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Idaho RizeCon bringing business leaders to east Idaho for two-day event

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Idaho RizeCon keynote speakers from top left: Chris Taylor, CEO and Co-Owner Fishers Technology; David and Jeremy Dresen, owners of Glacier Marketing; Eric Geibel, Google Business Manager; From bottom left: Michael Hughes, CEO and President of Elevated Labs; Tommy Ahlquist with Ball Ventures and former gubernatorial candidate; McKay Christensen, President of Melaleuca | Courtesy Adrienne Woods

IDAHO FALLS – Business owners, entrepreneurs and managers all over Idaho are gearing up for Idaho RizeCon, a two-day networking conference in Fort Hall later this week.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. Thursday and will include keynote speakers, breakout sessions and a VIP event Thursday night.

Ryan Harris, the founder of RizeCon, tells the idea behind the conference is to help business leaders grow and scale their businesses.

“I’ve spent many years going to networking events all across the country,” Harris says. “As I’ve traveled, I have realized the power of networking with other business owners. As long as I’ve lived here, I don’t know if there has ever been an event like this (for our region).”

The theme for Idaho RizeCon is “Become more, live higher and elevate your business.” The goal of the event, Harris says, is to help business leaders share ideas about doing business more effectively.

Courtesy Adrienne Woods

“One of the biggest challenges I see (in the business world right now) is hiring and keeping great people,” says Harris. “There are also a lot of business owners who have questions about how to best leverage their marketing dollars in today’s (digital) environment.”

While finding the right people continues to be a challenge for business owners in east Idaho, Adrienne Woods, RizeCon’s event director, feels Idaho’s strong sense of community is advantageous.

“If we can work together even more within our businesses, we can become stronger,” Woods says. “I came from a small town in Utah that was taken over by big business. Idaho feels like the small town I grew up in, and I want it to stay that way. I want the small mom-and-pop shops to have the same advantages as big box retailers.”

The list of keynote speakers includes McKay Christensen, president of Melaleuca; and Michael Hughes, president and CEO of Elevation Labs (formerly known as Northwest Cosmetics). There will be additional keynote speakers during the breakout sessions.

The event will go until 6 p.m. Thursday. There will also be a VIP event from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., where people in attendance can interact one on one with the speakers and network with other business leaders. Local guitarist Chad Jensen will also be performing at the VIP event.

There is also a full schedule of similar events planned for Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About 220 people have registered for the event so far. If you’re interested in attending Idaho RizeCon, you can buy tickets by clicking here. Regular tickets to the entire event are $147 each, and VIP tickets are $397.

“The speakers are volunteering their time for this event. They’ve had the opportunity to speak at different venues and events across the country, but they’re coming here because they want to be a part of this,” Harris says. “I’ve been very impressed with the amount of people who have come out of the woodwork who want to help.”

Idaho RizeCon will be held at the Chiefs Event Center inside the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Casino just off Interstate 15 in Fort Hall.

To learn more, visit the Idaho RizeCon website or Facebook page.