Welcome to the Business Plus Newsletter!

January 2023

2023 Business Plus Board of Directors

Please join us in welcoming the Business Plus Board of Directors for 2023. We look forward to working with this group of distinguished business leaders!

Executive Committee:

Jim Evans, D.L. Evans Bank - President

Matt Sandberg, Times-News - Vice President

Rudy Ashenbrener, TitleFact - Secretary

Todd Wadsworth, Cooper Norman - Treasurer

Con Paulos, Con Paulos Inc.

Shane Jenkins, First Federal

Rick Naerebout, Idaho Dairymen's Association

Nathan Murray, Idaho Power

Full Board:

Elsje Johnson, Blue Cross of Idaho

Brandon Williams, Goode Motor/Lease End

Jeff May, Idaho Central Credit Union

David Doman, Intermountain Gas

Dan Olmstead, Legacy Leader

J.J. McBride, Lytle Signs

Mason Harper, NuVu Glass

Dan Hoover, PMT

Jody Tremblay, St. Luke's

Grayson Stone, TOK Commercial

Chris Seibold, United Electric Coop

Dr. Brian Ward, Ward Orthodontics

Mitch Watkins, Watkins Distributing

Jerry Olson, Zions Bank

SIEDO New Board of Directors

Jan Rogers speaks about SIEDO at the Business Plus Annual Meeting on November 17, 2022.

At the Business Plus Annual Meeting Jan Rogers, Executive Director for Southern Idaho Economic Development (SIEDO), announced the organization's new status as a non-profit 501c and introduced its new nine-member Board of Directors:

Jim Evans, D.L. Evans Bank - President

Mike Williams, City of Jerome - Vice President

Chris Seibold, United Electric Coop - Secretary

Provost Todd Schwarz, College of Southern Idaho - Treasurer

Senator Kelly Anthon

Laurie Lickley

Mark Mitton, City of Burley

Travis Rothweiler, City of Twin Falls

Matt Sandberg, Times-News

SIEDO leaders are working on their strategic direction to set a course to continue driving opportunity to our region. SIEDO has had an amazing run over the last 20+ years and we are looking forward to the next 20. Business Plus is excited to support this great organization!

Business Plus Quarterly Meetings

Our 2022 meeting theme was The Talent Pipeline and how our partners can support businesses in filling jobs. We featured Bringing Students into the Talent Pipeline with the Students-to-Registered Apprenticeship-Programs (STRAP), College to Career with CSI's Workforce Development, Idaho Department of Labor, and Jerome Chamber's Student Leadership, U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson speaking about the challenges with immigration, and Lightcast's Data Analyst Nathan Foss with insight in Filling the Gap in the Talent Pipeline. If you missed any of the 2022 meetings you can read the news articles and presentations links from our past newsletters from the newsletter link on our website.

The 2023 meetings are being planned with our first meeting on Thursday, March 2, 2023 in Burley with more details to come. Please contact me if you would like to sponsor this or another 2023 event!

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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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St. Luke's Magic Valley

L-R: Kyli Gough Community Health Manager, Rebecca Wildman Executive Director Business Plus, Theresa McLoed Senior Director Community Engagement St. Luke's Health System, Price and Makenzie Eldridge Program Coordinator, Jody Tremblay Magic Valley Director Community Engagement, Dawn Soto Executive Director of St. Luke's Magic Valley Health Foundation, and Kelly Franson Public Relations Manager Magic Valley

Downtown Wheelhouse Open House

Wednesday, January 18th 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Desert Creative Group, and the South Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC) have joined forces create a community for entrepreneurs in the early stages of their startups.

Downtown Wheelhouse located at 164 Main Ave N in Twin Falls above Mi Tierra, is a multi-use space offering business literacy training workshops and will house entrepreneurs incubating their startups to become launch-ready. During their incubation cycle, these businesses will receive mentorship, training, and a wide range of professional services to fine-tune their strategy, product, business model, branding, and investor pitch. The South Central SBDC office will provide support through access to their existing business services and highly-qualified trainers. Welcome entrepreneurs!

Idaho Department of Labor Calendar

The Idaho Department of Labor's Event Calendar includes upcoming workshops and hiring events. Information is searchable and can filter for Southern Idaho. 

Employer Seminar - Janaury 25, 2023

Economist Sam Wolkenhauer will discuss labor demographics

Zoom Link 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

All Industry Hiring Event - Febuary 2, 2023

Twin Falls Reformed Church 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Zions Bank 2023 Economic Outlook

Thank you New and Renewing Investors!

Campaign Investors


First Federal*

Blue Cross of Idaho

D.L. Evans Bank*

Idaho Central Credit Union*

Intermountain Gas Company*



Times-News/Amplified Digital Agency*+



Clif Bar

Cooper Norman, CPAs*

Dairy West

Idaho Dairymen's Association

Idaho Power*

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 NEW!

Mr. Gas*

NOVOLEX / Hilex Poly

Oasis Stop 'N Go / Travelers' Oasis / Canyon

  Crest Event Center / Redhawk NEW*

PBC Petersen Brothers Construction

PCA Packaging Corporation of America*

Select Health NEW!

Starr Corporation*


United Electric Co-op, Inc.*

Watkins Distributing*

WillTran, Inc.



Balanced Rock Insurance


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Idaho 

  Homes & Properties

Best Western Burley Inn

Blue Lakes Inn / Snake River Pool & Spa

Cassia Regional Hospital - Intermountain Healthcare*

Collins Connection - Kent & Cindy Collins 

  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices*

Con Paulos Chevrolet

Desert Creative Group

Flying S Title & Escrow (formerly First American Title Company)*

Float Magic NEW!

Goode Motor / Lease End

Ireland Bank

K&T Steel Corp*

Lytle Signs*

MAGIC Electric, Plumbing, Heating + Air

McKinlay Klundt Appraisal 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

True West Beef

Titlefact, Inc.*

Ward Orthodontics

Westfall & Westfall CPAs / Impact Athletic 


Wills Toyota*

Zions Bank*


Columbia Bank NEW!

Family Health Services

Gem State Welders Supply*

Moss Greenhouses

New Energy One, LLC

New Leaf Properties

Oregon Trail RV Park


Stevens Pierce & Associates CPAs*

Stratus Communications, LLC

WATCO (Eastern Idaho Railroad)*

Window Welder



Rep. Maxine Bell (retired)

Doug Brown

Cindy Collins

Rep. Lance Clow

Jeff Harris

Rep. Linda Hartgen, and in memory of

   Stephen Hartgen

Alan Horner

Rex Lytle NEW!

Dave McAlindin

Mike McBride NEW!

Gregg Middlekauff NEW!

Gary Nelson

Dan Olmstead

Mayor Ruth Pierce

Jan Rogers

Doug Vollmer

Lee Wagner

Deb Wilson

John Wright




Best Western Burley Inn

Columbia Bank NEW!

Idaho Central Credit Union


Mr. Gas

Nu-Vu Glass

Packaging Specialties of Idaho

PCA Packaging Corporation of America

PerforMix Nutrition Systems


Minidoka Memorial Hospital

Mountain West Realty

Oregon Trail RV

Starr Corporation

Stone House & Co.

Stratus Communications

TOK Commercial

Watkins Distributing

WATCO (Eastern Idaho Railroad)

Willamette Dental Group NEW!

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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