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Tek-Hut, Inc. was founded in 2001 by Nate Bondelid and Dallas Gray with the goal of connecting people and delivering innovative technology. They specialize in comprehensive IT solutions while focusing on the needs of the education industry and local state agency technology needs.  With 95% of their customers based in education, Tek-Hut saw the strides being made to infuse technology into schools and the need for smaller districts and communities to have the same services as their larger metro neighbors. In 2014, Tek-Hut began to offer services to Idaho school districts by providing access to the internet and appropriate software technology. Tek-Hut partners with every district to enhance the student learning environment and quality of work experience for classroom teachers. That same year, Tek-Hut received an express small business loan with an SBA approved lender to assist with the expansion of an advanced fiber optic network in Burley, Idaho. 

Within the first two-years, Tek-Hut... Read More

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Situation

Raised on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Idaho and taught to respect the land, September Myres started Sundnce Consulting, Inc. in 2005 to provide solutions to environmental issues resulting from Department of Defense activities on tribal lands.  She found initial success with consecutive Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program (NALEMP) contracts; and, Army Corps of Engineers contracts providing remediation, environmental consulting  and records management services.  Howevever, she felt there were stereotypes related to being a Native American woman.  Some clientele did not believe she could do the work required in a timely and efficient manner.

 

Solution

In 2008, Sundance was certified into the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program, nine-year certification program that helps small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the federal marketplace.  The program enabled Myres to strategically grow her company to become a... Read More

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Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant in Kuna has captured the hearts and appetites of the Treasure Valley communities.  Enrique Contreras and Ana Paz have owned their restaurant since 1999.  Originally known as El Gallo Giro the couple renamed the restaurant Enrique’s in 2014.  The restaurant’s success can be attributed to the strong community support offered by Contreras and Paz, not to mention the welcoming, family atmosphere that permeates from staff to customer.  A true gem of Kuna, Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant was built with hard work and unrelenting ambition.

As a child, Contreras began to develop his business acumen at his parent’s restaurant in Mexico.  He gained valuable experience that established the foundation for success in his own restaurant.  “I have experience in all positions.  I have been a busser, server, bartender, prep and line cook, kitchen manager, and ultimately general manager,” said... Read More

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Boise, Idaho – Patrick Nauman, co-owner of Weiser Classic Candy has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2015 Idaho Small Business Person of the Year.  Nauman was nominated for the award by Sandy Anderson, executive director of Buy Idaho in Boise, Idaho.

Since Patrick Nauman and Keith Bryant purchased Weiser Classic Candy in 2007, the store has averaged 11% growth in annual sales.  Over the same timeframe, Weiser Classic Candy has more than doubled their number of employees from 7 to 15.  They have grown their wholesale business from 6 accounts to over 150 stores throughout the United States and Canada.  One of the driving factors in this growth is the creation of new products for their customers.  Some of these new concoctions include Idaho Chocolate Chips (chocolate dipped potato chips), chocolate dipped bacon, Idaho Sweet Taters (fudge in the shape of a baked potato), and Huckleberry Heaven (fresh Idaho huckleberries whipped with white chocolate and then... Read More

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