The Idaho Department of Commerce has announced the hiring of Karen Appelgren as business retention and expansion manager. Appelgren began her new role on Sept. 15, 2020. Appelgren’s economic development experience includes six years as vice president/director of the Zions Bank Business Resource Center. Prior to that role, she helped relaunch the Women’s Business Center of Idaho. In both positions, Appelgren provided business consulting, workshops and referrals to help aspiring or established small business owners start, grow and finance their ventures while navigating the regulatory environment and an ever-changing marketplace.
Appelgren serves as co-chair for the Grow Track at Boise Startup Week. She is an advisor and mentor for Boise State University’s Venture College. Appelgren was selected as a 2016 Idaho Business Review Excellence in Finance Honoree as well as a 2016 Idaho Business Review Women of the Year Honoree. Appelgren graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. She is a graduate of the 2016 Washington Bankers Association’s Executive Development Program.