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Thursday, November 7 2019

at the

University of Idaho

Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center

10881 N Boyer Rd Sandpoint, Idaho 83864

This November, the Bonner County Economic Development Corporation will welcome business leaders from around Bonner County to meet, learn, and grow. As residents of the fastest growing state in the nation, Idahoans have exciting opportunities for maintaining and expanding our healthy economy. By gathering for a day of speakers, discussion panels, networking, and more, we can discern the hurdles current business owners face, and connect to uncover strategies for paving our way forward.


8am-9am Registration, Light Breakfast with Coffee and Networking

9am-10:15am Morning Keynote: Economic Outlook: Bryce Ralston, Columbia Trust Company

10:15am Litehouse Foods Snack Break featuring Greek Yogurt Smoothies

10:30am-12pm Washington Trust Bank Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Housing (Panelists to be announced)

Session 2: Workforce Development (Panelists to be announced)

12pm Lunch

12:30 Afternoon Keynote: (To be announced)

1:30pm City of Sandpoint Snack Break

2:30pm-4pm Entrepreneurial Panel

4:00pm Closing and Membership Drive

4:30-6pm Happy Hour & Raffle

Schedule subject to change. More details to be announced closer to the event.



The BCEDC Summit brings together over 100 prominent business owners and community leaders each year, providing networking opportunities for small, medium, and large businesses in Bonner County. Also on the guest list are strategic public and private community partners and investors, keynote speakers, and local success stories, driving the connections that feed a community-based economy.



From the Keynote address to the conversations between guests at the Happy Hour, the Summit is a day of learning about our future and about each other. The day will include discussions and solution-oriented breakout sessions that address the challenges facing current business owners. Additionally, there will be panels with local entrepreneurial success stories, highlighting the growth already happening in Bonner County. Between speeches, panels, sessions, and discussions, the Summit provides insight into our economic picture - for today, tomorrow, and the years to come.


By bringing business and communities leaders together in the same space, we create an innovative and positive environment - capturing new ideas, sparking relationships, and seizing real-time opportunities. We can collaborate in learning how to navigate the growth in our community, supporting current business owners and attracting incoming prospects. By promoting economic stability in a changing scope, we can secure for ourselves and for future generations the opportunity to live and thrive in this beautiful place we call home - Bonner County.