Idaho has been called “flexible and responsive” in contrast to other states in the region. High ranking officials operate on a first-name basis. The governor introduces himself with, “Hi, I’m Brad.” This is Idaho – friendly, casual, and flexible, yet professional. Organizations seeking assistance from CdAEDC often begin with introductions; then they find out what you need, and introduce you to the right people and paths to get you there.




Are you eager to start a business but not sure where to start? The Idaho Biz Help site provides forms, contacts, wizards and checklists to get you started, all in one place. Pass it on!

Idaho Small Business Development Center The Idaho Small Business Development Center empowers business success through no-cost and confidential consulting and affordable trainings to small businesses throughout our state. Their website offers a wealth of resources, including licensing and paperwork that should be submitted, how to register a business, as well as contacts for the various government organizations.  


North Idaho Small Business Development Center helps existing businesses or start-ups thrive and grow through no-cost confidential coaching, affordable training, and resources. They can help you with evaluating your idea, forms and licenses, financing and loans, and preparing a business plan. They are there to help guide you throughout the entire startup process (including navigating the resources for the Idaho Small Business Development Center). In addition, the office provides mentorship assistance to help small businesses assess their leadership strengths to see where they need to fill gaps to address growth.

NIC Venture Network Programs is your One-Stop Learning Hub for Business Success.

The North Idaho College Venture Network is a hub of on-campus resources and services dedicated to helping you launch, build, and grow your business or product idea. All Venture Network programs are accessible to both regional community members and students, all conveniently located on North Idaho College’s downtown Coeur d’Alene Campus.



Panhandle Area Council, Inc. (PAC), is an Economic Development Agency organized to aid in diversifying and stabilizing the area’s economy. Members of the Council are elected officials from North Idaho Cities and Counties, as well as, the Coeur d’Alene and Kootenai Indian Tribes. The Council serves the five northern counties of Idaho: Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, and Shoshone.

Services PAC Provides:

  • Low-Interest Loans

  • Business Counseling

  • Grant Writing and Administration

  • Government Procurement Assistance

  • Economic Development Planning

  • Business Incubator for Start-Up and Expanding Businesses



We are blessed to have four very active chambers in our community. These organizations provide the perfect opportunity to network and become engaged in the community:

Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce

Post Falls Chamber of Commerce

Hayden Chamber of Commerce

Rathdrum Chamber of Commerce



The combined Coeur d’Alene and Spokane MSA’s draw from a rich, diverse population of over 750,000 people, with 346,000 highly-trained and readily available workforce – 37 percent of whom have an Associate’s Degree or higher and another 27 percent with some level of higher education. Local business owners cite productivity, work ethics, low absenteeism, and low turnover rates as examples of workforce excellence. Additionally, Idaho is a “right to work” state, with only a small percentage (8%) of the workforce unionized. 

Companies throughout the region rely on the 25 colleges and universities to provide comprehensive and targeted training programs. There are over 100,000 students earning technical certifications and advanced degrees providing a well-trained and work-ready employment resource. 

Idaho Department of Labor

Idaho Department of Labor Support Services is available to help keep employees ahead of the curve in the ever-changing work environment.

Services include:

  • Customized Recruiting Services, including one-on-one assistance to help find, screen and hire the right employees, along with access to the local office to conduct interviews or hold a job fair

  • Customized Training Services, including on-the-job training programs that develop skills customized to your business processes

  • Customized on-site consultations to assess workforce needs from state workforce experts

  • Workforce Development Training Funds as reimbursement for employers who are expanding or trying to retain at least five positions



NIC’s Customized Workforce Training Department will work with your business and/or organization to create adaptable, affordable learning solutions. They will meet with you one-on-one to assess your needs and discuss how they can develop training that meets your employee and organizational goals. With a variety of delivery methods and a diverse list of training courses, you will get the personal attention needed with excellent instructors and trainers.

  • Increase your business profitability

  • Strengthen the productivity of your workforce

  • Improve the performance of your supervisors

  • Maintain intellectual property

  • Reduce employee turnover

  • Gain a competitive edge

  • Successfully implement innovation

  • Make change work in your favor

Popular Training Topics Include:

  • Business and Professional Development

  • Project Management

  • Soft Skills Training

  • Workplace Safety

  • Effective Communications

  • Leadership Development

  • Customer Service

  • Industrial & Technical Solutions



North Idaho ranks well on regulation and taxes and is home to an increasing number of successful manufacturers. One fast-growing company, Ground Force Manufacturing, owner Ron Nilson relocated to Post Falls, Idaho from Washington and took his company from low sales to skyrocketing worldwide success.


Another manufacturing business relocation to Coeur d’Alene from Nevada, Alligator Diesel Performance, was recently named by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s top 300 businesses. Their revenue increased more than 1,200 percent in just three years, with less than two dozen employees generating revenue over $5 million from a small warehouse.


Success like theirs is no accident; both companies report finding operating in North Idaho a smooth experience. Is “service” a priority in this location? Are regulators, local and state government officials, and others easy to deal with and if necessary, flexible? 

Coeur d'Alene Planning Department

Post Falls Economic Development

Hayden Community Development

Rathdrum Planning and Zoning Department



We have compiled readily available information that businesses considering relocation to our area find useful, including economic information, demographics, and business lists.  We are, however, always happy to answer specific requests or tailor the information to your industry upon request. Our organization is here to help you from site selection to coordination for building permits to help with the public relations for the grand opening. Our aim is to help make your “time to market” goals. Together, we partner and collaborate to help you succeed and build a prosperous future.

Housing Study

SizeUp Business Evaluation Tool

Economic Overview 2022

Kootenai County Data Analysis