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Business Assistance
Numerous state and federal agencies and organizations offer free or low cost assistance to small businesses in Idaho. To learn more about a particular agency or organization and its services, click on its name.

Agriculture and Land Use:
Idaho Department of Agriculture
  Idaho Department of Lands
Business Formation and Expansion:
Idaho Department of Commerce 
Idaho Secretary of State
Idaho Department of Labor  
Idaho Small Business Development Center
Small Business Administration
SCORE
Internal Revenue Service
Idaho State Tax Commission
City Clerk
TeCenter
  TechHelp
  Womens Business Center
Business Closure/Sale/Dissolution/Bankruptcy:
Idaho Secretary of State
Idaho Small Business Development Center
Internal Revenue Service
  Idaho State Tax Commission
  Idaho Department of Labor
City Clerk
 Small Business Administration
SCORE
See an attorney and an accountant
Business Plans - Writing:
Idaho Small Business Development Center
Small Business Administration
SCORE 
  Womens Business Center 
Visit the Links page on this site
Business Name or Entity Change
  Idaho Secretary of State
  Internal Revenue Service
  Idaho State Tax Commission
  Idaho Department of Labor
  City Clerk
Consulting/Counseling:
Idaho Small Business Development Center
Idaho Department of Labor  
 Small Business Administration  
SCORE
  TechHelp
    Womens Business Center 
Demographic and Economic Data:
Idaho Department of Commerce
U.S. Census Bureau
Internal Revenue Service
Contact your local Chamber of Commerce
Environmental Regulations (assistance with):
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Idaho Small Business Development Center - Environmental Solutions
Finance and Accounting:
Idaho Department of Finance
  Small Business Administration
Idaho Small Business Development Center
  Unclaimed Property
Contact an accountant
Government Contracting/Procurement:
Idaho Department of Commerce - Idaho PTAC
Small Business Administration  
Idaho Transportation Department
Idaho Division of Purchasing
Visit the Links and Hot Topics sections of this website for additional resources
Insurance:
Visit the Insurance section of this website
International Trade:
Idaho Department of Commerce - Division of International Business
Idaho Department of Commerce - U.S. Export Assistance Center of Idaho
Idaho Department of Agriculture - International Trade Offices
Licensing/Permits:
Visit the Business Wizard and the Licenses sections of this site
  Idaho Division of Building Safety
  Idaho State Police
Loans (bank):
Small Business Administration
Visit the Resource Wizard on this site
Visit the Hot Topics section of this site
Market Research:
Idaho Small Business Development Center
Idaho Department of Labor 
Small Business Administration
Marketing & Promotion:
Idaho Small Business Development Center
Idaho Department of Agriculture
Idaho Department of Commerce
Small Business Administration
SCORE
Motor Vehicles/Trucking/Aviation:
Idaho Transportation Department
Idaho State Police
Occupational Safety:
Idaho Safety & Health Consultation Program
OSHA  
Pollution Prevention:
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Idaho Small Business Development Center - Environmental Solutions
Rural Business Development and Assistance:
Idaho Department of Agriculture
Idaho Department of Commerce 
Scams and Schemes:
Visit the Links section of this site
Tax Issues:
Idaho State Tax Commission
Internal Revenue Service
Visit the Taxes section of this Web site
Technology Assistance:
TECenter
ID TechConnect
  ID Department of Commerce - Commercial Innovation Division
  TechHelp
Training (Business):
Idaho Small Business Development Center
SCORE  
  Womens Business Center 
Training (Workforce):
Idaho Department of Labor 
Travel and Tourism:
Idaho Department of Commerce - Division of Tourism Development
Waste Reduction:
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Idaho Small Business Development Center - Environmental Solutions
  TechHelp

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Better Business Bureau                         

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) provides the following services:

  • Performs background checks on a business or a charity
  • Investigates reports of problems with a business 
  • Facilitates business-to-business dispute resolution
  • Reviews advertising, including advertising directed toward children 
  • Informs the public about business and consumer scams

To find the BBB office nearest you or to file a complaint about a business or charity, visit the national BBB website at http://www.bbb.org or visit your regional BBB website. Northern Idaho is served by the eastern Washington BBB, http://www.bbb.org/eastern-washington/. Southern Idaho from McCall south and east to the Wyoming and Utah borders is served by the Boise BBB, http://bbb.org/boise/

For information about a charity, see www.bbb.org/us/charity/.

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Idaho Attorney General

Businesses operating in Idaho must comply with consumer protection laws found at http://www.ag.idaho.gov/consumerProtection/consumerIndex.html

Landlord and Tenant Guidelines: Those who rent property to the public (landlords) must comply with regulations found at http://www.ag.idaho.gov/publications/consumer/LandlordTenant.pdf

Motor Vehicle Sales Advertising: New and used automobile dealers must comply with the truth in advertising rules found at http://www.ag.idaho.gov/publications/consumer/GuidelinesForMotorVehicleAdvertising.pdf

Idaho's automobile sales "Lemon Law" is found at http://www.ag.idaho.gov/publications/consumer/IdahoLemonLaw.pdf

Telemarketing Solicitation Laws:  http://www.ag.idaho.gov/publications/consumer/TelephoneSolicitation.pdf.

Charitable Solicitations Act:  http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title48/T48CH12.htm.

Tobacco: Businesses that manufacture, import or sell tobacco or tobacco products, either wholesale or retail, must comply with Idaho tobacco laws found at http://www.ag.idaho.gov/tobacco/tobaccoIndex.html.

