Welcome to the Business Plus Newsletter!

October 2023

2023 Annual Meeting

Join us November 16, 3:00-5:00 pm at Canyon Crest Event Center

Check-in begins at 2:30

Exploring Fundamentals of Economic Development:

The Economic Impact of Urban Renewal Areas in Southern Idaho

2023 Operation Facelift Recognition


Travis Rothweiler, Twin Falls City Manager

Mike Williams, Jerome City Administrator

Mark Mitton, Burley City Administrator

Tony Morley, Heyburn City Administrator

Senator Kelly Anthon, Rupert City Administrator

Thank you Meeting Sponsors!

KeyBank, Sparklight & Willamette Dental

Request an Invitation to RSVP

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Network with the most influential leaders in the valley while growing your business and the local economy. Business Plus leverages growth by focusing on economic activity that results in job creation and talent attraction. We support a strong regional workforce, employment security and diversity.

Business Plus is a unique network of local business leaders that are solely committed to growing business in the Magic Valley. Join our leaders now!

Rebecca Wildman

Executive Director



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Southern Idaho Hosts Business France

SIEDO hosted a trade mission for Business France, BPI France and 10 French companies this month. French companies represented biotech plastics, industrial refrigeration, water efficiency and cleaning, software for manufacturing, insect proteins, sustainable modular storage, end of line machines, packaging, biodegradable products and packaging blowing machines, all ag-tech value-added businesses looking at U.S. markets for matching their novel technologies and innovative solutions. Southern Idaho produces "All Things Food" and will benefit from developing future partnerships that could support Idaho businesses. KMVT covered the Business France press conference held October 16th.


The Times-News ran a series of articles about Southern Idaho's community and economic development and how we leverage our resources and work as a team. The first article, TEAM SOUTHERN IDAHO: Working together to develop our economy - and community, explained the difference between economic and community development and introduced the four organizations that enhance our region's economic prosperity and improve our overall quality of life.

The second article RIVDA: Southern Idaho is growing into its future, and we're here to help, explains how RIVDA assists with securing capital, planning expertise and funding for infrastructure and quality of life projects.

The third article BUSINESS PLUS: Southern Idaho's secret weapon builds business, prosperity, shares history and highlights of our organization. Business Plus is a non-profit funded by private businesses to create economic stability and business growth opportunities.

The fourth article SIEDO: Building partnerships and economy, highlights past success and mission to create a resilient and thriving economy. SIEDO is a non-profit funded by Business Plus, the College of Southern Idaho, and the cities and counties it serves.

The fifth article REDS: Supporting our rural communities, explains support for rural communities by linking them to resources including the Idaho Department of Commerce, Idaho Small Business Development Center and RIVDA. REDS is under RIVDA and funded by its rural communities and grants from the Idaho Department of Commerce and Business Plus.

Our missions are different but work together to support our region's workforce, economic stability, and to be opportunities to our valley.

Check Presentations

Thank you Legacy Leaders!

L-R: Dan Lloyd, Carleen Herring, Jan Rogers, Lee Wagner, Rich Stivers, Rex Lytle, Deb Wilson, Rep. Lance Clow, Rep. Maxine Bell (retired), Mike McBride, Dave McAlindin, Rebecca Wildman, Jeff Harris, and Doug Vollmer.

Not pictured: Leonard Anderson, Doug Brown, Cindy Collins, Senator Linda Hartgen and in memory of Stephen Hartgen, Alan Horner, Gregg Middlekauff, Gary Nelson, Dan Olmstead, Mayor Ruth Pierce, Cally Roach, and John Wright.

KTVB's 208 takes a deep dive into Farmworker Immigration Reform

Our Third Quarter meeting topic was "All Things Food" Production, Processing and Research: Our Southern Idaho Workforce. KTVB's recent reporting in The 208 Farming Future: Farmworker Immigration Reform sheds light on these issues and includes interviews from Congressman Mike Simpson, Idaho Dairymen's Association Director Rick Naerebout, and others.

Economic Reports

Visit Idaho Resident Sentiment Survey

Idaho Tourism is asking residents to complete this Resident Sentiment Survey to help Tourism expand strategic marketing efforts to promote the state and to encourage responsible travel practices. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. Deadline is November 5, 2023.

CSI Career Fair

Thank you New and Renewing Investors!

Campaign Investors


First Federal*

Blue Cross of Idaho

D.L. Evans Bank*

Idaho Central Credit Union*

Idaho Power*

Intermountain Gas Company*



Times-News/Amplified Digital Agency*+



Clif Bar

Cooper Norman, CPAs*

Dairy West

Idaho Dairymen's Association

St. Luke's*

Woodbury Corporation - Magic Valley Mall, 

  Target, Best Buy & Dick's Shopping Centers



American Real Estate and Appraisal*

Atlas Technical Consultants

Crossroads Point

Dot Foods

EHM Engineers, Inc.*

Farmers Bank*

Idaho Milk Products

Les Schwab Tire Center

Mr. Gas*

NOVOLEX / Hilex Poly

Oasis Stop 'N Go / Travelers' Oasis / Canyon

  Crest Event Center / Redhawk*

PBC Petersen Brothers Construction

PCA Packaging Corporation of America*

Select Health

Starr Corporation*


United Electric Co-op, Inc.*


Watkins Distributing*

WillTran, Inc.



Balanced Rock Insurance


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Idaho 

  Homes & Properties*

Best Western Burley Inn

Cassia Regional Hospital - Intermountain Healthcare*

Collins Connection - Kent & Cindy Collins 

  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices*

Con Paulos Chevrolet*

Desert Creative Group

Float Magic

Flying S Title & Escrow*

Goode Motor / Lease End*

K&T Steel Corp*

Lytle Signs*

MAGIC Electric, Plumbing, Heating + Air

McKinlay Klundt Appraisal Co.

MEG & Co.

Minidoka Memorial Hospital

North Canyon Medical Center

Nu-Vu Glass

Safari Hospitality - Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn

   Express & Suites, Quality Inn and Suites

Snake River Pool & Spa*

Titlefact, Inc.*

TOK Commercial

True West Beef

TruLeap (formerly SimplicIT)

Ward & Campbell Orthodontics

Westfall & Westfall CPAs / Impact Athletic 


Wills Toyota*

Zions Bank*


Always Developing Leader, LLC

- J.J. Shawver

Family Health Services

Gem State Welders Supply*

Ireland Bank

Moss Greenhouses

New Energy One, LLC

New Leaf Properties*

Oregon Trail RV Park*


Stevens Pierce & Associates CPAs*

Strategic Financial Group

Stratus Marketing

Umpqua (formerly Columbia Bank)

Window Welder



Leonard Anderson

Rep. Maxine Bell (retired)

Doug Brown

Cindy Collins

Rep. Lance Clow

Jeff Harris

Sen. Linda Hartgen, and in memory of

   Stephen Hartgen

Jeff Harris

Carleen Herring NEW!

Alan Horner

Dan Lloyd NEW!

Rex Lytle

Dave McAlindin

Mike McBride

Gregg Middlekauff

Gary Nelson

Dan Olmstead

Mayor Ruth Pierce

Cally Grindstaff Roach

Jan Rogers

Rich Stivers NEW!

Doug Vollmer

Lee Wagner

Deb Wilson

John Wright



Atlas Technical Services


Best Western Burley Inn

Coldwell Banker Commercial

- Christy Latta NEW!

Con Paulos Chevrolet

Idaho Central Credit Union

Idaho National Laboratory (INL)


Minidoka Memorial Hospital

Mr. Gas

Nu-Vu Glass

Oregon Trail RV

Packaging Specialties of Idaho

PCA Packaging Corporation of America

PerforMix Nutrition Systems



Starr Corporation

Stratus Marketing

TOK Commercial

Umpqua (formerly Columbia Bank)

Watkins Distributing


Willamette Dental Group

WillTran, Inc.


*Indicates 10+ years of support since 2003

+includes additional promotional investment

Our Mission:

Private Investors Growing Southern Idaho's Economy

Our Vision:

Strong Partnerships Supporting a Vibrant Regional Economy

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