We Help Businesses Thrive and Grow

Are you a Business Owner or Wanting to Start a Business? 

Why Contact the North Idaho Small Business Development Center? 

The North Idaho Small Business Development Center empowers business success through our no-cost confidential coaching, mentoring,  and affordable training to small businesses.

But don’t take our word for it! Hear from one of our long time clients Bard Powers, owner of The Exchange in this video. 

Contact Us If…

1.       You are trying to start a business and need help

2.       You own a business and want to expand

3.       You want to improve your current business operations

4.       You are ready to begin hiring employees

5.       You have an innovation you wish to develop and market

6.       You are thinking of starting a business

7.       Your business activities have any impact on the environment

8.       You are considering exporting

North Idaho SBDC assistance is available to anyone interested in expanding or starting a private small business in Idaho.  Consulting is available at no cost to you.  Approximately 98% of all businesses in Idaho qualify as small businesses and, therefore, are eligible for assistance

Business Essentials

In 2017 we helped businesses create 240 new jobs and the return on investment was 7:1.


In order to successfully grow your business, you’ll need to attract and then work to retain a large base of satisfied customers. 



The best news a business owner can hear is that demand is high. The worst news  is that their business cannot meet the demand.



Better decisions are based on better information. Understanding, and using reliable and timely accounting reports.


Business Strategy

Whether you’re starting a new business, expanding an existing one, or working on how to improve your current business.


Cash Flow

Cash in the bank is necessary for a business to keep paying the bills and stay in business.  Many factors can contribute to cash flow problems including 

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Funding Options

An important part of starting or expanding a business is financing.  One of the most common reasons that small businesses fail is  insufficient capital. 

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You have been operating on a strict lean budget for years, but now it is time to hire your first employee or add more.  There are a few things to keep in mind. 

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Some of the common questions we receive from people wanting to start a business, or from those that are already in business, are answered here

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From Our Clients

We help a variety of clients from individuals with an idea, business start ups, and those who are already in business. This is done through low cost training, one on one coaching, and a connection to a large database of resources and experience.  

“The most valueable part of the SBDC for me is to have someone ask the tough questions and hold me accountable during the coaching”

Doug Larsen
Alternative molding
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“Leadership is key; you must set a destination and lead your company there”

Dale Rainey
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“The key to a successful business: invest in relationships and empower the growth of your team”

Skip Meyer
Highpoint medical
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The Grooming Network
Success Video

Hear from The Grooming Network how they have become extraordinary and how we helped them scale their business. 

Stancraft Boats
Success Video

Hear how this boat manufacturer benefited from being one of our Coaching clients. 

Latest News

Find out current business news, resources, and helpful tips to be successful. 

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