To access consumer protection information in Spanish, see http://www.ag.idaho.gov/spanish/spanishIndex.html.

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Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

The DEQ is responsible for implementing air, water, and land quality laws and programs in Idaho and for protecting Idahoans from adverse health issues associated with pollution.

P2: (Pollution Prevention) information for small businesses is found at http://www.deq.idaho.gov/pollution-prevention.aspx.

Small Business Environmental Assistance Program: DEQ provides environmental compliance assistance to small businesses  in cooperation with the Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Boise State University. Information about the program, Environmental Solutions, is found at http://www.idahosbdc.org/specialized-services/environment/. The DEQ's website is http://www.deq.idaho.gov/.

To find a DEQ office near you, click on the "DEQ Regional Offices" button to the right or see http://www.deq.idaho.gov/regional-offices-issues.aspx.
                                                                                                       



Idaho Department of Commerce

Idaho Department of Commerce provides the following services to help Idaho businesses and communities expand and grow:

The department's website is http://commerce.idaho.gov.

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Idaho Department of Labor     

The Idaho Department of Labor is a business consulting organization with the dual purposes of assisting businesses in solving employment and training related challenges and helping employees with career transitions. Their services include:

Consulting/Counseling: Assistance is available both to employers and job seekers. For information, contact your local DOL office. For a list of offices, see http://labor.idaho.gov/dnn/Default.aspx?TabID=2792&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1.

Labor Market Research: provides Labor Market Information (LMI) to help businesses recruit and retain a qualified workforce and make business decisions. Access the Idaho Labor Market Information System at http://lmi.idaho.gov/ or by visiting a regional DOL office. 

Workforce Training: Workforce Development Training Fund (WDTF): provides job skill training for new employees of companies expanding in Idaho and improves the skills of current workers who are at risk of being permanently laid off. See http://labor.idaho.gov/dnn/idl/Businesses/TrainingResources/WorkforceDevelopmentTrainingFund.aspx.                                                

Business Services: available to both employers and workers. Interview facilities are available, as is computer skill testing of job applicants.

Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment insurance (actually a tax) is a critical economic and business tool that helps stabilize the economy and retain a local workforce. For information, visit the Taxes section of this website.

Idaho Business Registration - IBR-1: Businesses having employees and/or making retail sales must complete this application to apply for Idaho withholding and unemployment insurance accounts and establish sales and use tax accounts. The form is found at https://labor.idaho.gov/ibrs/IBR.aspx. If you do not have employees or plan to make retail sales, do not complete this form. 

Note: Submitting this form does NOT register your business name or entity type nor is it a business license. You must first register your name and entity type with the Idaho Secretary of State's office before completing this form. Business licenses are obtained from your local city clerk's office.

New Hire Reporting: New employees and those rehired after an absence of 12 months or more must be reported. For information, see http://labor.idaho.gov/newhire/.

Business Closure: Businesses with employees must close unemployment withholding accounts and any other accounts when closing their business. Contact your nearest Department of Labor office for assistance.

Business Name Change: If you change the name of your business and you have an unemployment withholding account, contact DOL to be certain your payments are correctly attributed to your business.

Idaho Department of Labor's web page is found at http://labor.idaho.gov

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Idaho Department of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture oversees Idaho's agricultural and livestock industries. Many ag-related businesses are inspected and/or licensed by the Department, including:

  • florists
  • nurseries (plants)
  • dairies
  • feed lots
  • livestock auction sales
  • fish farms (aquaculture)
  • bee keepers (commercial)
  • pesticide applicators
  • organic farmers
  • organic fertilizer manufacturers
  • farmer's markets and other seasonal food-related activities
The Department also manages programs to control noxious weeds and invasive insects and monitors Idaho's Agricultural Water Quality Program. See http://www.agri.idaho.gov/Categories/Environment/water/indexwater.php for water quality information.

Marketing and Promotion: The Department offers marketing assistance to agriculture-related businesses, including those interested in starting a farmers' market or holding seasonal festivals and events involving food or animals, such as corn mazes and pumpkin patches. For information, see http://www.agri.idaho.gov/Categories/Marketing/indexMarketing.php.

International Business: For information on international trade offices and exporting agricultural products, see http://www.agri.idaho.gov/Categories/Marketing/tradeoffices.php.

Organic Certification: The Department certifies crops, livestock and handlers/processors. See www.agri.idaho.gov/Categories/PlantsInsects/Organic/indexOrganicHome.php.

Financial Resources: Several financial incentives are available to Idaho farmers and ranchers. See http://www.agri.idaho.gov/Categories/Marketing/financialassistance.php.

Weights and Measures: The Department oversees the Bureau of Weights and Measures, which inspects and certifies weighing and metering devices, such as scales and fuel pumps. The Bureau inspects packaged products to ensure that net contents meet labeled weight, volume or count. They also monitor octane labeling of fuel products. Businesses and individuals who repair or maintain weighing and metering devices are licensed by the Bureau. For information, see http://www.agri.idaho.gov/Categories/WeightsMeasures/indexWeightsMeasures.php

Specialty Foods Businesses: If you are planning to start a food-related business, see the publication found at http://www.agri.idaho.gov/Categories/Marketing/Documents/specialtyfoodbook.pdf

The Department's website is http://www.agri.idaho.gov/.

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Idaho Department of Finance

Through its three bureaus the Department oversees a significant portion of the financial services industries in Idaho.

The Securities Bureau oversees: