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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
Alcohol:
Alcoholic Beverages
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/Environmental Issues
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
Taxes
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 Development)
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):

  • 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 your nearest BBB office or to file a complaint about a business or charity, visit the national BBB website at http://www.bbb.org or 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:  http://www.ag.idaho.gov/publications/consumer/LandlordTenant.pdf

Motor Vehicle Sales Advertising - New and Used:  http://www.ag.idaho.gov/publications/consumer/GuidelinesForMotorVehicleAdvertising.pdf

Idaho's automobile sales "Lemon Law": 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 and for protecting Idahoans from adverse health issues associated with pollution.

P2: (Pollution Prevention): 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) through the program Environmental Solutions 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:

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

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Idaho Department of Labor     

The Department of Labor serves both employers and employees who are making career transitions. Services include:

Consulting/Counseling: Available both to employers and job seekers. For information, contact your local DOL office: http://labor.idaho.gov/dnn/Default.aspx?TabID=2792&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1.

Labor Market Research: http://lmi.idaho.gov/ or visit 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 - http://labor.idaho.gov/dnn/idl/Businesses/TrainingResources/WorkforceDevelopmentTrainingFund.aspx.                                                

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

Unemployment Insurance Tax: See the Taxes section of this website.

Idaho Business Registration - IBR-1: Businesses having employees and/or making retail sales complete this application to apply for Idaho withholding and unemployment accounts and establish sales and use tax accounts. See 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 - 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 payments are correctly attributed to your business.

Idaho Department of Labor's website is http://labor.idaho.gov

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Idaho Department of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture oversees Idaho's agricultural and livestock industries and ag-related businesses, including:

  • farming, ranching
  • florists
  • nurseries (plants)
  • dairies
  • feed lots
  • livestock auction sales
  • fish farms (aquaculture)
  • commercial bee keepers
  • 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.

Marketing and Promotion: Both domestic and international marketing assistance is available to ag-related businesses, including farmers' markets and seasonal events involving food or animals. See http://www.agri.idaho.gov/Categories/Marketing/indexMarketing.php.

International Business:  http://www.agri.idaho.gov/Categories/Marketing/tradeoffices.php.

Organic Certification: Crops, livestock and handlers/processors - www.agri.idaho.gov/Categories/PlantsInsects/Organic/indexOrganicHome.php.

Financial Resources: 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. See http://www.agri.idaho.gov/Categories/WeightsMeasures/indexWeightsMeasures.php

Specialty Foods Businesses:  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: