October 2023 Business and Education Committee

October 2023 Business and Education Committee

201 E. Fourth Ave. Post Falls, ID  83854

Phone: 208.773.5016


Business & Education Committee Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, October 24th, 2023


Committee Members ☒ Brett Cummings ☒ Reann Capaul ☒ Colby Mattila ☒ Kim Young- Chair ☒ Suzanne Knutsen ☒ Roxane ☒ Trina Cottee ☒ Linda Benson ☒ Maren Maier ☒ Camey Yeager- Secretary ☒ Christina Petit  Guests Present   ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐
Welcome, InstructionsAll
Unleash Your Future Recap from Suzanne at NIBCA Suzane attended Unlock Your Future in September.  Located in Liberty Lake for all middle school students from Liberty Lake and Spokane Valley.  Introduce apprentice opportunities and career opportunities to middle schoolers. Different bays with companies set up to discuss their trade (healthcare and constructions). Teachers offered 1.5hr lecture before students so they received education on the trades.   Grants available to help fund itIdea: All chambers (Hayden, Post Falls, CDA) involved in the area and have it at the fairground.New Idaho requirement for Middle Schoolers and job development Sub Committee Created: Suzane, ReAnn, Christina, Trina to meet and come back to committee next month with recommendations.Suzanne Knutsen
Business and Education Award for NovemberNominations:Walmart- judging actives and supplies at costCDA Inn- Volunteers DECA DECEMBER River of Life Church- Snacks and clothing donationsNew Hope Fellowship- Donated snacks and clothing and helps with the holiday gift programCommunity Library Network– Summer Reading, STEAM, Discovery bus, NOVEMBERS Christina: send out list of who has been nominated in the last year  Kim Young
Reverse Job Fair Committee Leads neededRegistration Leader: VacantJudging Team Leader: Vacant Public Relations leader:  Kimberly YoungChristina: send more information to Brett and MarenChristina Petit
Good of the OrderDECA needing volunteers 11/29 at the CDA Inn 745 -145 Should we host a Career Job Fair so students look at careers How many businesses would be interested.Christina: send out survey to members What do students what this year?Juniors or Seniors?During school? Fridays? May? December? More to come   

     Minutes submitted by: Camey Yeager

NEXT Meeting – November 28th, 2023

Meetings are scheduled monthly / 4th Tuesday of the Month / 8:30am



September 14, 2023

ATTENDEES: Lauren, Christina, Katie Rose, Dean, Len, Marty, John, Caleb, Mark, Danny

ZOOM: Ashley, Damon, Rocky

Federal Updates:

Both Mark and Caleb discussed the issue of funding the government coming up in October. One thing that could affect our members is access to SBA and USDA funds. If the government stalls the process of funding these agencies, this could put businesses in our area in a tough spot waiting for financing. Even if they agree to a budget, the funding for these agencies could be different than planned.

Mark said Senator Risch is also a co-sponsor of the Helper Act, which would provide affordable mortgages for first responders and teachers who are first-time home buyers. This act will provide mortgages with zero down payment and no monthly mortgage insurance.

Local updates:

Christina shared with the group there would be an ITD I-90 Widening Project Open House: 4-7 p.m. Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center October 5th

Also, on October 9th, a Regional Legislative Meet and Greet – was put on by IACI, hosted by Idaho Forest Group, Athol Mill 5400 ID-54 Athol ID.


Rocky Owens, Senior Director – LSCS, presented a plan to host all Idaho legislators for a North Idaho Tour in November 2024. It will be a three-day event that will allow local businesses to showcase their businesses to the lawmakers. This event is scheduled every other year after the election of our legislators. In the past, this has been a very well-attended event, and Rocky asked for volunteers to work on the organizing committee.

He also shared that Tom Green had been named Interim Director of Government Affairs for North Idaho College.

Open Discussion:

We discussed the upcoming Legislator Breakfast. We have five legislators committed, and it will be held October 20, 7-9 a.m. at the CDA Inn. We will continue to reach out to the rest of the group since we only have one who has indicated they won’t be attending. Cost is $35/person.

Other Upcoming Events:

Forum for City Council, School Boards, and hopefully Mayors put on by CDAPRESS virtually, Dates TBD

September 19th Idaho Public Television Event, 5:30-7:30 DeArmand Building, NIC

October 19th Beyond the Ballet Event by Secretary of State, 11 am Hagadone Event Center, Ticket price TBD

Business and Education Committee June 2023 Update

Business and Education Committee June 2023 Update

The Business and Education Committee enjoyed an excellent University of Idaho Extension Campus tour.  The University of Idaho Extension provides research-based programs responding to local issues and needs, helping citizens improve their social, economic, and environmental quality of life.  The committee enjoyed Idaho STARS, Forestry, Home Horticulture, Eat Smart Idaho, Wagyu Beef, and Idaho 4-H Development presentations. 4-H is looking for donations from local businesses or community members to help keep the remarkable program open and available to our youngest community members. 

Business and Education Committee will take a two-month break for the summer and resume meeting on September 26 at 830am. 

Support Local Gems in Post Falls 2023

Support Local Gems in Post Falls 2023

On June 9th, 2023, the State celebrates Local Gems (Local Businesses) through the #SupportLocalGems campaign.

Our philosophy is to support local businesses all year round!  Dine at your favorite restaurant or order takeout, shop in person or online at a local retailer, purchase a gift card, write a positive review for your favorite local business, or say “thank you” to a company in your community for all they do.

Did you get out to spend your money with a local business recently? Tell us all about it in the comments! 

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