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After fire, El Cafetal Colombian reopens in Nampa (access required)

Adriana Scarpetta (left front) and Triny Silva (right front) hosting a private party in the  pre-opening days of their El Cafetal Colombian, which reopened in Nampa after getting burned out of the Boise International Market fire in September 2015. Photo courtesy of Mike Trueba, Montana & Idaho Community Development Corp.

El Cafetal Colombian, a restaurant burned in the Boise International Market fire in September 2015, reopened April 1 on Garrity Avenue in Nampa. Owners Adriana Scarpetta and Triny Silva had resorted to operating out of a food truck after the ...

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A word with Joe Kosakowski of Quest Groups

Joe Kosakowski, CEO of Quest Groups, makes his way around the company's downtown Boise offices in February. Photo by Glenn Landberg.

Joe Kosakowski is the CEO and founder of Quest Groups, a Boise company that helps connect companies with workers. Just under 50 workers, 36 of them recruiters, work in the company’s downtown office. Kosakowski got his start with Albertsons in ...

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The name game: As law firms grow up, so do their naming conventions (access required)

Mark Bartels, president of One Law Group, stands in the firm's lobby on Feb 9. “The feedback we’ve gotten has been very favorable; 99 percent of people say it’s positive because it’s catchy and easy to remember,” Bartels said on changing the firm’s name. File photo.

Mark Bartels has one regret about his firm changing names from Stellpflug Law to One Law Group.“I think we should have done it sooner,” said Bartels, president of the 10-attorney firm, which has offices in De Pere and Appleton. Since ...

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Need investors? Prepare to exercise patience and kiss a lot of frogs

Alex McCoy, founder of American Ostrich Farms, tends to birds on his ranch near Kuna. Photo by Patrick Sweeney

Entrepreneurs often put years into building products and services, working to build expertise in their area. But they sometimes fail to focus on fundraising, even though it’s crucial to success, said a panel of Idaho and Utah investors. The panel gathered March ...

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Paid parking is headed for Ketchum (access required)

Ketchum has converted some street parking to two hours and two city parking lots will become paid lots in summer. Map created by Erika Sather-Smith.

The city of Ketchum intends to convert two city parking lots into paid parking some time in summer. It will be the first paid parking in the Blaine County city, other than $15-a-day public parking at the Limelight Hotel Ketchum. ...

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Study: Idaho ranks 20th for business tax climate

The Idaho Tax Commission building. Photo by Teya Vitu.

Idaho ranks in the top half of states for the business climate fostered by its tax structure. But it is less competitive than all of its neighboring states, according to the Tax Foundation. The Tax Foundation is an independent research ...

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Grocery tax repeal bill heads to Idaho governor’s desk

A Statehouse committee room. Photo by Patrick Sweeney

Idaho would join 37 other states in not taxing groceries under a proposal headed to the governor’s desk. House members voted 51-19 March 27 to advance the grocery tax repeal bill to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter. If approved, Idahoans would ...

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Gov. Otter vetoes 2 state employee benefit bills

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has vetoed two pieces of legislation sent to him by the Legislature. On March 24, Otter nixed a proposal requiring the state to offer state employee health insurance plans that use health savings accounts, or HSAs. ...

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