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  • November 06, 2018 3:00 PM | Jennifer Mauk (Administrator)

    Small Business Saturday

    NOVEMBER 24, 2018

    Shop Small in the heart of it all            Downtown Boise !       

    For communities to thrive, their small businesses need to thrive.

    That’s the idea behind Small Business Saturday. And the idea has caught on!

    On Small Business Saturday, 2017*:

    • ·         43% of adults, or an estimated 108 million consumers reported shopping or dining at local independently-owned businesses, generating roughly $12 billion in reported spending.
    • ·         70% of U.S consumers are aware of Small Business Saturday, and in addition to support on Main Streets, shoppers turned out for online small businesses – with 35% reporting that they Shopped Small® online on November 25th alone.
    • ·         90% of consumers surveyed said Small Business Saturday has had a positive impact on their community.
    • ·         73% of consumers who reportedly Shopped Small at independently-owned retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday did so with friends or family.
    • ·         Shoppers made Small Business Saturday an all-day affair, as 58% of those who participated in the day reported shopping or dining at more than one small, independently-owned retailer or restaurant on Small Business Saturday this year.
    • ·         On a national level, nearly half (48%) of consumers who participated in Small Business Saturday reported visiting a small business that they had not previously been to on Small Business Saturday.

    Dine Well, Shop Unique

    Downtown Boise is the largest concentration of small, independent business in the state of Idaho. Dozens of businesses in every district of Boise’s Downtown are taking part in Small Business Saturday. Many offer guests festive, exclusive promotions and events designed to make the experience a special one.

    Stamped Passport? Win a Downtown Boise Gift Card!

    The Small Business Saturday Downtown Boise Passport is available at participating merchants. Pick up the Passport, collect the number of stamps from individual merchants, then enter to win one of six $50 Downtown Boise gift cards. Go to downtownboise.orgfor a list of participating merchants. Completed Passports are collected at Rediscovered Books at 8th & Idaho Streets. Downtown Boise gift cards are good at more than 300 merchants!

    “Small Business Saturday in downtown Boise is a fun day to meet friends and family, and enjoy a day that’s as much about community as it is shopping. Merchants downtown always give their visitors a great experience as well as unique, fabulous finds, and it’s always more meaningful knowing our purchases directly support our neighbors,” said Lynn Hightower, Executive Director of the Downtown Boise Association.

    Community Support Makes it Happen

    The Downtown Boise Association is registered with American Express as a Neighborhood Champion. As Shop Small Business Saturday enters its 9th year, the DBA is honored to work with partners equally dedicated to supporting small business including the Boise Farmers Market, Buy Idaho, the Capital City Public Market, the Small Business Administration, Rediscovered Books and Idaho’s Small Business Development Center


    Experience, Enjoy, Be Something Special  -  Be Downtown Boise

    *data from the 2017 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, released today by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express (NYSE:AXP)Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce to make the day a success.

  • November 06, 2018 1:29 PM | Jennifer Mauk (Administrator)


    For Immediate Release

    November 6, 2018

    IBL Events

    Anna Marie Aldinger

    Tel 208-376-0464

    Fax 208-375-2688

    Attention Treasure Valley Job Seekers! After Hours Job Fair November 15th

    November 15th, 2018

    The Courtyard by Marriott

    1789 S Eagle Rd

    Meridian, Idaho 83642

    IBL Events will host the Fall 2018 After Hours Idaho Job and Career Fair on Thursday, November 15th from 4pm to 7pm at the Courtyard by Marriott, 1789 S Eagle Rd, Meridian, Idaho 83642.  This FREE event is open to the public and job seekers will have the opportunity to network with over 45 companies seeking individuals to fill their open positions.

    If you are looking for a job or a career change, employers and human resource representatives from a wide assortment of industries will be on hand to speak with you. They will be recruiting for positions in healthcare, information technology, hospitality, customer service, communications, construction, manufacturing, and more. These employers are looking to fill an array of full-time and part-time positions. 

    Experienced and first-time job seekers welcome.  Job seekers please remember to bring plenty of resumes, dress for success, and register to attend this free event at

    Companies wanting to participate in the Idaho Job & Career Fair should contact IBL Events 208-376-0464,


  • October 30, 2018 11:43 AM | Jennifer Mauk (Administrator)

    Media Contact:

    Hilary Mann


    Up North Distillery



    Up North Distillery Wins New Medals at the 2018 SIP Northwest Spirits Competition and the Inaugural National Honey Board Spirits Competition

    October 24, 2018 POST FALLS, UP NORTH DISTILLERY is pleased to announce that our company has recently won two Silver Medals & Judges’ Pick in the 2018 SIP Northwest Spirits Competition as well as a Silver Medal & two Bronze Medals in the inaugural National Honey Board Spirits Competition.

