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BEW extends pitch deadline 

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Boise Startup Week in 2019. Photo by Sharon Fisher

Boise Entrepreneur Week (BEW) has announced it extended the deadline to receive pitch competition submissions — for the main pitch competition and Trailmix, which is food industry specific. The deadline for both is now Wednesday, Sept. 15. BEW will be a hybrid virtual/in-person event Oct. 18-22, where over $100,000 will be awarded to Idaho startups and entrepreneurial ventures. Now in its sixth year, BEW has provided more than $166,000 of funding to Idaho entrepreneurs, according to a recent press release.

Crisis Standards of Care activated in northern Idaho

At the request of Kootenai Health, which operates three hospitals and several clinics in northern Idaho, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) has activated Idaho’s Crisis Standards of Care in the Panhandle and the North Central health districts. In a statement issued on the morning of Sept. 7, IDHW said the reason for the activation was “a severe shortage of staffing and available beds in the northern area of the state caused by a massive increase in patients with COVID-19 who require hospitalization.” The activation affects 10 critical access and acute care hospitals in the two northernmost health districts in the state. Crisis Standards of Care is guidance for rationing health care in the event of a natural disaster or other catastrophic event that may overwhelm the capacity of the health care system to deliver care to all patients.

Bank of Idaho plans Treasure Valley ribbon cuttings

Bank of Idaho has expanded and opened two new locations during 2020 in the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Due to not being able to commemorate its expansion and hard work in 2020, an announcement stated two celebrations will ensue this month. The celebrations will take place from 4-6 p.m. on Sept. 13, at the Nampa location, and the second from 4-6 p.m. on Sept. 14 on Overland Road. Beginning in 1985 in eastern Idaho Falls, the bank opened its first location and branch in Boise in 2019. The new branches have been open for more than a year now, but Bank of Idaho President and CEO Jeff Newgard said he feels it is important to commemorate the growth and success of the business.

Idaho Central Credit Union opens new Meridian branch 

Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU) has opened its 42nd branch at 85 S. Innovation Lane in Meridian. This state-of-the-art building features a large waiting area, eight teller stations and eight financial service stations. The facility includes a full-service vault with safety deposit boxes available for members, according to a recent announcement from the credit union.  Several architectural features in this branch have been included for maximum energy efficiency. There is enhanced HVAC, all LED lighting and tall windows and ceilings that brings natural light penetration to the core of the building. Outside the branch, three drive-thru lanes are equipped with 15-inch high-definition video teller systems. The fourth lane will be used for ATM access.


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