Treasure Valley business calendar: Sept. 1-Oct. 22


Business Basics: 9 to 11 a.m. at the U.S. Small Business Administration, 380 E. ParkCenter Blvd. Workshop discusses where and how to use research to build a business plan and the importance of starting a business with a sturdy foundation. Free. Call 334-9004 or go to


Zions Bank Small Business Conference: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St. Learn to navigate the waters of the business marketplace during this daylong conference featuring speakers, best practices and networking opportunities with Gem State entrepreneurs. Keynote speakers: Robert Herjavec, CEO and founder Herjavec Group, investor on ABC’s show “Shark Tank;” Chris Warner, CEO Earth Treks Inc.; and special guest U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo. Complimentary, includes lunch. Register at

Idaho Job and Career Fair: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Boise. Job seekers can view a list of employers and register to attend at


Boise Mayor’s State of the City Address: 4 p.m. at The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. Immediately following the State of the City Address (approximately 5 p.m.), the mayor will welcome sponsors and attendees to a community celebration at the Basque Block featuring local food and beverage vendors and entertainment. Attendees will receive food and beverage vouchers to use at the Basque Block. Mayor address is sold out. The celebration at the Basque Block is $25 per person. Contact Mike Swain at or 472-5212.


#Marketing: The Power of Social Media: 9 to 11 a.m. at the U.S. Small Business Administration, 380 E. ParkCenter Blvd. Introduction to contemporary social networking services and tools for small businesses from setup to integration. Free. Call 334-9004 or go to


Nampa Chamber Business and Breakfast: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 5750 E. Franklin Road, Nampa. Reservations due Sept. 4. Free to attend. If you are not a member and would like to attend as a guest, call 466-4641.


Financing Your Small Business: 9 to 11 a.m. at the U.S. Small Business Administration, 380 E. ParkCenter Blvd. Workshop discusses a range of finance options small businesses have and how to prepare you and your business when approaching commercial lenders. Free. Call 334-9004 or go to


Deal Forum: 3 to 5 p.m. at Zions Bank Business Resource Center, 800 W. Main St., Boise. Entrepreneurs can pitch their ventures to a panel of investors for the sole purpose of receiving feedback on their venture, pitch content, as well as market opportunity assumptions, forecasts, or necessary milestones needed to become successful. $10 at


MedBuild Symposium: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Riverside Hotel, 2900 E. Chinden Blvd., Boise. Learn about smart investment partnerships, the legal landscape and new innovations in the industry. Meet peers and investors in the MedTech industry and uncover collaboration opportunities. $85 general, $25 students, discount for CORE members. Go to


Meridian Business Day: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Broadway Ave. Opportunity for business owners and professionals to participate in workshops focusing on education, networking and business growth. Keynote speaker is Jess Flynn of Red Sky Public Relations. Concludes at noon with a complimentary lunch. Free. Go to

Idaho Nonprofit Retreat: 8 a.m. at Forty-One South and The Lodge, Sandpoint. The conference, offered through University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene’s Professional Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program, consists of breakfast and lunch keynote addresses, as well as multiple morning and afternoon workshops. Nonprofit representatives can chose from 16 hours of classes, as well as have opportunities to build relationships with colleagues, potential donors and others from throughout the region. $115 per person or $90 per person for groups of three or more from the same organization. Contact Bob Over, director, University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene Professional Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program at or (970) 764-7077. For a conference schedule, go to


Nampa Chamber Coffee on Us: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Nampa Chamber of Commerce, 315 11th Ave. S. RSVP appreciated by not required. Go to

Doing Business with the Federal Government: 9 to 11 a.m. at the U.S. Small Business Administration, 380 E. ParkCenter Blvd. Learn about the Small Business Administration’s government contracting certifications, as well as the resources available through the Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Idaho PTAC) to help small businesses interested in selling to government agencies. Free. Call 334-9004 or go to


QuickBooks: Beginning class from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and intermediate from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Micron Business Building, 2360 W. University Drive, Boise. Cost is $65 per class or $100 for both. Call 426-3875 or go to


Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Evening of Music and Conversation: 6 to 9:15 p.m. at Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St. Featuring John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting. $100 members, spouses and guests of members, $150 nonmembers. Beginning Sept. 29, prices increase by $25. Call Mike Swain at 472-5212 or go to


Conference on Housing and Economic Development: 10 a.m. Oct. 6 and 8 a.m. Oct. 7 at Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St. Network with hundreds of industry leaders, policy experts, and civic leaders; learn about current industry trends and best practices in any one of dozens of workshops; share ideas and collaborate with industry colleagues; expand your knowledge base by attending multiple keynote presentations by nationally-recognized speakers; and see the latest products and services in the trade show marketplace. $235 general, $185 government/nonprofit, prior to Sept. 15. After, $285 and $235. Go to


Working Wednesday: How to Build a Loyal Customer List: 2 to 4 p.m. at New Ventures Lab, 33 E. Idaho Ave., Meridian. Gain an understanding on how to build a loyal customer list and why it is important for your business. One of the founders of Press Advantage will explain the effectiveness of list building. Free. Call 426-3875.


Idaho Public Purchasing Association Reverse Trade Show: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Union Building, Boise State University. Encourages vendors to meet and talk directly to purchasing officials from various government agencies. $50. Go to

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