Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A New Bank for Arco? Your Support Needed Friday December 11th



A City of Arco has arranged a community meeting with Summit Bank to explore the possibly that Summit would open a branch in Arco.  The meeting is December 11th from 9-12 at the Business Center.  As many of you know, Wells Fargo will be closing its store on West Grand Avenue in Arco in February.  This is creating a problem for some businesses and institutions in the community.

The City of Arco will be hosting a meeting with Summit Bank and the community to discuss the likelihood of Summit Bank coming to Arco.  On Friday, December 11, 2015, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Arco/Butte Business Incubation Center located at 159 N Idaho Street.  The discussion will cover whether there will be enough support for a new bank, what the bank can do for the community, and the services they will offer.  The city would appreciate community participation on this subject

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Using Facebook Ads in Your Small Business

Learn from Entrepreneurs

Market Channel Assessment

Friday, December 4th at 12:15 Eastern (11:15 Central; 10:15 Mountain; 9:15 Pacific).
Join James Barnes on Using Facebook Ads in Your Small Business 

Take 15 minutes to build your bottom line.

How to view the Chat:
Power of Business Friday 15 Chats are Google Hangouts On-Air. To watch a Friday 15 live, click this link to the chat about 5 minutes before the scheduled start of the session. Then, click the “Play” icon on the video window.
Get more from the session:

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Idaho Departmnent of Transportation Business Newsletter on Line


The Idaho Department of Transportation published a monthly business newsletter montthly.  Click on the image below to go to their page

http://itd.idaho.gov/ocr/ocrBUSINESSNEWS.aspx


Monday, November 2, 2015

SBA to Hold Vetrepreneurs Workshop Nov 6tgh


Are you a veteran running a small business or interested in starting one?
Join us November 6th in Boise, Idaho for an introduction to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Programs and  Resources for Veterans.  Discover what resources are available to jump start your existing or new veteran owned businesses including Capital, Counseling and Contracting assistance.
Boise, ID
Vetrepreneurs
November 6, 2015 | 11:00 am MST - 12:30 pm MST
380 E. Parkcenter Blvd, Suite 330, Boise, ID 83706
An introduction to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Programs and  Resources for Veterans.
Discover what resources are available to jump start your existing or new veteran owned businesses including Capital, Counseling and Contracting assistance.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Statewide Business Training Events Calendar.

Below is our Statewide Business Training Events Calendar. These are emailed out every two weeks to Idaho DBEs and any other interested businesses, organizations or individuals. We focus on short, inexpensive trainings that will benefit strapped-for-time small business owners in the areas of finance, marketing and business management. Many of these training opportunities are in webinar format!
Various skill and experience levels are represented here to appeal to both beginning business owners and more experienced entrepreneurs.
If you know of anyone who’d like to be added to the emailing list, just tell us, and we’ll be delighted to include them. Also, if you know of some great Idaho training opportunities that we’ve missed, please let us know, so we can include it in our regular searches for calendar content.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

General Chamber Meeting Wednesday Oct 14th in Mackay

The next Lost Rivers Chamber of Commerce general  networking meeting will be held on Wednesday October 14th at 8:00 am at Jillie Dees bakery in Mackay. Will be having a ribbon cutting at that time for Jillie Dees.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Boots to Business Reboots

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Boise District Office
Boots to Business Reboot

Starting or growing a Veteran-Owned Business?

Sign up for Boots to Business Reboot, an entrepreneurship training program for veterans and their spouses.

Owning a Veteran-Owned Small Business

Veterans have the character, discipline and skills needed to succeed as small business owners and entrepreneurs.  Wondering what it takes and how you can prepare? Enroll in Boots to Business Reboot.

About Boots to Business Reboot

Boots to Business Reboot is a two step training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocations, an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

SBA: Slack Season Survival Tips for Your Small Business

Seasonal businesses are all around - from garden centers and snow removal firms to landscapers and ski shops. Some will choose to remain open for business throughout the year, while others will close during the slow months.

The General Manager from Bogus Basin will be sharing his knowledge and experience in the art of preparing for the slack season. He will cover topics to include marketing, budgeting, and human resource management to help you make the best decisions for your small business.
If you operate or are looking to start-up a seasonal business, come learn some tips for minimizing the effect of seasonality and optimizing your business operations year-round.
Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: SBA Boise District Office | 380 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Suite 330 | Boise, ID 83706
Register here!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Running a Seasonal Business - Tips for Thriving and Surviving Year-Round

From the SBA Repert

By Caron_Beesley, Contributor
Published: March 23, 2010 Updated: April 30, 2012
In business, we all struggle with highs and lows, but for seasonal businesses - those that make the bulk of their profits at certain times of the year - knowing how to optimize the lows while riding the highs requires a  particularly innovative and diligent entrepreneur at the helm.
Seasonal businesses are all around - from garden centers and snow removal firms to summer camps and beach stores. Some will choose to remain open for business throughout the year, while others will close during the slow months.
If you operate or are looking to start-up a seasonal business, here are some tips for minimizing the effect of seasonality and optimizing your business operations year-round.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Small Business Innovation Research - Treasure Valley Tour August 21

SBIR logo

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

Join us!


