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'Everything begins with an idea'

“Everything begins with an idea.” Earl Nightingale may not have been talking about starting a business when he dropped this pearl in the 1950s, but the wisdom behind it holds to this day. According to the Idaho Department of Labor, 9,212 small businesses opened their doors in 2023 – but the U.S. Bureau of Labor reports that one in four small businesses fail within their first year of operation.

  • By JOSH McDONALD/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • May 28, 2024

Training options abound for small businesses

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While small businesses may not think they have a lot of options when it comes to training, citing either access, time, or cost, there is a lot more to choose from than they might think. "Start with the basics," Brent Baker, executive director of Pend Oreille Economic Partnership and founder of Elevate Now Consulting. "Know what all the bases are, and cover them, and in the right order. It is very common to see entrepreneurs doing a good job of working on the wrong thing."

  • By CAROLINE LOBSINGER/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • May 28, 2024

Big benefits from small businesses

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From brew pubs in Post Falls to boutiques on Sandpoint's historic First Avenue and all the way to the Center of the Universe in Wallace, small businesses reap huge rewards for their communities. "Small businesses are the heartbeat of Sandpoint," said Mickey Quinn, executive director of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce.

  • By DEVIN WEEKS/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • May 28, 2024

Toastmasters, NIA and Rotary play part in forging business bonds

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Sharpening skills or honing in on specific types of business relationships are hard to foster in a vacuum, but organizations like Toastmasters, the North Idaho Alliance and Rotary Club offer focused opportunities to build community and train outside the workplace.

  • By CAROLYN BOSTICK/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • May 28, 2024

Summer brings big opportunities for small shops

Staff, inventory key challenges
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The busy summer season is almost here and small shops like Bear Paw Cookies are bearing up for brisk business

  • By BILL BULEY/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • May 28, 2024

Cedar Street Bridge connects community, businesses

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Over the past 15 years, Shery Meekings, Creations owner, has faced different seasons at Cedar Street Bridge as ownership changed hands six times. While the bridge was at full capacity two years ago, 14 vendors left since then.

  • By EVIE SEABERG/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • May 28, 2024

Evans Brothers Coffee brewing for 15 years

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In the early days of running their business, brothers Rick and Randy Evans were focused on skiing almost as much as they were on coffee

  • By KAYE THORNBRUGH/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • May 28, 2024

Connect with customers in the Book of Lists

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Make sure your business has a place in the 2024 Book of Lists.

  • May 28, 2024

Rotary donates book vending machines at Mt. Hall

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The Rotary Club of Bonners Ferry donated a book vending machine to Mt. Hall Elementary School, including $600 worth of books in the beginning of May.

  • By EMILY BONSANT/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • May 28, 2024

Business comings and goings

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Embellishing merchandise with custom logos, ROJO Ink has opened at 1640 E. Schneidmiller Ave. (viewable from Interstate 90) in Post Falls.

  • By NILS ROSDAHL/NIBJ Contributing Writer
  • May 28, 2024

Leonard Paul is the hub of Priest Lake

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As long as visitors have been exploring Priest Lake, the Leonard Paul has been there to greet them. Movie stars (silent movie actress Nell Shipman built her studio nearby), trappers, miners, and prospectors in search of their fortune were regulars as were loggers and their families. So, too, did visitors look for a peaceful retreat and a taste of the lake life, or anglers heading out onto Priest Lake.

  • By CAROLINE LOBSINGER/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • April 30, 2024

Community complements commerce

North Idaho events support local economy
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The Inland Northwest's natural beauty draws people in, but it's the fairs, markets, holiday festivities, hometown celebrations and other events that maintain the vibrancy of the communities and keep visitors coming back for more.

  • By DEVIN WEEKS/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • April 30, 2024

Cyberattacks rising

Constant attacks costing private and government
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Ken Wardinsky, chief information officer for North Idaho College, said an intruder accessed NIC’s network in October 2022 and in a short time caused "havoc” before being stopped.

  • By BILL BULEY/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • April 30, 2024

Former school celebrates past, future as bed & breakfast

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Some people can’t wait to leave school behind them. However, when it comes to the Northside School Bed and Breakfast, the opposite is true — people are anxious to go back.

  • By JENNIFER WRIGHT/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • April 30, 2024

Come sail away

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Lake cruises play important role in tourism sector

  • By KAYE THORNBRUGH/NIBJ Staff Writer
  • April 30, 2024

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