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Calling Applicants: InnovateHER 2017 Submissions Due June 2nd

InnovateHER 2017: Innovating for Women is a prize competition held by U.S. Small Business Administration. The challenge is to unearth innovative products that help impact and empower the lives of women and families. Criteria for the Product or Service: Has measurable impact on the lives of women and families (30%) Has the potential for commercialization …

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Success Stories

Craze Fun Zone

Couple sells business to fulfill their next dream “Having seasoned, knowledgeable business people to help us with our future plans and review our decisions was priceless.” – Julie Ferrin, co-owner In 2006, Keith and Julie Ferrin bought a historic hotel with 40 apartments and 7 business spaces. With the 2008 recession, many businesses went under. …

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Success Stories

Melni Innovation Group – A success revisited

An Idaho invention gets nationwide attention “The SBDC helped me to determine if this invention was worth sinking all I have into it.  I could not have made that decision without their input.” – Mark Melni, owner and inventor After watching an elderly friend perform the tedious task of splicing wires, inventor Mark Melni came …

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Cyber Tips & News

Idaho Company Falls Victim to Spear Phishing

Amalagmated Sugar released the personal information of nearly 3000 employees recently through a targeted spear phishing attack on one of its employees.  A hacker impersonated the CEO and requested that the W-2 forms of employees and retirees be sent to him.  The employee honored this request, believing the correspondence was genuine, and provided the requested …

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Cyber Tips & News

Social Engineering: Digital Con Artists

Social engineering is this generation’s con artist.  Hackers will create a sense of urgency or perhaps someone will offer you something that seems too good to be true in order to gain access to your devices, data or accounts. Here are some examples: “Can you submit a payment request in the next hour to so-and-so? …

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