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ABOUT SW Idaho Business Alliance

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Meet Our Team

Mike Olsen

President and Founder

About

Occupation: Photographer and Home Improvement
Business: Mike Olsen Photography LLC and MQI  Home Improvement LLC
Hometown: Bellingham, WA
Hobbies: Photography, Shooting Sports, Motorcycles
Board Emphasis: Strategic planning, membership, team cohesion, and results analysis 
Inspiration: Opportunities to help others succeed.
Why I’m passionate about SWIDBA: SWIDBA is a platform used to support businesses, communities, and non-profits to grow and succeed. Through our various activities, we can see the results of our strategic plan. Each success motivates me to grow our organization and do everything we can to continue to contribute to those successes.
Pet Peeves: People asking me what my pet peeves are.
Email: mike.olsen@swidba.org, mike@mikeolsenphotography.com, mqi.olsen@outlook.com

Ben Longcor

Vice President East

About

Occupation: Property and Casualty Insurance Broker
Business: Idaho Select Insurance
Hometown: Star, ID
Hobbies: Playing softball, coaching youth baseball/softball, and my non-profit Friends of Baseball
Board Emphasis: Partner/Sponsor relations, growing our membership footprint, Assisting in day to day operations of the organization
Inspiration: I am very inspired by today’s youth, I see it in my own two children daily. Knowing what they are capable of, how savvy and smart they are, inspires me to continue to be better and do better myself. They truly are our future, and I am excited to see where they will take it!
Why you’re passionate about SWIDBA: The strength of small growing communities like Star, Id. Since I moved here from Seattle three years ago, it has been inspiring to see this community expand. While there have been, and will continue to be growing pains along the way, it’s still a wonderful small town. I have come to love this community and enjoy having my family here. It is inspiring to see so many small businesses in Star and the surrounding cities, I want to do what we can to help them grow and thrive. I wholeheartedly believe there is enough business and commerce out there for all of us, we just need to work together to find it.
Pet Peeves: When people don’t respond to text, email, or phone calls in a timely manner.
Email

Stephanie Pike

Vice President West

About

Occupation
Business
Hometown
Hobbies
Board Emphasis
Inspiration
Why you’re passionate about SWIDBA
Pet Peeves
Email

Bridgett Zeufeldt

Treasurer

About

Occupation: Realtor
Business: Bridgett Zeufeldt Real Estate Services
Hometown: West Seattle, WA
Hobbies: Dancing, traveling, crafting, and anything that has to do with dogs.
Board Emphasis
Inspiration: My son Arlo inspires me to be a better human.
Why you’re passionate about SWIDBA: I’m passionate about SWIDBA because I’m passionate about helping people and animals. I have always strived to give back to the community in which I was a part of. I was brought up to always treat others with love, kindness and respect.
Pet Peeves: My biggest pet peeve is when someone within a customer service industry tells me “I don’t know.” At home it’s when the toilet paper roll does not get replaced.
Email: bridgett20@msn.com

Shawn Nickel

Director of Sponsorships &

Corporate Member Relations

About

Occupation
Business
Hometown
Hobbies
Board Emphasis
Inspiration
Why you’re passionate about SWIDBA
Pet Peeves
Email

Ursula Warden

Director of Small Business

Relations

About

Occupation: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Business: Star Counseling Services
Hometown: Boise/Meridian, ID
Hobbies: I love painting, writing poetry,  hanging out with my family, being outdoors, and competitive archery.
Board Emphasis: Small business development, better supporting our local businesses.
Inspiration: The human condition; our capacity for change and our desire to be in a relationship.
Why you’re passionate about SWIDBA: It gives businesses and community the opportunity to come together in partnership not just in a business capacity, but in creating relationships to foster fun, service, and a stronger community feel.
Pet Peeves: Judgement without contest and empathy.
Email: ursulawarden@gmail.com

Rebecca Gordon

Director of Marketing,

Communication & Digital Media

About

Occupation: Development
Business: Flash Tech Services
Hometown: Star, ID
Hobbies: Hiking, Trail Running, Being Outdoors
Board Emphasis: Marketing & Communication
Inspiration: How can you not be inspired by a community that comes together to make the world a better place?
Why you’re passionate about SWIDBA: Owning a small business is a challenge, and an organization such as SWIDBA helps us to succeed. Business to Business is a wonderful concept, but business to community is an amazing thing. 
Pet Peeves: Looking at a glass as half empty.
Email

Dana Partridge

Director of Marketing,

Communication & Digital Media

About

Occupation
Business: City of Star
Hometown: Star, ID
Hobbies
Board Emphasis: Marketing & Communication
Inspiration
Why you’re passionate about SWIDBA
Pet Peeves
Email: dpartridge@staridaho.org

David Hershey

Star City Council Liaison

About

Occupation
Business: City of Star Council Member
Hometown: Star
Hobbies
Board Emphasis: City Council Liaison
Inspiration
Why you’re passionate about SWIDBA
Pet Peeves
Email

Bob West

Community Liaison

About

Occupation: Retired – career in executive sales management
Business: Volunteer
Hometown: Star, ID
Hobbies: Fishing, golf, hunting
Board Emphasis: Community liaison
Inspiration: I am inspired by helping others, as I do in Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue.
Why you’re passionate about SWIDBA: Working together with small businesses to both promote their businesses and donated funds to our charitable partners.
Pet Peeves: Petty disputes and harbored ill feeling about things from the past.
Email: Rangerbobidaho@gmail.com

Our Values

Through loyalty to our focused charter, “Connecting the community through business collaborations and charitable outreach,” the SW Idaho Business Alliance seeks to achieve its mission of promoting and enhancing commerce, strengthening our communities and relationships, and supporting and sponsoring charitable endeavors. We have confidence in our effort that these critical objectives will lead toward systemic change and actions that benefit Commerce, Community, and Charity, which will foster the economic development and improvement of lifestyle in the SW region of Idaho.  

Essential to all our activities are:

Nurturing strong, self-reliant business organizations and charitable establishments with extended capacity for success

Building robust communities through collaboration to provide a foundation for positive change, enhancement, and cohesion

Developing leadership to build upon the needs and values of people and to inspire the aspirations and potential of others

Encouraging responsible citizen participation to help foster social unity

Promoting the social and economic and charitable empowerment of all individuals and communities to preserve fundamental democratic principles, while respecting diversity to maintain a sustainable business, community, and charitable environment

Our Code of Ethics

Respect and courtesy for the business entities we partner with, communities we work in, and charities we support. We believe in integrity and ethics in our actions, responsibility, and accountability for our decisions and their consequences, and finally, transparency in our operations. We’re committed to acting honestly, truthfully and with integrity in all our transactions and dealings. Avoiding conflicts of interest. Appropriately handling actual or apparent conflicts of interest in our relationships. Treating our members fairly. Treating every individual with dignity, courtesy, and respect. Being a good corporate organization and complying with both the spirit and the letter of the law. Acting responsibly toward the communities in which we work and for the benefit of the business organizations, communities, and charities that we serve. Being responsible, transparent and accountable for all our actions.