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LB Class of 2015 Kicks Off Legislative Session with Tour of Capitol

January was a busy month for the Boise Chamber, as is usually the case with the start of Idaho's Legislative Session. The Idaho Legislature convenes at the Idaho State Capitol and meets annually from January into March or April.

Chamber Accepting Nominations for 2015 Small Business of the Year & Chamber Excellence Awards

The Chamber is currently accepting nominations for our 2015 “Small Business of the Year & Chamber Excellence” Awards. Nominations are due March 27th. The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce has a long-standing tradition of recognizing our members’ excellence. Each year we honor our Chamber business and nonprofit members with awards that are featured at our annual Small Business of the Year & Chamber Excellence Awards Luncheon.
 
There are two ways to nominate:
 

Idaho Chamber Alliance's Lobbyist Developing Plan for Local Option Sales Tax

via Idaho Business Review

John Watts, a lobbyist for the Idaho Chamber Alliance (of which the Boise Chamber is an active member), is working with Sen. Chuck Winder (R-Boise) on a more acceptable version of a local option sales tax increase. Money raised from this tax increase could help cover utility costs and infrastructure or other public amenities like parks, projects that would help attract more businesses to Idaho. 

Boise Chamber Endorses Add the Words, Uber Amongst Other Local & State-Wide Issues

The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce has added several statewide and local issues to its 2015 legislative agenda. The local issues include support for the Gowen STRONG coalition, the LIV Boise Early Childhood Education Initiative, the St. Luke’s Master Plan, and Uber’s operations in Boise.
 

Statesman Spotlights Chamber Member Welcyon

As proud as we are of our wonderful members, it makes us very happy to see others appreciate them as well. The Idaho Statesman ran a feature on one of our newer members last week- Welcyon, Fitness After 50.

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Welcyon, Fitness After 50
12505 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise, ID 83713
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Why the Tax Reimbursement Incentives Compel Businesses to Choose Idaho

 
A majority of last week's Legislative Forum centered on recent success stories of the Tax Reimbursement Incentives (TRI), passed in July 2014. Two companies that chose to relocate and expand their business in Idaho because of the TRI were featured speakers at the forum. Representatives from Amy's Kitchen and Diversified Fluid Solutions shared why they chose Idaho and how the TRI gave our state an unmatched edge to help bring these businesses and more jobs to Idaho.

Chamber's Legislative Forum Focuses on Tax Reimbursement Incentive's Success

The Boise Chamber hosted our annual Legislative Forum yesterday afternoon at the Boise Centre. Local businesspeople and state legislators were invited to enjoy lunch while learning about the Chamber's 2015 Legislative Agenda.
 

Idaho Business Review Highlights BVEP's New Funding Model, Focus

The Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP), The Boise Chamber's economic affiliate, was prominently featured in a cover story for the latest edition of the Idaho Business Review.

Chamber Applauds Governor's Plan to Lower Idaho's Income Tax

On Monday during his State of the State address, Governor Butch Otter highlighted a five-year plan to reduce the state's income tax rate, a move that businesses in Idaho have been rallying in support of for several years. In a proposal to lower Idaho's corporate and individual income tax from 7.4 percent to 6.9 percent, Governor Otter's plan would  eventually eliminate the top tax bracket, affecting individual taxpayers earning $10,718 or more per year and couples filing jointly earning at least $21,436.

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