Business Plus, Inc.                              April 2017

Dear Partners:

The Business Plus Board of Directors invites you to attend our Second Quarter Board Meeting and Community Lunch.

"Business Retention & Expansion"
Mike Williams, Jerome City Administrator
Connie Stopher, SIEDO Executive Director
Jake Reynolds & Jerry Miller, Idaho Department of Commerce

Thursday, May 11th, 12:00-1:30 p.m. 
Jerome Country Club, 649 Golf Course Road

RSVP by Monday, May 8th

Event generously sponsored by:
BBSI, CH2M,  and  Darigold



Southern Idaho and Chobani  made national news this month first with the front-page of  The New York Times  on April 3rd, then the reporter's reflections the next day in  Returning West to Find Big Changes (and Plenty of Yogurt) in Idaho .  Later that week, Chobani's founder Hamdi Ulukaya was  featured on 60 Minutes  and recognized as one of  Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People . Features like these boost Southern Idaho's brand as a great place for businesses, employment, and living.

- Kirk Johnson, The New York Times

Our region's dairy industry and processors like Chobani impact more than just the news we read -- they also have a profound impact in our economy. This begs the question  "Ho w does Idaho's dairy industry and its workforce impact the economy of Southern Idaho?" 

Answers may be found in the recent study conducted by the University of Idaho's McClure Center for Public Policy Research titled  "Community Impacts of Idaho's Dairy Workforce."  Findings were released in March 2017 and compare Idaho's dairy growth with national trends, analyze labor on the dairy farms and in processing plants, illustrate the effects on economic well-being, and the impacts of the dairy industry and its workers on area schools, health care, and law enforcement. If you are interested in details about the dairy industry in the Magic Valley and our economy, this study is worth reading.

Idaho dairy facts and figures of interest:
  • Agriculture is Idaho's largest economic contributor with the dairy industry representing one-third of the agricultural sector.
  • In 2015, the dairy industry supported Idaho's economy with 39,400 jobs made up of 3,700 processing jobs, 8,100 dairy manufacturing jobs, and 27,600 in supporting businesses. 
  • Idaho received $10.4 Billion in economic output in sales from the dairy industry in 2015, and the dairy industry represented $160 Million in state and local taxes. 
  • Over one-half of Idaho's dairy processors, representing 80% of the total dairy manufacturing capacity, are located in the Magic Valley along with 72% of Idaho's dairy cows.

The dairy industry is an integral part of the Magic Valley's economy. The University of Idaho is partnering education, industry and economic development to construct a $45 Million research and education initiative to build the Center for Agriculture Food and the Environment (CAFE). Stay tuned as more information is expected to be released next month!




Thank you to new and renewing investors Alliance Title & Escrow, BBSI, Chobani, Moss Greenhouses, North Canyon Medical Center, Oregon Trail RV Park, PCA - Packaging Corporation of America, and TitleOne.

If you are considering investing in Business Plus, or would like to sponsor an upcoming event, please give me a call.

Rebecca Wildman
Executive Director

Mission Statement
Business Plus, Inc. is a regional non-profit organization made up of forward-thinking private businesses with the goal of growing our economy through job creation in the Magic Valley. 

Business Plus is 
"Funding for the Future"
Investor Spotlight
First American Title Company's story began in 1905 when William Herman Stufflebeam saw the need for a business that performed title abstracts of the county's land records. Herman ran the business for 37 years and after his death his wife Ruth ran it until she retired in 1969. Their son Dwain then took the reins and began expanding into Southeastern Idaho and Montana. First American Title Holding Co. was formed in 2003 and later became Title Financial Corporation, serving as an exclusive agent for First American Title Insurance Company. 

Three generations later and still headquartered in Blackfoot, Idaho, grandson Quinn Stufflebeam now serves as CEO serving 29 counties in Idaho, 21 locations in Montana and 3 locations in Wyoming. First American Title Company offers title insurance, escrow services, 1031 Exchanges, foreclosure services, long-term escrow collection, and Canaan subscription plans.

Please visit First American Title Company's new location at 1502 Locust Street North, Building #300 in Twin Falls. Ribbon Cutting celebration will be scheduled for this new location. Layne Price is Vice President & Manager for the Twin Falls office and Doug Myers is Vice President & Manager for Burley, Gooding, and Jerome locations. Visit online at .
We thank First American Title Company for being a long-time investor in Business Plus and involved in our region's economic development! 

Idaho Small Business Development Center's 
All Business Conference - May 2-3, 2017

Idaho's Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) is hosting the All Business Conference at the Canyon Crest Event Center in Twin Falls from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on May 2nd & 3rd, 2017. Speakers for the two day conference include Jim Angle, Brian Greber, Hope Morrow, Jan Roeser, Kathryn Guylay, Eric Spellmann, Brandi Turnipseed, Brad Frazer, Pam Howland, and Mark Stevens with a Tuesday night reception featuring CSI's President Jeff Fox and All That Jazz. This is Southern Idaho's largest networking event.

