Author Archives: Benton Alexander Smith

Benton Alexander Smith is a reporter for the Idaho Business Review, covering the Idaho Legislature, new business, technology and financial services.

U.S. entrepreneurs are older, more ethnically diverse (access required)

Rick Ritter, right, checks in with Jake Hixon of Crash Eleven Productions at New Ventures Lab in Meridian June 23. Ritter, director of the business incubator, said he is seeing more elderly entrepreneurs start businesses as they leave regular employment. Photo by Glenn Landberg.

Many of the factors that have affected startup growth since the Great Recession are resulting in an older and more diverse demographic among business owners than in previous decades. Every year, the Kauffman Foundation publishes a series of reports detailing ...

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New business incubator opens in Boise

Jonni Armani, CEO at Hot Desk HQ, June 30, 2017, Photo Patrick Sweeney

Jonni Armani, a photographer and actor, and his wife Shelly West, a former fashion designer and author of 17 romance novels, moved to Boise from Portland last year because they thought it would be a better atmosphere for their three ...

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Department of Insurance requests feedback on licensing (access required)

The Idaho Department of Insurance is seeking feedback on its licensing and renewal process. The move is part of a process that the state started in May when Lt. Gov. Brad Little ordered Idaho state departments and self-governing agencies to ...

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Washington manufacturer opens manufacturing facility in Hayden (access required)


Two economic development organizations in northern Idaho used an available manufacturing space and a state tax credit to attract a Washington company to Hayden. Jon Smalley, CEO of SmaK Plastics, said he became interested in the area after the Panhandle Area Council ...

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Ag earnings drive Idaho’s personal income growth this year (access required)

Cattle ranch

Personal income grew faster in Idaho during the first quarter of 2017 than in any other state. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released a report for the first quarter of 2017 on June 27 that showed Idaho’s personal income growth rate of ...

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