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

After a decade, North End church project enters home stretch (access required)

It’s been 10 years since Jon Swarthout, then the leader of a small children’s dance program in the Treasure Valley, decided to buy a stately stone church in Hyde Park that had fallen on hard times. Swarthout planned to turn ...

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At Life’s Kitchen graduation: ‘I did it’

Jasper Burchard had been out of school and at home, unemployed, for two years when she started taking the bus from Caldwell to Life’s Kitchen in Boise for a food service training program. On Nov. 13, she stood up at ...

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Meeting will assess impact of opioids in Idaho workplaces

While the toll of the prescription drug epidemic in society is well-documented, the impact on employers has not been studied closely. To learn more about how prescription drugs affect the workplace, the Idaho Office on Drug Policy and Idaho Industrial ...

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A word with Scott Jorgensen of Banyan Ventures (access required)

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Scott Jorgensen is an operating partner at Banyan Ventures, a Salt Lake City private equity firm that is seeking to invest in some early-stage Idaho companies and open an office in Boise. Jorgensen’s educational background is in accounting, and his ...

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Real estate researcher: ‘We are in a long cycle, not boom or bust’

Remember how the millennials were all moving to the city, eschewing automobiles and prompting apartment growth? Well, that generation – born in the 1980s and early 1990s – is growing up, and now they’re headed to the suburbs. And not ...

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Report: Idaho women business ownership has doubled in 20 years (access required)

The number of women-owned businesses in Idaho has doubled in the last 20 years, according to a yearly report commissioned by American Express OPEN. Idaho has an estimated 51,600 women-owned businesses, employing 39,600 and attributing to roughly $4.99 billion, according ...

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Boise Mobile Equipment increases fire truck production

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Boise Mobile Equipment, a Boise company that makes fire trucks for urban and wildland firefighting, is expanding into a larger space. The 27-year-old company was purchased in 2014, and the new owners have expanded its marketing and recently acquired two ...

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A word with Roger Quarles of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation (access required)

Roger Quarles is a longtime educator who in 2014 became executive director of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, a private organization run by the family of the supermarket founders Joe and Kathryn Albertson. The foundation focuses on improving ...

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