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Thursday, February 28

Business After Hours

February’s Business After Hours will be at the Comfort Inn & Suites/Mainstay Suites
702 W. Appleway, Coeur d’Alene

Business After Hours is held on the fourth Thursday of every month. This networking event provides an opportunity for members to show off their offices or facilities. Food and beverages are provided by the sponsor business. There are drawings for door prizes. This is a great way to meet other Chamber members in a more casual “after work” atmosphere.

For more information contact Brenda Young, Program and Events Manager at 208.415.0110 or Brenda@CdAChamber.com

Festival Sponsor


COEURfest is a new September festival celebrating our amazing North Idaho Community. Organized by the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, it will be an all-day event held at McEuen Park the Saturday after Labor Day. The designers of this event want the participants to observe, learn & do in seven different “experience” areas that highlight the North Idaho lifestyle and what makes our region so special.

The seven experience areas are:

  1. An All-American Experience: Washington Air National Guard will do a fly over, preceded by a flag ceremony. Various displays and exhibits will feature the life and duties of air guardsmen and women.
  2. Epicurean Experience will showcase North Idaho’s great food offerings with food demonstrations, wine, craft beer and cider, and local restaurants.
  3. North Idaho Natural Resources Experience You’ll find lake and water sciences, farm life, timber industries and tribal exhibits. North Idaho is rich in Natural Resources and you’ll find it in this experience.
  4. Let’s Get Physical Experience is everything outdoors we love about North Idaho, including lake activities, hiking, biking, rafting, rock climbing, and outdoor yoga. North Idaho has it all!
  5. All the World’s a Stage Experience will showcase the arts, with artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers. Children will participate in several hands on art experiences.
  6. Commerce Experience will showcase local business gathering to show off the many goods and services produced and sold locally.
  7. Science & Technology Experience will feature robots, drones (and drone races), as well as hands-on science experiences.

Thank You to all our sponsors!

The Business Development Committee Presents

Business and
Industry Tour

Get behind the scenes for an up close and personal look at leading area businesses that are driving our economy. Each year the CDA Chamber’s Business Development Committee arranges a tour of local businesses in the technology and manufacturing sectors. Transportation provided, breakfast and lunch is included. 

Generally held each September. Check back for our 2019 tour dates.

B.Y.O. Putter

Putt-Putt Tournament

The Annual B.Y.O. Putter Putt-Putt Golf Tournament is held in July at the 18 hole putting course on the third floor of the Parkside Building across from McEuen Park. Perfect for non-golfers and golf fanatics. This after work event is a time for laughter and camaraderie. Beer, beverages and food are provided by sponsoring businesses. Come have fun and win some great prizes too!

Watch for the next event: July 2019

October 24, 2018

Coeur d'Alene Chamber
106th Annual Meeting

The Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce will hold its 106th Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Wednesday, October 24, 11:30am at the Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn. This year’s speaker will be Jon Ness, CEO of Kootenai Health.

This is the Chamber’s annual celebration of its successes of the past year and a look to the challenges of the future. The luncheon will include installment of new Officers, giving thanks to outgoing Officers and Board Members as well as awarding the Ed Abbott Volunteer of the Year, the Citizen of the Year and the Committee of the Year awards.

Tickets for the luncheon are $40 per person.
Company tables can be reserved for $320 each.


For table sponsorship information contact Marilee Wallace, Vice President Membership 208.415.0111 • Marilee@CdAChamber.com

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If you would like to order a customized packet prepared especially for you including area maps, cost is $19.00. Contact Joan@cdachamber.com or call 208.664-3194 ext. 1000

CDA Chamber E-Newsletter

This Week's Chamber

The CDA Chamber keeps its members CONNECTED and fosters collaboration through our communications vehicle “THIS WEEK”

September 10 – 16, 2018

September 4-9, 2018

August 27 – September 3, 2018

The Coeur d’Alene Chamber is Actively Supported by these Lead Investors

Businesses that invest as Diamond Members are recognized as business and community leaders. The Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce is proud to have an outstanding group of businesses that are pillars in our region; pillars who not only support the CDA Chamber, but also are strong corporate citizens who help make the Coeur d’Alene area vibrant.

Become a Diamond Member contact Marilee Wallace: marilee@cdachamber.com or 208.415.0111

Business Seminars

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Women's Conference

Women's Conference

It’s a Big Lake Lifestyle

COEUR D’ALENE IS THE PERFECT MESH of small town vibe and big city atmosphere. There’s lots to do whatever the season. We’ve got the great outdoors and the second largest lake west of the Rockies! Within 20 minutes or less you can be enjoying hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling. Some folks do it right out their front door!

We’ve got clean air, little pollution and no humidity. The summers here are magnificent. If you’re a winter sports enthusiast you can choose from three ski areas close enough to get in a run before or after work. We’ve got a downtown chock-full of unique restaurants, shops, and shop owners who know their customers by name.

Our stable economy, low crime rate, and relatively low cost of living (ranked 16th), attract many looking for a new place to call home, or relocate their business to a location that offers them and their employees an amazing lifestyle in the heart of paradise. Coeur d’Alene attracts visitors from around the world.

If it’s serenity you crave, you can live just outside of town on some rural acreage or waterfront, but still be close enough to have a short commute into town to work, shop, or take in one of our many festivals or community events. Build your dream home, live in a country cabin or palatial estate on the lake with views, views, and more views. Choose from quaint turn of the century bungalows close to downtown, or pick a quality-built, newly constructed family home in one of our great subdivisions complete with parks, bike-paths, walking trails and friendly neighbors. We have golf course homes, penthouse condos with big city amenities and quality RV parks ready for “snowbirds”. If you’re ready to retire, start a family, start a business, or just ready for a change of pace, Coeur d’Alene has a place for you to call home.

The Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce has many REALTOR® members who are ready to assist you. Find one of our realtor members using our business search tab. To search for properties, general information on buying or selling a home, visit the Coeur d’Alene Association of Realtors at cdarealtors.com.

Economic Development

Ready for Business

KOOTENAI COUNTY’S GROWING population and economic development provide many opportunities for starting or relocating a business in North Idaho. Cost of doing business in Idaho sits at 3.6% below the national average, along with energy costs that are the second lowest in the U.S. at 27% below the national average. Of all 50 states, CEOs ranked Idaho first in having the highest quality of living environment, #2 in taxation and regulation, and #2 in workforce quality according to Chief Executive Magazine, 2016 Best and Worst States for Business. Various organizations as shown here, have developed programs to recruit and assist businesses in relocating to our community. In addition, urban renewal districts have been formed to build and establish an infrastructure that is ready for today’s business needs.

The missions, goals and services provided by the following organizations complement the services of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce.

Small Business Development Center
208.665.5085 • nisbdc.com

NIC’s Idaho Small Business Development Center (Idaho
SBDC) offers confidential no-cost business coaching and lowcost
training to business leaders to help their businesses thrive
and grow. Independent study indicates Idaho SBDC clients
outperform their peers by over 700%.

The SBDC is located in the Hedlund Building, Suite 145
on the North Idaho College Campus, 420 North College Drive.

Idaho SBDC services include…

  • • Improving your business margin and profit
  • • Hiring winners and improving your leadership
  • • Expanding your business successfully
  • • Reaching new markets effectively
  • • Improving your business operations
  • • Taking new technology/invention to market
  • • Gaining capital to launch or grow your business
  • • Buying/selling your business
  • • Exit strategy
  • • Exporting to global markets
  • • Thinking about starting a business

ignite cda
208.292.1630 • ignitecda.org

Something remarkable happens when people unite around shared interests. Visions align. Ideas take shape. Communities thrive. ignite cda is Coeur d’Alene’s urban renewal agency and is the lead public partner for leveraging the potential of public/ private partnerships within CDA’s Urban Renewal Districts to achieve Coeur d’Alene’s vision of a diverse, sustainable community with healthy neighborhoods, a vibrant central city, a strong regional economy, sustainable superior public open spaces, and quality jobs and housing for all.

Coeur d’Alene Area EDC (Jobs Plus)
1.800.621.5600 or 208.667.4753

The Coeur d’Alene Area Economic DevelopmentCorporation (CdAEDC) is a nonprofi t, public-private partnership that recruits new businesses and assists existing companies who want to increase operations in Northern Idaho. CdAEDC/Jobs Plus was formed in 1987 with the mission to enlarge and diversify the economic and employment base of Kootenai County, while maintaining the quality of life that is synonymous with our area. Their website, www.cdaedc.org, features the services they provide businesses interested in moving into the area, or expanding their existing operations, along with a listing of companies that have relocated to the area. It also highlights key operational reasons why businesses succeed in the area, tax advantages and financial resources available for businesses, along with information on the exceptional quality of life that helps businesses retain and recruit talent for their organizations. 


Starting a business in Idaho?

Visit the Business Wizard at www.idahobizhelp.org to
obtain a customized checklist of local, state, and federal taxes
and regulations that may affect your business. You will also
find information on licenses and permits, employee issues, as
well as information on registering your business name and
entity type in Idaho.
This website is brought to you by the combined efforts
of more than 20 local, state, and federal agencies. It was
funded by a grant from the USDA Rural Development, Rural
Business-Cooperative Service.

CDA 2030 • cda2030.org • info@cda2030.org

CDA 2030 seeks to guide the greater Coeur d’Alene community in realizing its vision for a bright future – together. CDA 2030 reflects a conversation shaped by the diverse ideas, perspectives and points of view of our community, including 3,000+ vision input participants. The organization was designed to build community awareness and collaboration based on sound information and open, constructive dialogue. As a nonprofit organization, CDA 2030 helps local businesses, government and community organizations carry out the Vision and 180-action Implementation Plan. Now CDA 2030 is gearing up for another year of progress towards the community Vision for greater Coeur d’Alene with 90 actions implemented and even more underway as of December 2017.

CDA 2030 continues to support priority actions such as:

  • • career skills/basic workforce skills
  • • community preparedness
  • • East Sherman Avenue master plan
  • • activity and events center (performing arts)
  • • Coeur d’Alene medical corridor
  • • Opening Books, Opening Doors – an initiative to
    achieve100% grade-level literacy by third grade
  • To learn more, visit CDA2030.org.

Panhandle Area Council
208.772.0584 •pacni.org

The Panhandle Area Council Inc. (PAC) is a nonprofit
certified economic development corporation organized to aid
in diversifying and stabilizing the area’s economy. The council
serves the five northern counties of Idaho and assists small
businesses in their startup or expansion.

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Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities

Sponsoring an event is a visible and rewarding way to promote your company and to support the programs and mission of the Chamber. Through sponsorship, you can market your business to the local community, expand your customer base and increase your visibility. Below are most, but not all, of the events offering sponsorship opportunities

For information on how the Chamber can assist you in promoting your business, please contact Marilee at 280.415.0111 or Marilee@CdAChamber.com.

