Business Resource Center

Eagle, Idaho and the surrounding Valley has a plethora of resources to assist you. Whether it is information on starting a business, growing your network, relocating or expanding your business, capital needs, or moving to Eagle...we can help connect you to the right resources quick and fast.

Business Resource Agencies and Organizations

Alice:  Through technology, Alice connects every entrepreneur, regardless of gender, ethnicity, geography or stage of growth, with the programs, people and opportunities they need to succeed. Alongside business owners, investors, government institutions, Fortune 100 companies, startup organizations and industry leaders, #TeamAlice is enabling global accessibility to the intellectual and financial capital that helps all founders build the businesses that will change the world.

Boise Angel Alliance: The Boise Angel Alliance stimulates the availability of early stage capital to Idaho entrepreneurs, by creating a community of investors and investment funds for private, early-stage businesses.

Boise State Venture College: Venture College offers Boise State students a customized self-paced work plan to launch a business or nonprofit venture.

Boise U.S. Export Assistance: The U.S. Commercial Service is the lead trade promotion agency of the U.S. government. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets.

Collabortank:  Collabortank is Boise’s preeminent training and startup launch program, helping aspiring entrepreneurs in the Treasure Valley build enduring companies. Collabortank’s express purpose is to affirm, equip, inspire, and grow those that may otherwise never start a business venture, create jobs, or realize the freedom of self-direction.

Franchise Registry - connecting more than 8000 lenders to every franchise in the FRANdata database, the Franchise Registry provides the information, services and support that facilitates tens of thousands of loans to franchisees each year.

Idaho Department of Agriculture: The Idaho State Department of Agriculture was established in 1919 to serve and regulate this cornerstone industry.

Idaho Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program: Specialty crop grant funding is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture and is allocated to the state to be awarded through a competitive grant process. Projects must solely enhance the competitiveness of U.S. grown specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets and must provide a benefit to more than just the applicant. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. Funds are available to interested local, state and federal government agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations and universities.

Idaho Department of Agriculture Loan Program: The Idaho Agricultural Development Loan Program is administered by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture to offer financing and assistance to individuals and organizations in Idaho whose Agricultural projects or efforts will provide for Rural Economic Development in Idaho and who cannot obtain credit from conventional sources.

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality: DEQ is a state department created by the Idaho Environmental Protection and Health Act to ensure clean air, water, and land in the state and protect Idaho citizens from the adverse health impacts of pollution.

Idaho Department of Labor: The Idaho Department of Labor connects business, education and workforce; link job seekers with employers; and help people with career and life transitions.

Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission Council: This 12 member Council thoroughly vets IGEM grant proposals to mitigate risk and maximize the return on investment for this publicly funded grant program. The IGEM Council’s fiscal stewardship and strategic direction advances IGEM’s overall intended goal of economic prosperity through investments in technological advancements and innovation.

Idaho Housing and Finance Collateral Support Program: Idaho Housing and Finance Association is the administrator of the Collateral Support Program. Small businesses statewide who are interested in this program will work with their local banking and lending institution to qualify. The program places pledged cash deposits with lending institutions to enhance the collateral of qualified small business borrowers who would not otherwise be able to obtain financing. The deposits are available to cover loan losses, in the event of a default, or are returned to be recycled for the benefit of another qualified borrower.

Idaho Biz Help: Idaho Biz Help is a source for small business solutions offered by the State of Idaho. It provides information to help you start or grow your business, along with news and frequently asked questions.

Idaho Department of Finance - Report financial abuse or fraud.

Idaho Industrial Commission regulates workers compensation activities in idaho.

Idaho National Laboratory - Patent Information: INL is operated for the Department of Energy and provides unique educational, management, research and scientific assets into a world-class national laboratory.

Idaho NonProfit Center - represents the interests of our state’s 6,000 registered charitable nonprofit organizations and serves as a broker of information and a bridge between the nonprofit, for-profit and government sectors.

Idaho Secretary of State - Trademarks, notary public, lien filings, assumed business name registration, secured transactions, annual business report filing, and more.

Idaho State Tax Commission - Information on Sales, Use Tax and income withholding tax.