Friday August 21st 8:00am to 4:00pm MDT 

BSU Micron Business and Economics Building 
Skaggs Hall, Room 1301 
360 University Drive, Boise, ID 83706 


Click Here to Register:
https://business.idahosbdc.org/reg.aspx?mode=event&event=40350061

 We hope you have found this information useful. Please feel free to forward this to your friends and colleagues. If you have questions or comments, please email paulcooperrider@boisestate.edu or call 208-426-3875. Additional information about the event can be found here.

Sincerely
Your Boise District Office U.S. Small Business Administration

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Vetrepreneurs Workshop August 11th, Pocatello

Veterans graphic
Are you a veteran running a small business or interested in starting one?
Join us August 11th in Pocatello, Idaho for an introduction to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Programs and  Resources for Veterans.  Discover what resources are available to jump start your existing or new veteran owned businesses including Capital, Counseling and Contracting assistance.
Topics Covered:
  • 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program
  • Veterans' Advantage Program
  • Veteran Owned Business / Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Contract Set-asides
  • Basic Business Plan Essentials
  • Overview of Reboot 2 Business Program
  • General Q&A and individual counseling

Pocatello, ID
August 11, 2015 | 2:00 pm MST - 4:30 pm MST
1651 Alvin Ricken Dr., Conference Room, Pocatello, ID 83201
An introduction to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Programs and Resources for Veterans.
Add to Calendar Directions Registration Required Website

Questions? Contact the Gregory Yerxa at 208-334-9634 or gregory.yerxa@sba.gov
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Butte Chamber Regular July Business Meeting Postponed


The regular July business meeting of the Butte County Chamber of Commerce is postponed until Wednesday July 15th.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

SBA Build Your Business Workshops


Boise District Office
Below are workshops offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Boise District Office and our resource partners.  For additional information call (208) 334-9004 x342 or email BDOEventReg@sba.gov.  Registration links for individual events are included below. All events can be found online at www.sba.gov/events.  Boise District Office events can also be found at SBABoise.eventbrite.com

Monday, June 29, 2015

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Idaho Small Businesses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small, nonfarm businesses in eight Idaho counties and neighboring county in Montana are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought in the following primary county that began April 28, 2015, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center - West.
Primary Idaho county:  Jefferson;
Neighboring Idaho counties:  Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Fremont, Lemhi and Madison;
Neighboring Montana county:  Beaverhead.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Valley Community Center Officially Opens with Ribbon Cutting


Front Row (kneeling): Gaven Knighton, Barb Bode, Terry LaBounty, Nadean Brinton Back Row: Ron Lechelt (CHC Foundation Board Member), Arlene Pearson, Millie Zediker, Cleve Hymas, Ron Pearson, Merlin Waddoups, Clyde Hymas, Hamm Brinton, Lin Pearson (Mayor, City of Moore)


The Valley Community Center, constructed by the Moore Community Association, held an open house and community auction on  Saturday June 6th.  The community center is open for business and has very reasonable rates for the use of their "great room" and the "board room".

Janet Thornock Retires from Chamber




Janet Thornock, long time treasurer of the the Butte County Chamber of Commerce, retired from the East Idaho Credit Union, and resigned as treasurer of the Chamber to pursue a new chapter of her life in Oregon, Janet was a main stay of the Chamber and helped keep it alive in the "lean years".


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Idaho's State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grants Workshop June 30

Boise District Office

Idaho STEP Grants & Export Express

Exporting

Join us for an overview of Idaho's State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grants.
Presentations from Idaho Department of Commerce in conjunction with the Boise District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Time is running out to take advantage of 2015 STEP International Market Access Grants. Idaho Commerce still has funds available for funding STEP International Market Access Grants.