Golf Tournaments

The Chamber’s annual golf tournaments are held seasonally at selected award winning golf clubs in North Idaho. Golf enthusiasts and golf novices are both welcome to participate. Corporate sponsorship include logo recognition in the Chamber e-newsletter and event materials, and banner at event registration desk. Individual hole sponsorships are also available.


After Hours Business Fair

Held in February, this three-hour business fair draws over 2,000 attendees. Corporate Sponsorship includes logo recognition in the CDA Press and the Chamber e-newsletter, plus your display booth in prime location. Logo recognition is included in Business Fair program/booth guide. Contact Brenda Young, Vice President of programs, 208.415.0110 or Brenda@CdAChamber.com.


Legislative Sponsors

The Chamber’s Public Policy Committee offers businesses and organizations the chance to sponsor our legislative brochure which is distributed at “Business Day at the Legislature” each year in Boise. The legislative brochure provides the Chamber’s legislative position statements and public policy priorities. 


Upbeat Breakfast

This monthly breakfast meeting brings 120-200 attendees, and is well attended by community and public leaders. An Upbeat sponsorship includes a 10-minute presentation at the podium, logo recognition in the Chamber e-newsletter and the Chamber website, banner display at breakfast, and the exclusive option of placing your promotional materials at each table setting. Sponsorship $300.


Upbeat Breakfast Display Table

Each month, Chamber members have the opportunity to reserve a display table at Upbeat Breakfast. This is an inexpensive and very visible way to spotlight your business. Cost is $60. Reservation must be made 30 days in advance and depends on availability. Contact Brenda Young, Vice President of programs, 208.415.0110 or Brenda@CdAChamber.com.


New Member Receptions

Held every 3 months to welcome and educate new members on Chamber benefits. Sponsorship includes banner at reception, and your promotional materials for the attendees. Sponsorship $150.

Women Creating Success Conference

The Coeur d’Alene Chamber hosts an annual full day conference aimed at educating and motivating today’s business women. Presenting Sponsorships ($1000), Supporting Sponsorships ($500), and exhibitor booth spaces ($279) are available. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this exciting and informative day.


B.Y.O.P Putt-Putt Golf Tournament

Bring Your Own Putter (B.Y.O.P) Putt-Putt Tournament is held in July. Course Sponsorships are available for $100 and include banner display at event and recognition in Chamber e-newsletter and social media.. In-kind sponsorships are also available.


Annual Luncheon

This is the Chamber’s annual celebration of its successes of the past year and a look to the challenges of the future. The luncheon meeting will include installments of new Officers, thanks to our outgoing Officers and Board Members, and recognition of the Citizen of the Year, the Ed Abbott Volunteer of the Year, and the Committee of the Year awards. Corporate Sponsorships (limit 4) $1,000: Includes two luncheon tickets, logo in the Chamber’s e-newsletter, logo on luncheon program, logo on website event page, banner at event, emcee recognition and logo on slideshow at the event. Tabletop Sponsorships – $100: Company name and logo recognition in slideshow at the event and on centerpieces. 


4th of July Parade & Festival

The Coeur d’Alene 4th of July Festival is the perfect way to advertise your business in front of 20,000 spectators. Sponsorship opportunities are available for overall Festival Sponsor, Parade Sponsor and Park Activities Sponsor. Event Sponsorships include: logo placement in Chamber E-newsletter, logo on festival t-shirt, banner placement in parade with entry, banner placement at bandshell in the City Park, in print on event poster, and on social media.


Gubernatorial, Mayoral, and Commissioners Addresses

The Governor’s Address to the business community; the Mayor’s State of the City Address; State of the County Address, and other policy issue luncheons are held each year providing: tabletop, presenting and supporting sponsorship opportunities for our civic-minded members.

Affiliate Organizations

The Chamber provides management services for five other organizations whose missions complement ours.
These services are provided under contract with the Board of Directors of these organizations.
The Chamber has also established a Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board to assist in implementing tourism marketing funds.

Coeur d’Alene Convention & Visitors Bureau

The mission of the Coeur d’Alene Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is to bring more visitors to the Coeur d’Alene area. It seeks to encourage repeat visits, to extend the stays of visitors, and to connect these visitors with CVB members.


Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association

Our vision of Downtown Coeur d’Alene is to remain the heart of our community, preserve our heritage, and provide a prosperous and livable environment.


CDA 2030

CDA 2030 is the project of an alliance of citizen volunteers representing key public, private, civic, and community-based organizations, working in partnership to sponsor a ‘visioning’ process for our community. We are an independent, nonpartisan, nonaligned effort with one overriding goal: a bright future for greater Coeur d’Alene.


Coeur d’Alene Arts and Culture Alliance

The Coeur d’Alene Arts and Culture Alliance exists to educate area residents and visitors about the arts and cultural activities available in our community, and to assist artists and arts entities to successfully achieve their goals.


North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation

The NICTF strives to connect the people of North Idaho with an expanding trail system. We work to preserve and develop the North Idaho Centennial Trail system while promoting non-motorized trail connectivity throughout the region.


Visionary Members

Visionary Members have encouraged new growth, supported innovation and energized multiple economic sectors. Simply put, they have made a concerted effort to increase the community’s visibility and influence. We recognize that our area would not be where it is today without their leadership. Their financial support  allows the Chamber to devote time and resources to serving its members and achieving its annual goals.

