• October 12, 2011 10:07 AM | Sandy Anderson

    Buy Idaho has announced a new Executive Director, Sandy Anderson.  The introduction was made at the Buy Idaho Annual Meeting on October 5th. Sandy looks forward to bringing her experience with the media and expertise in sales, marketing, and new business development to help grow Buy Idaho. She addressed the audience stating, “Buy Idaho is a cause I genuinely believe in. It is a lifestyle I try to practice when I make decisions about the products and services I buy every day.”

    Sandy spent 8 years with Journal Broadcast Group managing multi-media sponsorships, executing company events, and developing new avenues of revenue.  Previous to that, Sandy was the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Boise River Festival.

  • October 11, 2011 2:09 PM | Sandy Anderson

    Governor C.L. ‘Butch Otter’ was the keynote speaker at the Buy Idaho Annual Meeting on October 5th. He spoke about the tremendous success of the organization and the value it has brought its members. “We need to be doing business with one another”, Otter emphasized to a group of 150 Buy Idaho members. Governor Otter was a co-founder of Buy Idaho 25 years ago.

  • August 22, 2011 3:01 PM | Sandy Anderson

    Buy Idaho celebrates 25 years this year. In 1986, Butch Otter's bid for the Lt. Governor's office, provided him the opportunity to travel the state. He hosted town hall meetings and listened to Idahoans. From Idaho concerns, Otter developed the blueprint of 'Buy Idaho' with the message if Idaho businesses buy and sell from each other and if we spend our dollars here at home by supporting local, regional, and state companies, we can keep our dollars circulating over and over and grow a healthy economy. And he took this message to the JR Simplot company, where he was employed at the time, to promote local buying of products and services.

    After Otter was elected, 'Buy Idaho' the concept became 'Buy Idaho' the organization. For 25 years, we have remained a nonprofit, statewide, fully funded membership association dedicated to promoting Idaho businesses. We believe in the spirit of cooperation and the timeless message that to keep Idaho's economy strong...Buy Idaho products and services.

    To support our members, we have a Buy Idaho showroom where they can display their products or services. We print quarterly newsletters, an exclusive Member Directory, and a website link to our members' websites. We produce TV and radio public service announcements, networking opportunities through tradeshows and have embraced social media by having a presence on Facebook and Twitter.

    Recently, Buy Idaho brought together Board directors and members to form a Strategic and Planning Committee to review where we've been and where we're going. Our mission is the same but we are developing critical goals and actions to strengthen our commitment to our members. To that end we have streamlined our Mission Statement:

    To promote and connect Idaho businesses, their products and services, to the people of Idaho and beyond.


  • June 21, 2011 12:59 PM | Sandy Anderson

    It’s been an exciting time for Buy Idaho. Buy Idaho membership is doing very well in spite of the many challenges facing our members. We want to continue to do our part in increasing exposure for our members; so we are introducing some changes.


    Buy Idaho has implemented a new website that is user friendly to our members. Our Buy Idaho members can keep their company information updated by accessing their own company profiles. Member photos can be uploaded, renewals can be paid online and communication with the Buy Idaho office is a click away. Visitors to our website will be able to read about our members and their companies before linking to their websites. To see the changes, go to our website at


    Buy Idaho is blogging about our members through the ’Member Spotlight’ button and anyone will be able to read about it on the Buy Idaho home page.  This same information is sent to our Twitter account and beyond….

    We have embraced the social media blitz with Buy Idaho joining Facebook. This gives us another opportunity to brag about our members and what is happening in their lives. It’s a free and effective way to promote the Buy Idaho message: That to keep Idaho’s economy strong…Buy Idaho Products and Services! All it will take is the time to type comments and hit the ‘like’ button over and over. Facebook currently has 600 million followers and is growing larger daily. We will reach a population demographic we do not currently access and that is the teen to twenty’s age group. Since they are the next generation to work and buy in Idaho, it’s a great opportunity to let them know about our Buy Idaho members; from printing graduation announcements to buying locally made chips and salsa.


    Buy Idaho is so very proud to partner with our members and promote the message to continue to support our friends and neighbors’ businesses; buy from them, and that keeps our communities strong and healthy. Thank you Buy Idaho members and we appreciate your membership!

  • May 19, 2011 3:14 PM | Sandy Anderson

    The Buy Idaho Showroom is located in beautiful downtown Boise, Idaho. People from all over the world take time to come and see what Idaho companies have to offer. Today, they came from Iraq.

    Young business leaders from the Salahaddin Province in Iraq have been invited to Idaho by the Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program and the Idaho Council for International Visitors Boise State University. Buy Idaho President, Board of Directors, Dave Wagers, owner of Idaho Candy Company, joined staff Leslie and Barbara in welcoming Iraq to Idaho. Buy Idaho was the first of many places scheduled to visit over three days.