Recent Media

Investor's Business Daily, April 24, 2017

Time 100, April 20, 2017

KMVT, April 20, 2017

Times-News, April 19, 2017

Boise State Public Radio, April 18, 2017

Times-News, April 15, 2017, April 10, 2017

60 Minutes, April 9, 2017

60 Minutes Overtime, April 9, 2017, April 7, 2017

The New York Times - Times Insider, April 4, 2017

The New York Times, April 3, 2017

Expansion Solutions, April 2017

Expansion Solutions, April 2017

Check Presentation

Cooper Norman, CPAs & Business Advisors

  Front Row L-R: Sara Bronson, RoLynne Hendricks, Lance Fenton, Todd Wadsworth, 
Rebecca Wildman, Omar Bernal, Sheila Johnson
Back Row L-R: Karl Skinner, Wes Robinson, Sara Martinez, Rashaya McKay,
Marilee Allison, Heidi Rullman, Kendra Verhoeven, Trevor Long, Braden Bennett,
Jill Hudson, Derek Schwabedissen, Andrew Frostensen, Paden Allen

Campaign Investors

   PLATINUM ($10,000-$25,000)          

   First Federal*
    D.L. Evans Bank
   Idaho Central Credit Union

   GOLD ($5,000-$9,999)                      

   Cooper Norman, CPAs
    Idaho Dairymen's Association
   Idaho Power*
   Project Mutual Telephone (PMT)*
   St. Luke's Magic Valley*
   Washington Federal
   Woodbury Corporation
       (Magic Valley Mall, Target, Best Buy
       &  Dick's Shopping Centers)

   SILVER ($2,500-$4,999)                    

   American Real Estate & Appraisal*
   Dot Foods
   EHM Engineers, Inc.
   Elevation 486
   Farmers National Bank
   Givens Pursley, LLP
   Idaho National Lab (INL)*
   Intermountain Gas Company*
   Lytle Signs
   Mountain West Realty
   Mr. Gas*
   NOVOLEX/Hilex Poly
   Oasis Stop 'N Go & Travelers' Oasis*
   PCA Packing Corporation of America
        (formerly Boise, Inc.)*
   United Electric Co-op, Inc.
   U.S. Bank
   Watkins Distributing*
   Wells Fargo Bank
   WillTran, Inc.
   WOW Logistics

   BRONZE ($1,000-$2,499)                 

   Alliance Title & Escrow*
   Banner Bank
   Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 
        Idaho Homes & Properties
   Best Western Burley Inn
   Blue Lakes Inn / Snake River Pool 
        & Spa
   Cassia Regional Hospital - 
        Intermountain Healthcare*
   Clear Springs Foods*
    Collins Connection
        Kent & Cindy Collins
        Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices*
   Columbia Bank
   Con Paulos Chevrolet
   Eastern Idaho Railroad (EIRR)
   Elwood Staffing
   Farm Bureau Insurance

*indicates 10+ years of support since 2003
   BRONZE Cont.                            

   First American Title Company
   Fisher Construction
   Giltner, Inc.
   Goode Motor Auto Group
   J-U-B Engineers
   K&T Steel Corp*
    McAlvain Group of Companies
   Middlekauff Auto Group
   Minidoka Memorial Hospital
   Nelson & Co.
   Nu-Vu Glass
   Power Engineers
    Starr Corporation*
   Stephan, Kvanvig, Stone & Trainor
   TEC-Distributing of Idaho (formerly
        Magic Valley Distributing)*
   Titlefact, Inc.*
    Westfall & Westfall CPAs / Impact
        Athletic Club*
   Wills, Inc.*
   Wills Toyota*
   Zions Bank

   COMMUNITY ($100-$999)         

   Boccard Life Sciences
   Cable One
   Doug Shelk CPA with Deagle 
         Ames & Co.
    Gem State Welders Supply*
   i.t. Integrated Technologies
   Moss Greenhouses
   Neil Christensen Insurance
   New Leaf Properties
   North Canyon Medical Center
   Oregon Trail RV Park
   St. Luke's Jerome*
   Stevens Pierce & Associates CPAs*
   Stratus Communications, LLC

   IN-KIND SUPPORT                     

   3-Day Kitchen & Bath
   Cable One
   Century 21 Riverside Realty
   Con Paulos Chevrolet
   D.L. Evans Bank
   Dot Foods
   Elevation 486
   Farm Bureau Insurance
   First Federal
   Goode Motor Auto Group
   Intermountain Gas Company
   Minidoka Memorial Hospital
   Mr. Gas / Mr. Wash
   NOVOLEX/Hilex Poly
   Packaging Specialties of Idaho (PSI)
   Project Mutual Telephone (PMT)
   Starr Corporation
   United Electric Co-op, Inc.
   US Bank
   Watkins Distributing
   Wells Fargo Bank
   WOW Logistics
PO Box 929, Twin Falls, ID  83303-0929