208.625.4000 • kh.org

Kootenai Health provides a comprehensive range of medical services to patients in northern Idaho and throughout the Inland Northwest. The main campus is located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and includes a 299-bed community-owned hospital. Kootenai is accredited by DNV and holds Magnet Designation for nursing excellence. It is a verified Level Two Trauma Center, a Center of Excellence for hip and knee replacement, a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital, and has received an “A” rating for Safety and an “A” rating for Financial Stewardship. Kootenai has also been named a Gallup Great Workplace award winner.

Kootenai Health is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of organizations that share a commitment to better serving patients and their families. Through this relationship, Kootenai Health physicians have access to Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise which allows many patients to avoid unnecessary travel for answers to complex medical questions.

Kootenai Clinic is a network of more than 200 physicians and advanced practice providers working in 25 different specialties throughout Kootenai County and the Inland Northwest. To help find a primary care provider or specialist, call the Kootenai Clinic Appointment Center at (208) 625-6767.

1.800.523.2464 • cdacasino.com

Our story is relatively brief in the world of gaming and resort development, having begun in March 1993. Yet, our story is timeless in the world of traditional Indian hospitality. It is hospitality, you see, that has nurtured our relationships with guests since that small bingo operation was first introduced to our friends here in the Inland Northwest. “We made our first visit when you first opened the bingo hall,” wrote one regular customer. “After more than a decade, we are still coming and enjoying all that your facility offers, especially the employees. We still see many of the same faces that were there in the beginning and we very much appreciate the genuine friendliness of your staff. You are not like other casinos.”

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has a grand legacy of taking care of its own and helping its neighbors. That, too, has been central through six expansions, creating 300 luxury hotel rooms and over 100,000 square feet of gaming space. Our Circling Raven Golf Club is renowned as one of the finest new golf challenges in the region, the nation and the world.

Escape to the Coeur d’Alene Casino. Rejuvenate in the beauty and serenity of our premier resort. Relax and unwind in our luxurious hotel. Paper yourself at our world-class spa. Play a round of golf on our championship course. Enjoy the hottest casino games around. plus, indulge in fine cuisine at our award-winning restaurants. The perfect getaway awaits you at the Coeur d’Alene Casino!

Spring, Summer and Fall

Golf Tournaments

Golf in North Idaho is simply stunning with courses set in some of the country’s most gorgeous scenery. The CDA Chamber holds several fundraising golf tournaments each year. Whether you are a serious golfer or just out for the fun of it, the chamber’s golf tournaments are an enjoyable and entertaining way to meet and spend time with other members. Hole sponsorships provide an opportunity to aquaint others about your business through signage and prizes. Tournaments are 18 holes comprised of 4 person teams and include golf carts, beer, beverages and appetizers. Prizes are given for the lowest score, highest score and closest to the pin.


Team Registration Form

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The History of Coeur d'Alene

A Tourist Town is Born

During the early 1800’s the Northwest Fur Trading Company, a British company under the leadership of David Thompson, began to establish fur trading posts in the Inland Northwest. One of these posts, called Kullyspell House, was built on the northern shore of Lake Pend Oreille. During that time, some of the French speaking traders began to use the French words “Coeur d’Alene” as a nickname for the Schitsu’umsh people, who traded at Kullyspell House. In French “Coeur” means heart and “Alene” means awl, a sharp pointed tool used to pierce leather. In other words, they were known as sharp traders with hearts like the point of an awl. 

Within a few years the Schitsu’umsh people became known as the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, and the large lake which was the center of their homeland became Lake Coeur d’Alene.

     In 1878, General William T. Sherman established a military fort on the northern shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene, which he named Fort Coeur d’Alene. While the fort was under construction, a small village began to develop on the eastern edge of the fort. That was the beginning of Coeur d’Alene, the City by the Lake. The name of the fort was later changed to Fort Sherman, which is now the location of North Idaho College.

     The city of Coeur d’Alene was incorporated in 1887. Early visitors found Coeur d’Alene Lake to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the country. As the railroads and steamboats provided transportation points between the Coeur d’Alene Lake, the St. Joe and Coeur d’Alene Rivers, it soon became a destination for thousands of tourists. Camping, hunting, boating and fishing were popular pastimes. Lodges, hotels, campgrounds, attractions, and the transportation industry developed to accommodate the influx of visitors.

     In the early 1900s a major timber boom caused the population to increase 16 fold in a period of 10 years. The city expanded from a small frontier village into the political and business center of Kootenai County. It became the county seat in 1908.

By Road

Coeur d’Alene is located off I-90 and US Highway 95. We are 32 miles east of Spokane, the second largest city in Washington State after Seattle. The Canadian border crossing at Porthill is roughly 105 miles north via Highway 95.


The Spokane International Airport serves over 3 million passengers annually with 370 domestic connections and 65 international destinations. It is the closest major airport to Coeur d’Alene. Visit: spokaneairport.net

Bus Service

Free public bus service is available through Citylink. Citylink is a partnership between the COeur d’Alene Tribe, the Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization, the State of Idaho and Kootenai County. This transit operate four routes, 16 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. Most Citylink buses are equipped with bicycle racks and seating for 33 people. to accomodate the needs of North Idaho patrons, all buses are fitted with wheelchair lifts. For route information,
call 1.877.941. RIDE or idahocitylink.com

Drive Times and Mileage

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You receive visibility through our online business directory, social media and e-publications. There are also opportunities for EVENT SPONSORSHIPS and ADVERTISING, which will help give your business valuable exposure.



