonoran Institute.  Go to http://scotie.sonoraninstitute.org/.  602-393-4310.

Zoning Practice, a monthly publication of the American Planning Association, provides useable information about current trends in zoning and subdivision codes.  Go to http://www.planning.org/zoningpractice/.

Planning Commissioners Journal (publication) and Planners Web (website) are excellent resources related to all aspects of planning and zoning administration.  Go to http://pcj.typepad.com/.

For examples of Idaho communities that do a good job explaining planning and zoning processes and providing applications on-line, see the following:

Western Office National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Go to www.PreservationNation.org, Sheri Freemuth, AICP, Program Officer, P.O. Box 9107, Boise, ID 83707, 208-891-4121, sheri_freemuth@nthp.org.

The City of Nampa created a revolving loan fund for restoring building facades in its historic downtown.  Go to http://ci.nampa.id.us/downloads/30/FA%C3%87ADE%20IMPROVEMENT%20PROGRAM.doc.

Southern Idaho Rural Development is involved in successful business creation and downtown revitalization efforts in Shoshone and other southern Idaho communities.  Contact Julia Oxarango-Ingram, 208-309-3090, sird4u@gmail.com.

Organizing a Successful Downtown Revitalization Program Using the Main Street Approach” is a book available through the Washington Department of Trade and Economic Development.  Go to http://www.commerce.wa.gov/_cted/documents/ID_160_Publications.pdf.

RampUpIdaho is a new effort being developed by a group of folks representing transportation, business, housing, government, economic development and accessibility. The group is planning to compile a list of resources and outline a simple rationale for businesses, chambers of commerce, and other groups to begin thinking more strategically and collaboratively about access. Contact info@rampupidaho.org for more information.

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. PPS’s pioneering placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.  Go to http://www.pps.org/.

The HUD Hope VI Main Street grant program provides grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of a historic or traditional central business district or “Main Street” area by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. The objectives of the program are to redevelop Main Street areas, preserve historic or traditional architecture or design features in Main Street areas, enhance economic development efforts in Main Street areas, and provide affordable housing in Main Street areas. Go to http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=235258 or contact Jerry Royster from HUD at: jerry.royster@hud.gov.

USDA’s Farmer’s Market Promotion Program (FMPP) offers grants to help improve and expand domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, community supported agriculture programs, agri-tourism activities, and other producer-to-consumer market opportunities.  Go to http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/FMPP.

For an example of an event in Michigan that builds on local food, art and heritage, go to http://www.artsandeats.org/index.html.

Learn about the City of Glenns Ferry’s downtown revitalization efforts here:  http://glennsferryidaho.org/downtown/.  Volunteer labor and financial sponsorship of individual downtown furnishings (lights, benches, etc.) by individuals, businesses, and community organizations significantly contributed to the success of this effort.

Idaho Department of Commerce – Community Development Block Grant Program can fund lighting, street trees, sidewalk, and other downtown projects. Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/communities/community-grants/community-development-block-grant-cdbg.  Contact Sharon Deal, sharon.deal@commerce.idaho.gov, 208-287-0774.

Idaho Department of Commerce’s Show Me the Money funding newsletter.  To subscribe, go to http://idaho.us2.list-manage2.com/subscribe?u=74de75b2fc7e24670e05b0def&id=a1f3c8c6b9Contact Jerry Miller at jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov or 208-287-0780.

Created and maintained by the Idaho Department of Commerce, Gem State Prospector is an on-line inventory of available buildings and properties in the state.  Businesses and the real estate agents looking to expand or relocate in Idaho use this website to identify potential sites.  Go to http://www.gemstateprospector.com/.  Contact Jerry Miller, jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov, 208-287-0780.  The Idaho Department of Commerce offers periodic trainings for people interested in using Gem State Prospector.  Contact Jenny Hemly, 208-287-3169, Jenny.hemly@commerce.idaho.gov.

For an article and resources on successful efforts to fill vacant downtown storefront windows with local art, go to http://ruraltourismmarketing.com/2011/03/using-art-in-vacant-storefronts-to-rebuild-a-small-town’s-future/.

City of Idaho Falls Downtown Design Guidelines.  Go to http://www.connectidahofalls.com/uploads/1/9/4/6/19463751/if_downtown_design_guidelines.pdf.

The Yellowstone Business Partnership uses training, research, and other forms of support to help businesses and communities in the Greater Yellowstone Area achieve the following goals:  (1) promote green building and development, (2) 
encourage responsible business practices, (3) advance new options for regional mobility, and (4) support four-season economies for gateway communities.
 Go to http://www.yellowstonebusiness.org/.  Contact Jan Brown, jbrown@yellowstonebusiness.org, 208-406-522-7809. 

The Workforce Training and Community Education program at the Eastern Idaho Technical College in Idaho Falls.  Go to http://tinyurl.com/c4swclx.

Idaho Chapter of American Planning Association. Daren Fluke, President, 208-869-3903, darenfluke@gmail.com.

American Planning Association’s “Community Planning Assistance Teams” program.  Go to http://www.planning.org/communityassistance/teams/.

Association of Idaho Cities can advise and provide examples of area of city impact agreements, and planning and zoning policies.  Go to www.idahocities.org or call 208-344-8594.

Web-based visioning and community engagement tools are available to brainstorm ideas, discuss issues, and build consensus.  They allow citizens to participate in a confidential, simple on-line forum.  Examples include vBulletin, MindMixer, BangTheTable, and FreeForum.org.

The Orton Family Foundation shares information, best practices, and tools on citizen-driven planning and public participation in rural communities.  Stewarding the Future of Our Communities:  Case Studies in Sustaining Community Engagement and Planning in America’s Small Cities and Towns is one recent publication.  Go to http://www.orton.org/resources/stewardship_study.

For tools and information related to community visioning, go to this page on the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) website: http://mrsc.org/Home/Explore-Topics/Management/Organizational-Leadership-and-Management/Creating-a-Community-Vision.aspx.  Created by the Association of Washington Cities, the MRSC is an excellent source of example policies and programs related to, for example, planning, zoning, infrastructure, and city administration.  This information is available for download from their homepage (www.mrsc.org).

Givens-Pursley Law Firm in Boise has published the Land Use Handbook: The Law of Planning, Zoning, and Property Rights in Idaho (as well as other handbooks of interest to Idaho communities).  The handbook provides a complete and readable explanation of comprehensive plans and related requirements found in the Local Land Use Planning Act. To download for free, go to http://www.givenspursley.com/Publications.aspx.

Idaho Smart Growth (ISG) offers a number of resources that can help the City act on many of the planning, zoning, and transportation-related recommendations in this report.  They also offer a training on Area of City Impact agreements.  Specific publications available on the ISG website that would be helpful to the City of Preston and Franklin County include:

  • “Area of City Impact:  A Toolkit of Guidelines and Resources for Use by Idaho Cities and Counties
  • “Quality Infill:  Recommendations and Tools”
  • “Complete Streets – Transportation Funding”
  • “Idaho Land Use Analysis”
  • “A Study of Statewide Comprehensive Planning in Idaho”
  • “Code Reform – Model Codes”

Go to www.idahosmartgrowth.org. Contact: Deanna Smith (deanna@idahosmartgrowth.org) or Elaine Clegg, (elaine@idahosmartgrowth.org) at 208-333-8066.

“Area of City Impact Agreements in Idaho” is a publication of the Economic Development Clinic in the College of Law at the University of Idaho.  Go to http://www.uidaho.edu/law/academics/practical-skills/clinics/econ-dev/city-impact-agreement.

The American Farmland Trust has supported the completion of numerous studies that compare the fiscal impacts of different land uses.  To download their “Cost of Community Services” Fact Sheet, go to http://www.farmlandinfo.org/cost-community-services-studies or http://www.farmlandinfo.org/sites/default/files/COCS_08-2010_1.pdf.

Idaho Gem Grants (IGG) – IGG is state program to assist rural communities with small infrastructure projects.  These are state funds and thus do not include most of the requirements associated with federal grants.  The bidding rules associated with this program are the same ones required of cities and counties under Idaho Code.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/communities/community-grants/idaho-gem-grant.  Contact Jerry Miller, jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov, 208-287-0780.

The City of Jerome uses both Urban Renewal and non-profit development corporation to manage and improve its industrial park.  Go to http://www.ci.jerome.id.us/index.html.  Contact:  Mike Williams, City Administrator, mwilliams@ci.jerome.id.us, 208-324-8189 x 102

This link from the Canyon County website does a pretty good job explaining the math of tax increment financing in Idaho. http://www.canyonco.org/Elected-Officials/Assessor/Urban-Renewal.aspx

This link from the Ketchum Urban Renewal Agency offers a comprehensive list of Idaho projects completed through the use of Urban Renewal http://ketchumura.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Microsoft-Word-Final-Spurring-Private-Investment-andCreating-Jobs-in-Idaho-2-15-12FINALDRAFT.pdf

Rocky Mountain Power’s WattSmart program offers a number of incentives for energy efficiency. https://www.rockymountainpower.net/env/ws.html  Contact  wattsmart@rockymountainpower.net, 1-800-222-4335.

The Idaho Office of Energy Resources offers low interest loans for energy efficiency improvements for commercial buildings.   Contact: Tammy Japhet  tammy.japhet@oer.idaho.gov, 208 332-1663.

The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy offers a comprehensive list of state, utility company and federal incentives for energy efficiency.  Go to http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program?state=ID.

The 22 Benefits of Street Trees is a free publication touting the benefit of planting trees in cities and commercial districts.  Go to http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/22_benefits_208084_7.pdf

The National Main Street Center is a membership organization that offers a number of downtown improvement resources.  A basic membership is $250 per year.  Go to http://www.preservationnation.org/main-street/.

The Idaho Main Street Program is a licensed partner of the National Main Street Center and offers help for communities interested in pursuing the Main Street ™ model.  http://commerce.idaho.gov/communities/main-street Contact:  Jerry Miller, jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov  208-287-0780.

Old Town Pocatello (OTP) is one of Idaho’s oldest and most successful downtown improvement programs.  OTP is a member of the National Main Street Center and may have some marketing, beautification and preservation ideas that might work in Preston. http://www.oldtownpocatello.com/  Contact: Stephanie Palagi, executive director spalagi@oldtownpocatello.com  208-232-7545.

The Downtown Driggs Community Association is the downtown improvement group for the City of Driggs and nationally designated Main Street ™ community.  http://www.downtowndriggs.org/  Contact:  Doug Self, AICP, Community Development Director dself@driggsidaho.org  208-354-2362.

The Idaho Certified Local Government programs offers grants and technical assistance for participating communities.  http://history.idaho.gov/certified-local-government-clg-program   Contact: Tricia Canaday tricia.canaday@ishs.idaho.gov  208 334-3861 ext. 102.

Operation Facelift is a project of the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization that’s inspired many Idaho communities to spruce up their downtowns.  Go to this article: http://www.expansionsolutionsmagazine.com/091011_siedo or call 208-731-9996.

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The College of Business at Idaho State University offers its Bengal Solutions programs to connect the expertise of the College’s faculty and graduates with businesses and entrepreneurs. Consulting is provided at an affordable cost to business owners. Go to http://www.isu.edu/cob/bengalsolutions.shtml.  Contact Jeff Street at 208-282-2504 or strejeff@isu.edu

The Idaho Small Business Development Center located in Idaho Falls and affiliated with Idaho State University is a source of various types of assistance for people wanting to grow or start a business. Contact 208-523-1087.  Go to http://www.idahosbdc.org/locations/region-6-idaho-state-university-idaho-falls/.

U.S. Small Business Administration, Boise District Office.  Go to http://www.sba.gov/id.

USDA Rural Development Business Enterprise Grant Program can fund many projects that support business development and job creation.  Go to http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_rbeg.html.  Contact Dale Lish, dale.lish@id.usda.gov, 208-785-5840, ext 119.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is a program offering workshops and mentoring to small businesses.  Some of SCORE’s services are available online.  Go to https://easternidaho.score.org/.

The Idaho Latino Economic and Development Center based in Blackfoot assists low- and moderate-income Latinos and other minorities to build strong businesses by offering trainings, micro-lending, and other forms of assistance with financing, which transform lives, strengthen families, and build sustainable communities.  Go to http://www.idaholead.org/.  Contact Sonia Martinez, 208-251-0925, soniam@idaholead.org.

Idaho Regional Travel Grant Program funds projects related to developing tourism-related amenities and marketing.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/tourism-resources/itc-grant-program. Contact Jill Eden, jill.eden@commerce.idaho.gov, 208-334-2650 ext 2161.

