October 2018

Private Investors Growing Southern Idaho's Economy

SIEDO's 17th Annual Summit

"Harvesting Opportunity: A Spotlight on Rural Development"

Connie Stopher and Rebecca Wildman
The Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO) held its 2018 Annual Summit on September 25th at the Mountain View Barn in Jerome. Over 100 people attended learning about SIEDO's past year and opportunities ahead.  Business Plus presented SIEDO with a check for  $110,000 for its support this year . Funds include a $15,000 grant for SIEDO's focus on veteran recruitment. Thank you to Business Plus Investors for helping fund SIEDO and Southern Idaho's  economic development!

Connie Stopher, Executive Director of SIEDO, announced the winners of Operation Facelift, an annual event designed to encourage communities to revitalize their downtowns. Heyburn, Rupert and Glenns Ferry took prizes for their projects with Glenns Ferry winning Best Overall Community Facelift. Thank you to Operation Facelift sponsors: Idaho Power, KMVT, The Times-News, First Federal, and D.L. Evans Bank. 

Brandi Turnipseed
SIEDO's past President Brandi Turnipseed, reported on their strategic planning with three focus areas:  promoting the regionresourcing the partners, and renewing the organization.  Cameron Mulrony, Vice President of the Idaho Cattle Association, shared his personal Paths to a Million, imparting that a community's most valuable asset is its people.  Eric Forsch , Business Retention and Expansion Manager for the Idaho Department of Commerce, reported on housing trends, domestic migration, Southern Idaho's traditional and emerging industries, and our region's new tax incentive  Opportunity Zones ,  created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  

Nate Murray , Economic Development Director for the City of Twin Falls and SIEDO's current President, expressed optimism for our region's future. Murry emphasized population growth in our working age demographics, opportunities for foreign investment, and partnerships with community-based organizations including the College of Southern Idaho and Business Plus. 

Summit speakers shared their presentation slides including graphs on domestic migration, housing affordability, and growth of our civilian labor force. Click below for speakers' slides and SIEDO's "I wouldn't come here" video.

SIEDO Presentation Slides
"I wouldn't Come Here"
Jan Roeser's Slides
Eric Forsch's Slides

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

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Spotlight on Investors

Snake River Pool & Spa and The Blue Lakes Inn

Snake River Pool & Spa celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Founder and President Jim Paxton and the Spa Team along with his partners have grown the company with locations in Twin Falls, Boise and Meridian. They offer the best prices, service and selection of the # 1 rated brand in their industry Hot Spring Spas. Not only do they offer new hot tubs, they offer reconditioned trade in model portable spas and above and in-ground swimming pools, traditional and far-infrared saunas, billiards and game tables. Snake River Pool & Spa supports the local community by giving back. Next month Snake River Pool & Spa and The Blue Lakes Inn will give out over $10,000 in grant money to schools and libraries from sales of the Conquest of the Snake, DVD's. They also have been a supporter of Business Plus for many years.

The Blue Lakes Inn a small boutique hotel is locally owned and operated by Jim Paxton and managed by his partner JonPaul Sherwood. It has one-of-a-kind suites with steam, Far-infrared heat therapy rooms, whirlpool bath unit including family suites and some with bunk beds, kitchenettes and offer, complimentary hot breakfast and an outdoor swimming pool and Hot Spring Spa. The Inn is closed for the winter season and will reopening next spring after further improvements and enhancements made!

952 Blue Lakes Blvd N.  Twin Falls, ID

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United Way of South Central Idaho

United Way advocates for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. In South Central Idaho, United Way supports homeless students, Ready for Kindergarten, and people who struggle with mental health. United Way brings everyone together -- major corporations, banks, hospitals, small businesses, faith-based organizations, civic groups, schools, governments and volunteers -- because they know this can make a difference for local children and families. 

Business Plus welcomes United Way of South Central Idaho to our investor group and we look forward to partnering to strengthening our community.  


Thank You to New and Renewing Investors

Check Presentations

Our largest Investor - Thank you!

Jason Meyerhoeffer and Rebecca Wildman


Blue Lakes Inn/Snake River Pool & Spa:  JonPaul Sherwood, 
Beau Burk, Kyle Mueller, and Jim Paxton.
Business Plus, Inc.: Rebecca Wildman, Neil Christensen and Jim Evans

Campaign Investors

PLATINUM ($10,000-$25,000)
   First Federal*
   D.L. Evans Bank
   Idaho Central Credit Union
   McCain Foods
GOLD ($5,000-$9,999)
    Clif Bar
   Cooper Norman, CPAs
   Idaho Dairymen's Association
   Idaho National Lab (INL)*
   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 Bank
   Givens Pursley, LLP
   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 *
   Starr Corporation*
   United Electric Co-op, Inc.
   Washington Federal
   Watkins Distributing*
   Wells Fargo Bank
   WillTran, Inc.
  BRONZE ($1,000-$2,499)
   Alliance Title & Escrow*
   Banner Bank
   Best Western Burley Inn
   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
BRONZE (Cont.)
   K&T Steel*
   Lytle Signs
   Minidoka Memorial Hospital
   Nelson & Co.
   Nu-Vu Glass
   St. Luke's Jerome*
   Stephan, Kvanvig, Stone & Trainor
   Sterling Urgent Care
   Titlefact, Inc.*
   U.S. Bank
   Ward Orthodontics
   Westfall & Westfall CPAs / Impact
        Athletic Club*
   Wills, Inc.*
   Wills Toyota*
   Zions Bank

COMMUNITY ($100-$999) 
    Boccard Life Sciences
   Cable One
   CTR-Cleanup & Total Restoration
   Family Health Services
   Gem State Welders Supply*
   Moss Greenhouses
    New Leaf Properties
   North Canyon Medical Center
   Oregon Trail RV Park
   Stevens Pierce & Associates CPAs*
   Stratus Communications, LLC
   United Way of South Central Idaho
   Best Western Burley Inn
   Cable One
   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
   Stone House & Co.
   United Electric Co-op, Inc.
   U.S. Bank
   Watkins Distributing
   Wells Fargo Bank
   Willamette Dental Group

*indicates 10+ years of support since 2003

Private Investors Growing Southern Idaho's Economy

Rebecca Wildman, Executive Director