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Coeur d'Alene & Post Falls Chambers of Commerce

Public Policy Priorities

The primary mission of Chambers of Commerce is to advocate for an environment that ensures the health and prosperity of the community through strong and healthy businesses.  Part of that advocacy occurs through guidance to our government leaders, and seeking Tax policies and a regulatory environment that supports opportunities for growth, jobs creation, profitability and that strengthen the economic vitality of Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and the surrounding region.

We strongly advocate for the elimination of governing policies that unnecessarily restrict the free flow of commerce and industry, vital to the creation and retention of jobs ensuring further economic prosperity.

Our chambers support governing policies that protect our environment and quality of life while sustaining a business climate that nourishes economic growth and sustainable management of our natural resources through stewardship that effectively supports our natural resource industry and sustains the health of our public lands.

2018 Position Statements of the Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls Chambers

The Chambers support a reduction in the tax burden on businesses in Idaho. Gradually lowering income tax rates can assist in the retention and expansion of existing businesses, as well as in recruitment of new businesses.

The Chambers support the simplification and reduction of the personal property tax.

Both Chambers continue to support legislation granting local units of government authority to adopt local option taxes that are voter approved for specific local projects, with cost estimates, timelines and sunset clauses. The ability to address local needs with locally approved tax revenue is critical to the continued growth and economic viability of our communities.

The Chambers support the collection of sales taxes on purchases from consumers in Idaho whether from brick and mortar businesses or over the internet.

The Chambers continue to support the use of the state’s Urban Renewal Law as an effective and flexible economic development tool that has proven essential in the expansion and improvement of public infrastructure and job generation.

Both Chambers are solid advocates for workforce development initiatives and fully support continued and increased emphasis on career and technical education, and skills certification. We support the rapid implementation of the recommendations outlined in the Governor’s Workforce Development Taskforce report of June 2017.

We support the recommendations of the Governor’s Taskforce on Higher Education that address the need to reduce costs & improve all the pathways, from industry-based certifications to advanced degrees, to achieving a meaningful career, and the creation and adoption of a “competency-based system”.

The Chambers support the continued efforts regarding Reading Readiness initiatives, and encourage pre-K funding exploration. We continue to support school choice, STEM education, mentorship initiatives, career advisory programs and experiential learning opportunities.

We firmly believe that the State must explore and implement funding solutions that adequately address the pressing backlog of maintenance issues facing our State’s transportation infrastructure. During the last session, additional funding solutions were addressed, yet the needs are ever increasing. We must also begin planning for the implementation of new projects that are necessary to meet future transportation needs such as the proposed Huetter by-pass and the widening of I-90 through CDA to the Washington state line. Providing a consistent source of funding for the maintenance and improvement of our transportation systems will enable our existing businesses to compete and grow and enhance our opportunities for new business.

Both Chambers recognize the considerable challenges in finding acceptable solutions to reducing health care costs, reducing the costs of insurance coverage and in providing access to care for a greater number of citizens. We also are strong advocates for the State taking a leadership role in passing legislation now that will begin to address these critical areas. We support Idaho solutions to Idaho issues and are encouraged by ideas that can increase competition, provide transparency, reduce costs & increase access. A viable healthcare program will enable our State and our counties to eliminate the outdated indigent care funds that cost millions of tax dollars each year, and allow all of our citizens and small businesses access to adequate and viable health care options.

Coeur d’Alene Triathlon – 8/11/18

The Coeur d’Alene Triathlon and Duathlon has been one of the most scenic races in the Northwest since 1984, hence the nickname, “The Scenic Challenge”. 

The traditional Olympic distance (1.5K swim) and the Sprint distance (500 yards swim) both take place at Independence Point on Lake Coeur d’Alene, a body of water that stretches 30 miles long and up to 3 miles wide. All the bike courses follow Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive. For Olympic distance triathlon riders and Duathlon riders going the full 40K, the race leads to Mullan Trail Road for a challenging uphill course.

The run courses travel north along the Centennial Trail and the Spokane River. There are two turn-around points along the Centennial Trail: the 5K turn-around is in front of the University of Idaho/LCSC Harbor Center, and the 10K turn-around is on the Centennial Trail under the Seltice Way overpass. The course ends at the finish line in Coeur d’Alene City Park at the Triathlon Village adjacent to Lake Coeur d’Alene.


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Ironman 70.3 – 2019

For a community located on the shores of one of the most spectacular lakes in the Pacific Northwest, festivals, celebrations and endurance sporting events  that capture the essence  of living by the lake are an important part of CDA Chamber events. IRONMAN 70.3 is just such an event. Held each June, athletes from across the country choose IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene to test their skills.

After Hours Business Fair

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A full day conference celebrating and empowering women

Women Creating Success

It’s our time in history ladies, let’s do this! Men of course are welcome as well.

Registration for the full-day conference is $79 including lunch. Non-members $99.
Exhibitor booths are available for $249 and include two registrations.
Non-members $349, and includes 1 registration.

Stay tuned for our next conference date


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Upbeat Breakfast

Join us at the Coeur d’Alene Resort for February’s Upbeat Breakfast sponsored by inspiro, customer relations management company.

Please reserve your seat by Friday, February 8 by noon!

Upbeat Breakfast occurs the second Tuesday of every month. On average 150 members attend, making it one of the most popular networking events in our community. Trade tables allow members to display their business and briefly address the group.

