The Boise International Market (BIM) is about building better community. BIM is a business incubator and multicultural marketplace for small businesses specializing in food, grocery, retail, unique international products, art, dance, music, languages and performance. The market is a vibrant public and commercial space to promote community diversity, cultural integration, economic growth, and individual opportunity.
Community and Culture
The Boise International Market is about making the invisible visible. The Treasure Valley is the home to people from countries and cultures from around the world, but much of this diversity and energy remains hidden.
• More than 11,000 refugees resettled in Boise between 1990-2011.
• 42,000 people in the Treasure Valley were born abroad.
• More than 72,000 people in the Treasure Valley speak a language other than English at home.
BIM is about providing lower risk entry into business. New entrepreneurs face many challenges when starting a business. Lack of capital and affordable space are major barriers. The Market is a business incubator offering small affordable spaces, mentoring and business development, marketing, promotion and programming to new and expanding small businesses. BIM also promotes infill and revitalizes the Bench neighborhood by recovering an abandoned building and bringing life and commerce back into the community.
Boise International Market is about helping individuals reach their potential. Many people come to the Treasure Valley from other places in the US and abroad with skills, talents and dreams. BIM provides the opportunity for individuals to follow their passion, have their own store, and share their skills and talents with the broader community.