Resources for our Small Businesses:

July 27, 2020 - New Grant Opportunity from National Main Street Center & The Hartford:


We’re thrilled to launch a new small business grant program with The Hartford! The HartBeat of Main Street will fund solutions that help small business owners respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help to revitalize and strengthen older and historic downtown commercial districts. Grants of $5,000 to $15,000 will be awarded to support brick-and-mortar businesses in commercial districts as they enter the next phases of reopening across the country.

Applications open today and will continue to be accepted until 11:59pm PT Sunday, August 23 or until 500 applications have been submitted, whichever is sooner. A minimum of 50 percent of grants will benefit diverse-owned businesses, as defined by the Small Business Administration as minority, woman, veteran, disabled, and/or LGBTQ-owned.

Learn more and apply at

Click here to view Idaho Rebounds - Four Stages of Re-opening Idaho

this website contains up the date information about grant funds and funds available to Idaho small businesses and those self-employed.


Update May 16:  The second stage of Rebound Idaho got underway on Saturday, May 16.  More businesses in our area were allowed to re-open including, dine in at restaurants, hair and nail salons. For a complete list of businesses included in State Two, please visit the Idaho Rebounds website at the link located above.


Update April 30:  Today Governor Little confirmed Idaho Rebounds Stage 1 will get underway as planned on Friday, May 1.  Many of our small businesses will be reopening and welcoming customers.  More businesses will be allowed to reopen on May 16 and should start making plans now.  Be sure to review the Idaho Rebounds Stage 2 Protocals document below.  In additional, Southeast Idaho Public Health has released guidelines for local restaurants and a plan that will need to be submitted for approval.  Both of those document are also located below.

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In addition, Governor Little announced a new grant program for Idaho small businesses that will be available beginning May 11 for small businesses that have not qualified for the Payroll Protection Program or for emercengy loans over $10,000.


The State will be posting program qualifications at 9am on May 5.  You will need a TAP Account with the State of Idaho to apply.  For more information about this program and how to establish a TAP Account, please click here.


Idaho Small Businesses with 2 to 50 employees, who have been in business for 2 full years as of March 2020, have annual revenues between $250K and $2M, and have experienced challenges due to COVID 19 may apply for a new Salesforce Care Small Business Grant.  The grants are for up to $10,000 and will be reviewed.  This is not a first come, first funded opportunity like so many we have see over the past few weeks.  Please click here for more information and to learn how to apply.


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CDC Update:  Guidance from the CDC for Businesses and Employers


Small Business Administration:  Covid 19 Relief Application


Small Business Administration Program Updates for Loans and Payroll Protection Program


***Update April 27, Federal funding for the Payroll Protection Program has been replenished.  Applications are now being taken by local lenders.  All small businesses, contractors and sole proprietors, are encouraged to apply asap.***


Update April 16:  Save Small Business Fund Grants available beginning Monday:


Small businesses are the foundation of our communities and our economy.  Employing nearly half the American workforce, we keep our neighborhoods running and make this place we love feel like home.  The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have wrought unprecedented financial uncertainty.  Our businesses need resources and relief - and the help is needed now.

That's why the Save Small Business Fund, a grant-making initiative funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, is providing $5,000 in short-term relief to employers across the U.S.  These one-time supplemental cash grants are for businesses that have between 3 and 20 employees, operate in an economically vulnerable community (which we do) and have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.   

The grant application will go live on Monday, April 20 at 1:00pm MST.  Grants will be distributed on a weekly, rolling basis until all funds have been allocated.  Funds may be used to meet pressing needs including rent, payroll and overall business operations.

To learn more about the Save Small Business Fund and to apply for a grant, please visit  

Many thanks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for working to make this grant program available. 


Update April 15, 2020:


On Wednesday, April 15, Governor Brad Little amended the Idaho Stay at Home Order. The key points from the Governor’s amended order are:

1. Idahoans should continue to practice all the behaviors they have been doing since March 25, when Governor Little issued the original order.   

This order directs all individuals living in the state of Idaho to self-isolate at their place of residence.
• Except that they may leave to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential business and government services
• Exempting individuals experiencing homelessness from the self-isolation order but urging them to find shelter and government agencies to provide it;
• Directing all businesses and governmental agencies to cease nonessential operations at physical locations in the state of Idaho;
• Prohibiting all non-essential gatherings of any number of individuals; and
• Ordering cessation of all non-essential travel.

2. Formerly “non-essential” facilities and services under the order may offer curbside and delivery services between now and April 30.  

3. Out-of-state travelers must self-quarantine in Idaho for 14 days after entering. Those performing essential services or those who live in one state and work or gain essential services in another state are excluded.  

4. “Non-essential” businesses should prepare to reopen after April 30 as long as they prepare operational plans over the next two weeks to maintain social distancing for staff and patrons; provide adequate sanitation and protective coverings for employees, vendors, and patrons; offer curbside and pickup delivery; limit number of people in business at a time; and direct flow of people in the operation. 

This excludes some “non-essential” businesses where people simply cannot safely social distance, such as nightclubs, bars, and restaurants for dine-in; indoor gyms and recreational facilities; hair and nail salons; convention and entertainment centers; and public events and gatherings. The Governor noted that his order may be further amended if there is an upward trend of severe COVID-19 cases in Idaho between now and April 30. He will evaluate the order again closer to the end of the month. 

The amended order and other updated informational materials are available online at  


Resources Update March 30, 2020:


From our partners at the Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce:


The phase 3 legislation that was passed and signed into law on Friday includes the Paycheck Protection Program.  Every small business that is eligible should look into this program and consider taking advantage of this program that is a forgivable loan.  I have attached three documents above.  The one entitled US Chamber Small Business ELA Loan Guide covers a number of items but most prominently the Paycheck Protection Program.  The document entitled Handout SBA Disaster Assistance provides more information on the disaster assistance loan.  And the last document is the Phase 3 bipartisn summary.  This gives an outline of the legislation passed on Friday.

