Business Resources

Investing & Capital for Businesses

University of Idaho Research Park
Designed to link the University, business and commercial uses physically and programmatically. It houses five technology and research organizations including Ednetics Incorporated (network-based solutions for the education community), Quest Integration (engineering and manufacturing solution provider), Sentry Dynamics (web-based services incorporating geographic information systems, GIS), TechConnectNorth (statewide network for clients in technology-based businesses), and United States Geological Survey, USGS (biology, geography, geology, geospatial information, and water and the study of landscape, natural resources, and threatening natural hazards). Additionally, they have three University of Idaho programs, class rooms, and conference rooms.    888.660.8477

CEO of Pneumex John Kupice’s Presentation on Business Support Network for Future Business Growth
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Local Business Services

Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce
Promotes, supports and develops business community of the Greater Sandpoint area.

Idaho Department of Labor, Sandpoint Branch
For information about unemployment insurance and labor laws or help with employee recruitment, check out the Idaho Department of Labor’s main website.

Idaho Department of Labor – Labor Market Information
Need to know about the local economy or labor market? For employment, wage, and current events affecting the local labor market, see the Idaho Department of Labor’s labor market information website:

Ponderay Community Development Corporation
Provides support for businesses within the city of Ponderay, addressing issues such as infrastructure and transportation.

Bonner County Economic Development Corporation
Works to assist businesses in relocation and expansion within the Greater Sandpoint area.

Regional Services

Idaho Small Business Development Center (ISBDC)
Local Center located at North Idaho College in Post Falls, ID
ISBDC provides no-cost business coaching, low-cost business workshops, and free business resources. Their business coaches have backgrounds with $10 million profit & loss responsibility and were either corporate executives and/or business owners. Each coach has a rigorous 6 to 8 month training to become certified, so they offer top-notch expertise to small businesses.

SCORE – Counselors to America’s Small Business
Ask SCORE for Business Advice. Get free, confidential business advice from a business expert via phone, e-mail, or in person with a local counselor.
800.634.0245 or 509.353.2821

Selkirk Association of Realtors
Affiliated with the Idaho Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors, comprised of licensed estate agents and certified or licensed real estate appraisers.

Statewide Services

Selecting an Accountant
Idaho State Board of Accountancy

Selecting an Attorney
Idaho State Bar

Business Filing
Idaho Secretary of State

Insurance Information & Requirements
Idaho Department of Insurance

Product & Service Protection
Idaho’s Attorney General

Federal Taxes

State Taxes

Businesses with Employees
Idaho Commerce & Labor

Growth & Expansion
Idaho Department of Commerce Business Development

Bonner County Economic Development Corporation

Idaho Department of Commerce
The mission is to create jobs, strengthen communities, and market the state. They have five main roles: economic development, Idaho film office, international trade, office of science and technology, and tourism development.

Useful Websites

An Article You Should Read
This is a blog that really goes through motions of starting your own business and if you are considering doing so, we recommend reading it. If you’re a struggling business, give this blog a look and gather some ideas and resources.
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ChooseWhat has a business checklist on its front page that gives the 22 main steps to starting your own business. It’s a good combination of simplicity and thoroughness. Even better, there are already detailed articles to give people more information if they want to learn more and really dive into the subjects they’re most interested in.

Wall Street Journal Site for Small Businesses
From the Wall Street Journal comes a site dedicated to small businesses and the self-employed with listings of business ventures, franchises, a database of venture capital firms, HR issues for small businesses (from, articles from the WSJ, and a free online business plan creation and evaluation tool.

Idaho Business Resource
The ultimate Website for Idaho businesses, especially for starting businesses and keeping in contact with Idaho State government agencies:

Idaho Small Business Solutions
New to business or to Idaho? Start with the Business Wizard. It will give you information about business regulations and free and low-cost business assistance programs. The Resource Guide will give you a customized checklist of funding and other business development resources in the area. This site will give you a customized checklist of local, state, and federal taxes and regulations that affect your business and will give you information on licenses and permits that you might need as well as registering your business in Idaho.

Business Resources for the State of Idaho
Business tools, information, licenses, and forms from the state of Idaho whether your business is just beginning, moving to Idaho, or expanding.

Business Owners Toolkit
Offers practical advice on starting and running a business—where you can see the specific employment, tax, and other laws of the state you’re operating in—at:

Small Business Administration
Offers financial, business management, and government procurement assistance programs, surety bond guarantee services, minority small business assistance programs, business workshops, and publications.

Teamwork in the Marketing Field: Learn Skills for Collaborative Work
Learn more about helping your team to function better with the tips and resources outlined in this guide.

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