Thursday, August 27, 2020

Focus on Craft and Business | Tyler Price, Austin Kade Academy

Tyler Price
What sets Austin Kade Academy apart from other beauty schools is its focus on education around beauty techniques in addition to learning how to run a business. Since most technicians are sole proprietors, learning business principles can be the key to their success. Tyler Price, and his wife, Allison, realized this when they started the school in 2008 and have been following that vision ever since.

Tyler has recently partnered with previous graduates who were looking to do more and opened Lyle Amado, a barbershop, and soon, Lash and Body Lounge, both located in Ammon. “These are graduates who want more, they are doing a lot of the heavy lifting. I bring the marketing and business development,” Tyler said. Working within any of Tyler's spaces comes with strings that he likes to refer to as discipline. Part of the rental of the space includes a monthly coaching session with Tyler where he helps them develop their business. “There's some love in that. They appreciate the fact that I hold them to the fire a little bit,” he said.

Tyler demonstrates a great passion for the beauty industry, and during the coronavirus pandemic shutdown earlier this year he took a vocal stance to get this industry back to work. “The kids were dying. This is how they make their living,” Tyler said. Most individuals in the industry didn't qualify for government programs offered to offset the losses. Understanding that the beauty industry was second only to healthcare facilities in sanitation procedures he was confident that business could continue with minimal risk. He opened his doors when others kept theirs shut despite the staged criteria provided by the state.

His boldness in this area was not appreciated by everyone in the industry and with other small businesses. “The saddest part for me was, first off, our governor acting like he could take our license. He scared everybody. I was vocal and told him to come and take my license. He couldn't and he knew he couldn't.” Tyler was reported to the state and local authorities but there was nothing enforceable that they chose to do. Tyler stands behind all of the protective measures they took and is proud that he was able to get his team back to work even during a time of fear and unknown future. “We will never close our doors ever again,” Tyler said.

With his experience, he is now working with the Small Business Development Center in Idaho Falls and is helping businesses to deal with COVID related issues or general business growth and development challenges. “There are resources we can direct businesses to,” Tyler said.

Tyler has an interest in local business owners and individuals who are doing interesting things and so he decided to combine his love of VW bugs with getting to know local people and started doing interviews while in the bug. Tyler drives around town and asks questions of his guests. There's also a '57 bug in Lyle Amado for everyone to enjoy.

Family has always been important in Tyler's life and he found great inspiration from his own father who acquired and sold businesses while being an accountant. “He was, in my opinion, a brilliant business mind and he was pretty gutsy. We learned a lot from him,” he said. Tyler's partner in business is his wife, Allison. “It's been hard but great at the same time. In the grand scheme of things she's the talent and I'm just the guy that talks really loud and obnoxiously at times,” Tyler explained.

For those considering self-employment, he says, “Start now.” Like many guests before him, Tyler advises to go for your dreams and utilize the resources around you to do it the best way possible. “Don't wait. So many say ‘I'll to this when'. Time is always ticking,” he said. He sees people who wait and they are no further ahead.

Tyler recently started growing micro-greens and creating grow tables. He said he recognizes a business opportunity with them, but not for him.


If you are interested in learning more about Austin Kade Academy you can find them at https://austinkade.com/.

Learn more about Lyle Amado at https://lyleamado.com/.

To watch his interviews in a bug follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tyler.price.526.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Intermountain Packing plans $20 million meatpacking plant on Idaho Falls' north side

The plant will be on Iona Road between Holmes Ave and North 15 East.

Intermountain Packing, an offshoot of Intermountain Bison, is negotiating with the city of Idaho Falls over incentives to build on the south side of Iona Road between Holmes Ave and North 15 East. The project calls for a 50,000-square-foot plant on nine acres of land with a total capital investment of $20 million. 

Construction is currently projected to begin in September and is expected to take one year to complete. The company says it will create approximately 200 full-time jobs with wages of at least $15 per hour and medical, dental and vacation benefits.

Intermountain Bison is an Idaho Falls-based company founded by Roger Ball, whose business history in the area dates back decades and includes Ball Packing in Idaho Falls 1969, Golden Valley Natural and King B Jerky.

For the full story, read Sally Krutzig's story in the Post Register: $20M meatpacking plant looks at Idaho Falls, bringing 200 jobs

Monday, August 17, 2020

Agriculture for Entertainment | Ryan Searle, Wild Adventure Corn Maze

Ryan Searle of Wild Adventure Corn Maze (Renae Oswald photo)

Ryan Searle was determined not to be a farmer like his family before him. He went to school and studied business because he knew he wanted to be a business owner. Loving motorsports, he had planned to own and operate a motorsports business. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, that goal did not pan out. What he learned is that although he couldn't control the weather to be a successful farmer he found out that the same applied to other businesses. “Reality is nobody really has control,” Ryan said. That realization brought him back to the farm.
As the third owner of the Wild Adventure Corn Maze, Searle has big ideas for what he wants to accomplish and all of it surrounds family fun. Last year the corn maze was designed around honoring veterans. Designs are decided at the end of the previous season and this year's theme has yet to be announced. New to the Maze last year was the sunflower patch and it's back again this year, bigger and better.

Sunflower Days are happening through Aug. 29. Last year they were only able to be open for 10 days. “It's five months of work that we got 10 days out of,” Searle said. He admits that it was a great learning experience and this year they have done things differently. “Let's go big and better, we want this to last a month. We had multiple plantings to extend the season,” he explained. Along with that, he planted several different varieties of sunflowers for people to enjoy. This year they are also allowing individuals to pick flowers and fill a pail. “It's a crazy killer deal,” he said.
The corn maze is open for seven weeks and will be opened starting September 14th. In the corn maze, he grows short-growing corn so that it can be harvested after the maze is over.

