Monthly newsletter from
Region IV Development Association, Inc.
"May the luck of the Irish
Lead to happiest heights
And the highway you travel
Be lined with green lights."
From our team to yours,
Happy Women's History Month
Since its inception in 1987, the celebration serves as a reminder of the contributions of some of the most ground-breaking women in our country's history.
Women in Business Statistics
Happy Women's History Month
Overview of statistics of women in business:
- 42% of all businesses in the U.S. are women-owned.
- Women-led businesses employ 9.4M workers and generate $1.9T in revenues annually.
- States with the most women-owned employer firms are Hawaii, Virginia, and Colorado.
- Over 1,800 new women-owned businesses are created each day in the U.S.
- 1 in 3 female entrepreneurs has experienced sexism as a business owner.
- The top priority of women-owned businesses is to get more funding and financial help.
- The average loan size for women-owned firms is 50% lower than for male-owned.
- Only 2.4% of venture capital funding goes to female founders in the U.S.
- 31% of women business owners have school-aged children at home.
Read the full report and references here:
"If you were born with the weakness to fall, you were born with the strength to rise."
The Annual Meeting of the Idaho Women's Business Center
"A Celebration of Small Business Owners across Idaho"
April 16, 2023
We welcome our partners to join us in cultivating a vibrant business climate for statewide entrepreneurs, particularly those from more rural or disadvantaged areas. Together we can create an ecosystem that provides small businesses anywhere in our great state the resources necessary to impact their businesses, communities, and the economy.
This year, we are partnering with the Idaho Connect team to highlight the success of our partners:
Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Idaho Black Community Alliance
Veteran Entrepreneur Alliance
South Central Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Nez Perce Tribe
Idaho Veterans Chamber of Commerce
North Idaho Native Fund
We invite entrepreneurs to join us to explore innovative ways to succeed and scale their businesses, no matter the challenges. From accessing capital, finding childcare solutions, or discovering new technologies - we are here to support every step of your journey!
11:00 networking and lunch
11:30-1:30 State of the State Program & Award Recognitions
2:00 - 4:00 pm We invite Small Business owners to join us following this program for
Small Business Workshops
Attend any two thought-provoking business workshop sessions designed to maximize growth and success for small business owners.
Plus, enjoy a complimentary parking pass when you stay!
Session One: Info session on Government Contracting, how to do Business with the Government
Session Two: Finding Access to Capital
Session Three: Grant Writing for Small Business Owners & Nonprofits
Session Four: Working with Idaho National Laboratory (INL) as a small business owner
Session Five: 3 Business Tax Myths...........BUSTED
Session Six: Buying a Business: Best Practices, Doing your homework) before you Invest
Register Now - Idaho Rural Success Summit
Region IV Development Loan Programs
March SBA 504 Interest Rates
25 Year - 6.334%
20 Year - 6.338%
10 Year - 6.784%
Small Business Grant Opportunity
The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is here, and so is your chance at $30K. You've been all in for your business since day one, now share your passion, success, and story with us for e opportunity to win big.
More information here:
Fedex Small Business Grant Contest
For more than four decades, Region IV Development Association has been providing hands-on technical assistance to communities throughout southern Idaho – from helping with basic infrastructure development (sewer, water, fire protection, community centers and senior centers) to assisting with community building (training, visioning, and comprehensive planning).
Our team can assist with town meetings, preparing funding applications, and project administration.
Are you a community leader with a wish list full of infrastructure improvements to your city or county?
Call us today:
Adeanna Jenkins - Community Development Planner
(208) 732-5727 x3008, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brenda Hastreiter - Project Specialist
(208) 732-5727 x 3007, email@example.com
Dr. Michele McFarlane - Community Development Planner
(208) 732-5727 x3005, firstname.lastname@example.org
Grant Funding Opportunities
Idaho Commerce is accepting applications for the Idaho Gem Grant now.
Eligible applicants are limited to city and county governments. The project must be in a city with a population of no more than 10,000 or an unincorporated community.
The application deadline is March 20.
Grant Funding Opportunity
Calling all small towns with populations fewer than 50,000! The next round of the
T-Mobile Hometown Grant program is now open.
Brought to you in partnership with Main Street America and Smart Growth America, the T-Mobile Hometown Grant program provides grants of up to $50,000 to help build stronger, more prosperous small towns and rural communities!
Since the program's start, T-Mobile has given more than $6.6 million dollars to kickstart over 150 community development projects, including the latest winning recipients.
Towns with 50,000 people or less can apply for a grant of up to $50K to fund projects to build, rebuild, or refresh community spaces that help foster local connections in your community. For example, you could implement tech upgrades at your library, refresh a local park, or break ground on a new place where neighbors can connect.
Need more time to submit your application? The next round of funding opens April 1, 2023 with a deadline of June 30, 2023.
The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy contributes to effective economic development by utilizing a locally-based, regionally driven economic development planning process. Our regional plan is strategy-driven and will enable RIVDA in creating an economic roadmap to diversify and strengthen our regional economy.
The RIVDA CEDS analyzes the regional economy, addresses regional economic problems, and serves as a guide for establishing regional goals and objectives.
Click the CEDS to read more.
President and CEO
President and CEO