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

Investors predict a bright future for Boise’s tech sector (access required)

The work that Boise companies are doing with the internet of things and embedded systems is catching the eye of out-of-state  investors. A panel of investors gave a presentation on their impression of Boise and what makes an attractive investment opportunity ...

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Boise company helps advertisers circumvent ad-blockers (access required)

A Boise-based software company is helping publishers protect their bottom lines by making it easier for advertisers to reach digital audiences. Swift Impressions, founded in 2015, allows ads to circumvent ad-blocker programs. The company’s founder, Nicholas Jones, came up with ...

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Efforts to attract more women into engineering see modest results (access required)

The number of women studying engineering at Idaho universities has grown over the last decade, but women are still critically underrepresented in engineering in Idaho and across the country. Idaho universities have made attracting more women a priority and have seen a ...

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Study: low political participation has stymied economic development (access required)

Idaho ranks among the bottom five in several measures of political activism, efficacy and satisfaction, and that is hurting economic development, according to the University of Idaho’s Center for Local Government Research and Outreach. The center used data from the ...

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Nampa Chamber of Commerce endorses CWI election bond (access required)

The Nampa Chamber of Commerce is supporting the bond for the College of Western Idaho, saying it will help business. CWI wants voters to support a $180 million bond Nov. 8 to build an Ada County campus and to add ...

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New app helps businesses to track reviews (access required)

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About 30 downtown Boise businesses have subscribed to a new service that allows them to monitor what is said by customers across more than 20 review sites. Businesses that subscribe to Reply Pro, founded in Boise in 2013, are notified when ...

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American Semiconductor launches equity crowdfunding campaign (access required)

The flexible semiconductor manufacturing company American Semiconductor is conducting an equity crowdfunding campaign for a new manufacturing site in Boise. American Semiconductor announced in December that it will move the manufacturing of its products to the Treasure Valley from Arizona, ...

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Bank fees scare the poor away, but alternatives may be more expensive (access required)

More than 9.5 million households across the country do not use a bank, and that decision is costing them millions of dollars in fees, according to a new report by the personal finance website Nerdwallet. Idaho ranked at around the ...

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Tech entrepreneurs, students will meet at Startup Week in Boise

Entrepreneurs and students from around the state are heading to Boise Oct. 17 through Oct. 21 to participate in more than 40 events for small businesses. A team of Idaho business owners and economic developers worked with the startup accelerator ...

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Nonprofits prepare for new reporting requirements (access required)

Nonprofits are preparing for new and more detailed financial reporting rules. The Financial Accounting Standards Board issued the new financial reporting rules for nonprofits in August. Many Idaho organizations have only recently started to adjust. “Because the implementation of these ...

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