Special Reports

Risch, others introduce bill to increase investment in small businesses

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U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) introduced the Investing in Main Street Act to increase investment in small businesses. The legislation would allow banks to invest up to 15 percent of their capital in Small Business Investment Companies (SBIC).

  • February 27, 2024

A family legacy continues

Knudtsen Chevrolet welcomes Foothills Mazda/Foothills Lincoln into its fold
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Knudtsen Chevrolet, under the leadership of Eve Knudtsen, CEO, announced the acquisition of Foothills Mazda Lincoln, previously owned by Rick Rielly and Ray Kish.

  • February 27, 2024

OPINION: It's not just lakes and forests

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The North Idaho Business Journal's geographic readership area includes some of the most remote places in the Western U.S., but also some of the most sophisticated urban living too.

  • By RAPHAEL BARTA/NIBJ Contributor
  • February 27, 2024

North Idaho Alliance Women of Impact: Is Artificial Intelligence gender biased?

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“Hey Siri, find articles on AI and women.” This is how I started down the AI and gender wormhole as I researched this month’s article.

  • By MARILEE WALLACE/NIBJ Contributor
  • February 27, 2024

Hayden Chamber: Looking back on 2023

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It is a time-honored tradition, to look back on the past year and reflect on our triumphs and tribulations. It is also a pleasure to present the Hayden Chamber of Commerce's 2023 Annual Report. I have been proud to serve as the president/CEO for the last three years and start the beginning of our 23rd year.

  • By ANDREA FULKS/NIBJ Contributor
  • February 27, 2024

Post Falls Chamber: Many things to celebrate

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Spring is coming soon according to Phil so I offer warm greetings from the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce team. This year has been rocking and rolling and we have many things to celebrate. Let’s start newest members of the Recognition Gala Hall of Fame. The Gala occurred the day after Valentine’s Day and love was definitely in the air. We had the honor of celebrating some of the brightest stars in our community. If you run into any of the people listed below, let them know how appreciated they are.

  • By CHRISTINA PETIT/NIBJ Contributor
  • February 27, 2024

What are impact fees and how do they benefit the community?

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Impact fees are a crucial tool used by local governments to finance necessary infrastructure and services resulting from growth. These fees are imposed on new developments, including commercial, industrial, and residential properties.

  • By LEVI SNYDER/NIBCA
  • January 30, 2024

North Idaho Alliance’s Women of Impact spotlights local women of commerce

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North Idaho Alliance’s Women of Impact Leadership Roundtable met in January to discuss Commerce. More specifically, how it plays out in our community and who are some of the women influencing it.

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

Post Falls Chamber: Growing in 2024

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“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” — Rainer Maria Rilke. What are you doing to grow in 2024?

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

Should government contracting be part of your long-term vision?

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There are multiple factors to consider when preparing to expand your business. Ultimately, will the estimated increased revenue offset the current cost of expansion? How long will it take to see a return on that investment, and what are the long and short-term complications? How can earnings increase if you have met the current market demand?

  • By BETH FREEMAN MYERS/North Idaho Small Business Development Center
  • January 30, 2024

Hayden Chamber's Sip, Sample & Savor event Feb. 13

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Join the Hayden Chamber of Commerce for its 4th annual Sip, Sample & Savor, hosted by Uncorked with Friends, for a unique wine networking event Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 5-8 p.m.

  • January 30, 2024

Discover the solution: Local workforce housing

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The Coeur d'Alene region is facing an urgent challenge — the search for attainable housing. Employers are struggling to attract and retain employees due to the shortages. Potential businesses considering a move to the area are deterred by the high cost of housing. Long-time residents are also feeling the squeeze, leading to an unfortunate exodus to nearby counties.

  • By LEVI SNYDER/NIBCA
  • December 26, 2023

OPINION: End of year roundup

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2023 will go down in real estate history as the Year of Reckoning. Sales of single-family homes dipped to 25-year lows. Mortgage rates hit the highest levels in 25 years. There were fewer buyers and fewer sellers as each group sat on the sidelines waiting for some clear direction. The homes that were actually listed were no bargain, as prices stayed stubbornly stuck, and the affordability gap widened. A class action lawsuit was successful in challenging the commission-based business model of conventional real estate brokerages, which will have significant repercussions going forward for how sellers and buyers are represented. Commercial office buildings remained half-full as the work-from-home revolution continued even after the pandemic quarantine that spawned it in the first place. Downtowns that were feeding off the daily influx of office workers became ghost towns. There really wasn’t much good news in any sector of the real estate economy.

  • By RAPHAEL BARTA/Contributing Writer
  • December 26, 2023

DAVE RAMSEY: Don't be afraid to start small

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Advice from financial expert Dave Ramsey

  • By DAVE RAMSEY/NIBJ Contributor
  • December 26, 2023

OPINION: Three keys to making sure regulations don’t suffocate citizens and the economy

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Like it or not, regulations play a role in our everyday lives. Some dictate where and how we can eat. Others place restrictions on what we can sell or how we can operate a business.

  • By CHRIS CARGILL/Guest Opinion
  • December 26, 2023

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