EO Business Development

Are you starting a new business, expanding an existing one? Do you need help growing a small business? Jannus EO supports entrepreneurs in the Boise and Twin Falls area by offering resources and support needed to launch and grow local businesses.

At EO we believe business ownership is the core of a thriving local living economy and we support our clients’ pathway to business ownership.

Want to drive for Uber, Lyft, or a commercial trucking company? Do you have a business idea but need assistance or financing to make it happen? From commercial driver to restaurant owner, farmer to fashion designer, business ownership is a proven way for people from all walks of life to build income, independence, and financial security. This has a positive effect on you, your family, and your community.


At EO, we believe in helping you build your small business through education, business financing, small business loans, and community resources.

 Starting a Business 

EO offers business development support to help increase household income and improve financial security through self- employment. Our approach begins with providing opportunities to learn business basics in a safe, culturally sensitive environment free of business jargon and judgment. We provide group classes and lots of one-on-one time to help clients learn how to run a business in Idaho and about the business planning process. EO helps clients gauge the potential success of their business venture and aids them in determining their readiness to start, expand or get financing for their business.

Every year businesses aided by EO generate over $2.5 million in revenue, which plugs back into our local economy. Since 2002 EO has successfully worked with more than a thousand individuals to help launch hundreds of local businesses that have created hundreds more jobs—all contributing to greater self-sufficiency and growing the local economy. It’s a ripple effect of success by every measure.

To refer clients, become a professional services partner or discuss fundraising and financial support please contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

Financing a Startup or Small Business

EO strongly believes in helping people realize the importance of credit in all its microenterprise technical assistance and training.

EO’s services include microloans, emergency personal loans, credit education, business development, and childcare business development. Programs are designed to help people use entrepreneurship to increase financial mobility.

EO offers business microloans of $1,000 – $35,000 and Small Business Administration (SBA) intermediary loans up to $35,000.

To find out more about personal loans, small business loans, or business expansion loans, take a look at our loans page or contact us!

Stories From Our Entrepreneurs

Our Subject Matter Experts and Staff

Our trained staff and subject matter experts have years of experience with many kinds of businesses, including in-home childcare, farming & food production, retail businesses, service and transportation. We also work with local interpreters and have multilingual staff that can work with over 15 different language groups. 

How to become an Uber or Lyft Driver in Boise

Becoming a ride-share driver is a popular way to make money.

The first step to becoming an Uber or Lyft driver is to make sure you meet their required driver criteria. This,  type of work requires you to be a licensed, insured driver and have your own car. This can be a big expense, one EO may be able to help with. Through grants and non-traditional loans, we often provide financing to people looking to become an Uber or Lyft driver, but lack the financing.

Getting your Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

Driving a commercial truck can be an excellent, non-traditional way to make a living. However, it does require prospective drivers to have a valid CDL (Commercial Driver's License). Several local colleges offer courses and Jannus EO has loan programs to help finance this education and support families during the training phase.

After training is done, EO can direct potential drivers to loan programs that could finance the purchase of a truck, if needed.