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Anne Wallace Allen is the editor of the Idaho Business Review.

Boise cited as a success story in Smart Growth America report

Boise was recognized for its friendly sense of community and active, pedestrian-friendly downtown this summer in a report from Smart Growth America, a national nonprofit that promotes policies that make communities more walkable and liveable. In its summer report, Smart ...

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An entrepreneur finds his element in Boise

Johnny Schillereff, who founded the Element skateboard gear and clothing company in 1992, recently rolled into Boise to open the skateboard hive he’s created at 304 Americana Blvd., next to the newly expanded Rhodes skateboard park. In a talk at ...

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A word with auctioneer Jake Musser of Musser Bros. Trucks & Auto (access required)

Jake Musser owns Musser Bros. Trucks & Auto, an auction house in Nampa that holds virtual and live auto auctions. It’s a division of the 60-year-old Musser Bros. auction house that was started in Cody, Wyo. by Jake Musser’s grandfather. ...

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A word with Carrie Westergard of the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau (access required)

Carrie Westergard is executive director of the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, the group that is responsible for bringing visitors to the Boise area for conventions, business, tourism, and any other reason. The five-person BCVB gets its main support from ...

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A word with Brad Walker of Boise Fry Co. (access required)

Bradlee Walker is the CEO-to-be of Boise Fry Company, a restaurant that started in 2009 and now has stores in downtown Boise, at the Bown Crossing development, and at State and Glenwood streets. Boise Fry also has three franchised stores, ...

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Flextime is a draw for older workers, too

Employers talk a lot about how to adapt to younger workers, especially the millennials. But how about the older workers, the baby boomers and the middle-aged, who are going to be occupying key jobs in our workplaces for the next ...

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A word about employee engagement with Brian Marshall of Ameriben

Brian Marshall is human resources director for Ameriben, a 58-year-old Meridian company that serves as a third party administrator for self-funded insurance plans. Ameriben handles retirement administration plans and other human resources consulting functions for companies around the country – ...

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Energy efficiency institute helps manufacturers find savings (access required)

If nesting birds are adding their song to the sounds of work in your factory, chances are there are leaks that cost energy and money. Birdsong is one of the things that Boise State University professor John Gardner looks for ...

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The next great cosmic event

The 2017 school year is still more than a year away, but Chris Anderson, the coordinator of the Faulkner Planetarium at College of Southern Idaho, is already preparing for the first day of his annual physics class. That day, August ...

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