The program features a different speaker each month, highlighting various topics of interest. With a reservation, the cost is $17 and includes breakfast and coffee. Cost for attendees without a reservation is $25.

For additional information or to reserve a trade table contact, Brenda Young, Vice President of Programs, 208.415.0110, or Brenda@CdAChamber.com.


Supporting the Voice of Business

Chamber Committees

Chamber members add their voices to the conversations that shape business and impact our community.
Committee participation facilitates building business relationships with others who share common
business goals, interests, issues, markets or industry sectors.


Business Development


Education Committee

Leadership Coeur d’Alene

Membership Outreach

Executive Committee

Public Policy Committee

Natural Resources Committee
Basic Membership


This Level provides basic Chamber membership including:

◉ Listing in Annual Business Directory
◉ Weekly E-newsletter “This Week”
◉ Website listing
◉ Website page
◉ Referrals of inquiries – about your type of business
◉Ribbon cutting with advertising
◉Upbeat Breakfast admission and introduction

*Other Chamber benefits available á la carte

Marketing Option


This Level is designed for those who want to take advantage of their membership in aggressively promoting their business within the business community.

This level includes Basic Membership, PLUS:
◉ Mailing list of Chamber Members (PDF of physical mailing addresses)
◉ One bookmark ad to run for a month in the Chamber’s weekly E-newsletter reach 3200 email addresses

Marketing +


This Level is designed for active Chamber members who want to maximize the value of their membership and access the relocation market.

This level includes all the benefits of levels 1 & 2, PLUS:
◉ Special acknowledgement and contact information in online Relocation Guide
◉ Two additional online category search listings
◉ Enhanced directory listing

If you have 30+ employees, you may join us at levels 4, 5, or 6,
depending upon how you want to use your membership.


Basic Larger Business


This Level provides basic Chamber membership including:

◉ Listing in Annual Business Directory
◉ Weekly E-newsletter “This Week”
◉ Website listing
◉ Website page
◉ Referrals of inquiries – about your type of business
◉Ribbon cutting with advertising
◉Upbeat Breakfast admission and introduction

*Other Chamber benefits available á la carte



This level is designed for active Chamber members who want to maximize the value of their membership and access the relocation market.

Gold members receive Marketing Membership benefits, PLUS:
◉ Enhanced directory listing
◉ Two additional online category search listings.
◉ Special acknowledgement in our online relocation magazine.
◉ One Upbeat trade table annually



This Level is for businesses that want to be recognized as a strong leader in our community and wish to take full benefit of Chamber membership.

Diamond Members Receive all levels 4 & 5, PLUS:
◉ Color logo and website link in weekly E-newsletter
◉ Logo and website link on Chamber’s website
◉ Listing on Display Board at all Upbeat Breakfast’s
◉ Two Annual Banquet tickets
◉ One E-blast to Chamber members digital data-base each year

*Customize this level to suit your needs.

(optional) I would like to be contacted by a relocation specialist member

Building Community Through Business

Top 10 Reasons to Join the Chamber

For more than 112 years, the Coeur d’Alene Chamber Chamber has played an important role in driving our region forward. The CDA Chamber is the 2nd largest chamber in Idaho with 990 member businesses representing 25,000 employees. Our members determine our policy focus through participation on committees focused on key industry segments. We provide valuable networking and professional development opportunities and access to policy makers and business leaders. Our goal: To make Coeur d’Alene the most business-friendly city in North Idaho.



We initiate more business-to-business commerce and more opportunities for networking and connecting local professionals than is available through most other local organizations.



Make face-to-face connections and enhance your presence in the community by serving on a committee, attending or sponsoring a chamber event.



Research points out that consumers are more likely to do business with a company if the company is a member of their local chamber of commerce.



We are the voice of business; advocating for business at the local, state and federal levels of government.



Laying the foundation for our future. Providing members with the tools and knowledge needed to take on leadership roles.



We assist businesses with an online presence and get your name known through sponsorship and advertising opportunities. Our Visitors Center caters to 35,000 visitors each year.



We keep you connected and informed through online content and social media such as “This Week’s Chamber” E-newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter.



Every day, your local chamber receives calls from individuals and businesses looking for potential service providers and area information. If you’re a member, you’re referred, if you’re not, you’re not!


Community Events

Major events like Ironman CDA 70.3 and the 4th of July Fireworks Festival require a big effort which brings tourist dollars to our city, creates goodwill and promotes our community.


Civic Mindedness

You are part of a group of  business professionals who care about their community, how it works and where it’s going. Just by being a member shows your support of these efforts.

Join the Chamber


Mixing Business with Pleasure

Formation of the
Coeur d'Alene Chamber

     According to local historian, Robert Singletary, in 1912 a local businessmen’s group called the Commercial Club held a series of meetings with the thought of creating an organization focused on a more serious approach to attracting and creating business for the growing community. The most important meeting was held aboard the steamboat Colfax while it cruised Lake Coeur d’Alene. The scenic ride resulted in the formation of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce and hence continued a tradition of mixing business with pleasure. 

     These gentlemen had such a wonderful idea that today’s Chamber of Commerce is pleased to carry on the tradition of combining business and pleasure, bringing you wonderful events year after year for the benefit of the citizens and business community of Coeur d’Alene.

