Resources Available To Start A Business In Idaho

Idaho has an assortment of resources ranging from downloadable handbooks to websites, economic development organizations to chambers of commerce, and sector-specific training to maker-spaces that can turn out proof-of-concept prototypes for anyone who wants to start a business and is willing to apply themselves.

We will begin with explore the resources starting with those available statewide and conclude with those specific the Idaho Palouse Region and Latah County.

Statewide Resources

  • Small Business Resource Guide – Washington and Northern Idaho – international trade, economic development councils, technology resources, disaster preparedness and business incubators
  • Business Resources for Idaho – business incentives, finances & funding, international trade, selling to the government
  • Idaho Commerce Incentives – Idaho tax reimbursement incentive, 3% investment tax credit, Idaho opportunity fund, Idaho Business Advantage, property tax exemption, workforce development training reimbursements, customized recruiting services, customized workforce training, labor market information
  • Idaho Preferred – a program of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture dedicated to identifying and promoting Idaho food and agriculture products
  • Idaho Business Resources – Idaho small business development center, Idaho TechHelp, incentive and financing, employee training & recruitment, export assistance, government contracting
  • Idaho Small Business Development Center – Business formation/expansion, business plan writing, specialty food businesses, tourism, rural community development, agricultural international trade, exporting, marketing, promotion, and organic certification
  • Idaho Business Identity Monitoring – monitors corporate identity theft in Idaho businesses
  • Relocation A Business To Idaho – steps required to relocate a business to Idaho
  • Export Assistance
    • Export Services – export counseling, trade missions, trade shows, international buying delegations, workshops and seminars, foreign investment promotion
    • International Trade Offices – Idaho maintains trade office managers in China, SE Asia, Canada and Mexico that provide market analysis and research, schedule overseas appointments, provide import sourcing information, promote Idaho products and services at trade shows, conduct buyer pre-qualification, and due diligence
    • Top Export Destinations – export resources for Canada, Mexico, China, Taiwan, Europe and Japan
    • Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) – grants and networking with researchers and business experts to bring viable technologies to market
  • Small Business Development Center– business advisors, trainers, and support staff assisting clients with launching and growing businesses
  • Startup Idaho – Boise co-working and event spaces, startup hubs, pitching events, experiential learning, meetups, venture capital resources
  • Zions Bank Resource Center– helps businesses locate resources to start, grow or finance your business, with assistance in marketing, sales, management, and growth opportunities
    • Smart Women Grants – grants for starting a business, community development, continuing education and teacher support, child and elder care, health and human services, arts and culture
  • Idaho Innovation Collective – startups, accelerators, incubators, co-working locations, investors, consulting, and events
  • Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge – venture capital competition with $100,000 in seed funding
  • Idaho Technology Council – assists Idaho technology companies to start, grow, and thrive

The Palouse Region