Friday, June 12, 2015

ATOMIC DAYS


INFO:
All you can Eat Pancake Breakfast @Park Sat. 7AM by Lost Rivers Medical Center
Cruise In- Shelly Shaffer Thurs. 6:30 PM 208-589-0261
Fun Run- Richard Hansen 208-527-3494 Sat. 7:30 AM
Horseshoes- Jake Hansen 208-867-2388 Fri. Evening
Parade/Ping pong ball drop- Tara Parsons 208-589-5386 11 AM Sat.
Rodeo- Crystal Carpenter 208- 589-6979 Fri. & Sat. 6:30 PM Pre-show
Softball - Chandos Gamett 208-680-9689
Pickles Place Steak Fry- Fri. 5-8 PM @Park
Vendor/Food/Craft Booths Jaci Hill 208-403-9011
Volleyball- Mindy Gamett-208-554-2034

https://www.facebook.com/AtomicDays
www.atomicdays.org

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Butte County Chamber to Hold Annual Meeting Wednesday June 10th at 6:30 PM

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual meeting on Wednesday June 10th at the Mountain West RV Park Cafe.  The objective of the meeting is to socialize; elect officers; hear about the opportunity to expand and re-brand the Chamber as the “Lost Rivers Valleys Chamber” ; and to install the new officers.  Members, interested businesses and citizens and their guests are invited to attend. Please RSVP to ccheyney@uidaho.edu or 527-3060 so that we can assure adequate seating.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Chamber Recognizes High School Seniors and Teacher

Left to Right: Helen Hansen, Darla Maddelena, Mariah Ruth, Jon Isham, Kent Cummins, Forest Jensen, Kirsten Keetch
Arco, Idaho  May 18th, 2015. The Butte County Chamber of Commerce held their annual Senior High Recognition Luncheon on Monday, May 18th in the Arco Butte Business Incubation Center.  The Chamber recognized graduating seniors Kent Cummins, Jon Isham, Darla Maddalena, and Mariah Ruth for outstanding academic performance during their career at Butte High.  The recipients  all maintained a 4.0 grade point average for their entire career.
               

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Chamber Hears from chamber professional Matt Hunter



The Butte County Chamber of Commerce
May 13th, 2015, Lost Rivers Medical Center Conference Room
Draft Minutes
Attending: Katie Brownlee, Helen Merrill, Rose Bernal, Brad Huerta, Matt Hunter, Marie Cummins, Dan Buckley, Candice Larsen, Brent Springer, Shelly Shaffer, Melinda Shodin, Janet Thornock, Helen Hansen, Ann Karr, Marym Dean, Richard Dean, Shelly Rupp, Jaci Hill, Chad Cheyney

Item
Discussion
Action
Call to order
The meeting was called to order a 8:05 am  by Melinda Shodin

Agenda approval / additions

Shelly moved to amend the agenda to include the change of treasurer and the canopies /
Helen/ approved
Program: Update on  Mr. Matt Hunter, Pocatello –Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Hunter has been in Pocatello for 14 years and had been a manager for Red Lion.  Found a job with Chamber and has been there for 10 years. He loves the work and the community.
He distributed a brochure they use to recruit members.  Their big need/mission in Pocatello is to build networking between members.  Meetings are an effort for member to learn about the other members and what they could do for your business.  It’s all about building relationships, with the object to try to spend your personal and business money in the community.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Pocatello Chamber Professional to Speak to Butte Chamber May 13th

The regular May meeting of the Butte County Chamber of Commerce will be Wednesday, May 13th at 8:00 AM in the conference room of the Lost Rivers Medical Center.  Our special guest will be Mr. Matt Hunter.  Mr. Hunter is a chamber professional with the Pocatello Chamber of Commerce and will be discussing the kinds of programs that the Pocatello Chamber provides for its members.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Lost River Valley Gear Swap Saturaday May 2nd

The first Lost River Valley Gear Swap will be held Saturday,May 2, 2015 at  Bottolfsen Park in Arco, Idaho!!!  The swap is FREE to both vendor and to purchasers and is an opportunity to buy, sell or trade any type of outdoor gear or equipment. Set up begins at 8 am and the event runs from 9 AM until 3 PM, and is open to everyone. 

WHAT IS AN OUTDOOR GEAR SWAP??
It is a place to BUY - SELL - SWAP - TRADE any type of gear that people use when they head into the great outdoors. If you are looking for outdoor gear, or looking to off load your old gear, this is the event for you!  PLEASE READ THE SECTION ON PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND HUNTING EQUIPMENT.


SCHEDULE OUTDOOR GEAR SWAP (Saturday May 2)
1. Set up anytime after 8am
2. Gear Swap runs 9am-3pm
3. Kids Bicycle Rodeo 11am-12noon
4. Discussion Session - 12:30pm-1:30pm (pavilion)


Friday, April 24, 2015

Chamber Minutes from April 8th 2015


The Butte County Chamber of Commerce
April 8th, 2015, Mountain Man Trading Post
Draft Minutes
Attending: Clay Condit, Mary and Richard Dean, Katie Brownlee, Shelly Rupp., Melinda Shodin, Helen Merrill, Shelly Shaffer., Marie Cummins, Mea Hays., Karen Timb, Dan Buckle, Candice Larsen, Jack Jensen, Rose Bernal, Chad Cheyney

Item
Discussion
Action
Call to order
Called to order at 8:01 AM

Agenda approval / additions

Helen/Shelly/approved
Approval of minutes
Minutes were provide and on line
Katie/Clay/ approved

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Eastern Idaho Horseman's Hall of Fame to Honor Sandie Smith April 24th


Sandie Smith and "Rowdy"
The 2015 ANNUAL INDUCTION BANQUET will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Residence Inn (Marriott) 635 West Broadway, Idaho Falls next to Smitty’s Pancake House.

