IBR Breakfast Series


The June 6 panel of retail real estate experts from (l-r) Bryan C. Vaughn of Hawkins Companies LLC, Bruce Chatterton from City of Meridian, Randall Woodbury of the Woodbury Corporation, Bob Mitchell of Thornton Oliver Keller and ANdrea Nilson of Cushman Wakefield Pacific. Photo by Erika Sather-Smith.

The June 6 panel of retail real estate experts from (l-r) Bryan C. Vaughn of Hawkins Companies LLC, Bruce Chatterton from City of Meridian, Randall Woodbury of the Woodbury Corporation, Bob Mitchell of Thornton Oliver Keller and ANdrea Nilson of Cushman Wakefield Pacific. Photo by Erika Sather-Smith.

Every other month the Idaho Business Review hosts a panel discussion featuring five or six industry-relevant panelists.

All 2017 Breakfast Series feature a continental breakfast and will be held at the Grove Hotel in Downtown Boise, 245 S. Capitol Boulevard.

Breakfast begins at 8 a.m., followed by a panel discussion from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

The panels are moderated by an attorney from Holland and Hart and are recorded for review and publication.

 NEXT UP: August 1, 2017

Dotting the i’s: Small businesses & regulation


If you have any questions, please contact Laura Clements at  lbutler@idahobusinessreview.com or call (208) 639-3528.

caxton-4Federal, state and local taxes, health insurance rules, local and state codes, employment laws, contractor regulations and reporting mandates are just some of the details that bog down new businesses and consume hours of their owners’ time.

The National Small Business Association surveyed its members last year and found that the average small business owner is spending at least $12,000 per year to handle regulations, and nearly 33 percent spend 80 hours per year on regulatory paperwork.

The federal tax code and Affordable Care Act were cited as the most burdensome, but there are plenty of others, especially for businesses in the food industry, businesses that are exporting, and for business owners too small to hire professional help.

At the Idaho Business Review’s August 1 breakfast series, a panel of experts will share their stories about tackling regulatory burdens as small business owners and as consultants, and will offer advice for streamlining the process. The event begins with breakfast and networking at 8 am and ends promptly at 10 am.


August 1 – Small businesses and regulation panelists

karen-appelgren-200x200Karen Appelgren is director of the Zions Bank Business Resource Center in downtown Boise. She provides one-on-one consulting, workshops and referrals to help aspiring or established small business owners start, grow and finance their ventures. She has an extensive background in business consulting, SBA loan packaging, marketing and public relations, sales, event management, organizational leadership, teaching and career services.

She is an advisory board member and mentor for Boise State University’s Venture and has a bachelor’s in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Denise Dunlap, TECenter, studio portraitDenise Dunlap is co-founder and partner in Loon Creek Capital Group, which provides administrative and consulting services to angel investors and manages formation of new funds. Loon Creek was established in 2010 and has five funds and over $13 million invested.

Dunlap has a has record of successfully building and operating companies in the Treasure Valley. Her career history includes over 16 years of experience leading or coaching startups and entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on technology companies. Denise holds a B.B.A. from Boise State University’s College of Business and a black belt in Shaolin Kung Fu.

kevin-allen-200x200Kevin Allen is co-owner & vice-president of Pro Care Landscape Services. Allen joined Pro Care in 1993 and became a part-owner in 1999.  He has more than 24 years of small business experience and oversees 60 landscape professionals.  His company serves hundreds of retail, residential, & commercial properties.  Allen has designed & deployed operational systems using cloud-based technology & mobile devices to track crews, assets, and inventory in real time.  He has served on several industry advisory committees and in community service organizations.

Allen has been a certified arborist for 20 years.  He has a BA in business management from Boise State University.

gary-moore-200x200Gary Moore is the program manager at the Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center, or PTAC, at the Idaho Small Business Development Center, a role he has held for eight years.  PTAC tracks local, state, and federal bid opportunities, and alerts business owners to those that match their products and services. It also offers workshops and one-on-one

Moore has also served as Region 9 Director at SBDC for three years.

Prior to joining Idaho PTAC, Moore worked for the Idaho Department of Commerce helping small business with retention and expansion.  He also worked for a semiconductor company and served for 23 years in the U.S. Navy attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He earned a BA in management and organizational leadership from George Fox University in 2009.

patrick-nauman-mug-200x200Patrick Nauman is the owner of Weiser Classic Candy and chairman of the Snake River Economic Development Association. Nauman has worked in the restaurant and hotel industry and spent 13 years in the cruise industry, four of them as director of operations for the West Coast, responsible for more than 300 employees and a host of other responsibilities. Since he purchased his candy business in downtown Weiser in 2007, he has seen gross sales rise 300 percent, has increased the wholesale business, and has launched a website. Weiser Classic Candy has 15 employees.  In 2015, the company was the Small Business Administration’s small business of the year in Idaho, and last year it was one of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s top 100 small businesses.

lauren-prew-holland-hart-200x200Moderator Lauren Prew is an associate at Holland and Hart, where she helps clients navigate the various stages of the corporate life cycle from entity selection and formation to financing and capitalization, corporate reorganization, and mergers and acquisitions.
Her clients are of all sizes from early stage start-ups to large public companies. Prew also has regulatory and transactional experience working with healthcare industry clients, including physicians, healthcare entities, biotechnology, and biomedical companies.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Lauren practiced at Jackson Walker L.L.P in San Antonio, Texas.

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