November 2017

Private Investors Growing Southern Idaho's Economy

"Corporate Culture and Community"

Billy Salts, Magic Valley Electric
Business Plus held its 2017 Annual Meeting on November 9th at Clif Bar's Community Room. One-hundred people attended including local business leaders,  state and local officials, and those interested in economic development.
Magic Valley Electric , Clif Bar Bakery, and ReDox Chemical inspired us with examples of building corporate culture and community. Kelly Anthon, Rupert's City Administrator, explained their success with Operation Facelift, and Nathan Murray, Director of Economic Development for Twin Falls, encouraged keeping an open mind to future possibilities.

When unemployment rates are low attracting talent can be a challenge, but less so for these successful business leaders that encourage personal growth and community service. The leadership examples set by Billy Salts, Susan Potucek and Darin Moon are remarkable.

Darin Moon, ReDox Chemical
Susan Potucek, C li f Bar

"What Message are we Sending?"

Connie Stopher, Executive Director of SIEDO, informed the attendees that SIEDO will be engaging members of the community to ask "What message are we sending?" and then develop a strategy for getting that message out.  Stopher listed these important factors for creating community:
  • The ability to meet people and make friends,
  • An area's aesthetics,
  • Sense of community and "welcome-ness," and
  • Social offerings.
She explained that "...these community factors are much more important to a person's emotional attachment to their community than their age, marital status, ethnicity, education, or occupation...and is mostly unaffected by the ups and downs of the economy."

Thank you to our meeting co-sponsors and host!


Business Plus supports SIEDO's mission of building a healthy economy through a focus on labor, people, housing, business attraction, business expansion and retention, and marketing. Your organization can be part of our future by joining Business Plus.

If you are not an investor yet, let's talk...give me a call:  208-539-6470.

Rebecca Wildman, Executive Director

Chobani's Vision for the Magic Valley

"The community spirit is really strong here 
and that has affected us." 
- Hamdi Ulukaya 

"This is epic for Idaho."  
- Governor Butch Otter 

"This isn't just about making yogurt anymore. It's about building a culture of innovation." 
-Times-News Editorial 

"What we want is an innovation mindset to come. I welcome all the companies that came...but what we need is the startup people." 
- Hamdi Ulukaya
Chobani held a ground-breaking celebration for its new $20 million, 70,000-square foot Global Research and Development Center. This is an incredible opportunity for Southern Idaho encompassing its agricultural roots and science of innovation. Dairies, food manufacturers, businesses, students, and consumers will all benefit from Chobani's extraordinary vision and investment in our community!  Read more...

Spotlight on Investors 
EHM Engineers, Inc.

EHM Engineers opened its doors in 1972 with five employees. Over the past 45 years they have grown to be Magic Valley's most trusted engineering firm.  EHM's goal is to deliver the highest professional quality engineering solutions at competitive rates. Recent and current projects include Chobani, First Federal's Corporate Headquarters, Broadmoor Subdivision, Riverview Surgery Center and Brian Ward Orthodontics Offices.

621 North College Road
Twin Falls, ID 83301
  Phone: 208.734.4888

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Sterling Urgent Care

Local employers have taken healthcare into their own hands by owning their own Urgent Cares. Sterling Urgent Care can help your business control healthcare cost and provide better access to your employees.  In 2017 alone, employers have been able to save over $1,000,000 by partnering with Sterling Urgent Care
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Health care that works.

Thank you to New and Renewing Investors

  • Elwood Staffing
  • Family Health Services
  • Minidoka Memorial Hospital
  • Nu-Vu Glass
  • St. Luke's Jerome
  • St. Luke's Magic Valley
  • Sterling Urgent Care
Check Presentations

Rebecca Wildman and Jason Meyerhoeffer


Rebecca Wildman and Susan Potucek
Campaign Investors

PLATINUM ($10,000-$25,000)
   First Federal*
   D.L. Evans Bank
   Idaho Central Credit Union
GOLD ($5,000-$9,999)
    Clif Bar
   Cooper Norman, CPAs
   Idaho Dairymen's Association
   Idaho Power*
   Project Mutual Telephone (PMT)*
   St. Luke's Magic Valley*
   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*
   Magic Valley Electric
   Mountain West Realty
   Mr. Gas*
   NOVOLEX/Hilex Poly
   Oasis Stop 'N Go & Travelers' Oasis*
   PCA Packaging Corporation of America *
   United Electric Co-op, Inc.
   Washington Federal
   Watkins Distributing*
   Wells Fargo Bank
   WillTran, Inc.
  BRONZE ($1,000-$2,499)
   Alliance Title & Escrow*
   Banner Bank
   Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 
        Idaho Homes & Properties
   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
   First American Title Company
   Giltner, Inc.
   Goode Motor Auto Group
   J-U-B Engineers
   K&T Steel*
   Lytle Signs
BRONZE (Cont.)
   Minidoka Memorial Hospital
   Nelson & Co.
   Nu-Vu Glass
   St. Luke's Jerome*
   Starr Corporation*
   Stephan, Kvanvig, Stone & Trainor
   Sterling Urgent Care
   TEC-Distributing of Idaho *
   Titlefact, Inc.*
   U.S. Bank
   Westfall & Westfall CPAs / Impact
        Athletic Club*
   Wills, Inc.*
   Wills Toyota*
   Zions Bank

COMMUNITY ($100-$999) 
   Best Western Burley Inn
   Boccard Life Sciences
   Cable One
   Family Health Services
   Gem State Welders Supply*
   i.t. Integrated Technologies
   Moss Greenhouses
    New Leaf Properties
   North Canyon Medical Center
   Oregon Trail RV Park
   Stevens Pierce & Associates CPAs*
   Stratus Communications, LLC
   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
   Mountain West Realty
   Mr. Gas / Mr. Wash
   NOVOLEX/Hilex Poly
   Packaging Specialties of Idaho (PSI)
   Project Mutual Telephone (PMT)
   Sorans Restaurants, Inc.
   Starr Corporation
   United Electric Co-op, Inc.
   U.S. Bank
   Watkins Distributing
   Wells Fargo Bank
   Willamette Dental Group
   WOW Logistics

*indicates 10+ years of support since 2003

Private Investors Growing Southern Idaho's Economy

Rebecca Wildman, Executive Director