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Applying For Funds to Host Electric Vehicle Charging Stations @ North Idaho Small Business Development Center
Nov 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Can your business take advantage of Idaho’s VW Settlement funds to host electric vehicle charging stations?
What is the VW Settlement?
11 million vehicles were produced to cheat to pass emission standards. Vehicles were emitting up to 40 times more NOx pollution than the emission limit. Idaho can receive $17.3 million to offset the excess NOx emissions. $2.8 million will be for hosting electric vehicle charging stations
Is your business positioned to take advantage of these funds? 
YES if, you are located within 1/2 mile of the Idaho EV corridor.  Idaho’s BMP has mapped corridors across the state hoping to have electric vehicle charging stations approximately every 50 miles. Your location has good cell service, amenities for drivers—restaurants, shopping
Check the map. Read more about the VW Settlement and apply at: 
Idaho SBDC offices at North Idaho College, Hedlund Building Rm 143
#SBDCDay 2019 @ Various
Mar 20 all-day
#SBDCDay 2019 @ Various

SBDC Day is a national, collective proclamation of the success and impacts America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) have across the nation in economic development and the small businesses community.

SBDC Day will unite the nearly 1,000 SBDC centers across the country and the hundreds of thousands of clients they serve by sharing, in real time, the success stories and notable impacts SBDCs collectively have on the small business community at large. This special day will be celebrated with social media campaigns, public relations initiatives, online and in-person events and more.

National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day @ Various
Mar 29 all-day
National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day @ Various
Our economy couldn’t run without small mom and pop businesses. They create economic growth and provide almost 70% of all new jobs in the country. That’s why every year on March 29 we acknowledge the more than 27 million small businesses in this country by celebrating National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day! The holiday was established by Rick and Margie Segel in honor of their parents and the successful hat shop they opened in 1939 and grew into a 10,000 square foot, $2 million dollar clothing shop. It is a special day to appreciate the long hours, hard work and dedication it takes to run a small business. So on March 29, head to your favorite small business to say thank you! 


1. Shop local
Support the small business in your community by searching them out and frequenting them often. Hear about an interesting local spot? Go on an adventure to check it out, then tell all your friends!

2. Use social media
Most small businesses are happy to get a little extra attention. Make sure to follow your favorites on all their social media platforms and promote them whenever possible.

3. Write a “thank you” note
Running a small business is really hard work. If there is a special Mom and Pop shop you care about, take a moment to write a note to let the owners and employees know how much you appreciate all the effort and care they put into making your experience wonderful.



A. They make shopping personal
Finding that particular shop where they know you and understand what you need can make any day just a little brighter. Mom and pop businesses take a special interest in making sure their customers have a unique and enjoyable experience. They care about their customers in a way few large retail chains can by providing superior and personal customer service.

B. They support the community
Small businesses have a real impact on their community by providing neighborhood jobs and recycling the money they earn back into the local economy. So, by spending your dollars at a mom and pop establishment, you can make a real difference.

C. They provide a unique experience
Mom and Pop shops bring fresh ideas to the marketplace. In today’s economy, when you can find the same products in every Big Box in every city, it’s refreshing to find something new which everyone else hasn’t discovered yet.

You Really Want to Buy a Business?? @ North Idaho Small Business Development Center
Dec 5 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
You Really Want to Buy a Business?? @ North Idaho Small Business Development Center
Buying a business can make great sense, or it can be a real disaster!  This class covers the due diligence needed to find the right opportunity for you and avoid a true money pit.  If you are business hunting, you can’t afford to miss this class.