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Looking for capital in 2023? Tips to help Idaho small business owners (access required)

For small business owners, accessing capital when you need it can be challenging. Many small businesses are undercapitalized, lack an established financial history, and aren’t able to show solid cash flow. These issues, in addition to a lack of awareness ...

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Everyone can get involved in giving back (access required)

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” This philosophy runs deep in the bank, where we find our truest selves in the service of our local communities. In ...

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4 financial basics can help your business build a strong foundation  (access required)

Idahoans have an entrepreneurial spirit, and it seems more and more are venturing out to pursue their dreams of owning a small business. From October 2021 to October 2022, Idaho has seen more than a 6% increase in business applications. ...

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Tips for providing outstanding customer service during the holidays  (access required)

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Whether you are a brick-and-mortar retailer or an online business, the holiday season is sure to bring a flurry of activity to your doorstep. This may be especially true this year, as experts like the National Retail Federation forecast a ...

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What is cryptocurrency and blockchain technology and how is it changing the financial world? (access required)

Once relegated to the global financial system’s outermost fringes, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum have entered the mainstream consciousness in a dramatic and disruptive fashion. Many of us think of cryptocurrency as new. But the idea of creating a ...

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Idaho apprentices enrolled in registered training sees 52.7% gain in 2022 (access required)

Is Idaho a good place to work?

Non-traditional apprenticeships can increase talent employee pool More Idaho workers have enrolled in apprenticeships this year than ever before, broadening the potential for state workforce gains in a tight labor market. A total of 1,179 new apprentices enrolled in an apprenticeship in 2022, with 81 new apprenticeship programs ...

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The long winter ahead for Idaho tourism (access required)

The tourism industry, both domestic and international, in Idaho is finally recovering from the adverse impacts of the pandemic. However, headwinds abound that will make the recovery challenging well into 2023. Inflation is taking a bite out of the discretionary, ...

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Eager to earn employee buy-in? 2022 Torch Awards recipients set the example (access required)

Employee buy-in is a big deal. In fact, if you’re operating a mission-driven company, earning buy-in from your employees may very well be the most critical accomplishment your organization pursues.  It’s not an easy feat, but look at some of ...

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Registered apprenticeships benefit Idaho’s people, economy (access required)

Nov. 14-20 is National Apprenticeship Week and marks the celebration of a proven and time-honored career pathway. Right now, 236 Idaho businesses sponsor apprenticeships, with more than 1,800 participating Idahoans getting paid on the job. Like many Americans, Idahoans have seen ...

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Guess what is coming to a bank near you?  (access required)

What appears foreign will become commonplace, and you might as well prepare for it. Cryptocurrencies and decentralized finance are all the rage right now, and you’ve probably heard of things like Bitcoin or Ethereum. However, the real story lies in the mechanism that ...

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