Author Archives: Matt Borud

Small Business Resources: Idaho Innovation Center

The Idaho Innovation Center is a business incubator providing resources to small fledgling companies where entrepreneurs can confidently and aggressively start and grow their small businesses through collaboration, education, mentoring and shared resources. The Idaho Innovation Center stimulates the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation promotion, fostering growth and future business development in Eastern Idaho. Working as

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Mobile Vaccination Grant Now Available

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Immunization Program has recently made grant funding available to organizations currently enrolled as an Idaho COVID-19 vaccine provider – or organizations partnering with an enrolled Idaho COVID-19 vaccine provider – to administer mobile, offsite, or special COVID-19 vaccination clinic(s). The goal of the grant program is to provide funding for

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TAP Into the Idaho National Laboratory

The Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL) Technical Assistance Program (TAP) enables the sharing of knowledge and specialized equipment to small businesses to be used for promoting national competitiveness. The INL TAP program: Provides assistance that is not otherwise commercially available in the region Supports up to 40 hours of INL technical assistance without charge to the

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Latest COVID-19 Stimulus Details and Updates to PPP Loans

After months of negotiation, Congress recently approved and the President signed a new COVID relief package. The new package includes additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses. The new package also provides additional funding for businesses that did not receive PPP money initially and provisions allowing businesses a second chance for

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State Trade Expansion Program: 10 Years of Success

by Loretta Greene, Associate Administrator for the Office of International Trade   The U.S Small Business Administration’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) is celebrating 10 years of helping small businesses just like yours find global success. Over the course of the last decade, STEP has awarded 302 state grants which averaged $518,186 in funding to

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Company Spotlight: TDS Fiber

With $80 to $100 million dollars in new investment in Idaho, TDS Fiber is building a fiber-optic network to deliver up to 1Gig internet, TV, and phone service in the Meridian area. The fiber build-out is expected to take two to three years and will create jobs in the community. Newly created positions in sales

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Company Spotlight: HAT Ranch Winery

Great wine starts right here in the Snake River Valley. With the stellar grape growing conditions, strong winemaking community and a plethora of established tasting rooms, Tim and Helen Harless followed their hearts to Idaho with a new-found passion in making premium wines. In 2011 the Harless family established HAT Ranch Winery in the Snake

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Company Spotlight: Aqua Design

From the bow of your bass boat to waist deep in the Boise River, fish will no longer be wary, because camouflage isn’t just made for hunting anymore. Nampa based company, Aqua Design, is setting the hook with their line of 3-D camo patterns that will keep you cool and comfortable, in-style. Idaho native, Rex

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Company Spotlight: DIVINIA Water

You can get drinking water anywhere; whether it’s in a plastic bottle at the gas station or the tap at your house, but is all water purified equally? DIVINIA Water, an Idaho Falls based company, has led the way as the only renatured water bottled in a glass container to exist, giving people all the

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Company Spotlight: Blooms U Rent

Weddings are magical but they can also be stressful, extremely expensive and wasteful. The average wedding cost in Idaho is $16,045 and brides are paying an average of $250 for their bridal bouquet, $75 for each of their bridesmaid bouquets and not to mention the price of centerpieces! Before they know it, they’ve dropped a

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