Special Reports

Hayden Chamber: 'There is strength in numbers'

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It is often said, "there is strength in numbers." This strength is of paramount importance to any association and the Hayden Chamber of Commerce is no different.

  • By ANDREA FULKS/NIBJ Contributor
  • May 28, 2024

Post Falls Chamber: Making an impact

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We are nearly halfway through 2024 and life seems to be moving at the speed of light, making those sweet, slow and cherished moments all the more important. Mother’s Day just passed, and it was especially meaningful for me this year because I am now a grandmother. Emma Joyce Peckham is the light of my life and I cherish watching my daughter blossom into a wonderful mother. I hope you all found time for special moments with loved ones over the past few months and that you create many more throughout the rest of the year.

  • By CHRISTINA PETIT/NIBJ Contributor
  • May 28, 2024

North Idaho Alliance Women of Impact: It’s all about communication — right?

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The NIA is getting a bit of a reputation. A reputation can be a good thing. A reputation can be a bad thing. Reputations can make or break us. In the long run, our reputations are all we really have.

  • By MARILEE WALLACE/NIBJ Contributor
  • May 28, 2024

Greater Sandpoint Chamber: The value of networking

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Networking is a vital activity that everyone in business needs to do. It doesn’t matter if you are a W-2 employee, an executive in a company, a small business owner or an entrepreneur. Everyone needs to network. It is often not what you know, but who you know that will help you in just about every situation. No one has achieved great things entirely on their own. The phrase “better together” is true.

  • By MICKEY QUINN/NIBJ Contributor
  • May 28, 2024

'Small Is Beautiful'

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In a world of ever-increasing consolidation and concentration into mega-companies, it is interesting that the business of real estate brokerages remains fiercely independent. There are 330 real estate brokerages in North Idaho, with about 3,200 agents working in those offices. This does not include administration personnel and support staff, which is another few hundred people. Some of these brokerages are affiliated with a national brand (like Century 21 or Sothebys) but they are not at all mere branch offices following a corporate line. Each office has its own style and business model and hiring practices, and each office reflects its specific local geography and community.

  • By RAPHAEL BARTA/NIBJ Contributor
  • May 28, 2024

The financial influence of single-family home construction

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The intricate dance between the cost of construction and the revenue it generates is a cornerstone of local development. A glaring example comes from an exploration of the financial contributions single-family housing construction brings to communities, particularly spotlighted in "The Local Impact of Home Building in Kootenai County, Idaho: Income, Jobs and Taxes Generated," as reported by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

  • By DALE CARGILE/NIBJ Contributing Writer
  • May 28, 2024

Farm Bureau Insurance Company of Idaho ranks No. 5 in Best Places to Work in Idaho

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Farm Bureau Insurance Company of Idaho is ranked No. 5 in the list of the Best Places to Work in Idaho. This recognition comes from the Best Places to Work in Idaho community, a group dedicated to improving the quality of employment across the state. The ranking reflects Farm Bureau Insurance Company of Idaho's commitment to fostering an environment where employees thrive professionally and personally.

  • May 28, 2024

Hayden Chamber: Sewing business seeds for success

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It always seems like April is that time of year that I start getting outside to see what winter left behind. I start plotting and planning my vegetable garden and make plans for getting the yard to look bright and cheery again.

  • By ANDREA FULKS/NIBJ Contributor
  • April 30, 2024

North Idaho Alliance Women of Impact: Leadership Roundtable lands on 'D' for diversity

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The Women of Impact Leadership Roundtable met for the final series of its nine-month program in April landing on the “D” in our I.M.P.A.C.T.E.D year.

  • By MARILEE WALLACE/NIBJ Contributor
  • April 30, 2024

Post Falls Chamber: Chambers play a vital role

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I love the work we do. Chambers of Commerce are essential for businesses in several key ways. We foster networking and partnerships by creating opportunities for businesses to connect. We advocate for local businesses by speaking up on local, regional and national levels, ensuring their concerns are heard by policymakers and helping to shape favorable business conditions. We provide a hub of valuable resources, such as information, training and mentorship programs, to help businesses thrive and grow. We actively promote local businesses and the community, attracting customers, investors and tourists through our marketing efforts. We support initiatives that improve the area's quality of life and infrastructure, making it more attractive to residents and businesses alike. Our work plays a vital role in supporting the economic vitality of our community, and it is an honor to do this work.

  • By CHRISTINA PETIT/NIBJ Contributor
  • April 30, 2024

The ripple effect: How residential developments can enrich communities

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Communities often stand on the front lines of change when new residential developments are proposed. While these projects can stir a pot of mixed responses, the long-term social and economic benefits that a well-planned residential development brings to the surrounding community are significant and, at times, transformative.

  • By DALE CARGILE/NIBJ Contributing Writer
  • April 30, 2024

Gov. Little signs Unemployment Insurance tax savings bill

The cost of doing business is going down in Idaho under a bill signed today by Governor Little. Relating to the taxes charged for Unemployment Insurance, HB 428 was adopted by a vote of 69-1 in the House and 35-0 in the Senate.

  • By JASON MERCIER/Mountain States Policy Center
  • March 26, 2024

North Idaho Alliance Women of Impact: March is Women’s History Month

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Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history.

  • By MARILEE WALLACE/NIBJ Contributor
  • March 26, 2024

Urban development

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Community development projects have the power to transform neighborhoods, promote economic growth and enhance the quality of life for residents.

  • By DALE CARGILE/NIBJ Contributing Writer
  • March 26, 2024

Hayden Chamber: Springing into April

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As we head into the month of April, the seasons start to change, daylight savings has sprung ahead, we see sunlight longer during the day, and we all start to come out of our bear dens!

  • By ANDREA FULKS/NIBJ Contributor
  • March 26, 2024

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