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Idaho’s construction industry on the rise

Idaho’s construction industry practically doubled employment over the past 10 years from 2011-2021, growing by 94% or 28,525 more workers. This is the largest percentage growth among Idaho industry sectors. The construction industry stalled nationally and in Idaho during the ...

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Fears of economic downturn temper optimism in the middle market  (access required)

Heading into the third quarter of 2022, the economic headwinds felt strong in the middle market. U.S. inflation levels were climbing to record highs and the Federal Reserve was moving forward with a series of interest rate hikes. In its ...

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How small business owners can prepare for changes in consumer behavior and higher rates on loans (access required)

The Federal Reserve is expected to continue raising interest rates in 2022 to counteract inflation. The prospect of rising rates may seem daunting for small business owners, but the reality so far may have been less worrisome. Small businesses’ exposure ...

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The truth behind 5 credit union myths  (access required)

On Oct. 20, credit unions worldwide celebrate the credit union movement with International Credit Union (ICU) Day. The day focuses on celebrating and raising awareness of the work credit unions and financial cooperatives do to help people around the world ...

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Idaho’s broadband infrastructure is lacking (access required)

As school board members, we are invested in preparing students to enter the world and believe their success is not only critical for them, but also for the health of our communities. We are lucky to have passionate and excellent ...

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Idaho teachers need wider range of support from the state (access required)

For many years, Idaho’s policymakers have attempted to address problems related to “the teacher pipeline” by focusing on recruitment: reducing professional certification requirements, increasing ‘alternative route’ teacher preparation programs and providing one-time incentives like Senate Bill 1290, which distributes payments ...

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3 factors give cause for optimism about American manufacturing (access required)

Demographic changes, technological development and changing global cost structures now promise to make America among the most competitive manufacturing nations in the world. For decades, manufacturing has been viewed by many people as an industry on the decline in the ...

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Advice for hiring a freelancer  (access required)

The past two years have left a lasting impact on small businesses — from extended labor shortages and inflation to supply chain issues that have shattered “the old ways” of doing business. In an uncertain economy, freelancers can be a ...

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Making tomorrow better for the next generation of legal professionals (access required)

You may have heard the term “next generation law firm” floating around. But what does that really mean? Numerous psychological studies show that prioritizing work-life balance pays off for both employers and employees. Nearly 80% of employees have experienced burnout ...

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