2018 Executive Committee

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Michael Ward

Coldwell Banker
Schneidmiller Realty

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Brent Lyles

Elk Point Enterprises

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Dave Bobbitt

Past Chair
Community 1st Bank

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Steve Wilson


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Brenda Bookholtz

Pita Pit USA

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Ann Thomas

Mountain West Bank

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Alivia Metts

The Metts Group
Fortus Realty

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Heidi Rodgers

NW Council for
Computer Education

2017 Chamber Board of Directors

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Dustin Ainsworth

Kootenai Title

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Kim Anderson

Kootenai Health

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Katie Hunt

Numerica Credit Union

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James McAndrew

Mountain West Bank

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Ron Nilson

Ground Force Worldwide

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Rick Rasmussen

Northwest Specialty Hospital

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Peter Riggs

Pita Pit USA

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Mark Robitaille

Coeur d'Alene Convention
and Visitors Bureau

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Luke Russell

Hecla Mining Company

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Laura Rumpler

North Idaho College

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Tyrel Stevenson

Coeur d'Alene Tribe

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Pastor Craig Sumey

First Presbyterian

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Troy Tymesen

City of Coeur d'Alene

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Marie Widmeyer

Fort Ground Grill

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Lean Williams

Tomlinson Sotheby's
International Realty

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Chris Fillios

Advisory Member
Kootenai County

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Vicki Isakson

Advisory Member
Idaho Dept. of Labor

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Janet Robbnett

Advisory Member
Lake City Law
Group, PLLC

Training Tomorrow's Leaders

Coeur d'Alene Chamber
Leadership Program

The Leadership Coeur d’Alene Program has been designed to create a learning environment that provides members with opportunities to gain in-depth knowledge of the community and its leadership. The program facilitates a platform that enhances members’ professional network, promotes the exchange of ideas, and inspires members to seek out new service opportunities in the community.

Leadership Yearbook 2017

Leadership Yearbook 2017

Leadership Yearbook 2016

Leadership Yearbook 2016

Leadership Yearbook 2015

Leadership Yearbook 2015

Leadership Yearbook 2014

Leadership Yearbook 2014

Leadership Yearbook 2013

Leadership Yearbook 2013

Leadership Yearbook 2012

Leadership Yearbook 2012

Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce

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Steve Wilson


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Brenda Young

Vice President Programs

Committees: Business Development, Leadership Coeur d’Alene, Commodores

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Ginger Dalvini

Vice President Operations

Committees: Board of Directors, Executive/Finance, Education

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Marilee Wallace

Vice President Membership
cell: 208.660.1557

Committees: Membership Outreach,
Public Policy, COEURfest,
Executive Roundtable

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Teree Taylor

Director of Communications

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Hayden Mari

Communications Design Assitant

Chamber Volunteer

Coeur d’Alene Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Joan Ford

Volunteer Coordinator
Administrative Assistant

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Mark Robitaille

Convention & Visitors Bureau Manager

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Bev Davis

Huetter Visitors Center

Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association

Coeur d’Alene Arts &
Culture Alliance

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Terry Cooper

Downtown Association Manager

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Emily Boyd

Downtown Association
Events Coordinator

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Ali Shute

Executive Director

CDA 2030, Inc. Visioning Project

North Idaho Centennial
Trail Foundation

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Nicole Kahler

Executive Director

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Marie Nail

Marketing Outreach Assistant

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Tabitha Wiltse

Executive Director

The Commodores Present

The Aw$um Auction

Next Aw$um Auction
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Best Western CDA Inn

Our fun loving Commodores have picked a Disney theme for the 2019 auction. Time to think about which favorite character you might be!
Tickets are $70 per person or $510 for a table of eight.

The Aw$um Auction is an exciting event produced by the Coeur d’Alene Chamber Commodores and is the CDA Chamber’s largest fundraiser. The mission of the Commodores is to promote the chamber and the Coeur d’Alene community. The Commodores serve as goodwill ambassadors by undertaking fundraising projects, promoting businesses through ribbon cuttings, and attending open house celebrations. Auction proceeds support other committee activities, programs, and help keep membership dues affordable. The Commodores travel with their float to neighboring communities in Idaho, Washington, Montana and Canada promoting the Coeur d’Alene community in parades and events.

Coeur d'Alene Chamber

4th of July Festival

One of the most notable community events is the annual 4th of July Celebration which includes a parade, festival in the park and a fireworks show over the lake at Independence Point. Praised as being one of the most spectacular fireworks display in the Northwest, the event is funded entirely by the CDA Chamber through sponsorship’s, member businesses and citizens donations.

The festivities begin with a parade down Sherman Avenue from 15th Street and ends at Government Way. Crowds move toward City Park for activities, live music and food vendors while waiting for the fireworks display at dusk. 

The theme for our 2018 parade is “America the Beautiful”.


2018 4th of July Festival presented by

Parade Sponsored by

Fireworks Fund Donors


About the CDA Chamber



To promote, support, and advocate for our members so as to enhance our business environment, assuring for profitability today and prosperity tomorrow.



To be the premier organization creating essential business-to-business marketing and growth opportunities, while providing visionary community leadership, helping to create a synergistic environment where business can thrive and the economy grows.



Future Focused

To provide catalytic leadership by looking at the long term, big picture and being an instigator of change rather than a reactionary responder. In doing so, we will embrace all community policy stakeholders and serve as the catalyst for collaboration.

Member Committed

Maintain a flexible, responsive organization that is inclusive of our diverse membership. Engage our members on focused issues and initiatives so as to collaboratively serve business and community needs.  

Excellence Driven

Commit to producing quality products, events and programming, and measure our results by what is right, honest, ethical and fiscally responsible.  


