Do you have an idea for a new business in Valley County or Meadows Valley? Or do you have an existing business that you want to take to a new level? Here’s your chance to cultivate your skills and test your ideas.
- Compete for one of two cash prizes of $3,000 each plus one year of free business mentoring
- Get ideas through classes or clinics in September and October of 2013
- Submit your Business idea by January 15, 2014
- Present your plan to the public at an all-county Small Business Fair on March 1, 2014 where they will have the chance to connect with experienced entrepreneurs and potential investors.
For more information, visit www.valleyExtension.org/business-contest
The 2014 Valley County New Business Contest
Valley County communities unanimously agree that entrepreneurship and a diversified network of sustainable businesses and organizations are the most important factors in strengthening this region’s economy and community. All communities therefore contributed to the organization of a New Business Contest to be held in March of 2014.
However, communities cannot fund the prize money for such a contest. The Idaho constitution simply prohibits any contribution to private enterprises if it can be construed as a direct or indirect investment (which includes prize money). Besides the community’s event sponsoring we are therefore in need of prize sponsoring from businesses and organizations. We have half of the prize money committed, but we need your generous donation to fund the remaining $3,000.
What’s in it for my business?!
You know about positive PR; that is a given. We will certainly make sure that your logo will be prominently displayed at the event, and that you will be recognized during speeches, ceremonies and press releases.
But if you, like the communities, believe that a stronger network of businesses is good for the economy, and if you, like the communities, are in it for the long haul, this event will actually grow your home market and thus your sales potential. We believe in it!
Visit www.valleyedc.org/business-contest/prize-sponsors or call 630-4620 for more information.
The McCall library expanded its services to not only lend out human creativity and history, but also plant seeds – nature’s way to preserve history and creativity.
Robyn Armstrong, outreach and programming librarian, started a seed saving program that allows individuals to check out some gardening seeds (flowers, vegetables, etc) to plant. In the fall, after harvest and seeds are dried/prepared, they can be returned or “checked in” to the library for the program to sustain itself in the spring again.
One activity connects with another: The library celebrated McCall in bloom with kids planting boots. 2013 Master Gardener Joni Morrison aptly hides in the very back of the photo on the right where kids show off their work. Joni will discuss seed saving on Thursday, August 22 at 7 pm at the McCall Library.
- When: August 15 at 5:30PM
- Where: Donnelly Fire station
Registration: free admission; open to all interested parties
- Sponsor: Valley County in coordination with the Valley County Fire Working Group
- Information: 208-315-1123
Wildfire can quickly become a real threat to rural landowners. When horses or livestock are involved, action needs to be taken quickly to reduce the chance of animals being lost and property being damaged. This presentation by Alayne Blickle (Horses for Clean Water) will help you identify wildfire risks around your horse property and provide you with the appropriate actions to minimize that risk.
The Department of Labor released the county unemployment data with Valley County clocking in 6% lower than last year at 9.4%.
Go to the unemployment page for more trends and data.