    A great big thank you to Carole Schroeder and Dr. Uwe Reischl of Idaho Council for International Visitors for including the Buy Idaho Showroom as a destination place for the Iraq delegation. 

  • May 18, 2011 3:14 PM | Sandy Anderson

    Idaho is a destination place. People visit us from all over the world and tell us what a fabulous state Idaho is.  People choose to live here, work here and raise their families here. We at Buy Idaho want the world to know we have the best products and services barr none! Thanks to renewing Buy Idaho members; we can continue to promote the message that we support our friends and neighbors when we Buy Idaho local, regional, and state wide. Thank you to these renewing members....


    Jim's Appliance & Furniture, Inc.                          


    Johnson Thermal Systems, Inc.                         


    KBXL - 94.1FM                                                 




    Litehouse, Inc.                                                   Sandpoint

    Little Shop of Laser                                          


    Local Lawn Tree Spraying Services                    Twin Falls

    LongviewFibre Company                                  3 Locations

    LSIdaho, Inc.                                                    


    Lucky Lawns                                                    


    M & W Markets                                                


    Magic Valley Bank                                             3 Locations

    McDowells Specialty Repair                              


    Melaleuca, Inc.                                                 

    Idaho Falls

    Metro Express Car Wash                                   3 Locations

    Micron Technology, Inc.                                    


    Moxie Java International, LLC                             45 Locations

    My Spud Stuff                                                 


    Nancy's Gourmet Cookies                                 Boise

    Natural Gifts                                                      Burley

    Nelson's R.V.'s, Inc.                                         


    New Day Products & Resources                         


    Office Value, Inc.                                             


    OwyheePublishing Company, Inc.                     Homedale

    Panhandle State Bank                                       8 Locations

    Payroll Express                                                

    Boise, IdahoFalls

    Peasley Transfer & Storage Co.                        


    Peppershock Media Productions                         


    Pets Best Insurance                                          


    Pioneer Title Co. of

    Canyon County                    Nampa

    Pioneer Title Company of

    Ada County                Boise

    Precision Pumping Systems                             


    Premier Insurance                                              4 Locations

    Professional Employee Services, Inc.               




    R & R Hardwood Floors, Inc.                            


    Raven Products LLC                                         


    Reed’s Dairy, Inc.                                             

    Idaho Falls

    Ringert Law Chartered                                       


  • May 11, 2011 4:25 PM | Sandy Anderson

    We are very fortunate at Buy Idaho to have such loyal members. Our members partner with us to continue to promote the Buy Idaho message; to keep Idaho's economy strong...Buy Idaho products and services.

    Join us in welcoming renewing Buy Idaho members:

    Caldwell Economic Development                       Caldwell

    Camille Beckman                                              Eagle

    Capitol City Cargo                                             Boise

    Canyon Financial of Meridian, Inc.                      5 Locations

    Canyon School of Massage, Inc.                        Nampa

    Capitol Copy & Print                                         


    Cartridge World                                                


    City of

    Nampa                                                    Nampa

    C.L. “Butch” & Lori Otter                                     Star

    Clear Voice Telecom, Inc.                                 


    Cloverdale Plumbing Company, Inc.                  


    Coeur d' Alene Casino                                       Worley

    Cookies By Design                                          


    Crawford’s Pest Control                                    


    Crossroads Towing and Recovery                     


    Custom Roto Molding                                      


    D&S Electrical Supply

    Co.                                  Pocatello

    D.L. Evans Bank                                               7 Locations

    Da Vine Air, LLC                                               


    Dawson Taylor Coffee Roasters                         Boise

    Diamond Line Delivery Systems, Inc.                 5 Locations

    Digital Imaging                                                 

    Boise , Twin Falls

    Dixon Container, Inc.                                        


    Drake Cooper                                                  


    Eliot Management Group                                  


    Elite Systems, Inc.                                           


    Emerald Lawns, Inc.                                         


    erstad ARCHITECTS                                         


    Evolving Designs                                             


    Eye Safety Systems, Inc.                                 

    Sun Valley

    Farm Store, Inc.                                               


    Fire Extinguisher Co., Inc.                                 


    First Federal Savings Bank                                Twin Falls

    Fisher's Document Systems                             


    Flowerama, LLC                                               


    Garden Mountain Wool Works                            Garden Valley

    Gem State Insurance                                         Gooding

    Giant Produce, Inc.                                           


    Grand Teton Brewing Company                          Victor

    Great American Appetizers                                


    Great Scott                                                      


    Hawley, Troxell, Ennis & Hawley                        


    Heart Felt Melts                                                 Middleton

    Heart of

    Idaho                                                    Glenns Ferry

    High Country Plastics, Inc.                                


