I.F. native hosting e-commerce job fair

An eastern Idaho native is looking to recruit new employees to his e-commerce project at an event next week in Idaho Falls.

Steve Simonson, co-founder of, is hosting a career fair and Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Idaho Falls.

Parsimony is a Washington state-based technology solutions company focusing on providing business and data resources to customers.

The organization is looking to raise its workforce by more than 30 employees within the year. And to begin the search for the candidates, Simonson is looking to eastern Idaho for his upcoming operation in the region.

“I know the work ethic, the values that our people embody,” Simonson said in a news release. “That’s why we’re looking for talent here. Even though I am always traveling the world starting new businesses, this is my chance to give something back to the place I was born.”

The company is expecting to hire five employees initially, with further expansion anticipated through 2018. Immediate openings are expected to involve accounting software support, Linux/AWS systems administration, and Python/API developer programs.

Project could bring
internet to rural Idahoans

Area residents underserved by high-speed internet service could receive connectivity in the near future.

Nearly 11,500 rural Idaho residents may be eligible for financial support to provide high speed internet access through the next phase of the FCC’s Connect America Fund, which will help offset the cost of extending broadband service into rural areas.

Funds are expected to be drawn through a “reverse auction,” which will take place in late July.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said connecting rural areas is a top priority for the agency, and hopes the work in Idaho will “bridge the digital divide for the Idaho consumers and small businesses that lack high speed access today.”

The FCC hopes that the auction “will provide opportunities for new entrants to the marketplace, regardless of technology, including phone companies, fixed wireless service providers, satellite providers, cable companies and electric utility broadband providers,” according to a release.

The application period for providers seeking to participate in the auction runs from March 19 through March 30. To learn more, visit

Businesses honored by radio program

Two area businesses were recently honored by a Utah-based bank for promoting entrepreneurship within the region.

Zions Bank recognized Bish’s RV and Reed’s Dairy at a luncheon Feb. 16 in Boiseas Top Businesses of 2017. The awards were given by the bank’s radio program “Speaking on Business.”

The area companies were among 10 businesses recognized by Zions Bank president and CEO Scott Anderson for their example of entrepreneurship in Idaho.

“Companies like Bish’s RV and Reed’s Dairy are truly experts in what they do. And because they succeed, Idaho succeeds,” Chris Redgrave, senior vice president at Zions Bank and host of “Speaking on Business” said in a news release.

Investment company buys Parkway Plaza

Parkway Plaza Shopping Center in Idaho Falls has come under new ownership.

The Alturas Real Estate Fund announced Feb. 21 that it has acquired the Parkway Plaza Shopping Center, located in Idaho Falls at the corner of First Street and Woodruff Ave. The property includes 75,300 square feet of retail property, including Planet Fitness, which opened in early January.

Several retail locations remain vacant within the property, but Alturas is working with the Thornton Oliver Keller leasing team in Idaho Falls to find occupants.

“We are looking forward to applying our proven model to this asset and working with our tenant partners to see the asset reach its full potential,” Travis Barney, president of Alturas, said in a news release. “With the proper investment it will once again be the excellent community asset it should be.”

Alturas is an Idaho commercial real estate investment company based in Eagle.

eCobalt confirms salaries for Blackfoot

An eCobalt official confirmed an update to anticipated salary numbers for positions at its Blackfoot plant, slated to open in 2019.

Fiona Grant, vice president of investor relations for eCobalt, confirmed that average annual salaries for employees at the Blackfoot site will be within the $50,000 range.

Salaries were previously reported between $70,000 to $80,000 in a Feb. 20 Post Register article.

Further information regarding open positions at the new location will be released later this year.

I.F. chamber offers networking lunch

The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Out of the Box Networking Lunch at noon March 6 at the Pinecrest Event Center.

According to the Chamber’s website, the Out of the Box Networking Lunch is an “opportunity to build your professional network and learn more about businesses in the community” by interacting with local business owners in a casual environment.

Preregistration for the event is required by Friday. Admission is $10 for Chamber members and $12 for nonmembers and walk-up sales.

For information or to RSVP, visit idaho falls

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Reporter Marc Basham can be reached at 208-542-6763.

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