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Do you want to know what’s happening on the east Idaho business scene? We’ve got you covered.

Every Tuesday, we highlight grand openings, ribbon cuttings, new faces and all things business related in east Idaho. Send your tips and suggestions to rett.nelson@eastidahonews.com. Also, don’t forget to sign up for the Biz Buzz newsletter.

GRAND OPENINGS

BIG’s BAR IN IDAHO FALLS IS HAVING A GRAND OPENING OCT. 31

The bar will open at 5 p.m. with a costume contest, karaoke competition and mystery BIGs Bucks. The party will really get going between 8 and 9 p.m.

BIG’s Bar is located at 921 Northgate Mile in Idaho Falls.

NEWLY RENOVATED FAMILY DOLLAR STORE OPENING IN RIGBY

Family Dollar in Rigby | Google image

The following is a press release from Family Dollar.

RIGBY – Family Dollar Stores, Inc., a leading small format and convenience retailer, has announced plans for a renovated store opening in Rigby.

“Family Dollar continues to grow and we are thrilled to be able better serve our customers in this improved store format,” said Heather Briganti, Family Dollar spokesperson. “We are proud to be part of Rigby and are looking forward to continuing our relationship with the community.”

The store opens to the public on Thursday, Nov. 2, followed by a grand opening celebration for the community on Saturday, November 4. The grand opening will include giveaways and prizes, including a Coby Bluetooth Speaker, gift baskets and a gift card raffle.

Family Dollar stores are open seven days a week and offer everyday items for the entire family in an easy-to-shop neighborhood location. The store is located at 247 South State Street in Rigby

We reached out to Family Dollar for comment. We did not receive a response. We hope to have more information soon.

RIBBON CUTTINGS

TELFORD ACADEMY

Date: November 8
Time: 12:30 – 1 p.m.
Location: 2017 E 49th N, Idaho Falls
Details: Telford Academy is newly remodeled and now serving Bonneville Online Schools. Join us for a ribbon cutting and open house to celebrate. Ribbon Cutting at 12:30 pm–please arrive 15 minutes before.

EVENTS

APPLEBEES OFFERING FREE KIDS MEALS FOR HALLOWEEN

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Eat, drink, and be scary! On Tuesday, October 31, all families with little trick-or-treaters are invited to enjoy a faboolous kids eat free special at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar® locations throughout Idaho.

LISTEN TO OUR INTERVIEW WITH REXBURG APPLEBEES MANAGER GINEFF ANDERSON BELOW:

FREE MENTAL HEALTH SEMINAR

Date: November 1
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Eagle Rock Junior High, 2020 Pancheri Dr., Idaho Falls

MARKETING WONDERLAND

21ST ANNUAL HEARTFELT HOLIDAY AUCTION

GLOW-GA

BLACKFOOT TATER TROT

Date: Nov. 4
Time: 7 a.m.
Location: Jensen Grove

NEW FACES

Steve Carr

Carr is the newest member of the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho’s board of directors, a position he also held in the mid-1980s. The Idaho Falls attorney and owner of Carr Land and Title has served the Red Cross in several capacities over the course of three decades both locally and abroad, most notably as the only American elected to the Standing Commission of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Read the full article here.

Nicholas Manning

Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Nicholas Manning to the hospital’s administrative team. Manning comes to EIRMC from HCA’s (EIRMC’s parent company) Mountain Division where he most recently served as Senior Director of Operations Improvement. Read the full article here.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

The following is a press release from the Everglades Foundation

IDAHO STARTUP NAMED AMONG TOP 10 IN $10 MILLION WATER PRIZE

IDAHO FALLS – GPR, Inc., a startup based in Idaho Falls has been named among the top 10 contenders for the George Barley Water Prize, a $10 million worldwide competition to find a solution to the algae crisis. The top 10 emerged from an initial field of 104 competitors from 13 countries.

“These 10 teams represent our best hope to solve the algae crisis that threatens drinking water supplies, kills fish and wildlife and is choking thousands of waterways around the globe,” said Eric Eikenberg, CEO of the Everglades Foundation, which is sponsoring the competition.

The Barley Prize is a multi-year, $10 million international incentive award to the team that develops a safe, cost-effective technology to remove phosphorus from water. Phosphorus, contained in urban and agricultural runoff and used widely in chemical fertilizers, is a principal cause of algae.

“Today, it would cost $3 trillion even to reduce the current phosphorus flow by just 10 percent,” Eikenberg explained. “Scientists believe there is so much accumulated phosphorus in the system that, even if we could ban its use altogether, it would continue to be a serious pollutant for decades – if not centuries – to come.”

GPR, Inc., which stands for “Global Phosphate Remediation,” developed a product that combines a patented porous bead combined with GPR’s proprietary compound. The product removes phosphates from water to a level of less than 3 parts per billion and is effective in both cold and warm weather environments.

Its developers believe it is capable of removing phosphates faster and more effectively than any other product on the market. The phosphates can then be stripped from the sponge and recycled, and the sponge reused without adverse effects to the environment.

Thanks to the cooperation of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Eikenberg explained that the 10 top contenders will now test their technologies under cold weather conditions in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, north of Toronto.

The Presenting Sponsor for the Barley Prize is Scott’s Miracle-Gro Foundation. Scott’s has been an industry leader in addressing nutrient pollution from phosphorus, Eikenberg explained. In 2011, the company became the largest fertilizer manufacturer in the world to remove phosphorus from its fertilizer products.

4TH ANNUAL BUSINESS OF DISTINCTION AWARDS

Date: Nov. 11
Time: Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. with ceremony at 7:30
Location: Willard Arts Center, 498 A St., Idaho Falls
Details: RSVP here to attend. Call 208.523.1010 for more information.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

IDAHO FALLS – Arby’s at 1547 W. Broadway in Idaho Falls held their grand re-opening event Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

“We’re proud to bring a newly remodeled Arby’s restaurant to Idaho Falls,” said Dianna Skidmore, an Arby’s franchisee and the CEO of Kona, Inc. in a press release sent to EastIdahoNews.com.

“Having grown up in this community and run Arby’s for 30 years, this location for 20 years, we are excited to continue to serve the community for many more years to come. We invite the community to experience Arby’s — from our Classic Roast Beef sandwich and Jamocha shake, to our crave-able Sliders and Curly Fries!”

The restaurant employs 32 team members and will feature Arby’s Inspire design. The Inspire design increases restaurant efficiency, adapts to a wide range of site opportunities, and delivers an upgraded guest experience. The design also includes authentic features such as wood tones, white brick, subway tiles, stainless steel finishes, chalkboard graphics, and upgraded lighting and landscaping.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Beginning next week, we’ll showcase a local business. If you own a business or know someone who does, we want to know about who you are and what you do. Send your suggestions to rett.nelson@eastidahonews.com

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