Best Small Business Resources in the Boise Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Idaho has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Boise area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Idaho.

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Idaho Zions Business Resource Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Research

Offers Free Service

Description

The Idaho Zions Business Resource Center offers free service for entrepreneurs who are in the beginning stages of developing their ideas; they offer free class packages on basic business skills, as well as scheduling counseling appointment with their staff members for one-on-one interaction.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

800 W. Main Street, 6th Floor
Boise, ID 83702
208-501-7449
karen.appelgren@zionsbank.com


Boise SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


Idaho SBDC

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

2360 W. University Drive, Suite 2132
Boise, ID 83725


New Ventures Lab

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Fundraising
  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

New Ventures Lab is a coworking space dedicated to transforming ideas into business ventures and opportunities; along with coworking spaces provided for low fees, the Lab offers mentoring opportunities to help develop business plans and connect entrepreneurs with appropriate resources as well.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

33 East Idaho Ave.
Meridian, ID 83642
208-536-3662
rick@newventureslab.com​


Trailhead

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

Trailhead is an all-in-one organization, first providing entrepreneurs clean and flexible office space.  The organization’s stand-out point is its various entrepreneur skill-building programs, with various classes, consultation and mentoring services for individuals in the beginning stages of translating their ideas into business opportunities. Thier monthly event are open to the general public.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

500 S 8th St.
Boise, ID 83702
208-344-5483
info@trailheadboise.org