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Welcome to a new brand of North Idaho Business Journal

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North Idaho has a business landscape with built-in keys to success that are as robust as the area’s mountains, rivers and lakes are beautiful. Idaho companies enjoy low operating costs and a make-sense tax structure. They benefit from a wealth of tax incentives and a statewide culture focused on workforce development. And, as one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, North Idaho offers businesses the opportunity to reach an ever-increasing number of consumers in a variety of target markets. Those are just a few of the reasons we’re excited to announce the North Idaho Business Journal is expanding its focus and coverage area across the Panhandle.

  • January 31, 2023

Gem State tourism: Looking up

Economic impact study shows Idaho travel increases, record numbers across the board
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Idaho's tourism and travel industry is experiencing a shining moment. The 2021 economic impact report prepared by Dean Runyan Associates, Inc. for Visit Idaho and released in late December shows trends ticking upward from 2020 across all things tourism in the Gem State.

  • By DEVIN WEEKS/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • January 31, 2023

Leading the Cd'A Chamber: An interview with Linda Coppess

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Linda Coppess came on board as president and CEO of the Coeur d’Alene Regional Chamber in late 2021. She recently sat down with the North Idaho Business Journal to talk about how things are going and what’s ahead.

  • By BILL BULEY/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • January 31, 2023

NIA Women of Impact in their words: IMPACTED series lands on 'C' for commerce

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Let’s talk “commerce.” Not too sexy of a word is it? How about, let’s talk about “money.” Better, isn’t it? Money. How we make it, spend it, save it, have it work for us, push it around the community, push it around the globe — is all part of commerce. Basically commerce is the overall movement of goods services and money — BIG money. Commerce is the mechanics of all this and it moves the world!

  • By MARILEE WALLACE/Special to North Idaho Business
  • January 31, 2023

Community-oriented sports performance

Diverge Performance aims to help Idaho coaches, trainers and athletes
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Not being able to help athletes and coaches who wanted to improve their performance led to the creation of Diverge Performance — a new community-oriented, sports performance company. The idea for the company — the brainchild of Taylor Elizondo, Max Ouzts, Armand Nance, and Dr. Paul Brewer — came out of frustration that the four were not able to help people the way that they wanted to.

  • By SAMMY BERRYMAN/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • January 31, 2023

Minds unite at Story Summit

Quarterly gatherings at Innovation Collective offer inspiration, fellowship
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If you cross a business conference with a wellness retreat, you'll find yourself among peers seeking inspiration and fellowship at Innovation Collective's Story Summit.

  • By DEVIN WEEKS/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • January 31, 2023

Best of North Idaho in full swing

Voting begins Feb. 8
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Get ready to vote in the North Idaho Business Journal's Best of North Idaho contest. Voting begins Feb. 8, and if you're reading this on Jan. 31, there's still time to squeak in a nomination.

Welcome to the Holocene Epoch

It's a time of transition for North Idaho real estate
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As I write this column the first week of January 2023, the real estate market is still a disaster. It is not “plummeting” (a favorite media headline term.) In fact, prices here in North Idaho remain stubbornly high given the lackluster demand from buyers. The market is more like a frozen landscape, reflecting the Winter conditions outside my door. I am usually awake at about 3 a.m. every morning: I step outside and it takes my breath away, at once bitter cold and terrifying and peaceful. Frozen solid. Nothing moves, except the wind occasionally howls.

  • By RAPHAEL BARTA/Contributing Writer
  • January 31, 2023

Unemployment rate dropped slightly in December

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Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.9% in December, edging down from 3% in November. December’s labor force – workers who are employed or unemployed but looking for work – increased by 587 people (0.1%) to 963,957, the smallest increase since the previous December’s decline of 100 (-0.01%). With the labor force growing at a slower pace than the civilian population, Idaho’s labor force participation decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 62.4%.

  • January 31, 2023

Hecla exceeds 2022 silver production guidance

10% increase in silver production over 2021; Keno Hill expected to produce more than 2.5 million ounces in 2023
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Hecla Mining Company announced its preliminary silver and gold production for the fourth quarter and full year 2022 and certain estimates for the Keno Hill mine for 2023.

  • January 31, 2023

Cd'A Chamber slates economic forecast

Mitchell, Wolkenhauer to discuss what's ahead this year

The event, which includes breakfast, is put on by the Coeur d'Alene Regional Chamber.

  • January 31, 2023

Your business in 2023 — small changes for big impact

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In a favorite movie of mine, “How Do You Know?,” is a scene in which the leading character gives a gift to a woman at the crossroads of some life, trying to navigate changes, she neither chose, nor welcomed.

  • By KATRINA BOYER/Contributing writer
  • January 31, 2023

Participate in an online employer series

Sessions to be held every other month
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Employers across Idaho are invited to attend free Zoom seminars to learn more about different labor topics across the state every other month.

  • By NIBJ STAFF
  • January 31, 2023

2022 was a wonderful success

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Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending my second year of the Institute of Organizational Management program through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Tucson, Ariz.

  • By CHRISTINA PETIT/Post Falls Chamber
  • January 31, 2023

Jumping into 2023

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I hope you all had a chance to relax and unwind a bit over the holidays.

  • By ANDREA FULKS/Hayden Chamber of Commerce
  • January 31, 2023

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