Idaho's State Trade Expansion Program (STEP Grant): The STEP program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and is administered by the Idaho Department of Commerce. This trade and export initiative provides matching-fund grants to states to assist “eligible small business concerns,” to begin to export and to increase the value of exports for small businesses currently exporting.

Idaho Technology Council: The Idaho Technology Council exists to connect, inform and promote the technology companies in Idaho and is dedicated to foster the growth of technology companies in the state, primarily in the areas of information technology, agri-science, and energy

International Trade Office Services: The Idaho Department of Commerce are staffed full-time with trade office managers who are native to their country and experts in the business.

Keiretsu Forum: Keiretsu Forum is a global angel investor network with more than 2,500 accredited investor members throughout 46 chapters on 3 continents. The Keiretsu Forum Northwest region formed in 2005, and the Boise chapter launched in January 2007. Montana CDC Idaho: Provides business financing designed for new businesses and borrowers who lack collateral and equity. Types of loans include; construction, term, lines of credit, bank partnership, and bank participation.

MoFi: MoFi unleashes the potential of individuals, businesses, developers, and not-for-profits with financing and consulting services that strengthen communities and transform lives. They provide business loans, HomeNow down payment assistance, and New Market Tax Credits.

Pablo:  Free web-based editing tool, created by social media management platform Buffer, that offers more than 600,000 stock images (and the ability to upload your own) and settings to overlay text. This helps businesses create visual content for social media.

Procurement Technical Assistance: The Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is a no-cost service available to Idaho businesses and is a great tool to expand your sales and marketing opportunities.

SCORE: SCORE® is a nationwide organization of active and retired business men and women who volunteer their services to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Small Business Administration (SBA): A Lead Economic Development Specialist from the Small Business Administration is assigned to Eagle and will come out to visit with you. To Schedule an appointment, please contact Catie Bennett by email at catherine.bennett@sba.gov, or by phone at (208) 334-+9077.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Funding Programs: The Small Business Administration offers business loans, disaster assistance, surety bonds and grants for small businesses.

Small Business Development Center: Offers a wealth of free or low-cost information to help educate and support small business owners, inventors, and entrepreneurs.

Small Business Learning Center: Offers a wealth of free information on financing, managing a business, marketing, starting a business and more.

Small Business Trends:  Website that offers news, trends, advice and resources for small businesses.

Startup Grind:  A global community for entrepreneurs.

Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center: The northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping U.S. companies grow and prosper in a globalized economy.

SBDC Accelerators - The Small Business Development Center offers two accelerator locations. One in Boise and one in Nampa. These spaces offer everything from industrial space to finished office space. Accelerators offer one-on-one business consulting, and innovative programs aimed at giving companies the right resources at the right time.

TechConnect:  "Bridging the gap between entrepreneurial and innovation assets. Supporting the development of innovative companies. Helping existing companies to compete."

TechHelp: TechHelp Manufacturing Specialists provide information and technical/professional assistance that helps Idaho manufacturers, processors and inventors accelerate growth and profitability through continuous product and process innovation.

Trailhead:  This is a place for anyone to become part of the community and to experience the excitement of starting something you believe in and to get the needed support along the way.  Entrepreneurs can receive mentoring and the experience needed to succeed in the startup world. 

U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - The Internal Revenue Service is the nation's tax collection agency and administers the Internal Revenue Code enacted by Congress. Obtain information on tax filing, refunds, credits, and deductions, and find forms and instructions for Individuals, employers and employees.

U.S. Social Security Administration - Providing information on social security, retirement, disability, medicare, and more.

Watercooler Boise:  Located at the corner of 14th and Idaho, the WaterCooler has 7,500 square feet of offices, meeting rooms, cubicles, and event space. It is downtown Boise’s home to emerging and innovative businesses.

Wave Website:  Free financial software for small businesses. Businesses can track their expenses, send invoices, get paid and balance their books.

Women's Entrepreneur Network (eWomen Network):  Premier women helping women resource for Business and Entrepreneur Networking in Treasure Valley, Idaho.

Zions Bank Business Resource Center: The business resource center through Zions Bank will help you find answers and resources, develop strategies, solve problems and get guidance with business, marketing, sales, financing, management, growth opportunities, and more.