The Remuseum in Garden City, ID is an outlet for surplus materials and equipment related to science, technology, and government.  It is also a drop off point for electronics recycling.  Go to http://reuseum.com/about-us/. Call 208-375-7507.

The Ewing Kauffman Foundation supports projects that foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities. The Foundation focuses grant making on two areas—education and entrepreneurship.  Go to http://www.kauffman.org.

Business Retention and Expansion Visitation Fundamentals is a joint publication of North Dakota State University Extension and Mississippi State University Extension.  It provides a useful guide to beginning a business retention and expansion (BR&E) visitation program.  Go to http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/agecon/market/cd1605.pdf.

Funding from USDA’s Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator grant program is available to spur job creation and economic growth in distressed rural communities.  Go to http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2012/03/0089.xml.

State of Idaho Industrial Revenue Bonds.  Industrial revenue bonds provide businesses with a potentially lower cost alternative source of funding for purchasing and improving upon industrial facilities.  The lower cost is realized because the bonds issued under this program are tax-free.  This incentive might entice investors to accept a lower rate of return.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/assets/content/docs/IRB GUIDE 2010.doc.  Randy Shroll, 208-334-2650, ext 3168, randy.shroll@commerce.idaho.gov.

TechHelp provides technical and professional assistance, training and information to Idaho manufacturers, processors and inventors to help them strengthen their global competitiveness through product and process improvements.  Go to http://www.techhelp.org/index.cfm

University of Idaho Extension’s “Open for Business” program is designed to bring business training to remote rural communities. Lorie Higgins, 208-885-9717, higgins@uidaho.edu.

The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship uses webinars, publications, and other tools to share timely information and best practices on a variety of topics related to economic development in rural communities.  Go to www.energizingentrepreneurs.org/siteInnovative Approaches to Entrepreneurial Development: Cases from the Northwest Region” is one publication of interest.  To read or download, go to http://www.energizingentrepreneurs.org/site/images/research/cp/cs/cs4.pdf.

The Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center (E-Center) is a Rexburg-based nonprofit providing value-added business consulting through a network of local university students, government leaders, and business professionals. Go to http://www.idahoecenter.org/about/.  Will Jensen, Executive Director, 208-356-5009, w.jensen@rbdcenter.org.

Fill-in-the-Blank Business Recruitment Workbook.  This workbook was designed for downtown and commercial district revitalization organizations that want to improve the mix of businesses in their districts by helping existing businesses thrive, and by recruiting new businesses to fill gaps in the market.  Go to: http://www.DowntownDevelopment.com/fibbr.php, 1-800-232-4317.

The Entrepreneurs and Their Communities archived hour-long webinars available through University of Idaho Extension are focused on research-based best practices for supporting small businesses.  Free webinars are ongoing.  Go to http://www.extension.org/entrepreneurship.

An entire curriculum focused on building an entrepreneur friendly community is available through Ohio State University. Go to http://sustentrep.osu.edu/building-an-entrepreneur-friendly-community.

A PowerPoint presentation titled Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture/Community by Deborah Markley.  Go to www.agecon.purdue.edu/aicc/valueaddconf/PPT/5MARKLEY2.ppt.

GrowthWheel® helps entrepreneurs build their businesses through a simple action-oriented process that stays true to the way most entrepreneurs think and work. For the business advisor, the toolkit is a checklist to keep a 360° perspective and a way to save time by empowering the client company to do more work. For organizations, GrowthWheel establishes a common language for all advisors and clearly communicates what the consulting process offers.  It is available through the Regional Development Alliance, Inc. and Region VI Small Business Development Center.

Retail in Underserved Communities from the Urban Land Institute explores factors that hamper retail development in some lower-income communities and offers solutions to overcome the dearth of shopping options for neighborhood residents.  The report defines underserved communities as those that fall into one or more of four categories: urban locations lacking businesses, underserviced markets, locations without cultural offerings, and isolated rural or small towns. “Although several causes are often identified as common to underserved markets, the essence of the problem is most often weak market conditions,” says the report. “The creation of a local economy where investors, property owners, the government and retailers make market-rate decisions and obtain satisfactory returns on investment is critical to success.”  Go to http://uli.org/wp-content/uploads/ULI-Documents/Retail-in-Underserved-Communities.pdf.

Idaho Housing and Finance Association’s Idaho Collateral Support Program establishes pledged cash collateral accounts with a lending institution to enhance loan collateral for businesses in order to obtain financing on acceptable terms.  Go to http://ihfa.org/ihfa/small-business-loan-programs.aspx.  Cory Phelps, coryp@ihfa.org, 208-331-4725.

Idaho National Laboratory’s Technical Assistance Program provides technical expertise to state and local government, and regional small businesses. The requesting organization can receive, at no cost to it, up to 40 hours of laboratory employee time to address technical needs that cannot readily be met by commercially available resources in the region.  Go to http://tinyurl.com/992ayxe.  Stephanie Cook, Stephanie.cook@inl.gov, 208-526-1644.

Wealth Creation and Rural Livelihoods is a learning network of practitioners, researchers, and policy makers focused on creating and sustaining rural wealth.  Go to http://www.ruralwealth.org.

Host a luncheon or meeting for business owners that features a showing of the “Maps, Apps, and Mobile Media Marketing” webinar available through University of Idaho Extension, then work together to help each other learn about and access the many resources provided in the presentation.  Go to http://www.extension.org/pages/16076/etc-webinar-archive.

Destination Development International is a community branding and tourism consulting firm based in Seattle offering several branding-related workshops, trainings, and a resource book entitled “Your Town:  A Destination” (http://tinyurl.com/7v5l6h9). Notes from a presentation by one of the book’s co-authors is available here:  http://tinyurl.com/6mchhtp. Additional contact information:  http://www.destinationdevelopment.com, Roger Brooks, 206-241-4770.

Local people investing in local businesses is a trend taking hold in many communities.  Here’s an article on the new Community Supported Brewery in Boise being funded in this way:  http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/doors-open-at-boise-brewing/Content?oid=3129538.

Locavesting is a resource book by financial journalist Amy Cortese.  Go to http://www.locavesting.com/Locavesting_homepage.html.

Harvest Hosts is a network of farmers, winemakers, and attractions that invites self-contained RVers to visit their vineyards and farms and stay overnight for free.  Food producers in the Rigby area can join this network. Go to www.HarvestHosts.com.

The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies is a national alliance of nonprofit, government, and private sector partners providing assistance to communities and regions working to encourage strong support for locally owned businesses.  Go to http://www.bealocalist.org.  Go here for a copy of BALLE’s excellent resource:  Local First:  A How-to Guide:  https://bealocalist.org/local-first-how-guide.

Many communities are using principles of community-based social marketing to increase support for locally owned, independent businesses. “Fostering Sustainable Behavior:  An Introduction to Community –Based Social Marketing” by Doug McKenzie-Mohr and William Smith, 1999, New Society Publishers. www.cbsm.com is a related website with a large amount of information, best practices, and networking opportunities related to reducing waste.  Consulting and training services are available through the book’s authors.

Several Idaho communities have established “shop local” campaigns and organizations.  Examples include:  Boise, Eagle, Nampa, Moscow, Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint, Preston, and Idaho Falls.  The Boise project is called Think Boise First.  Go to www.thinkboisefirst.org.

Fred Walters, architectural historian with the Idaho Heritage Trust, will tour historic buildings and give ideas as well as roughly evaluate condition of structures.  Contact Executive Director Katherine Kirk at 208-549-1778.  Go to http://www.idahoheritage.org/.

The Idaho Department of Commerce’s Idaho Gem Grant program provides funding for public infrastructure projects that support economic development.  Examples of eligible activities include: construction materials, new and rehabilitative construction, architectural and engineering services, and property acquisition.  Grant amounts are up to $50,000.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/communities/community-assistance/idaho-gem-grants/.  Jerry Miller, jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov, 208-287-0780.

The Successful Communities On-line Toolkit is a searchable database of community design and planning best practices from across the west.  It is a project of the Sonoran Institute.  Go to http://scotie.sonoraninstitute.org/.  602-393-4310.

Zoning Practice, a monthly publication of the American Planning Association, provides useable information about current trends in zoning and subdivision codes.  Go to http://www.planning.org/zoningpractice/.

Planning Commissioners Journal (publication) and Planners Web (website) are excellent resources related to all aspects of planning and zoning administration.  Go to http://pcj.typepad.com/.

For examples of Idaho communities that do a good job explaining planning and zoning processes and providing applications on-line, see the following:

Tourism Cares is a non-profit offering grants and technical assistance for the preservation, conservation and restoration of cultural and historic sites and visitor education.  Go to http://www.tourismcares.org/.

The Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project contributes to the economic health of the region by promoting sustainable tourism and is a partnership between Sierra Business Council, Sierra Nevada Conservancy and the National Geographic Society.  Go to http://sierrabusiness.org/what-we-do/projects/356-sierra-nevada-geotourism.

West is Best:  How Public Lands in the West Create a Competitive Economic Advantage is a research paper published by Headwaters Economics in November 2012.  Go to http://headwaterseconomics.org/land/west-is-best-value-of-public-lands.

The Rural Growth Trifecta:  Outdoor Amenities, Creative Class, and Entrepreneurial Context, an article in the Journal of Economic Geography, May 17, 2010.  Go to http://joeg.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2010/05/12/jeg.lbq007.full.pdf+html.

Rural Tourism Marketing is a blog and a consulting firm by the same name.  Got to http://ruraltourismmarketing.com/about/. Contact Joanne Steele, Owner and CEO, Joanne Steele, Owner and CEO, ruraltourismmarketing@gmail.com, 530-235-4404.  Consider Joanne’s on-line training “Take Control of Your Internet Marketing” at http://www.takecontrolofyourinternetmarketing.com/.

The Idaho Department of Commerce’s Division of Tourism offers assistance and information to tourism-related businesses and organizations that promote tourism.  They also administer the Idaho Travel Grant program that provided funding to toursim development and marketing efforts.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/tourism-grants-and-resources/itc-grant-application-process/.

Trail Towns:  Capturing Trail-based Tourism is a free document published by the Allegheny Trail Alliance in Pennsylvania.  It is oriented toward bike trail systems but contains best practices that can be applied to ATV trails.  Go to http://www.atatrail.org/docs/1TTManual.pdf.

The website for Gillette, WI, self-proclaimed ATV capital of the world, is http://atvcapitaloftheworld.com/.

Created by an individual ATV enthusiast in Utah, http://rockymountainatvtrails.com/index.html and http://www.UtahATVTrails.com are two sites providing information about ATV trails and trail systems.

http://www.atvutah.com/ is a comprehensive site built as a way for Utah ATV enthusiasts to get the latest information on Utah ATV riding trails, clubs, and events.  Go here for information about the Paitue Trail:  http://www.atvutah.com/southern/paiute.htm.  Contact Gary Bushman, 800-282-3857.

The Hatfield-McCoy Trails are comprised of eight separate trail systems.  Go to https://www.trailsheaven.com/ to learn about all of them and to see how they are marketed.

Idaho Main Street program.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/community-programs/idaho-main-street-program/.  Jerry Miller, jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov, 208-287-0780.

National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Program.  Go to http://www.nationaltrust.org/community/resources.html and http://www.mainstreet.org/; 202-588-6219, mainstreet@nthp.org, Info@savingplaces.org.

Western Office National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Go to www.PreservationNation.org, Sheri Freemuth, AICP, Program Officer, P.O. Box 9107, Boise, ID 83707, 208-891-4121, sheri_freemuth@nthp.org.

The City of Nampa created a revolving loan fund for restoring building facades in its historic downtown.  Go to http://ci.nampa.id.us/downloads/30/FA%C3%87ADE%20IMPROVEMENT%20PROGRAM.doc.

Southern Idaho Rural Development is involved in successful business creation and downtown revitalization efforts in Shoshone and other southern Idaho communities.  Contact Julia Oxarango-Ingram, 208-309-3090, sird4u@gmail.com.

Organizing a Successful Downtown Revitalization Program Using the Main Street Approach” is a book available through the Washington Department of Trade and Economic Development.  Go to http://www.commerce.wa.gov/_cted/documents/ID_160_Publications.pdf.

RampUpIdaho is a new effort being developed by a group of folks representing transportation, business, housing, government, economic development and accessibility. The group is planning to compile a list of resources and outline a simple rationale for businesses, chambers of commerce, and other groups to begin thinking more strategically and collaboratively about access. Contact info@rampupidaho.org for more information.

