One last thing…

Built in Boise launched in 2014 with the hope of telling the stories behind Boise businesses and startups — and more so, profiling the people who started them. We promised to avoid covering trendy office spaces and technical startup jargon. Instead, the stories would focus on the challenges, failures and successes of being an entrepreneur in Boise.Read more

Sweet Life

Karie Boesiger bakes a mean cookie.

As a child, she spent summer days with her grandmother learning to bake. Those summers stuck with her. “To this day, I just love to make people happy through baking,” Karie says.

So in 2005, she decided to make a job of it with business partner (and mother-in-law) Kris Boesiger, whom she had previously worked with on a line of locally made mustards, called Mom’s Mustard.

This time though, they went after something a little bit sweeter.Read more

The Right Direction

While most of his classmates were frantically applying for jobs before graduation, polishing resumes and editing cover letters, Zach Voss was starting his own business.

“I formed the [limited liability corporation] with the state of Idaho the last semester of school,” Zach says, “I transitioned from being a student to a small business owner.”Read more

New Law

Lawyers are expensive.

Gary Allen, who has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years and partner at Boise law firm Givens Pursley, understands why.Read more

Sharing Toys

There is a saying that the best day in a boat owner’s life is the day they buy it. The next best is the day they sell it.

Kyle Sales says he has a new “best day” for owners of boats, jet skis and recreational vehicles: The day they find Outdoor Toy Share.Read more

Here to Help

On the fourth floor of Boise State University’s College of Engineering building is an organization that doesn’t go by any one name. It all depends on who you ask.Read more

Private Ear

When clinical audiologist Matt Murphy has an idea, he just can’t let it go.

Twelve years ago, while on vacation in Sun Valley, Matt was skiing with friends and putting his brand new iPod to use on the slopes, only to realize how frustrating it was. While skiing, his earbuds kept falling out, and when he wanted to talk to friends, he had to take them out, only to put them back in again moments later.

Matt’s friends joked about a magical earbud that would allow them to hear their surroundings while still rocking out to The Rolling Stones. For Matt, it was more than a joke…Read more

Where are they now?

Those who watch the entrepreneurial reality show Shark Tank know one of the most interesting parts of each episode is when they feature updates on the businesses a year or two later. We’re taking a page out of their book and doing the same with the Boise companies we’ve profiled over the past year.

Let’s get started…Read more

From Vine to Wine

The difference between crushed fermented grapes and exceptional wine lies in the decisions made along the way.

The location of the grapes, the soil where they grow… the way the vines are maintained and the fruit is harvested… the decisions around removing the skins… the type of wooden barrel where the juice will ferment — for Cinder Wines husband and wife founders Joe Schnerr and Melanie Krause, every decision matters.Read more