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Tools For Business Success

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Below you will find the contact information for other organizations that can provide you with additional assistance. We hope you will always feel free to contact our Economic Development Specialist first for assistance to navigate the available resources and to make personal referrals:

American Manufacturer Network

Clearwater Economic Development Association

Idaho Department of Commerce

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Idaho Department of Labor

Idaho Small Business Development Center

Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Idaho TechConnect

Small Business Administration

TechHelp

USDA Rural Development

American Manufacturer Network

AMN is a consortium of small-business manufacturers throughout Eastern Washington and Idaho organized to increase business opportunities in the Federal Government Market. AMN’s mission is to enhance and assure the domestic supply base for the Department of Defense by working with military installations and prime contractors.

Clearwater Economic Development Association

The best way to explain the services that CEDA provides is to first explain CEDA's role in economic, community and business development.

CEDA is the federally designated regional planning organization for Idaho's District II (Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis and Nez Perce counties). Therefore, CEDA takes a lead role on economic, community and business development initiatives that have REGIONAL impact.

CEDA responds on economic, community and business development initiatives that have individual business or community impact. CEDA is a strong partner for local economic development organizations, governments, businesses and others. We can provide assistance on multiple levels to help see projects to fruition.

CEDA services fall into four main categories:

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Idaho Department of Commerce

As the lead economic development agency for the State of Idaho, the mission of the Department of Commerce is to create jobs, strengthen communities and market the state by:

  • Building the economy by assisting the growth of existing Idaho businesses and attracting new businesses to the state
  • Assisting Idaho businesses in the exportation of goods and services to nations throughout the world
  • Cultivating the development of new businesses and job opportunities across all industry sectors
  • Expanding Idaho's tourism and recreation industries
  • Promoting Idaho as a location for feature film and commercial production

To learn more about a specific division choose one from the list below:

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Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

DEQ is a state department created by the Idaho Environmental Protection and Health Act to ensure clean air, water, and land in the state and protect Idaho citizens from the adverse health impacts of pollution.

Idaho’s environmental laws, rules, and programs can be complex and difficult to understand. DEQ’s assistance and education efforts are aimed at helping citizens, schools, businesses, and communities learn about required as well as recommended actions to protect the environment and public health and encouraging them to make healthy, sustainable choices.

The agency is committed to working in partnership with local communities, businesses, and citizens to identify and implement cost-effective environmental solutions.

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Idaho Department of Labor

The Idaho Department of Labor offers many services, including the following services to Idaho businesses:

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Idaho Small Business Development Center

The Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a statewide, university-based organization which has been helping small businesses succeed since 1986. Everyday, experienced  Idaho SBDC consultants meet with clients, just like you, to provide guidance in developing and growing a successful business.  Statistics show that our clients outperform their peers typically achieving 5 times the sales growth than the average Idaho small business.

With six office locations throughout the state, each affiliated with one of Idaho’s colleges or universities, the Idaho SBDC is uniquely positioned to serve as a focal point for linking together our partners from higher education, the private business community, and federal, state and local government.

Idaho SBDC assistance is available to anyone interested in expanding  or starting a private small business in Idaho.  Consulting is available at no cost to you.  Approximately 98% of all firms in Idaho qualify as small businesses and, therefore, are eligible for assistance from an Idaho SBDC office.

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Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Government agencies spend billions of dollars on goods and services every year. Any company, regardless of size, is eligible to compete for these contracts. The majority of federal purchases under $150,000 are set aside for small businesses, which opens new opportunities for many Idaho firms. Idaho Department of Commerce can help your company access this immense market through the Idaho PTAC. The Idaho PTAC assists local businesses in securing over $100,000,000.00 in federal contracts annually.  Working with the Idaho PTAC is timely, efficient and productive. Using specially designed bid tracking software to access a variety of procurement systems, the Idaho PTAC alerts you to potential new customers and provides information on new opportunities that match your company’s product and service profile.
The Idaho PTAC covers the entire state of Idaho representing businesses in all 44 Idaho counties.
The Idaho PTAC is a service available to all Idaho businesses and is a great tool to expand your sales and marketing reach. Best of all, your membership is free.

For any questions please call 208-334-2470 or email: ptac@commerce.idaho.gov.

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Idaho TechConnect

Idaho TechConnect is the state's only market driven private-public organization focused solely on technology - its development, transfer and commercialization. TechConnect was created to bridge the gap between innovation (research, patents, copyrights, ideas) and entrepreneurial assets (people, money, facilities).

TechConnect offers services in four broad areas:

  • Commercialization
  • Raising Capital
  • Business Teambuilding
  • Networking

These services are intended to address business risks including:

  • Business Model
  • Technology
  • Market
  • Execution/Management
  • Financing

TechConnect staff work to alleviate key business risks, including technological, product, competition, market and management. This is accomplished by screening and assessing the economic feasibility and viability of a company's commercialization process for a product.

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Small Business Administration

Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

The SBA provides many services including:

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TechHelp

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. TechHelp assistance to Idaho’s manufacturers includes assistance with design, engineering and prototype services.

TechHelp helps Idaho Manufacturers focus on five critical areas as outlined in the NIST MEP Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Strategy :

  • Continuous improvement
  • Technology Acceleration
  • Supply Chain Development
  • Sustainability
  • Workforce Development

TechHelp stands ready to help Idaho companies address the five critical areas of NGM to help establish a defend-able competitive advantage. Idaho companies reported the following numbers as a result of their work with us during the most recent fiscal year. 

  • Number of Idaho Firms Served – 179
  • Created & Retained Jobs – 335
  • Top Line Increased and Retained Sales - $53,400,000
  • Bottom Line Cost Savings  - $10,600,000
  • Investments in Improvements  - $6,600,000

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USDA Rural Development

USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Through their programs, they touch rural America in many ways.

Their financial programs support such essential public facilities and services as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. They promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks , credit unions and community-managed lending pools. They offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations. They provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs.

USDA Rural Development has a $181.1 billion portfolio of loans and will administer $38 billion in loans, loan guarantees and grants through their programs in the current fiscal year. They achieve their mission by helping rural individuals, communities and businesses obtain the financial and technical assistance needed to address their diverse and unique needs.

Through its Business Programs, USDA Rural Development provides for business credit needs in under-served rural areas, often in partnership with private-sector lenders.

Loans

Grants

USDA also provides many Community and Economic Development services:

Includes programs that assist communities realize their long-term goals through provision of technical assistance and grants that supports strategic planning and community visioning in order to provide a foundation for economic development.

Regional Development:

Assists regions in creating self-sustaining, long-term economic development in rural areas through visioning and strategic planning. Provides communities seeking information on USDA Rural Development and other federal community and economic development programs. Promotes partnerships at the local and state levels to assist communities in advancing their strategic or economic development plans. Promotes coordinated planning among Rural Development programs to address specific projects in a community or regional strategic plan.

Community Facilities Grant and Loan Programs:

Community Facilities - To fund the development of essential community facilities for public use in rural areas and may include hospitals, fire protection, safety, as well as many other community-based initiatives.

Rural Community Development Initiative - provides technical assistance and training funds to qualified intermediary organizations to develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas.

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for assistance please contact:

Ida-Lew Economic Development

 

Phone: 208.983.8302

Address:

300 W. Main St. Ste 201

Grangeville, ID 83530

info@ida-lew.org

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