To assist appropriate organizations whose goals are the achievement of job generation, income growth and community prosperity with their success. Organizations such as: Jobs Plus, the Department of Commerce and Labor, PAC, Innovative Collective, various member industry consortiums and others.

By embracing all segments of our membership, we will create and
operate numerous programs that actively engage members, allowing for
the promotion of their products and services through
business to business marketing opportunities.

Support our
Coeur d’Alene Convention
and Visitors Bureau (CVB)
in tourism marketing,
promotion, and provide
visitor services at our
visitor centers.

Intentionally seek new
members and engage
current members that
represent the population
shifts and cultural diversity
of our growing and
changing community.

Develop and voice
public policy positions
that advocate for the
business interest of
our members and
enhance the quality
of life for all.

Actively extoll the
positive ramifications
of a vibrant and
growing economy
driven by local
diversified business

Operate and/or promote
programs that provide
educational information of value
to our members, provide leadership
opportunities, connect members to
the community, and assist in analysis
of key community issues.

Take an active role
in planning and promoting
quality economic growth and
community development by engaging
our city and county leadership,
while playing an active role
in CDA 2030.

Manage with fiscal
responsibility to
ensure stability of
the organization
and the
cost effective
delivery of services.

Advocate for the
development and
sustainability of a quality
appropriately skilled workforce
that meet the needs of
our members today and
into the future.

Provide a select number
of partnership affinity
programs that benefit both
our membership and the
Chamber as a whole without
causing harm or conflict
within our membership.

Engage in programs,
events and activities
that create financial
gains for the Chamber,
helping to keep member
dues investment to
a minimum.

Proactively communicate
with our membership
regularly, openly
and often regarding
all programs,
activities and

administrative and
assistance to
whose missions
complement ours.

Incorporate the importance of global markets
in our programming and activities.

Take an active role in enhancing the educational
opportunities in our community.

Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814


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We Are The Coeur d’Alene Chamber

Serving businesses since 1912, the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce is a champion
for local economic prosperity and a pro-business environment.

Programs & Events

High quality networking and professional development events to enhance your presence in the business community.

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Join the Chamber

No organization in Kootenai County offers you a better return on your investment than the Coeur d’Alene Chamber.

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The CDA Chamber works on your behalf at the city, county, state and federal levels as a pro business policy advocate.

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Leadership Coeur d'Alene

Provides an educational experience designed to develop an enhanced understanding of community issues, organizations and economic drivers.

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Thank You to Our

Visionary and Diamond Members

The Business Development Committee

Developing programs to create a positive business climate. The Business Development Committee meets the 4rd Friday of every month at 7:30am at the Chamber. Chairperson: Sheri Dickinson • Chamber staff liaison: Brenda Young, brenda@cdachamber.com

The Commodores

The mission of the Commodores is to promote the chamber and the Coeur d’Alene community. The Commodores serve as goodwill ambassadors by undertaking fundraising projects, promoting businesses through ribbon cuttings, and attending open house celebrations. The Commodores travel with their float to neighboring communities in Idaho, Washington, Montana and Canada promoting the Coeur d’Alene community in parades and events. The Commodores meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month at 8:00am.
Chairperson: Karen Lynch • Chamber staff liaison: Brenda Young, brenda@cdachamber.com

The Education Committee

Serving as a link between the business and education communities in support of quality education in the Coeur d'Alene area. The Education Committee meets the 1st Wednesday of every month at 12:00pm at the Chamber. Chairperson: Francis Huffman • Chamber staff liaison: Ginger Dalvini, ginger@cdachamber.com

Leadership Coeur d'Alene

Acquaint and equip potential Coeur d'Alene leaders with tools for leadership. Board meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 12:30pm, at the Chamber.
Class sessions are held on the 4th Thursday of each month. Participation is by application.
Chairperson: Miranda Hamilton • Chamber staff liaison: Brenda Young, brenda@cdachamber.com


The Membership Outreach Committee

Assists with new member orientations, develops membership retention strategies, and critiques membership communications. The Membership Outreach Committee meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 4:00pm at the Chamber. Chairperson: Joe Alfieri • Chamber staff liaison: Marilee Wallace, marilee@cdachamber.com

The Executive Committee

The governing and finance committee of the Chamber comprised of the past chair, current chair, chair elect, treasurer and three vice chairs.
Chairperson: Brent Lyles • Chamber staff liaison: Ginger Dalvini, ginger@cdachamber.com

The Public Policy Committee

It is the mission of the Public Policy Committee to educate Chamber members about key public policy issues and to represent their interests before local, state and federal governments and agencies. In keeping with this mission, the Public Policy Committee is the Chamber Committee that reviews all public policy issues and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors.

The Public Policy Committee works in collaboration with the Post Falls and Hayden Chambers of Commerce. The committee meets the 1st Thursday of every month at 11:00am at either the Post Falls Chamber or the Coeur d'Alene Chamber. During the legislative session the committee meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month at 11:00 at the respective chambers on a rotational basis. Chairperson: Linda Davis • Chamber staff liaison: Marilee Wallace, marilee@cdachamber.com


to read the 2018 public policy priorities and position statements for the Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls Chambers


The Natural Resources Committee

Promoting and protecting our area's natural resources, as well as furthering the interest of the natural resource based industries: timber, mining and agriculture. The Natural Resources Committee meets the 1st Wednesday of every month at 7:30am at the Chamber.
Chairperson: David White • Chamber staff liaison: Steve Wilson