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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.