    SIP Northwest Spirits Competition: Best of the Northwest

    Sip Northwest magazine is excited to release its seventh annual Best of the Northwest awards issue. This collector’s edition showcases the winners of the grand tasting competition from wine, beer, spirits and cider, along with top Northwest beverage trends, locally focused restaurant and bars, producers to watch, elite drink destinations to visit and when, plus much more.

    An open call for submissions in April drafted more than 667 entries from wine, 282 beers, 145 from spirits and 145 ciders. The magazine recruited an accomplished, qualified group of 92 premier palates from the greater Pacific Northwest to assess and determine the top four medalists, plus Judges’ Picks, in each respective beverage category. Up North Distillery won the following medals:

    • 3 Year Apple Brandy- Judges’ Pick
    • Apple Brandy- Silver Medal

    • Big Kid Cider- Silver Medal

    National Honey Board Spirits Competition:

    In the National Honey Board’s first spirits competition, 90 made with honey spirits competed for recognition at the 2018 Honey Spirits Competition. The Honey Spirits Competition featured seven spirits categories, including a category that contained products that used honey as the primary distillate. The submitted spirits were judged on their aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel and the role honey played in the spirit. Up North Distillery won the following medals for their Honey Spirits which is a distilled mead wine:

    • Barrel Reserve Honey Spirits- Silver Medal in the distilled with honey category

    • Honey Spirits- Bronze Medal in the distilled with honey category

    • Barrel Finished Honey Spirits- Bronze Medal in the distilled with honey category

    Previous awards include:

    2018 American Distilling Institute Competition:

    • Gold Medal & Best of Class: Honey Spirits

    • Silver Medal: 3 Year Barrel Aged Apple Brandy

    • Bronze Medal: Barrel Reserve Honey Spirits

    • Bronze Medal: Apple Brandy

    • Bronze Medal: Big Kid Cider

    2018 American Craft Spirits Association Competition:

    • Bronze Medal: Barrel Reserve Honey Spirits

    • Bronze Medal: 3 Year Barrel Aged Apple Brandy

    2017 Denver International Spirits Competition:

    • Gold Medal: Honey Spirits

    • Gold Medal: Barrel Finished Honey Spirits

    • Gold Medal: Apple Brandy

    2017 Las Vegas International Global Spirit Awards

    • Gold Medal: Barrel Finished Honey Spirits

    Up North Distillery products are available on site at their distillery in Post Falls where you can enjoy a free tasting, a signature cocktail and a bottle to go. Their products are also available in Idaho liquor stores.  For additional information visit as well as Facebook

  • October 08, 2018 10:04 AM | Jennifer Mauk (Administrator)


    For Immediate Release

    October 5th, 2018

    IBL Events

    Anna Marie Aldinger

    Tel 208-376-0464

    Idaho’s Largest Baby Boomer & Senior Expo Coming to Boise!

    Boise, Idaho – IBL Events is proud to host the 1st Annual Golden Years Lifestyle Expo October 20th at Expo Idaho. This premier healthy living, retirement and planning event proudly offers FREE Admission. This event is open to the public and welcomes all baby boomers, seniors and individuals planning retirement to attend Saturday from 9am-4pm.  

    At the Golden Years Lifestyle Expo guests can shop over 100 exhibits. Explore the latest in RV’s, healthcare, home remodeling, activities and entertainment. Check out local artisans and crafters plus sample sweets and savories. The Golden Years Lifestyle Expo offers free health screenings including: balance evaluations, bone density and hearing tests and skin damage checks by Treasure Valley Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center.

    Guest won’t want to miss a packed day of free educational seminars. Topics covered are estate planning basics, Medicare 101, fracture prevention, senior travel tours, fracture, balance, fall and risk prevention strategies and wellness using oils. Hands on workshops are available for registration and include making your own succulent arrangement and learning how to create custom cupcakes from a pro. Enjoy a free game of bingo every fifteen minutes and win prizes! For a complete list of seminars and workshops visit

    Treasure Valley locals don’t want to miss this event designed specifically to enjoy the golden stage of your life.  The FREE Golden Years Lifestyle Expo, Saturday, October 20th from 9am to 4pm at Expo Idaho.

    Sponsored by: IBL Events, Leisureland RV Center, Treasure Valley Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center, 96.1 BOB, 101.5 KOOL Oldies

    IBL Events  |  208-376-0464  |

  • September 24, 2018 4:24 PM | Jennifer Mauk (Administrator)

  • September 24, 2018 3:25 PM | Jennifer Mauk (Administrator)


    Josh Letsinger








    September 24, 2018

    Boise Brewing Awarded Bronze Medal at the Great American Beer Festival®

    Black Cliffs Honored for Brewing Excellence in American Stout

    Boise, ID • September 22—Boise Brewing received a bronze medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 102 beer-style categories were announced September 22 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. 

    Boise Brewing was recognized in the American Stout beer-style category for its Black Cliffs, a roast-y, hoppy treat. It is well balanced with rich chocolate and coffee tones and plentiful Northwest hop character. Pine and citrus aromas play well with the dark malt aromas and the body and mouth feel are all a stout should be. This was brewed as our first Community Supported Beer and still one of Lance’s favorites.

