Welcome to the Business Plus Newsletter!

March 2022

2022 Quarterly Meetings

Our theme this year is the Talent Pipeline and supporting our businesses in filling job opportunities. Our need for talent is great, from entry-level and service positions, to remote work, to highly skilled technical jobs. Solutions are complex and include attention to flexibility, wages, training and benefits. Organizations need to decide their own strategies for attracting talent, but they will have an advantage if they know the teams that provide support.

We will identify teams that support our Talent Pipeline, starting with our First Quarter meeting on students, and those who help bring students to the workforce. Our goal is to share programs that are in place now, and inspire more collaboration between business leaders, educators, counselors, and students. Future meetings will be about Talent Pipeline support at the regional, federal and state levels.

Our meetings are open to our Business Plus Investors, community leaders, educators and others interested in economic development. If you are interested in attending, please click below to request an invitation. Events are free, but space is limited.

2022 First Quarter Meeting

Thursday, March 31st, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Morey's Steakhouse

219 East 3rd Street North, Burley

Talent Pipeline: Students


Chet Jeppsen, Idaho Department of Labor

Curtis Richins, CTE Cassia School District

Jessica Lynn, Burley High School

Sebastian Juarez, High Desert Milk & STRAP Graduate

Moderated by Debbie Critchfield

Request Invitation

Thank you Meeting Sponsors!


Packaging Specialties of Idaho,

PMT and Watco

Join our Leaders!

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



Learn More!

Check Presentations - Thank you!

Blue Cross of Idaho

L-R: Steve Moore, Elsje Johnson, Rebecca Wildman and Julie Bench

Ward Orthodontics

L-R: Dr. Brian Ward, Rebecca Wildman and Dr. Cassandra Campbell

Economic News and Reports

Zions Bank March 2022 Jobs Report

CNBC March 10, 2022

South Central Idaho's Unemployment Situation

Zions Bank Economic Snapshot, March 14, 2022

Thank you New and Renewing Investors!

Campaign Investors


First Federal*

Blue Cross of Idaho NEW!

D.L. Evans Bank*

Idaho Central Credit Union


Project Mutual Telephone (PMT)*

Times-News/Amplified Digital Agency*+



Clif Bar

Cooper Norman, CPAs*

Dairy West

Idaho Dairymen's Association

Idaho National Lab (INL)*

Idaho Power*

Intermountain Gas Company*

McCain Foods

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*

Mr. Gas*

NOVOLEX / Hilex Poly

Oasis Stop 'N Go / Travelers' Oasis*

PBC Petersen Brothers Construction

PCA Packaging Corporation of America*

Starr Corporation*


United Electric Co-op, Inc.*

Watkins Distributing*

WillTran, Inc.



Balanced Rock Insurance

Banner Bank


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

First American Title Company*

Goode Motor Auto Group

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

TOK Commercial

True West Beef

Titlefact, Inc.*

Ward Orthodontics

Westfall & Westfall CPAs / Impact Athletic 


Wills Toyota*

Zions Bank*


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)*



Rep. Maxine Bell (retired)

Doug Brown

Cindy Collins

Rep. Lance Clow

Jeff Harris

Rep. Linda Hartgen, and in memory of Stephen Hartgen

Alan Horner

Dave McAlindin

Gary Nelson

Dan Olmstead

Mayor Ruth Pierce

Jan Rogers

Doug Vollmer

Lee Wagner

Deb Wilson

John Wright



(past 3 years)


Best Western Burley Inn


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

Soran Restaurants, Inc.

Starr Corporation

Stone House & Co.

Stratus Communications

TOK Commercial

Watkins Distributing

WATCO (Eastern Idaho Railroad)

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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