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Author Archives: Benton Alexander Smith

Benton Alexander Smith is a reporter for the Idaho Business Review, covering the Idaho Legislature, new business, technology and financial services.

Idaho is aging faster than the rest of the U.S. (access required)

The Idaho Department on Labor reported last year that Idaho was aging faster than the rest of the country. Since then, the disparity has widened. When the Idaho Department of Labor wrote its report last year, Idaho had outpaced the country ...

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Idaho Kombucha launches crowdfunding campaign

The Idaho fermented tea brewery Idaho Kombucha has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help it purchase new production equipment. Terri and Mike Landa opened Idaho Kombucha in 2014 after sampling kombucha that a visitor brought from Seattle. The couple enjoyed ...

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Garden City project highlights businesses and arts (access required)

City officials from Garden City have put up nine signs along the Greenbelt to direct attention to local businesses and the arts. The Garden City Urban Renewal Agency used a grant from COMPASS and money from the Idaho Wine Commission and ...

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New York, San Francisco investors place $5 million in Boise insurance platform (access required)

Boise-based Covr Financial has been hiring developers and support staff since receiving $5 million in funding from investors on both coasts. Todd Ruplinger, owner of National Brokerage, founded Covr Financial in 2013 under the name 1 Click Coverage. Covr Financial is ...

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U.S. entrepreneurs are older, more ethnically diverse (access required)

Many of the factors that have affected startup growth since the Great Recession are resulting in an older and more diverse demographic among business owners than in previous decades. Every year, the Kauffman Foundation publishes a series of reports detailing ...

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New business incubator opens in Boise

Jonni Armani, a photographer and actor, and his wife Shelly West, a former fashion designer and author of 17 romance novels, moved to Boise from Portland last year because they thought it would be a better atmosphere for their three ...

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Department of Insurance requests feedback on licensing (access required)

The Idaho Department of Insurance is seeking feedback on its licensing and renewal process. The move is part of a process that the state started in May when Lt. Gov. Brad Little ordered Idaho state departments and self-governing agencies to ...

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Washington manufacturer opens manufacturing facility in Hayden (access required)

Two economic development organizations in northern Idaho used an available manufacturing space and a state tax credit to attract a Washington company to Hayden. Jon Smalley, CEO of SmaK Plastics, said he became interested in the area after the Panhandle Area Council ...

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Ag earnings drive Idaho’s personal income growth this year (access required)

Personal income grew faster in Idaho during the first quarter of 2017 than in any other state. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released a report for the first quarter of 2017 on June 27 that showed Idaho’s personal income growth rate of ...

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