Project for Public Spaces is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Our pioneering placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.  Go to http://www.pps.org/.

Some communities have used New Markets Tax Credits to rehabilitate historic buildings, which then become the cornerstones of their downtowns.   In Idaho, New Market Tax Credits are administered by the Montana Community Development Corporation. Go to http://mtcdc.org/loans/new-markets-tax-credits/.  Contact Dave Glaser, 406-728-9234 ext  211, daveg@mtcdc.org.

The National Park Service has a historic tax credit that can be paired with New Market Tax Credit.  Go to:  http://www.nps.gov/tps/tax-incentives.htm.

The HUD Hope VI Main Street grant program provides grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of a historic or traditional central business district or “Main Street” area by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. The objectives of the program are to redevelop Main Street areas, preserve historic or traditional architecture or design features in Main Street areas, enhance economic development efforts in Main Street areas, and provide affordable housing in Main Street areas. Go to http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=235258 or contact Jerry Royster from HUD at: jerry.royster@hud.gov.

Rocky Mountain Power provides energy efficiency evaluations.  Contact Tim Solomon, timothy.solomon@rockymountainpower.net, 208-359-4285.

Energy Performance Contracting is a performance-based procurement method and financial mechanism for building renewal whereby utility bill savings that result from the installation of new building systems (reducing energy use) pay for the cost of the building renewal project. A "Guaranteed Energy Savings" Performance Contract includes language that obligates the contractor, a qualified Energy Services Company (ESCO), to pay the difference if at any time the savings fall short of the guarantee.  Go to http://energyperformancecontracting.org/.

USDA’s Farmer’s Market Promotion Program (FMPP) offers grants to help improve and expand domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, community supported agriculture programs, agri-tourism activities, and other producer-to-consumer market opportunities.  Go to http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/FMPP.

For an example of an event in Michigan that builds on local food, art and heritage, go to http://www.artsandeats.org/index.html.

Learn about the City of Glenns Ferry’s downtown revitalization efforts here:  http://glennsferryidaho.org/downtown/.  Volunteer labor and financial sponsorship of individual downtown furnishings (lights, benches, etc.) by individuals, businesses, and community organizations significantly contributed to the success of this effort.

Idaho Department of Commerce – Community Development Block Grant Program can fund lighting, street trees, sidewalk, and other downtown project. Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/communities/community-grants/community-development-block-grant-cdbg.  Contact Sharon Deal, sharon.deal@commerce.idaho.gov, 208-287-0774.

Idaho Department of Commerce’s Show Me the Money funding newsletter.  To subscribe, go to http://idaho.us2.list-manage2.com/subscribe?u=74de75b2fc7e24670e05b0def&id=a1f3c8c6b9Contact Jerry Miller at jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov or 208-287-0780.

Created and maintained by the Idaho Department of Commerce, Gem State Prospector is an on-line inventory of available buildings and properties in the state.  Businesses and the real estate agents looking to expand or relocate in Idaho use this website to identify potential sites.  Go to http://www.gemstateprospector.com/.  Contact Jerry Miller, jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov, 208-287-0780.  The Idaho Department of Commerce offers periodic trainings for people interested in using Gem State Prospector.  Contact Jenny Hemly, 208-287-3169, Jenny.hemly@commerce.idaho.gov.

For an article and resources on successful efforts to fill vacant downtown storefront windows with local art, go to http://ruraltourismmarketing.com/2011/03/using-art-in-vacant-storefronts-to-rebuild-a-small-town’s-future/.

City of Idaho Falls Downtown Design Guidelines.  Go to http://www.connectidahofalls.com/uploads/1/9/4/6/19463751/if_downtown_design_guidelines.pdf.

Department of Labor Workforce Investment Act (go to http://labor.idaho.gov/dnn/Default.aspx?alias=labor.idaho.gov/dnn/wia) and State Workforce Training Funds (go to http://labor.idaho.gov/dnn/idl/Businesses/TrainingResources/WorkforceDevelopmentTrainingFund.aspx).

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit for hiring Veterans, long-term unemployed, food stamp recipients, etc.  Go to http://labor.idaho.gov/dnn/idl/Businesses/HiringIncentives/WorkOpportunityTaxCredit.aspx.

The University of North Dakota Center for Innovation Foundation is a statewide network of nine angel investment funds.  The Center also helps entrepreneurs, innovators, and students launch new ventures, develop business and marketing plans, access university talent, and secure financing.  For more information, go to www.innovators.net.  Contact Tom Kenville, 701-777-3132.

Angel Capital Association (ACA) (http://www.angelcapitalassociation.org/) and Global Accelerator Network (GAN) (http://gan.co/) provide important information on the new and proposed rules on general solicitation for entrepreneurs and members of the startup support community.  There are important issues and complications that entrepreneurs and the professionals who support them need to know to protect themselves in this new financing world.

In 2013 the Idaho Department of Commerce awarded a Gem Grant to Bannock, Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power Counties in S.E. Idaho to purchase “Executive Pulse,” a successful Business Retention and Expansion resource for economic development specialists in the region.  Go to http://www.executivepulse.com/.   Contact Randy Shroll, Idaho Department of Commerce, 208-334-2650 ext. 2124, randy.shroll@commerce.idaho.gov.

The Yellowstone Business Partnership uses training, research, and other forms of support to help businesses and communities in the Greater Yellowstone Area achieve the following goals:  (1) promote green building and development, (2) 
encourage responsible business practices, (3) advance new options for regional mobility, and (4) support four-season economies for gateway communities.
 Go to http://www.yellowstonebusiness.org/.  Contact Jan Brown, jbrown@yellowstonebusiness.org, 208-406-522-7809.  YBP’s Turning on the Off-Season report is available here:  http://www.yellowstonebusiness.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/turning-on-the-off-season.pdf?bff6a5

The Workforce Training and Community Education program at the Eastern Idaho Technical College in Idaho Falls.  Go to http://tinyurl.com/c4swclx

Rigby June 3-5, 2014
The College of Business at Idaho State University offers its Bengal Solutions programs to connect the expertise of the College’s faculty and graduates with businesses and entrepreneurs. Consulting is provided at an affordable cost to business owners. Go to http://www.isu.edu/cob/bengalsolutions.shtml.  Contact Jeff Street at 208-282-2504 or strejeff@isu.edu

The Idaho Small Business Development Center located in Idaho Falls and affiliated with Idaho State University is a source of various types of assistance for people wanting to grow or start a business. Contact 208-523-1087.  Go to http://www.idahosbdc.org/locations/region-6-idaho-state-university-idaho-falls/.

U.S. Small Business Administration, Boise District Office.  Go to http://www.sba.gov/id.

USDA Rural Development Business Enterprise Grant Program can fund many projects that support business development and job creation.  Go to http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_rbeg.html.  Contact Dale Lish, dale.lish@id.usda.gov, 208-785-5840, ext 119.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is a program offering workshops and mentoring to small businesses.  Some of SCORE’s services are available online.  Go to https://easternidaho.score.org/.

National Main Street Center (NMSC) offers a number of guides for organizing, designing, marketing and developing downtown business.  Go to http://www.preservationnation.org/main-street/.

Gem State Prospector (GSP) is a website where property owners, real estate agents and property managers can list commercial and industrial buildings that are for both sale and rent.  Land zoned for commercial and industrial development may be listed as well.  Listings become part of a national data base called Zoom Prospector.  In addition to property listings, the website contains customizable data that may prove useful in grant applications and business development.  Sponsored by the Idaho Department of Commerce the service is offered free of charge.  Go to http://www.gemstateprospector.com/.

State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant.  The STEP program is funded by a grant through the Small Business Association (SBA) and is administered by the Idaho Department of Commerce. STEP grants may be used for participation in foreign trade missions, foreign market sales trips, subscription services provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, design of international marketing campaigns, export trade show exhibits, training workshops or other export initiatives that are in line with the objectives of the program.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/idaho-business/international-trade/state-trade-and-export-promotion-grant.  Contact Tina Salisbury 208-287-3164, tina.salisbury@commerce.idaho.gov.

The Idaho Latino Economic and Development Center based in Blackfoot assists low- and moderate-income Latinos and other minorities to build strong businesses by offering trainings, micro-lending, and other forms of assistance with financing, which transform lives, strengthen families, and build sustainable communities.  Go to http://www.idaholead.org/.  Contact Sonia Martinez, 208-251-0925, soniam@idaholead.org.

Idaho Regional Travel Grant Program funds projects related to developing tourism-related amenities and marketing.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/tourism-resources/itc-grant-program. Contact Jill Eden, jill.eden@commerce.idaho.gov, 208-334-2650 ext 2161.

This resource may offer an affordable option for a new, more comprehensive website: http://govoffice.com/index.asp?SEC=8FFED0F0-28B6-4D59-BAB4-15A21D138203&Type=B_BASIC.

The Lemhi Education Project in Salmon improves the lives of the citizens of Lemhi County by providing face to face, professional expertise and connecting them with critical resources with the goal of maximizing their investments in education.  Go to http://lemhied.org/.  Contact 208-756-1551 or director@lemhied.org.

To pursue development of a “Makerspace” and related ideas at the Rigby Library, maintain communication with the Idaho Commission for Libraries.  Go to http://libraries.idaho.gov/page/make-it-library-where-idaho-makers-meet.

The Fab Lab concept was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by Professor Neil Gershenfeld, founder and head of the Center for Bits and Atoms, who developed a very popular course titled “How to Make Almost Anything.”  As part of the class, he gave his students access to a fabrication laboratory containing some very basic cutting, milling and electronic tools.  Inspired by the transformative results, Dr. Gershenfeld encouraged others to open similar Fab Lab’s in their own communities giving ordinary people the ability to make whatever they want.  The Boundary County Library District in Bonners Ferry will be attempting to pass a $5,000,000 Bond in May 2014 to build a Fab Lab based on the MIT model.  Go to the Center for Bits and Atoms at http://www.cba.mit.edu/

The Ewing Kauffman Foundation supports projects that foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities. The Foundation focuses grant making on two areas—education and entrepreneurship.  Go to http://www.kauffman.org.

Business Retention and Expansion Visitation Fundamentals is a joint publication of North Dakota State University Extension and Mississippi State University Extension.  It provides a useful guide to beginning a business retention and expansion (BR&E) visitation program.  Go to http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/agecon/market/cd1605.pdf.

Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity by Michael H. Shuman.  Mr. Shuman is Director of Research for Cutting Edge Capital, Director of Research and Economic Development at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute.  He has published several books on locally-based economic development.  Go to http://www.amazon.com/Local-Dollars-Sense-Prosperity-Resilience/dp/1603583432.

Funding from USDA’s Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator grant program is available to spur job creation and economic growth in distressed rural communities.  Go to http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2012/03/0089.xml.

State of Idaho Industrial Revenue Bonds.  Industrial revenue bonds provide businesses with a potentially lower cost alternative source of funding for purchasing and improving upon industrial facilities.  The lower cost is realized because the bonds issued under this program are tax-free.  This incentive might entice investors to accept a lower rate of return.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/assets/content/docs/IRB GUIDE 2010.doc.  Randy Shroll, 208-334-2650, ext 3168, randy.shroll@commerce.idaho.gov.

TechHelp provides technical and professional assistance, training and information to Idaho manufacturers, processors and inventors to help them strengthen their global competitiveness through product and process improvements.  Go to http://www.techhelp.org/index.cfm.  Idaho TechHelp also has a team devoted exclusively to food processing and food marketing.  Go to http://www.techhelp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=services.food.  Jeff Kronenberg, Food Processing Specialist, jkron@uidaho.edu, 208-364-4937.

University of Idaho Extension’s “Open for Business” program is designed to bring business training to remote rural communities. Lorie Higgins, 208-885-9717, higgins@uidaho.edu.

The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship uses webinars, publications, and other tools to share timely information and best practices on a variety of topics related to economic development in rural communities.  Go to www.energizingentrepreneurs.org/siteInnovative Approaches to Entrepreneurial Development: Cases from the Northwest Region” is one publication of interest.  To read or download, go to http://www.energizingentrepreneurs.org/site/images/research/cp/cs/cs4.pdf.

The Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center (E-Center) is a Rexburg-based nonprofit providing value-added business consulting through a network of local university students, government leaders, and business professionals. Go to http://www.idahoecenter.org/about/.  Will Jensen, Executive Director, 208-356-5009, w.jensen@rbdcenter.org.

Fill-in-the-Blank Business Recruitment Workbook.  This workbook was designed for downtown and commercial district revitalization organizations that want to improve the mix of businesses in their districts by helping existing businesses thrive, and by recruiting new businesses to fill gaps in the market.  Go to: http://www.DowntownDevelopment.com/fibbr.php, 1-800-232-4317.

