Friday, December 19, 2014

Training opportunity - Global Trade


Allocca Classroom for AdsThe Idaho Department of Commerce and Idaho State Department of Agriculture are teaming up to bring this informative two day seminar for Idaho companies interested in expanding their international business.
Mike Allocca, a consultant with more than 19 years of export experience will be presenting a two day seminar for New to export, Experienced Exporters and New to Market companies covering a wide range of topics to ensure successful exporting. For more information about Mike Allocca, please visit: 

Who should attend? CFO’s, sales and business development staff, compliance officers, and anyone involved with international shipments. 

Day One Curriculum (February 4th):
§ Export Goals
§ Identify products/differentiators
§ Selecting International Markets
§ Sales Channel Evaluation
§ Marketing and Product Development
§ Export Pricing, Payment and Financing
§ Logistics/Documentation
§ Legal Consideration and Compliance
§ Plan Execution

Day Two Curriculum (February 5th):
§ Due Diligence-Knowing Your Customer and Common Red Flags
§ Checking the Seven Mandatory Denial Part Lists
§ Export Licensing Requirements
§ Country Specific Requirements
§ Export Documentation and Filing Requirements of the EEI
§ Schedule B Product Classification
§ NAFTA Basics
§ Shipping (insurance, packaging and record keeping)-Strategies and Responsibilities

When: Wednesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Scentsy Commons, 2701 E Pine Avenue, Meridian, ID 83642

Cost: Price includes workbook, breakfast, lunch and parking
§ Day One – February 4th $25.00 (valued at $195.00)
§ Day Two – February 5th $25.00 (valued at $195.00)
§ Both Days $40.00 (valued at $390.00*) – A GREAT DEAL!!!
*Reduced pricing made possible through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant Program). This program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration

To register using credit card, CLICK HERE. Note: Additional 3% + $1.00 will be added at checkout (collected by third-party payment processor Access Idaho; Idaho Commerce does not keep any portion of this additional amount). If registering more the one person, please click CONTINUE SHOPPING to add additional attendee(s).

To pay by check, CLICK HERE and complete registration form.  After completing form and submitting online, print copy and mail along with payment to: Idaho Department of Commerce PO Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720 Attention International Division.

Registration Deadline: January 29th

Service provider table tops available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Tina Salisbury to reserve space (see contact info below).

For additional information or details on group lodging rates, please contact:
Karen Parnell 208-287-3159, OR Tina Salisbury 208-287-3164,

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Explore Principles of Lean Manufacturing - Dec 12, Lewiston

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Explore the Principles of Lean w Gene - December 12 in Lewiston, Idaho
Gene Hamacher of TechHelp and the University of Idaho will lead a full-day Principles of Lean Manufacturing Workshop on Friday, December 12 from 8am – 4:30pm at the Williams Conference Center at LCSC in Lewiston. This workshop provides a powerful orientation to the discipline of Lean. You will learn and practice Lean techniques by applying classroom lessons during multiple production simulation activities.

The workshop will be offered at a discount to members and clients of our partner organizations including the American Manufacturer Network (AMN), the Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) and the North Idaho Manufacturer Association (NIMA).  

“The Lean simulation activities made me a believer. Having over 20 years of production experience, I am the kind of guy that says, show me. And they did. We are now on the path of lean…it’s definitely a journey too!”Danny Hiner - Production Manager, Quest Aircraft Company, Sandpoint
Why Attend a Principles of Lean Manufacturing Workshop?
Ultimately, Lean is about satisfying your customers. Lean organizations do this by working to eliminate anything that does not add customer value to their products or services. Lean helps companies improve plant processes, efficiency, safety, production, delivery times, customer service and employee morale. This can lead to fewer mistakes, less work in process and lower employee turnover.

