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Small Business Development Center
Small Business Development Center advisors are on the front lines when businesses are impacted by any kind of disruption, from natural disasters to infrastructure failures to pandemics. Explore all they have to offer.
Business advisors from the SBDC and faculty in Boise State’s College of Business and Economics are available by phone or video conference. Request an appointment.
Boise State’s Venture College helps students prepare to start a business. They are partnering with community and business experts to offer remote Survive to Thrive workshops to all. Topics include managing employees in challenging times, finance planning, startup emergency checklists and more. View the video series.
The Venture College and Boise’s Trailhead are offering resources for business through Trailhead’s online collaboration site on Slack. Join the conversation to stay updated on the latest business advice.
The Venture College is hosting the Side Hustle Series – recorded interviews with entrepreneurs who have built businesses remotely. Watch Side Hustle Series videos.
Center for Professional Development
Boise State’s Center for Professional Development offers customized education, and is still bringing the university’s expertise to your workplace via remote consulting services and free webinars. Immediately apply what you learn in these education sessions.
Health and Wellness
Mapping the virus
Through out new Hazard and Climate Resilience Institute, graduate students built an interactive map to help Idaho residents track COVID-19 cases around the state. View their map.
In addition to the map, members of the Hazard and Climate Resilience Institute are submitting a National Science Foundation grant to extend findings of two previous studies: one dealing with natural hazard risk perception and preparedness behavior, and another that assessed the influence of cultural variables on household emergency preparedness.
3D Printing for hospitals
Our Library MakerLab and College of Engineering are engaging with local companies, individuals, libraries from across the state, and our students who have their own 3D printers to produce over a thousand face shields for local health-care providers. Contact us if you are interested in supporting this effort through 3D printing or materials.
Boise State University Health Services is offering free mindfulness sessions focused on centering, grounding, deep breathing and more via Zoom.
Join us at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for 15-minute sessions.
Sewing face masks
Faculty from Theatre Arts and Costume Design are sewing face masks for local senior living facilities. Materials are being sourced from theatrical production companies across the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about sewing masks.
The MakerLab is teaching others how to sew face masks, and collaborating with students and librarians from across the state.
Seeing a community need, Boise State’s Department of Respiratory Care distributed ventilators to the valley’s top health care providers to combat the potential shortage.
Finish a degree
Some of Boise State’s online programs convert employer training and experience learned outside of the classroom into college credit for adult students. Learn more about online learning programs in a virtual information session.
Special education resources
Our College of Education is providing resources and documents for Idaho’s schools and districts on how to provide support for students with disabilities during this time. View these helpful resources for families and educators.
Literacy at home
Boise State’s Literacy Lab offers resources to families and is creating videos to help parents support literacy instruction at home. View tips on teaching at home.
Helping teachers go virtual
During summer 2020, Boise State offered Intro to Online Teaching, a class that helped equip nearly 400 school teachers with new and valuable skills. The class also saved local school districts considerable investments in professional development classes for their teachers. These teachers will interact with tens of thousands of Idaho students this fall in virtual classrooms, and many are now able to serve as online teaching resources within their schools.
Through the Service-Learning Program, Boise State students apply their academic learning to community needs. We partner with about 100 organizations each year and are ready to help them address issues emerging from COVID.
This is the 20th year of the Boise State Service-Learning Program. Thus far, more than 43,000 students have contributed over 1 million hours of service in our community.