Women’s business symposium coming to Fort Hall

The Southeast Idaho Small Business Development Center is hosting an event next week in Fort Hall to teach women how to “balance work, learn business skills, and do great networking.”

For more than 10 years, the center has hosted its Women’s Business Symposium. The event features guest speakers, lectures, and learning opportunities for business owners across the region.

This year’s event will be held April 5 at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Events Center.

“The goal is to provide area businesswomen and career women with assistance in running a business or managing a successful career,” said Ann Swanson, director of the Southeast Idaho Small Business Development Center.

The Small Business Development Center is a taxpayer-funded organization that provides free consulting to area small businesses.

The symposium has been a keynote event for Swanson’s organization.

“When I started in 2012 we had 70 people, and we just registered over 200 (for this year) with a week to go,” she said. “The event has grown significantly over the last few years.”

This year’s event is headlined by Boise State University communication professor Heidi Reeder, Ph.D.

Reeder recently published a book “Commit to Win,” which focuses on individuals committing to their goals.

“Her research has been on how people in all areas commit or uncommit in their lives with everything from relationships to careers,” Swanson said.

Ultimately, the symposium is an opportunity for area businesswomen to meet and help each other.

“The most important aspect of this event is networking,” Swanson said. “So women can meet other businesswomen and learn about the ideas they’re practicing, and get other ideas from our speakers.”

The Women’s Business Symposium will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5 at the Shoshone Bannock Hotel and Event Center. Admission for the event is $30. To learn more or to pre-register, call 208-282-2817.

Young Professionals Network

schedules April MonthlyMeetup

The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Network will host its MonthlyMeetup from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 9 at Papa Tom’s Pizza, 1830 S. Woodruff Ave.

Attendees will hear from Ann Marie Peters, the co-founder of Interview Savvy, a training and career skills firm.

Area businesses sponsor

Easter egg hunt

The Greater Blackfoot Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting an Easter egg hunt for area children beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at Jensen Grove Park in Blackfoot.

The event is being sponsored by area businesses, including Idaho Central Credit Union, 21st Century Auto Sales, Conquest Insurance and Aspire Human Services.

To learn more about the event, contact the Blackfoot chamber at 208-785-0510.

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 April 3 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.

Lunch will be provided by Catered Your Way.

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

Blackfoot Chamber hosting monthly luncheon

The Greater Blackfoot Area Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly luncheon at noon April 9 at Premier Technology, 1858 W. Bridge Road in Blackfoot.

The event will feature speakers from the city and area businesses, and provide attendees networking opportunities. A presentation will be held on tax reform by representatives from VanOrden, Lund, and Cannon PLLC.

Lunch will be catered by Tommy Vaughn’s.

To learn more, visit

Rexburg Chamber announces April forum

The Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce will host a forum April 11.

Arnold Thiebaud, Brett Crandall and Jeff Dunster with Brigham Young University-Idaho’s MarComm (marketing and communication team) will address “Online Marketing – How To Get found On The Internet” from noon to 1 p.m. April 11 in the Chamber Conference Room, 167 W. Main St., Suite 2.

Lunch is available for $10. RSVP to with number of lunches to be ordered.

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