Fees & Discounts
  • Full Price = $250/person
  • Discount for clients or members of SBDC, AMN, CEDA, NIMA = $75/person (Enter Your Organization’s Code Listed at Left During Checkout). For a discount code, please contact Shelly at 208.426.3767 or  or Gene Hamacher at 208-449-8053 or
  • Early Bird Discount = $15/person (Register by November 26 )
  • Group Discount = $15/person for 2 or more registering at same time
  • Note – Above discounts are cumulative. Price of workshop including all above discounts = $145 per person
Class size is limited to 20 and the early bird discount ends November 26 so make sure you SIGN UP EARLY!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

EPA invites your input regarding Basin Cleanup

EPA Invites Your Input by December 31, 2014

(Following information provided by EPA)

Why review the cleanup?
EPA has started its fourth Five-Year Review of the Bunker Hill Superfund Site, also known as the “Coeur d’Alene Basin Cleanup.” EPA reviews sites where contaminants remain in place at least every five years. The review ensures that cleanup actions continue to protect human health and the environment.

Work to date
Bunker Hill was listed as a Superfund site in 1983. Over the past 30 years, EPA has made significant progress in cleaning up this site, making it a healthier place for people to live, work, play, and raise their families. However, heavy metals from historical mining and smelting still present risks.

EPA wants to hear from you
You may have information and ideas to share about the site that will assist EPA with this review so that healthy trends in the community can continue. You are invited to share your input by December 31, 2014. Please send to Anne McCauley,, or mail to U.S. EPA Region 10, 1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900, Seattle, WA 98101. 

For site background and more information go to:

Friday, November 7, 2014

Affordable Care Act for Small Business - Clear & Simple

When: Nov 19th, 8-10am
Where: NIC’s Workforce Training Center in Post Falls
Cost: $10/person - includes coffee and continental breakfast

Do you have questions about the impact of ACA on your Business? Not sure of your options and consequences?
Gain update on the ACA, recommendations for analyzing the impact on your business, and solutions for implementation.  You will hear real examples of employer situations and examples of tracking and reporting including IRS filing requirements.  You will gain understanding of strategies for measurement and classification of employees.

Speaker: Chris Rivard - Partner, Moss Adams LLP (Specialist on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on employers)


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Training opportunity: Doing business with the government

The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is a group within Idaho Department of Commerce.  Their mission is to educate Idaho businesses on the opportunity to sell to government agencies and prime contractors and assist them in successfully completing the procurement process  

Free training:  Doing business with the government - Procurement Technical Assistance Center 
November 5, 2014 8:30 – 12:30

Idaho Department of Transportation

  • Bidding on ITD highway construction projects
  • Working as a consultant on ITD professional agreements
  • USDOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

U.S. Small Business Administration

  • 8(a) Business Development Program
  • HUBZone Certification
  • Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)
  • Dynamic Small Business Search

Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

  • Bid Matching
  • Federal Procurement Assistance

U.S. Forest Service

  • Procurement Opportunities and Processes

Here is a list of free PTAC services:

  • Custom bid notification – daily matching of your products/services with state and federal bid opportunities with email notification when match occurs
  • Assistance with federal registrations – DUNS, SAM, and VIPR
  • Educational seminars on evolving procurement policies and procedures
  • One-on-one assistance responding to bid opportunities
  • Line card development assistance
  • Procurement technical services – we can supply military specifications, translation of FAR clauses, and e-commerce assistance.
  • Online Directory of Buyers - a listing of hundreds of contracting officers from government agencies and large corporations.
  • FCC (Federal Contracting Certification) – Online government procurement classes
  • GSA Schedules Assistance
  • Annual Idaho Business Opportunity Conference – your opportunity to meet with approximately 50 government agencies and large corporate purchasing agents.  The 26th Annual Conference will be Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Boise Center in Boise, ID.

To become a member of the Idaho PTAC, please register online at

Your Idaho PTAC memberships is FREE, so sign up now and start getting federal, state and local bidding opportunities via email.

