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.
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!
Diverge Performance aims to help Idaho coaches, trainers and athletes
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.
Quarterly gatherings at Innovation Collective offer inspiration, fellowship
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.
Voting begins Feb. 8
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.
It's a time of transition for North Idaho real estate
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.
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%.
10% increase in silver production over 2021; Keno Hill expected to produce more than 2.5 million ounces in 2023
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.
Mitchell, Wolkenhauer to discuss what's ahead this year
The event, which includes breakfast, is put on by the Coeur d'Alene Regional Chamber.
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.
Sessions to be held every other month
Employers across Idaho are invited to attend free Zoom seminars to learn more about different labor topics across the state every other month.
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.
I hope you all had a chance to relax and unwind a bit over the holidays.
Nominate your favorite young professionals through Feb. 20
Do you know young professionals who are making a difference in their workplaces and shaping the future of our community? If so, nominate them now!
Workforce dwindling as boomers retire, younger gens blaze different paths
Idaho's labor market was sailing along for years, steadily hovering in an equilibrium where the number of job openings and unemployed residents were closely parallel.