BOISE, Idaho--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC) (www.idahosbdc.org) hosted at Lewis-Clark State College announced today they have received the Portable Assistance Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The Portable Assistance Award will be used to focus on growth and retention for small businesses in North Central Idaho.
The $100,000 award will be used to fund new and existing positions at the Lewiston SBDC that will focus on providing no-cost professional consulting for local businesses. Ultimately, the goal is to help the Lewiston area economy sustain and grow its job base.
“We are extremely pleased to have received the Portable Assistance Award. The award will allow us to add an additional member to our team which will give us the opportunity to reach out to the small businesses in the area that are in need of support,” stated Barbara Leachman, Regional Director, North Central Idaho SBDC. “This is a crucial time in North Central Idaho where the economy is changing and we want to connect with the businesses that need our resources to accelerate their business,” concluded Leachman.
U.S. Senator James Risch, who is a long standing legislator and high ranking member of the Senate Small Business Committee, supports the decision to fund economic initiatives in North Central Idaho. “Congratulations to Lewiston and the Idaho SBDC on being awarded a $100,000 SBA Portable Assistance Grant,” said Senator Risch. “This grant will be used to provide technical assistance to Lewiston’s small business community and, most importantly, create jobs. The Idaho SBDC is a well-deserving award recipient and I’m proud to have worked with them to bring this resource home to Idaho.”
About the Idaho SBDC Since 1986, the Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has been empowering business owners and entrepreneurs to grow their businesses through no-cost, confidential consulting and affordable business training. With six locations throughout the state, the Idaho SBDC serves 44 counties and is part of the nation’s largest business assistance programs covering all US states and territories. In addition to consulting and training, the Idaho SBDC offers specialty programs in government contracting, technology commercialization, environmental regulations, exporting and cyber security. To learn more about the Idaho SBDC, visit www.idahosbdc.org or call (208) 426-3875.