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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.


Small Business Development Center


NIC’s Idaho Small Business Development Center (Idaho SBDC) offers confidential, no-cost business coaching and low-cost training to business leaders to help their businesses thrive and grow. An 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

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Panhandle Area Council


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.


Coeur d’Alene Area EDC (Jobs Plus)


The Coeur d’Alene Area Economic DevelopmentCorporation (CdAEDC) is a nonprofit, public-private partnership that recruits new businesses and assists existing companies that 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 to 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.

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, and general information on buying or selling a home, visit the Coeur d’Alene Association of Realtors at cdarealtors.com.


Panhandle Affordable Housing Alliance (PAHA)


We provide affordable, low-income housing in North Idaho through partnerships that work for everyone.

Our goal: Create life-changing opportunities that give others the freedom to flourish.

Help us build a stronger community—where everyone can take ownership of a decent home with dignity and respect.

Our first project is now in development. Please email us for more information.

And watch this space for more good news.