As a business you can get help figuring out the best path forward for your business by reaching out to the folks at the Small Business Development Center:


Ann Swanson:

Claudia Allen:

You can also reach out to your local financial institution for assistance.


Assistance for Restaurant Workers:

The National Restaurant Education Foundation is offering assistance to restaurant workers who have been displaced or whose income has been decreased as a result of COVID-19.  I know many of you are struggling to keep employees or have already had to furlough long-time employees.  This may be of assistance:  Restaurant employees who suffer a financial hit from the COVID-19 pandemic will be able starting April 2 to request a one-time payment of $500 from a relief fund being set up by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). The funds will be provided on a first come, first served basis to help impacted workers pay for rent, groceries, medical care, utilities, transportation, child care and other fundamental expenses.


Facebook Grants & Marketing Assistance:


Facebook is also offering a relief program for small businesses taking a hit from COVID-19

Facebook is announcing a $100 million grant program for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The majority of the grants will be distributed in cash, with some ad credits for business services. Businesses do not need to be on Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp to apply.


On-going Resources:


SIPH Idaho Southeast Idaho Public Health Resources, FAQ for businesses

COVID-19 Idaho Department of Commerce

COVID-19 Idaho Small Business Development Center

SBA EIDL program Small Business Administration Assistance Program 

travel alerts, the latest information

Governor’s Office the latest information from our Governor

Centers for Disease Control 

COVID-19 unemployment insurance FAQ and related questions



We encourage our businesses to please follow the guidance below from Governor Little’s Stay- Home Order. The idea behind the order is for people to stay at home unless they need groceries or have a medical appointment (essential services).


To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we must all play our role in encouraging people to stay at home. Starting on Monday, there will be a hotline at the state level for businesses to call if they have more questions regarding the order. We know this is a difficult time for everyone, and we appreciate your help.


Guidance for Governor Little's statewide stay-home order

·         Statewide Stay-Home Order Essential Services

·         Statewide Stay-Home Order FAQs

·         Order to Self-Isolate for the State of Idaho

·         Guidance for Governor Little's statewide stay-home order

·         Governor Little issues statewide stay-home order, signs extreme emergency declaration


The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has announced a new toll-free number for Idahoans to call with questions about COVID-19 or the Statewide Stay-Home Order. The number, 1-888-330-3010, will be staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The number will be in service beginning Monday, March 30.


Gov. Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order and signed an extreme emergency declaration on Wednesday. The stay-home order was effective immediately and is in place for 21 days. The Governor and public health officials will assess whether to extend the order near the end of the 21-day period.


The official order, a list of essential services, and an FAQ are available on The FAQ and the Essential Services list will be updated regularly based on feedback and questions from Idahoans.



Update from Forbes


Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits through their Small Business Grants Program. Learn more.


JPMorgan pledged $50 million global philanthropic commitment to support communities and people hit hardest by this public health crisis, including $2 million to existing nonprofit partners and $8 million to assist small businesses. Learn more.


Kabbage launched an online hub to help boost sales for U.S small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including a system through which businesses can sell gift cards to consumers for use at a later date. Learn more.


The James Beard Foundation is launching a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need. Learn more. 


MainVest, a crowdfunding platform, announced its new Main Street Initiative: a $2,000, zero-interest, 120 day loan for restaurants or other brick and mortars affected by the shutdown. Learn more.




Historic Downtown Pocatello

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Pocatello, ID 83204


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Haunted History Walking Tours

 October 9, 10,     16, 17, 23 & 24!

Our friends from Spiro Paranormal are back to entertain you during this year's 12th Annual Haunted History Walking Tours!  Smaller group sizes and safety precautions in place.  Tickets are on sale now.  Click here for details and to purchase tickets. Don't wait, because these tours sell out every year!


Trick-or-Treat the Old Town Streets

  October 30!

This year our signature Trick-or-Treat event will be hosted drive thru style in the parking lots on the 300 & 400 blocks of North Union Pacific Avenue.  From 3-5:30 there will be bags of candy for the kids, free t-shirts for adults (while supplies last), music and entertainment.  For the health and safety of our community, we are asking all families to please remain in your vehicles and follow the orange cones.  Thank you!


First Friday Art Walk

  November 6!

The November First Friday Art Walk will be held in locations throughout Historic Downtown Pocatello on Friday, November 6.  The festivities will begin at 5pm and will include local and regional art, live music, food, fashion and more.  Plan now to come stroll through Downtown and enjoy the charm of our monthly Art Walk!


Christmas Night Lights Parade

  November 27!

On Friday, November 27, from 6-8pm, plan to enjoy the Christmas Night Lights Parade. The presenting sponsor, ISU Credit Union, is returning this year to help make the parade possible. This year will be a little different with community members invited to stay in their vehicles and drive thru the parade route. Parade entries and floats will be parked along the parade route for all to enjoy. And of course, Santa will be at the top of Fire Truck #1 at the end of the parade and Santa's elves will have bags of candy for all of the kids.  Parade Registration is now open!  Click here for more details and to register today!


Small Business  Saturday
  November 28!
Celebrate Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 28, 11am to 3pm. The day will feature a free photo-op with Santa, shopping specials, and take home activities for the kids.


Relight the Night Historic Neon Sign Project 

Relight the Night is in the process of completing the fundraising necessary to relight the Buster Brown Neon Sign.  Donations are currently being accepted.  To help make this next sign relighting possible click on the Donate Now button below.  Thank you!


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