The Entrepreneurs and Their Communities archived hour-long webinars available through University of Idaho Extension are focused on research-based best practices for supporting small businesses.  Free webinars are ongoing.  Go to http://www.extension.org/entrepreneurship.

An entire curriculum focused on building an entrepreneur friendly community is available through Ohio State University. Go to http://sustentrep.osu.edu/building-an-entrepreneur-friendly-community.

A PowerPoint presentation titled Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture/Community by Deborah Markley.  Go to www.agecon.purdue.edu/aicc/valueaddconf/PPT/5MARKLEY2.ppt.

The Southern Rural Development Center offers a self-paced training on web sites for small Hispanic businesses.  Go to http://srdc.msstate.edu/ecommerce/curricula/hispanic_business/.

GrowthWheel® helps entrepreneurs build their businesses through a simple action-oriented process that stays true to the way most entrepreneurs think and work. For the business advisor, the toolkit is a checklist to keep a 360° perspective and a way to save time by empowering the client company to do more work. For organizations, GrowthWheel establishes a common language for all advisors and clearly communicates what the consulting process offers.  It is available through the Regional Development Alliance, Inc. and Region VI Small Business Development Center.

Idaho Housing and Finance Association’s Idaho Collateral Support Program establishes pledged cash collateral accounts with a lending institution to enhance loan collateral for businesses in order to obtain financing on acceptable terms.  Go to http://ihfa.org/ihfa/small-business-loan-programs.aspx.  Cory Phelps, coryp@ihfa.org, 208-331-4725.

Idaho National Laboratory’s Technical Assistance Program provides technical expertise to state and local government, and regional small businesses. The requesting organization can receive, at no cost to it, up to 40 hours of laboratory employee time to address technical needs that cannot readily be met by commercially available resources in the region.  Go to http://tinyurl.com/992ayxe.  Stephanie Cook, Stephanie.cook@inl.gov, 208-526-1644.

To learn about INL’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math STEM program, contact Anne Seifert, INL Education Programs 208-526-8027, anne.seifert@inl.gov.

For information about youth tours of INL facilities including EBR-1, Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), and Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL), contact Jane Strong, INL Communications and Government Affairs, 208-526-4098, jane.strong@inl.gov.

For information about internships at INL, contact Erin Hanson, INL Internships, 208-526-0318 or erin.hanson@inl.gov.

Wealth Creation and Rural Livelihoods is a learning network of practitioners, researchers, and policy makers focused on creating and sustaining rural wealth.  Go to http://www.ruralwealth.org.

Host a luncheon or meeting for business owners that features a showing of the “Maps, Apps, and Mobile Media Marketing” webinar available through University of Idaho Extension, then work together to help each other learn about and access the many resources provided in the presentation.  Go to http://www.extension.org/pages/16076/etc-webinar-archive.

Tourism Cares is a non-profit offering grants and technical assistance for the preservation, conservation and restoration of cultural and historic sites and visitor education.  Go to http://www.tourismcares.org/.

Examples of efforts to market the Yellowstone-Grand Teton and the Northern Rockies include:  www.myyellowstonepark.com and www.drivethetop10.com.

Destination Development International offers consultation, educational webinars, and a free newsletter all focused on helping communities achieve goals related to branding, wayfinding, and tourism marketing.  They are currently working with the City of Caldwell.  Go to http://www.rogerbrooksinternational.com/.

Wayfinding:  The Value of Knowing How to Get There is an article on wayfinding published by the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2011.  Go to http://www.asla.org/ppn/Article.aspx?id=33861.

For an overview of wayfinding design principles, go to http://www.ai.mit.edu/projects/infoarch/publications/mfoltz-thesis/node8.html.

The International Downtown Association offers webinars and other tools related to wayfinding.  Go to https://www.idadowntown.org/eweb/dynamicpage.aspx?webcode=ISAWayfinding

Excerpts from the Urban Wayfinding Planning and Implementation Manual is available here:  http://www.signs.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=OgUOP7EmZxU%3d&tabid=1446.

Harvest Hosts is a network of farmers, winemakers, and attractions that invites self-contained RVers to visit their vineyards and farms and stay overnight for free.  Food producers in the Rigby area can join this network. Go to www.HarvestHosts.com.

Leadership Idaho Agriculture offers concentrated study and hands-on experiences that provide enhanced skills for future leaders in agriculture, rural communities, agribusiness and governmental agencies.  Go to http://www.leadershipidahoag.org/.  Contact Rick Waitley at 208-888-0988.

Idaho National Laboratory’s Technical Assistance Program, (TAP) provides technical expertise to state and local government and regional small businesses.  The requesting organization can receive at no cost up to forty hours of laboratory employee time to address needs that cannot readily be met by commercially available resources in the region related to Nuclear Energy, Energy & Environment, and National & Homeland Security.  Contact Stephanie Cook, INL Tech Based Econ. Development, Technology Deployment 208-526-1644 or stephanie.cook@inl.gov 

The BIG2015 Competition sponsored by Idaho National Laboratory and Grow Idaho Falls is designed to educate entrepreneurs, inventors, and students in eastern Idaho about early stage financing.  Submit your BIG idea, perfect your pitch and compete for funding.  For more information contact:  Stephanie Cook, INL 208-526-1644 or stephanie.cook@inl.gov.

Tech start up companies in the Boise area have created the Boise Code Club for teens, providing young people with hands-on opportunities to learn computer coding and programming. Idaho Technology Council, Idaho Tech Connect, and Computer for Kids are sponsors.  Go to  http://www.idahotechcouncil.org/blog/boise-code-club-launches-two-%C2%ADhour-introductory-event-watercooler-inspire-teens-learn-code.

For information and resources to help create an annual invention convention event, go to http://www.eduplace.com/science/invention/overview.html.

The Development Company can assist Rigby with many economic development-related strategies and projects.  Go to http://www.thedevco.net/.  Contact Terry Butikofer at 208-356-4524.

Local people investing in local businesses is a trend taking hold in many communities.  Here’s an article on the new Community Supported Brewery in Boise being funded in this way: 

http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/doors-open-at-boise-brewing/Content?oid=3129538.

Locavesting is a resource book by financial journalist Amy Cortese.  Go to http://www.locavesting.com/Locavesting_homepage.html.

Many communities are using principles of community-based social marketing to increase support for locally owned, independent businesses. “Fostering Sustainable Behavior:  An Introduction to Community –Based Social Marketing” by Doug McKenzie-Mohr and William Smith, 1999, New Society Publishers. www.cbsm.com is a related website with a large amount of information, best practices, and networking opportunities related to reducing waste.  Consulting and training services are available through the book’s authors.

The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies is a national alliance of nonprofit, government, and private sector partners providing assistance to communities and regions working to encourage strong support for locally owned businesses.  Go to http://www.bealocalist.org.  Go here for a copy of BALLE’s excellent resource:  Local First:  A How-to Guide:  https://bealocalist.org/local-first-how-guide.

Several Idaho communities have established “shop local” campaigns and organizations.  Examples include:  Boise, Eagle, Nampa, Moscow, Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint, and Idaho Falls.  The Boise project is called Think Boise First.  Go to www.thinkboisefirst.org.


Aberdeen March 4-6, 2014
The College of Business at Idaho State University offers its Bengal Solutions programs to connect the expertise of the College’s faculty and graduate with businesses and entrepreneurs. Consulting is provided at an affordable cost to business owners. Go to http://www.isu.edu/cob/bengalsolutions.shtml.  Contact Jeff Street at 208-282-2504 or strejeff@isu.edu.  The College of Business is also home to the Idaho Small Business Development Center for the region that includes Bingham County communities.  Go to http://www.idahosbdc.org/locations/region-5-idaho-state-university-pocatello/ or call 208-244-8521.

U.S. Small Business Administration, Boise District Office.  Go to http://www.sba.gov/id.

Southeast Idaho Council of Governments (SICOG) has a revolving loan fund to assist business start-ups and expansion.  Go to http://www.sicog.org/. Contact Kathleen Lewis, 208-233-4535, Kathleen@sicog.org.

USDA Rural Development Business Enterprise Grant Program can fund many projects that support business development and job creation (e.g. a business director).  Go to http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_rbeg.html.  Contact Dale Lish, dale.lish@id.usda.gov, 208-785-5840, ext 119.

Idaho Regional Travel Grant Program funds projects related to developing tourism-related amenities and marketing.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/tourism-resources/itc-grant-program. Contact Jill Eden, jill.eden@commerce.idaho.gov, 208-334-2650 ext 2161.

This resource may offer an affordable option for a new, more comprehensive website: http://govoffice.com/index.asp?SEC=8FFED0F0-28B6-4D59-BAB4-15A21D138203&Type=B_BASIC.

Southern Idaho Economic Development has been involved in evaluating economic development opportunities in communities with rail access and/or available manufacturing or agricultural processing facilities.  Go to http://www.southernidaho.org/aboutsiedo/.  Contact Jan Rogers, 208-324-7408.

Great Rift Business Development Organization.  Go to http://greatriftbusinessdevelopment.com/. Contact Kristen Jensen, 208-380-1719, kristenrjensen@gmail.com.

The Lemhi Education Project in Salmon improves the lives of the citizens of Lemhi County by providing face to face, professional expertise and connecting them with critical resources with the goal of maximizing their investments in education.  Go to http://lemhied.org/.  Contact 208-756-1551 or director@lemhied.org.

To continue development of the “Makerspace” and related ideas at the Aberdeen Library, maintain communication with the Idaho Commission for Libraries.  Go to http://libraries.idaho.gov/page/make-it-library-where-idaho-makers-meet.

The Fab Lab concept was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by Professor Neil Gershenfeld, founder and head of the Center for Bits and Atoms, who developed a very popular course titled “How to Make Almost Anything.”  As part of the class, he gave his students access to a fabrication laboratory containing some very basic cutting, milling and electronic tools.  Inspired by the transformative results, Dr. Gershenfeld encouraged others to open similar Fab Lab’s in their own communities giving ordinary people the ability to make whatever they want.  The Boundary County Library District in Bonners Ferry will be attempting to pass a $5,000,000 Bond in May 2014 to build a Fab Lab based on the MIT model.  Go to the Center for Bits and Atoms at http://www.cba.mit.edu/.  This resource might be helpful as you consider recommendation ED 3.4.

The Ewing Kauffman Foundation supports projects that foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities. The Foundation focuses grant making on two areas—education and entrepreneurship.  Go to http://www.kauffman.org.

Business Retention and Expansion Visitation Fundamentals is a joint publication of North Dakota State University Extension and Mississippi State University Extension.  It provides a useful guide to beginning a business retention and expansion (BR&E) visitation program.  Go to http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/agecon/market/cd1605.pdf.

Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity by Michael H. Shuman.  Mr. Shuman is Director of Research for Cutting Edge Capital, Director of Research and Economic Development at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute.  He has published several books on locally-based economic development.  Go to http://www.amazon.com/Local-Dollars-Sense-Prosperity-Resilience/dp/1603583432.

Funding from USDA’s Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator grant program is available to spur job creation and economic growth in distressed rural communities.  Go to http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2012/03/0089.xml.

State of Idaho Industrial Revenue Bonds.  Industrial revenue bonds provide businesses with a potentially lower cost alternative source of funding for purchasing and improving upon industrial facilities.  The lower cost is realized because the bonds issued under this program are tax-free.  This incentive might entice investors to accept a lower rate of return.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/assets/content/docs/IRB GUIDE 2010.doc.  Randy Shroll, 208-334-2650 ext 2124, randy.shroll@commerce.idaho.gov.

TechHelp provides technical and professional assistance, training and information to Idaho manufacturers, processors and inventors to help them strengthen their global competitiveness through product and process improvements.  Go to http://www.techhelp.org/index.cfm.  Idaho TechHelp also has a team devoted exclusively to food processing and food marketing.  Go to http://www.techhelp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=services.foodJeff Kronenberg, Food Processing Specialist, jkron@uidaho.edu, 208-364-4937.

University of Idaho Extension’s “Open for Business” program is designed to bring business training to remote rural communities.  Lorie Higgins, 208-885-9717, higgins@uidaho.edu.

The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship uses webinars, publications, and other tools to share timely information and best practices on a variety of topics related to economic development in rural communities.  Go to www.energizingentrepreneurs.org/siteInnovative Approaches to Entrepreneurial Development: Cases from the Northwest Region” is one publication of interest.  To read or download, go to http://www.energizingentrepreneurs.org/site/images/research/cp/cs/cs4.pdf.

The Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center (E Center) is a Rexburg-based nonprofit providing value-added business consulting through a network of local university students, government leaders, and business professionals. Go to http://www.idahoecenter.org/about/.  Will Jensen, Executive Director, 208-356-5009, w.jenson@rbdcenter.org.

Fill-in-the-Blank Business Recruitment Workbook.  This workbook was designed for downtown and commercial district revitalization organizations that want to improve the mix of businesses in their districts by helping existing businesses thrive, and by recruiting new businesses to fill gaps in the market.  Go to: http://www.DowntownDevelopment.com/fibbr.php, 1-800-232-4317.

The Entrepreneurs and Their Communities archived hour-long webinars available through University of Idaho Extension are focused on research-based best practices for supporting small businesses.  Free webinars are ongoing.  Go to http://www.extension.org/entrepreneurship.

An entire curriculum focused on building an entrepreneur friendly community is available through Ohio State University. Go to http://sustentrep.osu.edu/building-an-entrepreneur-friendly-community.

A PowerPoint presentation titled Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture/Community by Deborah Markley.  Go to www.agecon.purdue.edu/aicc/valueaddconf/PPT/5MARKLEY2.ppt.

The Southern Rural Development Center offers a self-paced training on web sites for small Hispanic businesses.  Go to http://srdc.msstate.edu/ecommerce/curricula/hispanic_business/.

GrowthWheel® helps entrepreneurs build their businesses through a simple action-oriented process that stays true to the way most entrepreneurs think and work. For the business advisor, the toolkit is a checklist to keep a 360° perspective and a way to save time by empowering the client company to do more work. For organizations, GrowthWheel establishes a common language for all advisors and clearly communicates what the consulting process offers.  It is available through the Regional Development Alliance, Inc. and Region VI Small Business Development Center.

Idaho Housing and Finance Association’s Idaho Collateral Support Program establishes pledged cash collateral accounts with a lending institution to enhance loan collateral for businesses in order to obtain financing on acceptable terms.  Go to http://ihfa.org/ihfa/small-business-loan-programs.aspx.  Cory Phelps, coryp@ihfa.org, 208-331-4725.

Idaho National Laboratory’s Technical Assistance Program provides technical expertise to state and local government, and regional small businesses. The requesting organization can receive, at no cost to it, up to 40 hours of laboratory employee time to address technical needs that cannot readily be met by commercially available resources in the region.  Go to http://tinyurl.com/992ayxe.  Stephanie Cook, Stephanie.cook@inl.gov, 208-526-1644.

Wealth Creation and Rural Livelihoods is a learning network of practitioners, researchers, and policy makers focused on creating and sustaining rural wealth.  Go to http://www.ruralwealth.org.

Host a luncheon or meeting for business owners that features a showing of the “Maps, Apps, and Mobile Media Marketing” webinar available through University of Idaho Extension, then work together to help each other learn about and access the many resources provided in the presentation.  Go to http://www.extension.org/pages/16076/etc-webinar-archive.

South Central Idaho Tourism and Recreation at the College of Southern Idaho can possibly offer customer service training.  Debbie Dane, 208-732-5569, ddane@csi.edu.

The Idaho Humanities Council provides grant funding for projects and events related to history, culture, and identity.  Go to www.idahohumanities.org.  208-345-5346.

Idaho State Historical Society’s Community Enhancement grants can fund interpretive signage, brochures, and history-related audio and video projects.  Go to http://history.idaho.gov/community-enhancement-grants.  Keith Peterson, keith.peterson@history.idaho.gov, 208-882-1540.

Tourism Cares is a non-profit offering grants and technical assistance for the preservation, conservation and restoration of cultural and historic sites and visitor education.  Go to http://www.tourismcares.org/.

University of Idaho Extension Specialist, Lorie Higgins, developed the Two Degrees Northwest artisan trail guide for nine counties in north central Idaho and southeastern Washington to help visitors locate place-based businesses (“place-based” means tied to place – this kind of development can’t be off shored).  Lorie is available for consultation if this kind of rural development strategy is considered by Aberdeen residents.  Go to http://www.2dnw.org/Contact Lori Higgins, Director, 208-885-9717, Higgins@uidaho.edu.

Harvest Hosts is a network of farmers, winemakers, and attractions that invites self-contained RVers to visit their vineyards and farms and stay overnight for free.  Food producers in the Aberdeen area can join this network. Go to www.HarvestHosts.com

Sandpoint September 17-19, 2013
The Washington Aerospace Industry Strategy (May 2013) outlines that state’s vision, goals, and strategies related to developing its aerospace industry.  It is available through the Governor’s Office of Aerospace.  Go to http://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/economy/aerospace/Industry_Strategy.pdf

Idaho National Laboratory’s Technical Assistance Program provides technical expertise to state and local government, and regional small businesses. The requesting organization can receive, at no cost to it, up to 40 hours of laboratory employee time to address technical needs that cannot readily be met by commercially available resources in the region.  Go to http://tinyurl.com/992ayxe.  Stephanie Cook, Stephanie.cook@inl.gov, 208-526-1644.

CyberCorps:  Scholarship For Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships that may fully fund the typical costs incurred by full-time students while attending a participating institution, including tuition and related fees. Additionally, participants receive stipends of up to $20,000 for undergraduate students, $25,000 for master's degree students and $30,000 per year for doctoral students. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation.  Go to https://www.sfs.opm.gov/.

The Boeing Company, “Current Market Outlook 2012-2031”.  Go to http://www.boeing.com/boeing/commercial/cmo/.  For the Boeing Company’s information about sustainable aviation biofuels. Got to http://www.newairplane.com/environment/#/SustainableAviationBiofuel/SustainableBiofuel.

Nortech Regional Innovation Cluster Model.  Contact:  Byron Clayton, Vice President of Cluster Innovation at bclayton@nortech.org.

Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC). PMBC is a public-private initiative developed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) that introduces Michigan companies to opportunities to help them grow and expand.  Companies that participate can find procurement resources in the state to expand their supply chain and identify new business opportunities.  Contact:  Vince Nystrom, Vice President of Strategic Accounts, Michigan Economic Development Corporation at businessconnect@michigan.org.

Aerospace Components Manufacturers (ACM).  ACM is a non-profit regional network of independent Connecticut-based aerospace companies.  Working together as a network, member companies collectively offer broader capabilities than they could as individuals. Go to http://www.aerospacecomponents.org/about.html.

United States Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Grants for Aviation Research.  Look into Program Solicitation No. FAA-12-01. Go to http://www.tc.faa.gov/logistics/grants.

Department of Labor Workforce Investment Act (go to http://labor.idaho.gov/dnn/Default.aspx?alias=labor.idaho.gov/dnn/wia) and State Workforce Training Funds (go to http://labor.idaho.gov/dnn/idl/Businesses/TrainingResources/WorkforceDevelopmentTrainingFund.aspx).

Idaho Department of Labor’s “Career Connect” tool (http://idahocareerconnect.org/Login/login.asp) is a website that let’s students explore different local businesses and industries they are interested. It’s growing, but many local businesses participate and have their information on the website which also includes videos of what different occupations do.  The Idaho Department of Labor also has Youth Programs.  http://labor.idaho.gov/dnn/idl/Businesses/TrainingResources.aspx.  Contact Alivia Metts, 208-475-8789, ext. 3496, alivia.metts@labor.idaho.gov.

The Friedman Airport in Sun Valley area has been working on improving public understanding of the airport as an economic driver and on improving passenger service from western metropolitan areas.  Go to http://www.flysunvalleyalliance.com/documents/PRSunValleyrecievesfederalgrantfornewnonstopservice.pdf.

FAA funding and grant data is available at http://www.faa.gov/data_research/funding_grant/.

Bill Statham, Airport Planning and Development, Idaho Department of Transportation, 208-334-8784, bill.statham@itd.idahol.gov.

Panhandle Area Council.  Go to http://www.pacni.org/.  Executive Director Greg Cook was a member of the Sandpoint Community Review visiting team (gcook@pacnic.org, 208-772-0584, ext. 3018).

The Small Business Administration is a great resource for small business information and loan opportunities.  SBA offices are located in Spokane and Boise.  For the Boise office, go to http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3115/resources.

Alexandria Co-working Network.  Named after the world’s first great library in Alexandria, Egypt.  The library at Alexandria and the other libraries that followed were not just about books; in essence, they were society’s first co-working spaces and knowledge hubs.  For more information about the Alexandria Co-working Network, visit entrepreneurship.asu.edu.

The University of North Dakota Center for Innovation Foundation is a statewide network of nine angel investment funds.  The Center also helps entrepreneurs, innovators, and students launch new ventures, develop business and marketing plans, access university talent, and secure financing.  For more information, go to www.innovators.net.  Contact Tom Kenville, 701-777-3132.

Created in the spirit of TED Talk’s “ideas worth spreading” mission, the TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.  “TED” is an acronym meaning technology, entertainment, and design.  For more information, visit http://www.ted.com/tedx.

Ignite Boise is a semi-regular 3-hour idea feeding frenzy that brings together artists, geeks, entrepreneurs, academics, government officials, and others to share their ideas in fast-paced, bite-sized presentations. The goal is to bring together embers of big ideas to spark a blaze of creativity in Boise’s business and creative community—leaving attendees more educated and just as importantly, more inspired.  Go to http://igniteboise.com/.

North Idaho members of the Idaho Association of Inventors meet monthly in Sagle.  Go to www.inventorsassociationofidaho.com.  Contact Pamela Bird.

Angel Capital Association (ACA) (http://www.angelcapitalassociation.org/) and Global Accelerator Network (GAN) (http://gan.co/) provide important information on the new and proposed rules on general solicitation for entrepreneurs and members of the startup support community.  There are important issues and complications that entrepreneurs and the professionals who support them need to know to protect themselves in this new financing world.

The Keiretsu Forum Northwest region formed in 2005 and is comprised of the Boise, Kirkland-Eastside, Portland, Seattle, Spokane-Inland, and Vancouver chapters. The Boise chapter launched in January 2007 and enjoys close synergies with the regional and global Keiretsu Forum angel investment network.  In 2012, the Keiretsu Forum Northwest region had outstanding membership growth of 85 new members and collective funding results of over $20m invested in 34 companies.  For more information, go to http://www.keiretsuforum.com/global-chapters/boise/.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology $100,000 Entrepreneurship Competition awards prizes to aspiring entrepreneurs each year through participation in a series of three contests: the Pitch Contest, the Accelerate Contest, and the Launch Contest.  For more information, go to http://www.mit100k.org/.

Tech Cocktail is a media company and events organization for startups, entrepreneurs, and technology enthusiasts. Started in 2006, its goal is to amplify local tech communities and give entrepreneurs a place to get informed, get connected, and get inspired. Tech Cocktail dedicates itself to covering news, how-to’s, up-and-coming startups, and industry trends online.  It also hosts events in over 20 cities in the U.S. and abroad.  Go to http://tech.co/.

The Fab Lab concept was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by Professor Neil Gershenfeld, founder and head of the Center for Bits and Atoms, who developed a very popular course titled “How to Make Almost Anything.”  As part of the class, he gave his students access to a fabrication laboratory containing some very basic cutting, milling and electronic tools.  Inspired by the transformative results, Dr. Gershenfeld encouraged others to open similar Fab Lab’s in their own communities giving ordinary people the ability to make whatever they want.  The Boundary County Library District in Bonners Ferry will be attempting to pass a $5,000,000 Bond in May 2014 to build a Fab Lab based on the MIT model.  Go to the Center for Bits and Atoms at http://www.cba.mit.edu/.

The Ewing Kauffman Foundation supports projects that foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities. The Foundation focuses grant making on two areas—education and entrepreneurship.  Go to http://www.kauffman.org.

Business Retention and Expansion Visitation Fundamentals is a joint publication of North Dakota State University Extension and Mississippi State University Extension.  It provides a useful guide to beginning a business retention and expansion (BR&E) visitation program.  Go to http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/agecon/market/cd1605.pdf.

Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity by Michael H. Shuman.  Mr. Shuman is Director of Research for Cutting Edge Capital, Director of Research and Economic Development at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute.  He has published several books on locally based economic development.  Go to http://www.amazon.com/Local-Dollars-Sense-Prosperity-Resilience/dp/1603583432.

Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing is a book and associated blog written by author and journalist Amy Cortese.  The book explores the extraordinary experiment in citizen finance taking place across in cities and towns across the country as they take back control of their financial destinies while revitalizing the communities they call home. Go to http://locavesting.com/Locavesting_homepage.html.

