Monday, January 12, 2015

Inbound Lumber Buying Mission From Japan

The Idaho Department of Commerce will be hosting an inbound lumber buying mission from Japan on March 23-27, 2015, in conjunction with the Small Log Conference in Coeur d’Alene, March 24-26, 2015.  

The five participating Japanese buyers will focus on acquiring Douglas Fir dimensional lumber. 

For more information on this inbound mission, contact Cathleen Sanborn @ 208-752-5511.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Safety Fest - free safety training at North Idaho College WFTC

North Idaho College will offer free safety training at the 7th annual Safety Fest of the Great Northwest.  Registration opens today.  

The three day event will run February 18 - 20 at the Workforce Training Center in Post Falls.  Classes offered include:  MSHA Refresher, CPR/First Aid, Fall Protection, Manufacturing Safety, OSHA 10, RCW/WAC update, Hazardous Communications, Warehouse Safety, LEAD Training, Project Management, Hazwoper, Workzone Flagging, Water Safety, Respiratory Protection, Workplace Violence, OSHA Record Keeping, Scaffolding Safety, K9 Police Demonstration, Accident Investigation, Focus Four and More.

Information and registration here:  You can sign up to be notified when registration opens January 12, 2015.  

Monday, December 29, 2014

Training opportunity - Bidding for Profit

Bidding for Profit - North Idaho College Workforce Training Center/Post Falls

January 13, 2015 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Business owners need to understand their true cost and how to include them in their bid price to produce a profit on every job. Learn how to accurately assess direct and variable cost, overhead allocation, and profit margin.

Cost is $39.

Information and registration:

Friday, December 26, 2014

Idaho Rec Tech Passport Program

The Idaho Recreation Technology Passport Program is a State and Federal funded program established in 2014 with hopes to expand sales and product awareness for Idaho companies both internationally and domestically while promoting Idaho as an attractive place to do business and for recreational tourism.  In the summer of 2015, Idaho Commerce is organizing a multi-stop tour at the following trade shows.

§ Outdoor Friedrichshafen– Germany – July 2015
§ Outdoor Retailer Summer Market – Salt Lake City – August 2015
State and Federal funds will be used to offset your company costs which include individual booth space & construction/shipping, airfare, hotel, and marketing material.  Booth spaces may be arranged as an Idaho pavilion, or as individual booths at the shows depending on group consensus.

Your cost to participate in the Idaho Rec Tech Passport program including booth space, airfare/travel, hotel and marketing material is projected to be under $3,000 total for both shows.

Space is very limited and companies will be selected based on a first come first serve basis and through an application process.  Successful applicants will also be encouraged to apply for an IMAG grant facilitated by the Small Business Administration to offset costs.

The deadline to apply for the Passport Program is Wednesday January 21st 2015

Please contact Jake Reynolds, (208) 780-5150, immediately if you are interested in learning more about the program and how you can apply.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Training opportunity - Entrepreneurial Essentials


Friday, January 16, 2015
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM


Lewiston - Lewis-Clark State College

Forming a business, Research, Risks, Rewards, Registrations, Records, Regulations, and Resources all in 2.5 hours. 

Cost is $30.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Training opportunity - Managing People and Operations

Managing People and Operations - North Idaho College Workforce Training Center/Post Falls

January 15, 2015 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

This workshop is a part of the "Business Acceleration Series" North Idaho College offers. You may consider taking the remaining three classes as well.

Your employees are the future of your business. Learn how to hire and keep winners. Also learn what key processes make up your business operations and improve productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency in your business for higher profit.

Cost is $39

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Training opportunity - Marketing strategy for profit

Marketing strategy for Profit - North Idaho College Workforce Training Center/Post Falls

January 8, 2015 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

This workshop is part of the "Business Acceleration Series" North Idaho College offers.  you may consider taking the remaining three classes as well. 

Marketing is the engine of your business. Knowing who your key customers are is the difference between thriving and just surviving. Understand what specific need you are meeting and how to create value that your customers will be willing to pay a premium for.

Cost is $39.

Information and registration: 

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,