The previous owner had been looking for a new piece of ground and knew of Searle and that he had property along the highway. He'd run it that year and did much of the work, but decided that he couldn't do the corn maze any longer and so he offered the opportunity to Searle.

When asked about why he decided to do the corn maze he explained, “It was the right place, right time, fell in our lap. In our area, we can't do this full time to support a family. It's something new and challenging. You've got to diversify to afford to farm.”
Searle's advice for anyone considering self-employment is, “Who do you trust the most? I trust me to do the work that needs to be done,” he said. Most people aren't willing to put in long days and dedicate themselves to their business, and those individuals are not made for owning their own business. He also feels that business owners require an optimistic attitude.
The future for the corn maze is to continue to grow the sunflowers and provide the corn maze at the current location. Some investments are dependent on owning the ground, which Searle does not currently. Other announcements are yet to be shared on growth, events and supporting partners that will improve the experience.
For more information on the Wild Adventure Corn Maze go to their website at https://wildadventurecornmaze.com/. You can also find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WildAdventureCornMaze/.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Toyota, Blue Cross sponsor Harry Potter double feature

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho is officially halfway done with its first Summer Drive-In Movie Series, presented by Blue Cross of Idaho, at the Idaho Falls Motor Vu Drive-In. The Harry Potter marathon will continue this Saturday and Saturday, Sept. 19. Toyota is the movie sponsor for this Saturday’s double feature.
Throughout the summer, Motor Vu Drive-In has been showing Harry Potter double features for some socially distanced fun. Concessions are available from 7:30 p.m. until the start of the second movie. In addition to amazing sponsors, 15% of all concessions will support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho.
This event is intended as a great way for the community to get out of the house while staying safe, having fun, and supporting local families in need. This Saturday’s double feature is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrincePotter. In addition to the Harry Potter movies, Toyota will be providing collapsible coolers to the first 100 cars. There will also be some pre-show trivia for moviegoers with the opportunity to win fun prizes. Trivia will begin at 8:45 p.m.
Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. and the first show will begin 30 minutes after sunset.  Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.
For those unable to attend, you can still help local families with sick children by donating here or texting the amount you want to give to 208-261-4441.


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho is an Idaho-based non-profit 501 (c) (3) that supports families of ill or injured children by keeping them together in times of medical need. RMHC of Idaho operates the Idaho Ronald McDonald House in Boise, the Ronald McDonald Family Room in Idaho Falls and the Happy Wheels Hospitality Carts in Boise and Twin Falls. Through its programs, RMHC of Idaho provides families with a safe and secure place for healing filled with hope and comfort while also investing and strengthening healthcare partnerships to meet families’ growing and changing needs. Learn more at rmhcidaho.org.


Archives of the Idaho Falls Post Register say that Hugo Jorgensen built the 612-car Motor-Vu Drive-In in 1947. Later listings in the International Motion Picture Almanac gave the car count as 500 with other accounts listing even fewer spaces as the years went by. In 2019 Linda & Ryan Rumsey saved the Motor Vu from being torn down. The COVID-19 pandemic brought the Rumseys, Andy Johnson and his company ANDX Entertainment together. They, with the help of Jeremy Barry and others, are breathing new life into this drive-in, working to preserve its history and value to the community. Learn more at motorvu.us/

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Call center company announces expansion into Idaho Falls

First Call Resolution, a Portland, Ore.-based call center company, has announced it intends to expand its operations to Idaho Falls, possibly bringing more than 300 new jobs to the area.

With domestic customer experience centers across the U.S. and international locations in Mexico and Poland, FCR  serves clients in industries that include high tech, startups, e-commerce, gaming, healthcare, retail, travel and hospitality, and many other sectors of the digitally-enabled economy.

“FCR is growing at an incredible rate. We feel that Idaho Falls presents us with a great opportunity to help with that expansion,” company president and founder Matthew Achak said in an Aug. 5 press release. “Idaho Falls is the ideal city that matches our business model of offering customer service and technical support jobs in a work-from-home environment. It is a community filled with hard-working and talented people who have the skill set we are looking for. Idaho Falls is a city that needs good jobs and a company that is willing to work with the community, and we think we can offer that and much more.”

Founded in 2005, FCR currently supports more than 80 clients and employs more than 2,000 colleagues across nine customer experience centers in the United States.

During the COVID-19 pandemic FCR has been able to pivot to a work-from-home business model, preserving every job during a challenging economic period. FCR will immediately offer work-from-home positions for more than 300 customer service representative positions in the Idaho Falls area, the release said. New jobs include leadership and entry-level positions. The company is currently recruiting to support two of its largest clients who are expanding their business.

FCR made similar announcements earlier this year in Butte and Helena, Mont.

“Idaho Falls is very pleased to welcome FCR to our community,” said Dana Briggs, economic development director for Idaho Falls. “We are fortunate to have such an innovative and adaptive company provide jobs to our market that will offer flexible opportunities to those seeking employment. We look forward to supporting FCR in their efforts and thank them for the contribution to our local economy and workforce.”

For more information, visit the company's website -- https://www.gofcr.com/ -- or Facebook page -- https://www.facebook.com/gofcr/ -- for more information.