    Boise Brewing accepting the Bronze Medal for Black Cliffs American Style Stout. This is the fourth year in a row Boise Brewing has received a medal at GABF.

    The 2018 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 293 expert judges from 8,496 entries, received from 2,404 U.S. breweries, plus 101 Pro-Am and 49 Collaboration entries.

    “The 32nd edition of the GABF competition yielded a remarkable turnout of the country’s most exemplary beers,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “I’m continuously impressed by contenders’ talent and passion and would like to extend congratulations to this year’s winners for their excellence in brewing.”

    For more GABF competition information, including the 2018 winners list and photos, visit

    Nestled in the heart of downtown Boise, “halfway between the campus and the capital,” Boise Brewing is the only community owned brewery in Idaho. Now with over 450 owners holding stock in the company, they are looking to expand the notion of “community supported beer”. Recently awarded a gold medal in the World Beer Cup Awards 2018 for their Black Cliffs American Style Stout they are staying true to their commitment to quality as their geographic reach gets longer. For more information on Boise Brewing, please visit

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    If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Josh Letsinger at 208-342-7655

    or email at

  • September 11, 2018 10:14 AM | Jennifer Mauk (Administrator)


    For Immediate Release

    September 10th, 2018

    IBL Events
    Anna Marie Aldinger

    Tel 208-376-0464

    Idaho Dream Wedding Expo is Back and Bigger Than Ever!

    Boise, Idaho –  The Idaho Dream Wedding Expo is the fall bridal event of the year, October 6th and 7th at Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood, Boise, ID 83714. Doors open Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm. Admission is $6 and advanced tickets are available for purchase at Save $1.00 off admission with promo code “EARLYBIRD” now through September 30th.  Free Parking available.

    Future bride and grooms are invited to attend the Idaho Dream Wedding Expo. Visit with over 75 sponsors and exhibitors all there to help your happily ever after come true. Guests can discuss future wedding plans and visit with photographers, videographers, caterers, florists, pastry chefs, venue owners, and entertainment providers. View rental equipment, lighting, décor, gowns, tuxes and more. Regardless of the wedding you’re planning there is something for everyone at the Idaho Dream Wedding Expo! This event is the place for future brides and grooms to navigate through almost anything they are going to need to plan their wedding and start out their new lives together.

    Lastly, attend the Dream Wedding Expo and purchase your “Lee Read Jewelers Dream Giveaway” raffle ticket to be entered to win a $2,000 His & Hers Wedding Band package. You do not have to be present to win but must purchase your ticket at the Dream Wedding Expo on October 6th & 7th. 100% of the proceeds will go to support Ride for Joy, a local therapeutic equine riding program! For more information regarding the giveaway please visit

    Sponsored by: IBL Events, Lee Read Jewelers, Go Out Local, Wild Roots Vodka, Azunia Tequila, My 102.7, Wild 101, Boise Events Resource Center, Chateau des Fleurs.

    IBL Events  |  208-376-0464  |

  • September 05, 2018 4:04 PM | Jennifer Mauk (Administrator)


    For Immediate Release

    September 5th, 2018

    IBL Events

    Anna Marie Aldinger

    Tel 208-376-0464

    The 26th Annual Health & Fitness Fair is Coming to Expo Idaho October 6th & 7th

    Boise, Idaho – IBL Events is proud to host the 26th Annual Idaho Health & Fitness Fair October 6th & 7th at Expo Idaho. This is a must attend for the Treasure Valley’s health and fitness conscious community. This FREE event is open to the public on Saturday from 10am to 5pm & Sunday 11am to 4pm.

    “This is the premier health event for all age demographics and where you can meet face to face, attend seminars, and interact with over 100+ health and fitness companies,” said show producer, Anna Marie Aldinger. 

    The Health & Fitness Fair is for health minded individuals looking for products and resources to help them achieve their fitness goals and adopt a healthier lifestyle. This event is about Idahoans having fun and spending time together while learning about better food choices, health, and fitness options. The Health Fair will feature tools and guides to revamp your life from the inside out.

    The Health Fair exhibits include companies representing: sports nutrition, personal care products, gyms and health clubs, medi-spas, health practitioners, personal training, physical therapy, wellness products, health screenings, weight-loss products, health foods, pain management, meal prep, senior resources and more.

    Also, if you plan on attending the health fair, don’t forget to check out the Old Skool Iron Strongman Classic on October 6th at Expo Idaho. This is also a free event and is open to the public. Come see the Treasure Valley’s strongest men and women compete in events such as the Log Press, Car Dead Lift, Sand Bag Carry, Atlas Stone Throw, & Truck Pull.

    Sponsored by: IBL Events, Old Skool Iron Boise, Go Out Local, Express Employment Professionals, Wild 101, My102.7, Fireball Whisky, Chiseled Nutrition.

    IBL Events  |  208-376-0464  |


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