EO Business Development

Are you starting a new business, expanding an existing one? Do you need help growing a small business? Jannus EO supports Boise and Twin Falls entrepreneurs by offering resources to people looking to start or expand a small business.

At EO we believe business ownership is the core of a thriving local living economy and we support our clients’ pathway to business ownership.

Want to drive for Uber, Lyft, or a commercial trucking company? Want to start a small business in Idaho? From being a commercial driver to restaurant owner to farm to fashion designer, becoming an entrepreneur is a proven way for people from all walks of life to build income, independence, and financial security. This has a positive effect on you, your family, and your employees.

At EO, we believe in helping you build your small business through education, business financing, small business loans, and community resources.

How to Start a Business in Idaho

Our approach begins by providing entrepreneurs with classes to learn the basics of starting a business in Idaho. We provide group business classes and lots of one-on-one time to help clients learn how to run a business and about the business planning process. EO helps clients gauge the potential success of their business venture and think about the strategy to create their business, expand, or get financing.

Our Mentors and Staff

Our expert staff have years of experience with many kinds of businesses, including in-home childcare, farming & food production, retail businesses, service and transportation. We also work with local interpreters and have multilingual staff that can work with over 15 different language groups. 

Every year businesses aided by EO generate over $2.5 million in revenue, which plugs back into our local economy. Since 2002 EO has successfully worked with more than a thousand individuals to help launch hundreds of local businesses that have created hundreds more jobs—all contributing to greater self-sufficiency and growing the local economy. It’s a ripple effect of success by every measure.

To refer clients, become a professional services partner or discuss fundraising and financial support please contact us, we’d love to hear from you.

Financing a Startup or Small Business

EO strongly believes in helping people realize the importance of credit in all its microenterprise technical assistance and training.

EO’s services include microloans, emergency personal loans, credit education, business development, mentoring for young refugee women, and childcare business development. Programs are designed to help people use entrepreneurship to increase financial mobility.

To find out more about personal loans, small business loans, or business expansion loans, take a look at our loans page or contact us!

How to become an Uber or Lyft Driver in Boise

A common solution for recent refugees or people who can't get traditional jobs is to become a driver for a ride-sharing service such as Uber or Lyft.

However, this type of work requires you to be a licensed driver and have your own car. This is a big expense, but one that Jannus EO can help with! Through grants and non-traditional loans, we are usually able to provide financing to people looking to become an Uber or Lyft driver, but lack the financing.

Getting your Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

Driving a commercial truck can be an excellent, non-traditional way to make a living. However, it does require prospective drivers to have a valid CDL (Commercial Driver's License). Several local colleges offer courses and Jannus EO can help finance this education and support families during the training phase.

After training is done, EO can direct potential drivers to loan programs that could finance the purchase of a truck, if needed.