RIB is an informal committee of
government employees representing numerous state agencies who work
improve services and education for Idaho business owners. The committee grew out of Ted Gaebler's "Reinventing
Government" workshop sponsored by the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho
in November 1993.
RIB develops projects in the areas of
government regulations, small business advocacy, and business
development to streamline small business interactions with state
agencies. The following projects have been accomplished by RIB:
Idaho Small Business Solutions Web site:
This nationally recognized site is an on-line, intelligent portal to local, state, and
Federal regulations that affect businesses in Idaho. It also
provides connections to business development and financing resources throughout the
agencies share their application
forms and brochures with each other, enabling "one-stop" service
for new business applicants when
applying for state and
Business Registration: Three state agencies worked together to develop a simplified
registration process for new employers and retailers. The State Tax Commission, Idaho Department of Labor, and the Idaho Industrial
Commission developed one on-line registration process (IBR-1) containing the
information needed by all three agencies.
Small Business Information Forums:
RIB's education subcommittee
originated and hosted Small Business
Information Forums held throughout Idaho several times each year. The forums
offered new businesses a "one-stop"
opportunity to consult with representatives of local, state, and
Federal government agencies and service organizations.
Government Listings in Phone
Books: RIB worked
with Qwest, the former regional telephone company, to create the government
blue page listings in Idaho telephone
books. Other phone book publishers have since adopted the government
blue page listings.
The RIB committee is
currently inactive, but may reconvene at a later date to work on
additional special projects.