State of Idaho Industrial Revenue Bonds.  Industrial revenue bonds provide businesses with a potentially lower cost alternative source of funding for purchasing and improving upon industrial facilities.  The lower cost is realized because the bonds issued under this program are tax-free.  This incentive might entice investors to accept a lower rate of return.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/assets/content/docs/IRB GUIDE 2010.doc.  Randy Shroll, 208-334-2650 ext. 2124, randy.shroll@commerce.idaho.gov.

TechHelp provides technical and professional assistance, training, and information to Idaho manufacturers, processors and inventors to help them strengthen their global competitiveness through product and process improvements.  Go to http://www.techhelp.org/index.cfm.

University of Idaho Extension’s “Open for Business” program is designed to bring business training to remote rural communities.  Lorie Higgins, 208-885-9717, higgins@uidaho.edu.

The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship uses webinars, publications, and other tools to share timely information and best practices on a variety of topics related to economic development in rural communities.  Go to www.energizingentrepreneurs.org/siteInnovative Approaches to Entrepreneurial Development: Cases from the Northwest Region is one publication of interest.  To read or download, go to http://www.energizingentrepreneurs.org/site/images/research/cp/cs/cs4.pdf.

Entrepreneurs and Their Communities.  These archived hour-long webinars available through University of Idaho Extension are focused on research-based best practices for supporting small businesses.  Free webinars are ongoing.  Go to http://www.extension.org/entrepreneurship.

The Idaho Department of Commerce’s Idaho Gem Grant program provides funding for public infrastructure projects that support economic development.  Examples of eligible activities include: construction materials, new and rehabilitative construction, architectural and engineering services, and property acquisition.  Grant amounts are up to $50,000.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/communities/community-assistance/idaho-gem-grants/.  Jerry Miller, jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov, 208-334-2470.

In 2013 the Idaho Department of Commerce awarded a Gem Grant to Bannock, Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power Counties in S.E. Idaho to purchase “Executive Pulse,” a successful Business Retention and Expansion resource for economic development specialists in the region.  Go to http://www.executivepulse.com/.   Contact Randy Shroll, Idaho Department of Commerce, 208-334-2650 ext. 2124, randy.shroll@commerce.idaho.gov.

An entire curriculum focused on building an entrepreneur friendly community is available through Ohio State University. Go to http://sustentrep.osu.edu/building-an-entrepreneur-friendly-community.

A PowerPoint presentation titled Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture/ Community by Deborah Markley.  Go to www.agecon.purdue.edu/aicc/valueaddconf/PPT/5MARKLEY2.ppt.

Gem State Prospector, Idaho Department of Commerce.  http://gemstateprospector.com.  Jerry Miller, 208-334-2470, jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov.

Based at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, the Idaho Small Business Development Center provides business coaching, business training, and resources to entrepreneurs and individuals. Businesses that receive coaching and training assistance from the ISBDC grow on the average 700% faster than a typical Idaho business. Go to http://www.nic.edu/Websites/default.aspx?dpt=120&pageId=1492.

Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) is a Eugene, Oregon-based nonprofit organization that helps towns and rural partnerships develop and diversify their economies by creating inclusive, long-term strategies and managing crucial projects. They conduct community trainings on leadership and effective organizations.  RDI's work is focused in Oregon but also reaches six western states (including Idaho) and British Columbia.  Go to http://www.rdiinc.org/. Noelle Colby-Rotell, 208-954-9564, nrotell@rdiinc.org.

Idaho Housing and Finance Association’s Idaho Collateral Support Program establishes pledged cash collateral accounts with a lending institution to enhance loan collateral for businesses in order to obtain financing on acceptable terms.  Go to http://ihfa.org/ihfa/small-business-loan-programs.aspx.  Cory Phelps, coryp@ihfa.org, 208-331-4725.

West is Best:  How Public Lands in the West Create a Competitive Economic Advantage is a research paper published by Headwaters Economics in November 2012.  Go to http://headwaterseconomics.org/land/west-is-best-value-of-public-lands.

The Rural Growth Trifecta:  Outdoor Amenities, Creative Class, and Entrepreneurial Context, an article in the Journal of Economic Geography, May 17, 2010.  Go to http://joeg.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2010/05/12/jeg.lbq007.full.pdf+html.

Advancing Vermont’s Creative Economy, published by the Vermont Council on Culture and Innovation, September 2004.  Go to http://www.ksefocus.com/vcci_report.pdf.

Seattle-based Destination Development International offers consultation, educational webinars, and newsletter all focused on helping communities achieve goals related to branding, wayfinding, and tourism marketing.  Go to http://www.rogerbrooksinternational.com/.

USDA Rural Development has loan and grant programs to finance a wide variety of business, infrastructure, housing, and community projects.  Go to http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ID.  Jeff Beeman, USDA Area Director (Jeff.Beeman@id.usda.gov, 208-762-4939 ext. 118) was a member of the Sandpoint Community Review visiting team.

Among other things, the nonprofit Kansas Sampler Foundation provides communities in that state with information and assistance related to tourism.  Go to http://www.kansassampler.org/rce/.

For an example of an event in Michigan that builds on local food, art, and heritage, go to http://www.artsandeats.org/index.html.

Idaho Travel Council Grant Program.  Chambers of Commerce are a target audience for this program.  Funded through the hotel/motel tax, these grants can be used to build websites and promote community events.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/tourism-grants-and-resources/itc-grant-application-process/.  ReNea Nelson, 208-334-2650, ext 2161, Renea.Nelson@tourism.idaho.gov.

The Idaho Division of Tourism Development offers assistance and information to tourism-related businesses.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/tourism-grants-and-resources/web-resources/, 208-334-2470.

Regional travel councils around the state provide good examples of coordinated efforts to promote place-based or cultural tourism.  Specific examples in relatively rural areas of the state include the Lava Hot Springs-based Pioneer Country Travel Council in southeast Idaho (go to http://www.seidaho.org/) and North Central Idaho Travel Association based in Lewiston (go to http://www.visitnorthcentralidaho.org/).

The Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project contributes to the economic health of the region by promoting sustainable tourism and is a partnership between Sierra Business Council, Sierra Nevada Conservancy and the National Geographic Society.  Go to http://sierrabusiness.org/what-we-do/projects/356-sierra-nevada-geotourism.

Host a luncheon or meeting for business owners that features a showing of the “Maps, Apps, and Mobile Media Marketing” webinar available through University of Idaho Extension, then work together to help each other learn about and access the many resources provided in the presentation.  Go to http://www.extension.org/pages/16076/etc-webinar-archive.

The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) is a non-profit organization providing assistance and support to communities working to increase their resiliency and self-sufficiency by strengthening their locally owned businesses.  Go to http://bealocalist.org/.  Contact 360-746-0840 or info@livingeconomies.org.

Created in 2011 by Boise Young Professionals (a program of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce), Blaunched is a one of a kind, “soup to nuts” business pitch competition designed to connect Boise’s young professional talent with experienced entrepreneurs to encourage idea development and create company startups.  Go to http://www.boiseyp.org/byp-programs/blaunched/ and http://www.blaunched.com/.

Grand View February 13-14, 2013
 

  • The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship uses webinars, publications, and other tools to share timely information and best practices on a variety of topics related to economic development in rural communities.  Go to www.energizingentrepreneurs.org/siteInnovative Approaches to Entrepreneurial Development: Cases from the Northwest Region is one publication of interest.  To read or download, go to http://www.energizingentrepreneurs.org/site/images/research/cp/cs/cs4.pdf.
  • No cost one-on-one counseling is available to existing and emerging business owners through the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) program. E-mail counseling is available if a personal visit is not possible.  Counseling appointments can be made by calling 208-334-1696 in Boise.  SCORE can also be found on the Internet at www.idahotvscore.org.

Driggs September 13-14, 2012

  • State of Idaho Industrial Revenue Bonds.  Industrial revenue bonds provide businesses with a potentially lower cost alternative source of funding for purchasing and improving upon industrial facilities.  The lower cost is realized because the bonds issued under this program are tax-free.  This incentive might entice investors to accept a lower rate of return.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/assets/content/docs/IRB GUIDE 2010.doc.  Randy Shroll, 208-334-2650 ext 2124, randy.shroll@commerce.idaho.gov.
  • TechHelp provides technical and professional assistance, training and information to Idaho manufacturers, processors and inventors to help them strengthen their global competitiveness through product and process improvements.  Go to http://www.techhelp.org/index.cfm.
  • University of Idaho Extension’s “Open for Business” program is designed to bring business training to remote rural communities.  Lorie Higgins, 208-885-9717, higgins@uidaho.edu.
  • The Idaho Department of Commerce’s Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) helps businesses pursue government contracting opportunities.  Go to http://www.commerce.idaho.gov/business/government-contracting.aspx.  Gary Moore, gary.moore@commerce.idaho.gov, 208.334.2470.
  • The Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center (E Center) is a Rexburg-based nonprofit providing value-added business consulting through a network of local university students, government leaders, and business professionals. Go to http://www.idahoecenter.org/about/.  Robert Pothier, Executive Director, 208-356-5009, r.pothier@idahoecenter.org.
  • Fill-in-the-Blank Business Recruitment Workbook.  This workbook was designed for downtown and commercial district revitalization organizations that want to improve the mix of businesses in their districts by helping existing businesses thrive, and by recruiting new businesses to fill gaps in the market.  Go to: http://www.DowntownDevelopment.com/fibbr.php, 1-800-232-4317.
  • Entrepreneurs and Their Communities.  These archived hour-long webinars available through University of Idaho Extension are focused on research-based best practices for supporting small businesses.  Free webinars are ongoing.  Go to http://www.extension.org/entrepreneurship.
  • The Idaho Department of Commerce’s Idaho Gem Grant program provides funding for public infrastructure projects that support economic development.  Examples of eligible activities include: construction materials, new and rehabilitative construction, architectural and engineering services, and property acquisition.  Grant amounts are up to $50,000.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/communities/community-assistance/idaho-gem-grants/.  Jerry Miller, jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov, 208-334-2470.
  • An entire curriculum focused on building an entrepreneur friendly community is available through Ohio State University. Go to http://sustentrep.osu.edu/building-an-entrepreneur-friendly-community.
  • A Powerpoint presentation titled Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture/ Community by Deborah Markley.  Go to www.agecon.purdue.edu/aicc/valueaddconf/PPT/5MARKLEY2.ppt.
  • The Southern Rural Development Center offers a self-paced training on web sites for small Hispanic businesses.  Go to http://srdc.msstate.edu/ecommerce/curricula/hispanic_business/.
  • GrowthWheel® helps entrepreneurs build their businesses through a simple action-oriented process that stays true to the way most entrepreneurs think and work. For the business advisor, the toolkit is a checklist to keep a 360° perspective and a way to save time by empowering the client company to do more work. For organizations, GrowthWheel establishes a common language for all advisors and clearly communicates what the consulting process offers.  It is available through the Regional Development Alliance, Inc. & Region VI Small Business Development Center.
  • Based at Boise State University, the Environmental Finance Center offers training assistance to help assess sustainability of utility rates and establishment of reserve funds.  http://efc.boisestate.edu/. Dave Eberle, Executive Director, 208-426-4110, weberle@boisestate.edu.
  • Gem State Prospector, Idaho Department of Commerce.  http://gemstateprospector.com.  Jerry Miller, 208-334-2470, jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov.
  • Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) is a Eugene, Oregon-based nonprofit organization that helps towns and rural partnerships develop and diversify their economies by creating inclusive, long-term strategies and identifying and managing crucial projects. They conduct community trainings on leadership, effective organizations.  RDI's work is focused in Oregon but also reaches six western states (including Idaho) and British Columbia. http://www.rdiinc.org/. Noelle Colby-Rotell, 208-954-9564, nrotell@rdiinc.org.
  • Idaho Housing and Finance Association’s Idaho Collateral Support Program establishes pledged cash collateral accounts with a lending institution to enhance loan collateral for businesses in order to obtain financing on acceptable terms.  Go to http://ihfa.org/ihfa/small-business-loan-programs.aspx.  Cory Phelps, coryp@ihfa.org, 208-331-4725.
     
  • USDA Rural Development, Business Programs, Dale Lish, Area Director, 208- 785-5840 ext. 119, dale.lish@id.usda.gov.
  • Idaho TechConnect, Rick Ritter, rick.ritter@idahotechconnect.com, 208-562-3700.
  • Vandal Innovation and Enterprise Works (VIEW) at the University of Idaho.  Go to http://www.uidaho.edu/view.aspx.  Michael McCollough, Director, 208-885-6478, mccollou@uidaho.edu.
  • The Development Company.  Go to http://www.thedevco.net/ or call 208-356-4524.
  • Idaho Tech Help has a team devoted exclusively to food processing and food marketing.  Go to http://www.techhelp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=services.food.  Jeff Kronenberg, Food Processing Specialist, jkron@uidaho.edu, 208-364-4937.
  • Idaho National Laboratory’s Technical Assistance Program provides technical expertise to state and local government, and regional small businesses. The requesting organization can receive, at no cost to it, up to 40 hours of laboratory employee time to address technical needs that cannot readily be met by commercially available resources in the region.  Go to http://tinyurl.com/992ayxe.  Stephanie Cook, Stephanie.cook@inl.gov, 208-526-1644.
  • West is Best:  How Public Lands in the West Create a Competitive Economic Advantage is a research paper published by Headwaters Economics in November 2012.  Go to http://headwaterseconomics.org/land/west-is-best-value-of-public-lands.
  • The Rural Growth Trifecta:  Outdoor Amenities, Creative Class, and Entrepreneurial Context, an article in the Journal of Economic Geography, May 17, 2010.  Go to http://joeg.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2010/05/12/jeg.lbq007.full.pdf+html.
  • Advancing Vermont’s Creative Economy, published by the Vermont Council on Culture and Innovation, September 2004.  Go to http://www.ksefocus.com/vcci_report.pdf.
  • Idaho communities that have developed or are in the process of developing shop or buy local projects include Boise, Nampa, Eagle, Moscow, Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint, and Idaho Falls.  The Boise project is called Think Boise First.  Go to www.thinkboisefirst.org.
  • Wealth Creation and Rural Livelihoods is a learning network or practitioners, researchers, and policy makers focused on creating and sustaining rural wealth.  Go to http://www.ruralwealth.org.
  • The Idaho Department of Agriculture offers a free handbook titled Starting a Specialty Foods Business.  To download, go to http://agri.state.id.us/Categories/Marketing/Documents/specialtyfoodbook.pdf.
  • Farmer’s markets and agri-tourism, Idaho Department of Agriculture, Lacey Menasco, lmenasco@agri.idaho.gov.
  • USDA’s Value Added Producer Grant program provides funding to help eligible independent producers of agricultural commodities, agricultural producer groups, farmer and rancher cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures develop business plans for viable marketing opportunities and develop strategies to create marketing opportunities. VAPG grants facilitate greater participation in emerging markets and new markets for value-added products.  Go to http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/coops/vadg.htm.
  • USDA’s Farmer’s Market Promotion Program (FMPP) offers grants to help improve and expand domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, community supported agriculture programs, agri-tourism activities, and other producer-to-consumer market opportunities.  Go to http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/FMPP.
  • The Idaho Small Business Development Center maintains a directory of commercial incubator kitchens in Idaho.  Go to http://www.idahosbdc.org/DocumentMaster.aspx?doc=1232.
  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center at Iowa State University offers a vast amount of information on multi-use kitchen incubators. Go to http://www.agmrc.org/markets__industries/food/kitchen_incubators.cfm.  866-277-5567, AgMRC@iastate.edu.
     

Nez Perce/Lapwai June 12-14, 2012

Glenns Ferry March 6-8, 2012

  • Idaho Department of Commerce’s Idaho Community Development Block Grant Program and/or the Idaho Rural Community Development Block Grant Program.  Assuming that direct and immediate job creation will result, these programs could be used to help the City acquire and improve space for business development by, for example, designating the subject property as an urban renewal area.  Go to  http://commerce.idaho.gov/development-block-grants/.  Dennis Porter, 208-334-2650 ext 2145, dennis.porter@commerce.idaho.gov.
  • Idaho Housing and Finance Idaho Collateral Support Program could be used in conjunction with a bank loan to lower the amount of upfront cash that a business would need to acquire and/or improve a facility.  Go to http://www.ihfa.org/ihfa/small-business-loan-programs.aspx.  Cory Phelps, 208-331-4725, coryp@ihfa.org.
  • State of Idaho Industrial Revenue Bonds.  Industrial revenue bonds provide businesses with a potentially lower cost alternative source of funding for purchasing and improving upon industrial facilities.  The lower cost is realized because the bonds issued under this program are tax-free.  This incentive might entice investors to accept a lower rate of return.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/assets/content/docs/IRB GUIDE 2010.doc.  Randy Shroll, 208-334-2650 ext 2124, randy.shroll@commerce.idaho.gov.
  • Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s Brownfields Assessment Program funds and conducts environmental assessments of brownfields sites.  Aaron Scheff, IDEQ Brownfields Response Program Manager, 208-373-0420, aaron.scheff@deq.idaho.gov.
  • Idaho Power offers a range of services and assistance to commercial property owners and managers.  Their ‘Easy Upgrades’ program provides incentives up to $100,000 per site, per year for qualifying energy-saving improvements to commercial or industrial buildings.  They can also provide energy audits, educational materials, group presentations or seminars, on-site meetings, energy use data that can be used to help identify conservation opportunities.  Go to http://www.idahopower.com/EnergyEfficiency/Business/Programs/EasyUpgrades/default.cfm. Troy Davies, Customer Representative, 208-642-6293, tdavies@idahopower.com.
  • The Idaho Office of Energy Resources offers low interest loans for energy efficiency and can assist businesses and property owners identify tax credits and other incentives for making buildings energy efficient. Sue Seifert, 208-332-1662, sue.seifert@oer.idaho.gov.
  • USDA’s Rural Energy for America program provides grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.  The grants are for directed to private businesses (not municipalities) and can pay up to 25% of project costs.  Shannon Madsen, 208-459-0761 ext. 117, shannon.madsen@id.usda.gov.
  • The Idaho Small Business Development Center offers classes and counseling for businesses and entrepreneurs on a wide array of topics.  Some of the counseling and classes can be accessed online.  Go to http://www.idahosbdc.org/center.aspx?center=3040&subloc=0.  Betti Newburn, 208-426-3875, bettinewburn@boisestate.edu.
  • University of Idaho Extension Educator, Lyle Hansen, is piloting a youth entrepreneurship program in Jerome County this spring.  Contact Lyle about possibly delivering the program in Glenns Ferry in the future.  Lyle Hansen, lhansen@uidaho.edu, 208-283-1716.
  • No cost one-on-one counseling is available to existing and emerging business owners through the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) program. E-mail counseling is available if a personal visit is not possible.  Counseling appointments can be made by calling 208-334-1696 in Boise. SCORE can also be found on the Internet at www.idahotvscore.org.
  • Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) is a Eugene, Oregon-based nonprofit organization that helps towns and rural partnerships develop and diversify their economies by creating inclusive, long-term strategies and identifying and managing crucial projects. They conduct community trainings on leadership, effective organizations, and other topics in both English and Spanish. RDI's work is focused in Oregon but also reaches six western states (including Idaho) and British Columbia.  Go to http://www.rdiinc.org/. 208-954-9564.
  • The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship uses webinars, publications, and other tools to share timely information and best practices on a variety of topics related to economic development in rural communities, including youth engagement.  Here is an article about a successful youth entrepreneurship program based in Effingham County, Illinois:  http://tinyurl.com/82nswjm.  Go to:  http://www.energizingentrepreneurs.org/site/ to subscribe to their e-newsletter and link to their Facebook page.
  • Supporting Entrepreneurs and Small Business:  A Toolkit for Local Leaders is a publication recently released by the National League of Cities.  Go to http://tinyurl.com/cade6pa to download.
  • Idaho TechHelp will provide on-site technical assistance to help businesses become more productive. Go to http://www.techhelp.org/. 208-426-3767, techhelp@boisestate.edu.
  • Idaho National Laboratory’s Technical Assistance Program helps technology-based businesses to overcome difficult barriers in order to advance these enterprises for business retention, expansion, or creation.  Go to https://inlportal.inl.gov/portal/server.pt/community/technology_transfer/269/technical_assistance_program. Stephanie Cook, 208-526-1644, stephanie.cook@inl.gov.
  • Executive Pulse is a consulting firm specializing in business retention and expansion.  Go to www.executivepulse.com. Laith Ward, 866-397-8573, ext. 2.
  • Idaho Department of Labor can assist with getting a business retention and expansion effort off the ground.  Brent Tolman, Regional Business Specialist, 208-678-5518, ext. 3120, Brent.Tolman@labor.idaho.gov.
  • Funding from USDA’s Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator grant program is available to spur job creation and economic growth in distressed rural communities.  Go to http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2012/03/0089.xml.
  • USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program could be used to create an online or virtual business directory.  Go to http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_rbeg.html.  Shannon Madsen, 208-459-0761 ext. 117, shannon.madsen@id.usda.gov.
  • Idaho Travel Council Grant Program.  Chambers of Commerce are a target audience for this program.  Funded through the hotel/motel tax, these grants can be used to build websites and promote community events.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/tourism-grants-and-resources/itc-grant-application-process/.  Renea Nelson, 208-334-2650, ext 2161, Renea.Nelson@tourism.idaho.gov.
  • The Idaho Division of Tourism Development offers assistance and information to tourism-related businesses.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/tourism-grants-and-resources/web-resources/, 208-334-2470.
  • Gem State Prospector, Idaho Department of Commerce.  Go to http://gemstateprospector.com. Jerry Miller PCED, 208-334-2470, ext. 2143, jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov.
  • Showing the Way:  An Introduction to Creating a Successful Community Wayfinding Plan is a highly illustrated book originally created for Montana communities.  Go to http://tinyurl.com/7vkzxga.
  • Destination Development International is a community branding and tourism consulting firm based in Seattle offering several branding-related workshops, trainings, and a resource book entitled “Your Town:  A Destination” (http://tinyurl.com/7v5l6h9). Notes from a presentation by one of the book’s co-authors is available here:  http://tinyurl.com/6mchhtp. Additional contact information:  http://www.destinationdevelopment.com, Roger Brooks, 206-241-4770.
  • Teton Valley, Idaho Falls, and Cascade are Idaho communities that have completed processes or planning related to branding. Teton County:  Reid Rogers, Teton Valley Chamber, 208-354-2500, wwa@pdt.net; Idaho Falls:  Robb Chiles, Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, 208-523-1010. rchiles@idahofallschamber.org; Cascade:  Katrin or Ashley Thompson, Ashley Inn, 208-382-5621.
  • Red Lodge, Montana (www.redlodge.com), Door County, Wisconsin (http://www.doorcounty,com/), and Methow Valley, Washington (http://www.methow.com/about_links.php) are three places outside Idaho that have benefitted from community branding efforts.
  • Show Me the Money, a monthly e-newsletter published by the Idaho Department of Commerce, features information about various funding sources for a variety of community and economic development projects.  Email jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov to get on the mailing list.
  • Host a business luncheon where everyone watches the “Maps, Apps & Mobile Media Marketing” webinar referenced in the Listening Session section of this report, then works together to help each other to learn about and access the many resources provided in that presentation.
  • Idaho Gem Grant program, Idaho Department of Commerce.  Unlike the Community Development Block Grant program, the Gem Grant program uses State funding and the turn around time is relatively quick.  Jerry Miller, 208-334-2470, jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov.
  • Idaho State Parks and Recreation offers grants for recreation projects, particularly if they are multipurpose and attract multiple audiences.  Go to http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/aboutus/grants.aspx.
  • Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands provides assistance and funding to protect natural areas and improve public access.  Go to http://www.idaholands.org/index.  208-344-7141.
  • The Idaho Heritage Trust offers funding and technical assistance for preserving and improving historically significant buildings. Go to http://www.idahoheritage.org/index.html.  Katherine Kirk, Executive Director, 208-549-1778, IHT@idahoheritage.org.
  • Idaho State Historical Society’s Community Enhancement Grants can fund interpretive signage, brochures and history related audio and video projects. Go to http://history.idaho.gov/community-enhancement-grants.  Keith Petersen, 208-882-1540, keith.petersen@ishs.idaho.gov.
  • Idaho State Historical Society’s Certified Community Program.  Go to http://history.idaho.gov/certified-local-government-clg-program.  Ann Swanson, 208 334-3861, ext. 104, ann.swanson@ishs.idaho.gov.
  • Organizing a Successful Downtown Revitalization Program Using the Main Street Approach is a book available through the Washington Department of Trade and Economic Development.  Go to http://www.commerce.wa.gov/_cted/documents/ID_160_Publications.pdf.
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Program.  Go to http://www.nationaltrust.org/community/resources.html and http://www.mainstreet.org/, 202-588-6219, mainstreet@nthp.org.
  • Western Office National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Go to www.PreservationNation.org.  Sheri Freemuth, AICP, Program Officer, 208-891-4121, sheri_freemuth@nthp.org.
  • Another resource is the Idaho Department of Lands Community Forestry program.  Go to http://www.idl.idaho.gov/bureau/community_forestry/home/index.htm.
  • Berks County, PA is a good example of a community that has chosen to center their community vision on agriculture and history, rather than making these secondary or tourist features of the town. Go to http://www.co.berks.pa.us/Dept/AgLandPres/Pages/default.aspx.
  • Farmers’ Markets and AgriTourism, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, Lacey Menasco, lmenasco@agri.idaho.gov.
  • USDA’s Value Added Producer Grant program provides funding to help eligible independent producers of agricultural commodities, agricultural producer groups, farmer and rancher cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures develop business plans for viable marketing opportunities and develop strategies to create marketing opportunities. VAPG grants facilitate greater participation in emerging markets and new markets for value-added products.  Go to http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_VAPG_Grants.html.
  • USDA’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) offers grants to help improve and expand domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agri-tourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.  Go to http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/FMPP.
  • The National Gardening Association is a source of support and information regarding school-based gardening education and projects (e.g. gardens, greenhouses, curriculum, etc.). Funding is available through the Youth Garden Grants program. Go to http://www.kidsgardening.org/ygg.asp.  800-538-7476.
  • Murphy Outpost Days is one example of a community event in southcentral and southwest Idaho that may offer ideas and examples for Glenns Ferry.  Go to http://www.owyheemuseum.org/default.asp?pageName=Events.
  • Show Me the Money, a monthly e-newsletter published by the Idaho Department of Commerce, features information about various funding sources for a variety of community and economic development projects.  Email jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov to get on the mailing list.
  • Southern Idaho Tourism could be an excellent source of ideas, training, and support for the marketing minds of the community and would break the professional isolation that is so common in far-flung communities.  Available trainings include regularly scheduled customer service training for businesses and communities.  Go to http://visitsouthidaho.com/cake/ and http://visitsouthidaho.com/cake/pdfs/get/customer-service-training/preview.  Debbie Dane, 208-732-5569, ddane@csi.edu.  NOTE: Glenns Ferry is NOT identified as a southern Idaho community on their website.
  • US Bank Charitable Giving Program.  Our advice is to contact the local bank branch manager before engaging US Bank’s Idaho donation coordinator.  Go to http://www.usbank.com/community/state-contacts-deadlines.html.  Tori Van Allen, 208-765-7700.
  • Franchises/Box Stores. Many national chains/box store-type businesses like to give to projects connected to youth.  Since the fairgrounds serves all of Elmore County and many Glenns Ferry residents patronize franchise businesses located in Mountain Home the community should consider soliciting businesses like Wal-Mart and McDonalds for donations to help upgrade the fairgrounds.
  • Idaho Department of Commerce’s Idaho Community Development Block Grant Program and/or the Idaho Rural Community Development Block Grant Program.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/development-block-grants/.  Dennis Porter, 208-334-2650, ext 2145.
  • Union Pacific Rail Road Foundation makes a number of annual donations in Idaho and has funded the Idaho Historical Society. Go to http://www.up.com/found/grants.shtml#0.  402-544-5600.
  • Idaho Commission on the Arts.  Michelle Coleman, Community Development Director, 208-334-2119, ext. 112, michelle.coleman@arts.idaho.gov.
  • The Idaho Humanities Council provides grant funding to projects and events related to history, culture, and identity.  Go to www.idahohumanitiescouncil.org.  208-345-5346.
  • Resources for community organizations organizing a community event: http://tinyurl.com/7r954nr.