Export opportunity - Idaho STEP grant


Idaho STEP Grant Can Help Accelerate Export Efforts
Idaho STEP grants are a tremendous opportunity for Idaho companies in any industry to assist with export market development and promotion activities. Businesses looking to increase their exports, find new markets, or get involved in exporting for the first time are encouraged to apply. Grants are available on a competitive basis to companies who meet the small business standards as set by the SBA. View a complete listing of industry specific small business definitions.

Qualifying program uses covered by the grant include:
  • International sales mission
  • Governor’s trade mission
  • Reverse trade mission
  • International trade show
  • U.S. Commercial Service products such as Gold Keys
  • Translation of website
Learn more here or contact Tina Salisbury or (208) 287-3164

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Silver Valley Labor office program for long term unemployed

 Job search support, training opportunities for dislocated workers.  
For information contact Sara Lamson

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Please donate to the SVEDC - NIC dual credit scholarship fund

Vince Rinaldi worked with North Idaho College to create the Silver Valley Economic Development Dual Credit Scholarship fund. The scholarship fund gives Silver Valley juniors and seniors the opportunity to start earning college credit at a reduced cost. These students are our future workforce, but many are unable to cover the cost of dual credit classes. As a community we can help keep college in reach and an attainable goal for our students.

We are in the midst of a fundraising campaign and have two matching pledges - $2,500 from Panhandle State Bank, and $2,500 from Athenaia LLC. We need to raise a mere $2,500 to receive both matching pledges. $2,500 in donations will result in $7,500 total donations. We are close to our goal but time is running out! Every little bit helps. Please donate.

What is the North Idaho College Dual Credit Program?
Dual credit provides high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to enroll in North Idaho College classes for both high school and college credit. Students at Wallace and Kellogg high schools are eligible to enroll in dual credit courses. Students should be at least 16 years old and/or have successfully completed at least half of their high school graduation requirements. A minimum 3.0 GPA is recommended. For additional program information, go to

What is the Silver Valley Economic Development Corporation - North Idaho College (SVEDC-NIC) Dual Credit Scholarship and why was it established?
The Silver Valley Economic Development Corp-NIC Dual Credit Scholarship was established in 2005 through the fundraising efforts of the Silver Valley Economic Development Corporation (SVEDC) to provide financial assistance to high school students in Shoshone County. The SVEDC-NIC Dual Credit Scholarship is managed through the North Idaho College Foundation, and 100 percent of the funds go to help deserving Shoshone County students in their pursuit of an education.

Because dual credit students are not eligible to apply for Federal Financial Aid, the scholarship was established to support Silver Valley students with their education. To date, the SVEDC-NIC Dual Credit Scholarship has assisted 80 students with tuition, fees and/or books. Without this financial assistance, many of these students would not be able to enroll in dual credit courses.

How can I make a difference in the lives of Silver Valley students?
The Silver Valley Economic Development Corporation has expressed an interest in building the SVEDC-NIC Dual Credit Scholarship fund to assist a greater number of students. Individuals, businesses, and social organizations in the Silver Valley are encouraged to contribute to the scholarship. In addition, Panhandle State Bank will match up to $2,500 for all donations made to the NIC Foundation by October 31, 2014 in support of the SVEDC-NIC Dual Credit Scholarship.

Please partner with us by investing in the SVEDC-NIC Dual Credit Scholarship as we strive to ensure all students have access to an excellent education right here in this region. The success of these students will in turn have a positive effect on our community and the overall economy.

What are the tax benefits of making a donation to the North Idaho College Foundation?
Donations to the NIC Foundation are eligible for a 50% state tax credit! If you itemize your taxes, your gift may be eligible for both a federal and state tax deduction plus the Idaho State tax credit. For example, a gift of $1,000 made by a married couple in the 25% tax bracket who itemize their tax return, could have a true donor cost of as little as $172.
Mail your contribution today!

North Idaho College Foundation
1000 West Garden Avenue, Coeur d'Alene ID 83814
(208) 769-5978

Or donate online at: