Thursday, January 31, 2019

Economic Development Matters


"As the practice of economic development has evolved and become more nuanced – more scientific, data driven, results-oriented, specialized and broader – it has also come under increased scrutiny from stakeholders including elected officials, media, academia, and even some special interest groups.” 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission State Park Featured in Legacy Magazine

CATALDO  (September 18, 2018) - Kathleen Durfee, Park Manager at Old Mission State Park, has been published with the cover story in the September/October issue of Legacy magazine. Legacy magazine is published by the National Association for Interpretation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing the profession of heritage interpretation, currently serving about 7,000 members in the United States, Canada, and over thirty other nations. Individual members include those who work at parks, museums, nature centers, zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, historical and cultural sites, commercial tour companies, and theme parks. Legacy, NAI's premier periodical, offers a forum for professionals in the field to exchange ideas and information. Articles, columns, and commentaries deal with practical issues relevant to frontline interpreters, planners, and managers.

Click here for the Legacy magazine article

Thursday, October 11, 2018


Fort Worth, TX, October 09, 2018 --( North Idaho College and President Penelope Wills of Yavapai College Receive Top Honors.

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has named North Idaho College (NIC) in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, as its 2018 Heather Van Sickle Entrepreneurial College of the Year at its 16th Annual Conference, now underway in Fort Worth, Texas. Penelope Wills, Ph.D., president of Yavapai College (YC) in Prescott, Arizona, has been named NACCE’s 2018 Entrepreneurial President of the Year.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Drive a Holiday Shopping Rush for your Business

Event Website

Cost: Free

Contact: Jamie Morgan - 208-665-5066 or email 

The North Idaho Small Business Development Center is teaming up with Google to help small businesses get online and grow with a free workshop.

WHEN: October 17th

WHERE: Here in one of our classrooms.  North Idaho College Hedlund Building, 420 N College Dr #145, Coeur d'Alene.

WHO: North Idaho Small Business Development Center

WHAT: Drive a Holiday Shopping Rush for your Business, a free workshop, in partnership with Google, to help small businesses get online.

WHY: Small businesses are the growth engine of our economy, creating 2 out of 3 net new jobs. And businesses that are online grow 40% faster than those that aren’t. We can help small businesses connect with more customers by helping them get online and on the map.

Before the event, you’ll need to create a Google Account to access the free online tools. If you already have a Google or Gmail Account, you’re all set. Just remember to bring your username and password. If you don’t have a Gmail or Google Account, you can create one for free at:

Please remember to bring your laptop or another device to get online.

And that’s it. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you grow your business.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Would you like to bid on government contracts?  Here is your chance to learn how to navigate the process.  

Register Here

Monday, September 10, 2018

Celebrating Success!! One Year Mark for Tiny Town in Pinehurst.


  • Tiny Town celebrates one year
    Tiny Town Daycare staff celebrated their one-year anniversary as an open business last Wednesday. Pictured from left are staff members Kyley Glisson, owner Jessica Houlihan, Kaylie Boler and Kendra Nelson. Photo by JOSH MCDONALD

  • Tiny Town celebrates one year

  • Tiny Town celebrates one year 1
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics about 20 percent of businesses fail in their first year, meaning that getting to that one year mark is one milestone on the road to creating a successful business.
Earlier this week Tiny Town Daycare celebrated their big one-year anniversary and owner and operator Jessica Houlihan couldn’t be happier with how her first year as a business owner has gone.
The most interesting part of this business is that it materialized after Houlihan became a parent herself.
“I had a son and realized that my current work schedule wasn’t going to cut it for me to be a mom,” Houlihan said.
Child care is at the top of most risky small business lists, mainly due to steep regulations, fluctuations in attendance and cash flow, and the ability to keep and maintain a staff. These are all things Houlihan has navigated in her first year.
“We are an ICCP (Idaho Child Care Program) certified day care, and we make sure that all of our staff are CPR certified,” Houlihan said. “At first we had some ups and downs in our attendance, but now we are at our max capacity with a waiting list to get in and we have assembled a great staff who love working with children.”
Houlihan credits her staff for their dedication, but credits her boyfriend Kyle Calabretta for pushing her to pursue this venture.
“I wouldn't of made it this far without Kyle,” Houlihan said. “His encouragement is what has pushed me to succeed.”
Houlihan has used many things to make her business a successful one in its infancy (pun intended), but the main thing she has instilled is that she wants it to feel more like a family than a business.
“Our mission here at Tiny Town is to develop little hearts and minds in a nurturing atmosphere that all children need and deserve,” Houlihan said. “My staff executes this perfectly. By getting down to the child's level to teach, interact and play — take a lot of pride in the fact that we don't have a TV. I believe it's our job to teach the children how to imagine, play pretend, problem solve and test their boundaries. I think the reason we are successful is because our facility offers a smaller more tight knit family setting. We know all the parents by name — even some grandparents.”
For more information on Tiny Town Daycare please visit their Facebook page, go see them at 406 S. Division St., Pinehurst, or call them at 208-682-3663.

Economic Development Matters

    "As the practice of economic development has evolved and become more nuanced – more scientific, data driven, results-ori...