 Silver Valley September 13-15, 2011

New Meadows May 17-19, 2011

  • The Idaho Department of Commerce’s Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) helps businesses pursue government contracting opportunities. http://www.commerce.idaho.gov/business/government-contracting.aspx, Gary Moore, 208 334-2470, gary.moore@commerce.idaho.gov.
  • HUB Zone Certification, https://eweb1sp.sba.gov/hubzone/internet/, Larry Demirelli, 208-334-9004, larry.demirelli@sba.gov.
  • Sage Community Resources, Delta James, 208-322-7033, djames@sageidaho.com.
  • The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) is a non-profit organization providing assistance and support to communities working to increase their resiliency and self-sufficiency by strengthening their locally-owned businesses. http://www.livingeconomies.org/, 360-746-0840, info@livingeconomies.org. Think Boise First (www.thinkboisefirst.org) is a member of the BALLE network.
  • The Sierra Business Council is a multi-interest organization pioneering innovative projects and approaches that foster community vitality, environmental quality, economic prosperity, and social fairness in the Sierra Nevada region of California.  www.sbcouncil.org, 530-582-4800.
  • Framing Our Community is a small business incubator in Elk City focused on value-added economic development. In this community, the primary employer, a lumber mill, was closed and demolished.  Joyce Dearstyne, Executive Director, 208-842-2939, www.framingourcommunity.org.
  • Idaho Housing and Finance Association (IHFA) is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides a range of housing-related services, from free housing counseling (call 1-877-888-3135 or email mortgageserv@ihfa.org), to a general Housing Information and Referral Center (call 877-438-4472 or email hirc@ihfa.org) that can respond to questions involving homelessness, rental assistance, development financing, or strategic planning.
  • IHFA’s Housing Assistance Guide is also available online at: www.fairhousingforum.org/news/housing-assistance-guide.
  • Idaho Small Business Development Center, http://www.idahosbdc.org/center.aspx?center=3040&subloc=0, 208-426-3875, klabrum@boisestate.edu. The Small Business Development Center offers trainings and consulting to existing and emerging business owners.  They also maintain the Idaho Small Business Solutions, a website that helps business owners identify and understand applicable regulatory requirements (http://www.idahobizhelp.org).
  • Small Business Administration, www.sba.gov.
  • Idaho Department of Labor (McCall office) for business training, 208-634-7102, mccallmail@labor.idaho.gov.
  • Idaho TechHelp will provide on-site technical assistance to help businesses become more productive. http://www.techhelp.org/, 208-426-3767, techhelp@boisestate.edu.
  • South Central Idaho Tourism and Recreation at the College of Southern Idaho can possibly offer customer service training.  Debbie Dane, 208-732-5569, ddane@csi.edu.
  • Vandal Innovation and Enterprise Works (VIEW), University of Idaho, Michael McCollough, Director, http://www.uidaho.edu/view.aspx, 208-885-6478, mccollou@uidaho.edu.
  • University of Idaho Extension office in Valley County, http://www.uidaho.edu/extension/valley, Willem Braak, Extension Educator, 208-382-7190, wbraak@uidaho.edu.
  • Northwest Community Development Institute is a leadership training geared towards the economic and community development issues confronting rural communities.  The institute typically takes place each July in Boise.  Scholarships are available.  https://secure.meetingsystems.com/nwcdi/.  Gloria Mabbutt, Idaho Department of Commerce, 208 334-2470, gloria.mabbutt@commerce.idaho.gov.
  • Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) is a Eugene, Oregon-based nonprofit organization that helps towns and rural partnerships develop and diversify their economies by creating inclusive, long-term strategies and identifying and managing crucial projects. They conduct community trainings on leadership, effective organizations, and other topics in both English and Spanish. RDI's work is focused in Oregon but also reaches six western states (including Idaho) and British Columbia. http://www.rdiinc.org/. Noelle Colby-Rotell, 208-954-9564, nrotell@rdiinc.org.
  • University of Idaho Extension’s “Open for Business” program is designed to bring business training to remote rural communities.  Local contact:  Willem (Vim) Braak, Valley County Extension office, 208-382-7190, 208-382-7136, Community blog site:  http://www.longvalleyblog.org/, Extension office Site:  http://www.uidaho.edu/extension/valley, UI Program Leader:  Lorie Higgins, 208-885-9717, higgins@uidaho.edu.
  • Local POA / retired residents.  Not all of them are part-time residents.  Many are full-time and as indicated earlier in the report, are willing and ready to lend their skills to community needs.  They just need to be asked (e.g., we know you have residents with accounting, marketing, engineering and legal backgrounds, among others).  Many signed up to be involved in carrying out projects in one or more of the focus areas.
  • Framing Our Community & Upper Clearwater Community Foundation, Joyce Dearstyne, 208-842-2939, joyce@framingourcommunity.org or Debbie Evans (208-935-0764, kamiahgrants@msn.com).
  • No cost one-on-one counseling is available to existing and emerging business owners through the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) program. E-mail counseling is available online if a personal visit is not possible.  Counseling appointments can be made by calling 208-334-1696 in Boise. SCORE can also be found on the Internet at www.idahotvscore.org.
  • The Emmett Chamber of Commerce has a couple of programs that might work in Meadows Valley.  Every month the chamber hosts something called Midday Mingle, an informal lunchtime gathering of members and community leaders.  The Emmett Chamber also has a program that rewards locals for shopping locally.  Dian Streeby, Executive Director, 208-365-3485, chamber@emmettidaho.com
  • Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (for assistance with creating RV watering/dump station), Jill Murphey, Southern Idaho Grant Specialist, 208-514-2432, jill.murphey@idpr.idaho.gov.
  • Gem State Prospector is a no-cost way to market available properties statewide and nationally. Jerry Miller, 208-334-2470, jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov.
  • The State of Idaho’s Travel Council Grant program can help build local and regional tourism-related websites, other forms of marketing, and familiarization (or “FAM”) tours for journalists. These funds might help leverage other resources. http://commerce.idaho.gov/tourism-grants-and-resources/about-the-itc-grant-program/. Renea Nelson, 208-334-2470, renea.nelson@tourism.idaho.gov.
  • The Idaho Division of Tourism Development offers assistance and information to tourism-related businesses here:  http://commerce.idaho.gov/tourism-grants-and-resources/web-resources/, 208-334-2470.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Enterprise (RBEG) and Opportunity (RBOG) Grant Programs can assist with the cost of engineering and feasibility studies and marketing tools (e.g. business directories). http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/busp/rbeg.htm and http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ga/trbog.htm, Shannon Madsen, 208-459-0761, extension 117 (This resource is potentially applicable to many aspects of economic development.)
  • U.S. Economic Development Administration, Rick Tremblay, 550 W. Fort St., Room 111, Boise, ID  83724, 208-334-1521, rtremblay@eda.doc.gov.
  • Two Degrees Northwest: Where Art Meets the Land, a University of Idaho Extension program, is piloting an “Artisan Trail Guide” this summer that guides locals and visitors to the local art, food, recreation and heritage sites in the north central Idaho and southeastern Washington region. www.2dnw.org, Lorie Higgins, 208-885-9717, Higgins@uidaho.edu.
  • Idaho Power offers a range of services and assistance to commercial property owners and managers.  Their ‘Easy Upgrades’ program provides incentives up to $100,000 per site, per year for qualifying energy-saving improvements to commercial or industrial buildings.  They can also provide energy audits, educational materials, group presentations or seminars, on-site meetings, energy use data that can be used to help identify conservation opportunities. http://www.idahopower.com/EnergyEfficiency/Business/Programs/EasyUpgrades/default.cfm, Troy Davies, Customer Representative, 208-642-6293, tdavies@idahopower.com.
  • Idaho Office of Energy Resources, Building Efficiency Program for Commercial Buildings, Sue Seifert, 208-332-1662, sue.seifert@oer.idaho.gov, http://www.energy.idaho.gov/energyefficiency/building.htm.
  • USDA’s Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program (REAP) makes loan guarantees and grants to farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/busp/9006grant.htm, Brian Buch, 208-378-5623.
  • Idaho Community Development Block Grant program, Dennis Porter, Community Development Manager, 208-334-2650, ext. 2145, dennis.porter@community.idaho.gov.
  • USDA Rural Development Direct and/or guarantee loan water environmental program, Richard Carrig, USDA Rural Development, 208-459-0761, extension 113, richard.carrig@id.usda.gov.
  • Idaho DEQ drinking water and water pollution control revolving loan program, http://www.deq.idaho.gov/water/assist_citizen_comm.cfm, 208-373-0550.
  • Rural Community Assistance Corporation, Jim Phillips, 208-855-2310, http://www.rcac.org/.
  • Idaho Department of Water Resource Board loan program, http://www.idwr.idaho.gov/waterboard/Financial%20program/financial.htm.  Stuart Van Greuningen, 208-287-4905, stuart.vangreuningen@idwr.idaho.gov.
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