The Eastern Idaho Horseman's Hall of Fame  and pays tribute to those individuals who, through a lifetime of involvement and action, have made significant, positive and lasting contributions to the horse industry.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
*No host bar
"Beef that’s what’s for Dinner" will begin at 7:00 p.m.
At a cost of $25.00 per plate.


RSVP:  For dinner reservations,
call a board member in your area
or leave a message
or text at 208-314-1716.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Butte Chamber to Meet Wed April 8th at the Mountain Man Trading Post

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly business meet on Wednesday April 8th at 8:00 AM at the Mountain Man Trading Post.  The program will be focus on the “Change the Name” campaign.  The minutes of the March meeting are available here.   The draft agenda is attached.

Other items of business will include the Butte County Centennial; Senior Recognition Program; Luau; Atomic Days; and the Membership Drive.


The May meeting will be held at the Lost Rivers Hospital, and we are planning to have Matt Hunter from the Pocatello Chamber to discuss the kinds of activities that the Pocatello Chamber engages in.

April draft agenda below.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Butte County Chamber Minutes from March 11th 2015

Butte Chamber of Commerce
March 11th 2015, Taqueria La Costa

Minutes

Called to order by Helen Merrill at 8.03 am
Agenda Approval motion Janet, second Clay
Approval of minutes Motion by Janet second Brad
Treasurers report $2670.89 Balance $240.57 Rodeo Allocation TOTAL $2430.38 remaining balance
Correspondence: Arco ID potentially develop new flyer for Arco
Chamberwise email. Webinar available ask Chad for more information
Craters Committee asking for a donation to help cost of printing brochures and subsequent expenses with seeking the National Monument to become a National Park Motion made by Brad that the Chamber donate $150 to the cause, seconded by Shelley, all in favor.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lost River Valley Outdoor Gear Swap in Arco on May 2nd

Outdoor Adventures Revisited is sponsoring  and outdoor gear swap on May 2nd in the Arco City Park.  Go to this Facebook page for additional information and to keep updated on what will be available at the swap.

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/796773280409585/

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Butte Chamber Hears about New Services at Irrigation Center and the "Change the Name" Campaign

Butte Chamber of Commerce

March 11th 2015
Minutes

Called to order: by Helen Merrill at 8.03 am.

Agenda Approval motion Janet, second Clay

Approval of minutes Motion by Janet second Brad

Treasurer’s report 2670.89 Balance 240.57 Rodeo Allocation TOTAL 2430.38 remaining balance

Correspondence: 
Arco ID potentially develop new flyer for Arco
Chamberwise email. Webinar available ask Chad for more information

Lost River Community Review is Now On-Line for Reading



As you may know, the Lost Rivers Community Review, done by the Idaho Rural partnership, is complete!  Mike field and Jon Barret presented the report to the community at public meetings held in Mackay and Arco on March 11 and 12th respectively.  If you missed the presentations, you can pickup a paper copy of the review from the Lost River Economic Development Offices in Arco or Mackay or from the University of Idaho Extension office in the Business Center in Arco.  You can also read the report on line at  http://irp.idaho.gov/Documents%20and%20Settings/14/Site%20Documents/lost_rivers_mar4_final.pdf

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Butte Chamber to Meet March 11 at Taqeria La Costa

Monthly Meeting:
The Butte County Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday March 11th at the Taquería La Costa on West Grand Avenue.  The will be opening early for the meeting.  Rose Bernal will be bringing some coffee.  The restaurant has soda and water, if you want some other beverage you should plan on bringing it..  Hector told me that breakfast burritos will be available.  Minutes of the February meeting are on line at http://buttecountyidahochamber.blogspot.com/2015/02/chamber-views-slow-death-of-rural.html

Slow Death of Rural America (12 mins.), Roger Brooks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOXzXbqDbbE&noredirect=1

Meeting Program
Our program for the March meeting will be the Irrigation Center.   The Irrigation Center has recently widened their product and service line to include tires, lubrication and soon, field and roadside service for vehicles and tractors.

Friday, March 6, 2015

One Month Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Disaster Field Operations Center - West today reminded small, nonfarm businesses in Idaho and neighboring Montana counties of the April 6, 2015, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low-interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary county that began on June 10, 2014.

Primary Idaho county:  Lemhi;
Neighboring Idaho counties:  Butte, Clark, Custer, Idaho and Valley;
Neighboring Montana counties:  Beaverhead and Ravalli.