From offices in Boise, Post Falls, Twin Falls, and Pocatello, TechHelp Specialists help Idaho manufacturers, food processors and entrepreneurs improve their competitiveness through continuous product and process innovation.

IMA Site Tour – NNU Engineering & Computer Science – Nampa

Northwest Nazarene University 623 University Blvd, Nampa, ID

Join the Idaho Manufacturing Alliance for a tour of the Engineering and Computer Science programs at NNU in Nampa, ID. This is an excellent opportunity for manufacturers to discover ways to connect with NNU students, alumni, and programs. NNU will share with local companies about the successes, cutting-edge programs, and research that they are doing to turn out graduates who make an immediate positive impact in computer science and engineering.

Free

Recurring

Monthly IMA HR Cohort Group for Manufacturers – Zoom

Live Online

Join IMA for the monthly HR Cohort group! This is your chance to meet with other HR professionals in manufacturing to discuss hot topics, seek input on issues, and get to know some of your peers. IMA will host this call on the 1st Thursday of the month at 11 am MT/10 am PT.
You can submit topics or questions to tiffany@idmfg.org.
*This event is for the primary or secondary HR representatives from manufacturing companies only*

Free

VCO 101: Breaking down term sheets

Trailhead Boise 500 South 8th Street, Boise, ID

This seminar will cover what are angel investors, venture capitalists, and family office investors. Sub-topics will include

What is a convertible note, SAFE Agreement, and priced round? How do they work and how are they different?
How is valuation calculated? What is the difference between premoney and postmoney valuation?
What is dilution? Why is it important? How do I calculate it?

FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course – In Person in Post Falls w Dr. Janna Hamlett & Catherine Cantley

U OF I Research Park - Post Falls 958 S. Lochsa Street, Post Falls

This FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food course is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by the FDA. This course covers regulation Title 21 CFR 117 – Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food. The course will go in-depth with requirements for Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls based food safety training. Course participants will get familiar with all requirements of Preventive Controls based food safety plan and how to design the plan, and upon successful completion of the course become a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI).

$690

The Importance of Risk Management with Dr. Janna Hamlett

Live Online

In a manufacturing facility we manage risk around people, and people safety, food safety, customer relations, brand reputation, equipment life, and effectiveness, etc. Many people indirectly have risk management as part of their everyday job duties. No one likes to experience the worst-case scenario, so hopefully, we can put policies and procedures in place to prevent it from happening. But even if we don’t totally prevent it, maybe we can lessen the impact.

$200

Tools of Allergen Management with Dr. Janna Hamlett & Catherine Cantley

University of Idaho Food Technology Center 1908 E. Chicago Street, Caldwell, ID

The most common cause for all class 1 FDA food recalls involves the mismanagement of allergens. Allergen Management is a challenging food safety issue in any food manufacturing plant. With the FASTER Act and the addition of sesame, there are now 9 major food allergens. This course will elaborate on the major food allergens and how they affect current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and Food Safety Principles for food manufacturers and suppliers.

$395

Intro to HACCP & Food Safety w Dr. Janna Hamlett at CSI Twin Falls

College of Southern Idaho ATIC Building 315 Falls Ave - Room 134, Twin Falls, ID

The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system is a logical, scientific approach to controlling hazards in food production and is a preventive system assuring the safe production of food products. The principle of HACCP can be applied to production, meat slaughter and processing, shipping and distribution, food service, and home preparation.

Successful completion of this course will result in an Introduction to HACCP Certificate with the International HACCP Alliance seal of approval.

$249

Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Course with Janna at CSI

College of Southern Idaho ATIC Building 315 Falls Ave - Room 134, Twin Falls, ID

Get introduced to the SQF system and prepare to take the SQF Practitioner exam. During this two-day course, you will gain an understanding of the SQF code and how to apply it to food manufacturing. With practical exercises to reinforce learning, you will be able to successfully implement and maintain an SQF System.

$549

Tools of Continuous Improvement and Preventive Action w Dr. Janna Hamlett – In Person in Post Falls

U OF I Research Park - Post Falls 958 S. Lochsa Street, Post Falls

A facility needs to continuously improve in order to stay effective. To reduce overhead costs or costs per unit, to improve product safety and quality, to improve operational efficiencies facilities must continuously look for ways to improve. In addition, when an issue does emerge, ensuring the issue is not going to repeat is imperative to continuous improvement strategies. But how do you make sure a problem does not continue to happen again and again and again? The team must find the true root cause and correct it. Only after a facility has found the true root cause and put in the appropriate policies, procedures, and possibly capital expense will a problem go away. Too often, band-aids are used, or the response of “re-train operator” is the solution.

$250

HACCP IHA Certified Course with Dr. Janna Hamlett – In Person in Post Falls

U OF I Research Park - Post Falls 958 S. Lochsa Street, Post Falls

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is an internationally recognized method of identifying and managing food safety-related risk and, when central to an active food safety program, can provide your customers, the public, and regulatory agencies assurance that a food safety program is well managed. Participants will receive an International HACCP Alliance seal and certificate. This course will help you identify hazards associated with raw materials and process steps and assign controls. You will learn to:
Understand the 5 pre-steps and 7 Principles in HACCP
Determine the likelihood of raw material hazards and process hazards
Identify critical control points (CCPs) and define critical limits
Evaluate monitoring and verification procedures for CCP

$295

All In – Boise Entrepreneur Week – October 24-28, 2022

Boise Idaho Boise, ID

Boise Entrepreneur Week is the one event each year that brings together thousands of entrepreneurs, would-be entrepreneurs, and the organizations that support them. Over the course of four days, we share, challenge, and support each other in building not just businesses, but also individual confidence and skills, a deep sense of community, and Idaho’s economy.

VCO 101: Closing your deal, finding investors, & aligning incentives

Trailhead Boise 500 South 8th Street, Boise, ID

This seminar will cover what are angel investors, venture capitalists, and family office investors. Sub-topics will include:

How do I find an investor that is right for me?
How do I know if I am approaching the right investors at the appropriate stage?
What type of advisor should I look for so I don’t get ripped off
How do I do due diligence on my investor

FSPCA – Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCQI) w Dr. Janna Hamlett Live Online

Live Online

This FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food course is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by the FDA. This course covers regulation Title 21 CFR 117 – Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food. The course will go in-depth with requirements for Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls based food safety training. Course participants will get familiar with all requirements of Preventive Controls based food safety plan and how to design the plan, and upon successful completion of the course become a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI).

$700