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Turning a dream into a way of life

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The Idaho Songwriter’s Association has grown from a handful of participants when it started in 2010 to 6,000 now, and it arranges about 175 performances a year. It owes this growth to four people who joined forces as strangers to ...

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Mistakes in non-competition and non-solicitation agreements (access required)


Non-competition and non-solicitation agreements can be important tools for companies looking to protect their customers – and their workforce – in the event of a key employee’s departure. However, unless they are crafted carefully and in compliance with strict statutory ...

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F-word Facebook firing flipped by federal court (access required)


In an April ruling that could leave employers fuming and possibly cursing, a federal appellate court ruled that an employee who used a public Facebook page to curse at not only his boss, but also his boss’ mother and entire ...

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Professional organizations need to get creative with their meetings (access required)

Christian Steinbrecher

Professional organizations are being challenged to remain relevant, attract new members and remain a major industry force. The numbers of people at meetings are dwindling, and attendees are mostly over age 55; perhaps they are going out of force of ...

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Are you substantiating your employee business expenses? (access required)


Now may be a good time to evaluate the expenses you incur as an employee in connection with your work. While your employer may be reimbursing you for some of these expenses, there may be others for which you are ...

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Worrisome headlines overshadow strong fundamentals (access required)

William Rutherford Web

Headlines last month were dominated by the White House with various scandals, investigations and withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. With the penchant for this White House to generate distracting news, we can expect there will be more headlines to ...

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Idaho companies are starting to climb aboard the sustainability bandwagon

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As a corporate sustainability professional, John Bernardo walks a tightrope. Bernardo, an executive in residence at Boise State University’s College of Business and a sustainability strategist at Idaho Power, can’t identify himself with environmentalists in a state and industry where ...

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Lessons on Logos (access required)

Glenda LeGendre featured

Do logos matter? I have had many opportunities to work with diverse organizations over the years to help them develop logos and logo identity systems to define, illustrate, and grow their brands. One memorable one was for Sinai Hospital. From ...

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The right tone can establish an ‘environment of excellence’ (access required)

Karen Natzel Web

If I were to take the pulse of your organization today, what would the prevailing attitude, character or mood be? Is it consistent, or does it change with the direction of the headwinds? Is it congruent with the brand presented externally? ...

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