    Home Federal Bank                                           14 Locations

    Homemade by Dorothy                                    


    Huston Vineyards, LLC                                      Caldwell

    IBF                                                                   4 Locations


    Oregon Onion Committee             Parma

    Idaho Apple Commission                                   Parma

    Idaho Concrete Company, Inc.                          


    Idaho Correctional Industries                              Boise

    Idaho State Liquor Division                                Boise

    Idaho Transportation Department                      


    Idaho Wood Sheds                                           Meridian

    Idaho Youth Ranch                                            Boise

    Independent Meat Company                              Twin Falls, Weiser

    Insurers of Idaho, Inc.                                       


    Intermountain Community Bank                          6 Locations

    Intermountain Design, Inc.                                 


    Intermountain Gas Company                             



  • May 06, 2011 12:15 PM | Sandy Anderson

    We are very busy at Buy Idaho! Soon, the new 2011-2012 Buy Idaho Directory will be in your mail box. The beautiful Buy Idaho 25th anniversary logo graces the front cover of the directory. We are honored (and humbled) to partner with our members in promoting the timeless message; To keep Idaho's economy strong, Buy Idaho products and services. Buy Idaho is a fully funded membership association and has been in business with our members for 25 years. A great big 'thank you' to our renewing members;

    3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, LLC                           Eagle

    8th Street Marketplace                                        Boise

    A/J Awards                                                       Nampa

    ACCSES-IDAHO                                               Idaho Falls

    ACHD Commuteride                                          Boise

    Advanced Sign & Design                                   Boise

    All Idaho Door, LLC                                           Meridian

    Alpicella                                                            Boise

    Arctic Air, Inc.                                                   Caldwell

    Art Hale Photography                                        Boise

    AutoSort, Inc.                                                    Boise

    B & D Foods, Inc.                                             Boise

    Ball Storage & Ice L.L.C.                                    Idaho Falls

    Bank of the Cascades                                       15 Locations

    Basalite Concrete Products                                Meridian

    Best Western Cottontree Inn                              Pocatello

    Blue Cross of Idaho                                          Boise

    Blueprint Specialties                                         Boise

    Boise Cold Storage Company                            Boise

    Boise Consumer Co-op                                     Boise

    Boise Hotel & Conference Center                       Boise

    Bryana's Chili Pepper Products                          Boise

    Buffington Mohr McNeal                                    Boise

    Business Psychology Associates                      Boise   


  • May 03, 2011 10:36 AM | Sandy Anderson

    What a great time to be a member of Buy Idaho.  Hopefully you are taking full advantage of your investment in Buy Idaho.  We had a great Buy Idaho Show at the Capitol Building in February.  Over 100 Buy Idaho Company got to show their products and services to our law makers, the media, and the general public.  It was a great opportunity to network and increase your business!

    Hopefully you have checked our new website.  It is a great way to market your company. 

    • ·         Update your company profile and tell the world about your company’s products or services. 
    • ·         Link to your company’s website, twitter, facebook and linkedin pages.
    • ·         If you advertise in the directory you will find a link to your advertisement. 
    • ·         You can even renew your membership online now. 
    • ·         Check out our latest Public Service Announcement that are running on many different networks.
    • ·         We are also doing features on Buy Idaho members, so check out Leslie’s blog to learn more about our members. 

    Buy Idaho is only as strong as its members, so use what we have to offer.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give Leslie, Barb or myself a call.


    Dave Wagers


    Idaho Candy Co.


  • March 01, 2011 3:07 PM | Sandy Anderson

    Happy March Day! Spring is just around the corner and the sun is playing peek-a-boo behind clouds. Excitement is buzzing in the air that winter will become a memory here in the Buy Idaho Showroom at 8th Street Marketplace...oops, that's a fly buzzing around. Oh well, another sign spring is around the corner.

    Buy Idaho is excited to let you know about our new website. We just went live and there are a few things I'd like to point out to you. The website is designed to create more exposure for our Buy Idaho members. A couple of ways we're doing this besides the Member Directory and a hot link to your website from our website is; First, through the Member Spotlight which we call our "Bragging about our Members" blog. Anything you want us to say about you, email us at and we'll blog your information through the Members Spotlight. This goes to our Twitter account and beyond....

    Second, we have what is called a Photo Album on our home page. Check out the Buy Idaho Photo Album by clicking on the button and you'll see pictures from the 2011 Buy Idaho Trade Show. As a Buy Idaho member, you too, can upload photos to your own Photo Album. To do this, log on to your profile in the upper right hand corner of the Buy Idaho home page and follow the directions or call us at 208-343-2582 for more information and we are happy to help out.  

    Buy Idaho members are the very best businesses Idaho has to offer and remember, to keep Idaho's economy healthy; Buy Idaho Products and Services.


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