Business Resources

Business Resources

If you are looking for resources to grow your business, become more efficient, sustain your business, train employees, learn about the export market, increase your sales, get a loan, etcetera...Ida-Lew Economic Development is here to help!

How Cash Payments Could Be Holding Your Business Back

Do you require a minimum purchase amount before accepting credit cards? Using cash for business purchases also has downsides.

Are you still operating a cash-only business, or do you indicate in subtle or not-so-subtle ways to customers that you prefer cash? Perhaps you charge a fee for using payment cards or require a certain purchase amount before they can be used. If your company does all or most of its transactions in cash, you’re actually costing yourself money—as well as putting your business at risk in other ways. Here are some of the hidden costs of accepting cash:

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Doing Business with the Government

Annual training sessions allow attendees to learn directly from experts from the Idaho Transportation Department Office of Civil Rights, the Small Business Administration, the Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management about identifying and competing for government projects, the various business certifications such as DBE, HUBZone and 8(a), and where to go for assistance.  Extra bonus: an enormous resource/ contact information handbook!!  

3% Investment Tax CreditWhether you are looking to start or expand your business in Idaho, there are quite a number of incentives that will help you reach your return on investment faster.

From basic incentives available to all businesses to enhanced incentives with threshold requirements: Idaho encourages business starts and growth - there is something for every business, large or small!


First Step Internet Adds 550 New Miles of Wireless Broadband Network

In the world of broadband Internet, data moves from large data center pipes in the United States to middle mile paths, which then connect to last mile infrastructure. Last mile technology links the consumer to the data.First Step BTOP Tower Sites

Just three years ago, many of us in North Central Idaho had no hope of broadband access because middle mile infrastructure was not yet in place to connect to those large data channels. However, access to high speed Internet is now rapidly improving in North Central Idaho thanks to the work First Step Internet has completed under its Central North Idaho Regional Broadband Network Expansion.

“The project vastly improved the middle mile network in our region to move information around,” said Kevin Owen, owner and president of First Step Internet.

The company received about $2.4 million from the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and has completed 550 miles of wireless broadband network, which includes 13 new tower distribution sites and 72 new data paths.

“The intent of the $7 billion federal BTOP was to improve broadband connectivity across the United States and to create broadband paths where they did not yet exist,” explained Owen. “That was the case in many of our communities.”

The need for broadband access in our region was first identified in 2003 at a regional economic summit hosted by CEDA and other partners and was documented in two subsequent action plans, explained CEDA Executive Director Christine Frei.

CEDA received a USDA Rural Development Rural Business Opportunity grant in 2004 and worked with 16 rural communities to complete the 2006 North Central Idaho Telecom Assessment and Implementation Plan. In 2007, CEDA received a USDA Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grant to complete the North Central Idaho Schematic Wide Area Network Design.

“These two documents were critical to the application submitted by First Step Internet,” said Frei. “The Schematic Design provided an initial conceptual plan for the placement of towers to serve the non-served and underserved communities in North Central Idaho.”Owen and Frei say the use of fixed wireless microwave technology to create our broadband network makes sense for our region.

“We get more bang for our buck this way,” said Owen.

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Contact Info

for assistance please contact:

Ida-Lew Economic Development


Phone: 208.983.8302


300 W. Main St. Ste 201

Grangeville, ID 83530

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Quilt Treasures

Grangeville, ID - Looking for quilting supplies?  Want a quilt made or finished, need longarm quilting done?  Check out Quilt Treasures and talk with owner Christina Doughty who has taken her online shop and given it a main street presence!

Quilt Treasures is located at 158 East Main #4, Grangeville, ID and open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 5:30 pm.  Stop by today, visit their website at  or give

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Aloha Laundry

Aloha Laundry

Grangeville, ID - Looking for a great place to do your laundry?  Need drop off or delivery service?  Look no further than Aloha Laundry!  Owners Bob and Carolyn Haning have brought a new laundry mat with a lot of great extras to the community.

You will be impressed by the bright colors, clean and welcoming environment.  Aloha Laundry is located at 817 Cunningham, Grangeville, ID.  Stop by today!

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International Market Access Grants

STEP - International Market Access Grants

The purpose of the grants are to increase the number of Idaho small businesses exporting, to increase the value of exports for Idaho small businesses that currently export.  Grant funds can be used to offset 65% of expenses incurred while accessing international markets.  We are able to assist you at no cost if you need any assistance in applying.  (208) 983-8302 or .

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