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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.

Amazon to acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion (access required)

Amazon will acquire the organic market chain Whole Foods Market for about $13.7 billion. The deal, announced June 16, is expected to be completed later this year if it receives support from Whole Foods’ shareholders and regulatory approval. If the ...

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Economist: economic trends could signal next recession (access required)

The U.S. economy has been expanding since 2009, but emerging workforce and production trends could signal the next recession. Steve Scranton, chief investment officer and economist at Washington Trust Bank, spoke at the Treasure Valley CFO Forum June 7 about the country’s GDP ...

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Idaho unemployment rate continues to drop (access required)

The tightening labor market nationally and in Idaho has forced companies to delay projects, increase wages and move to markets with more workers available. In 2009, there were 6.6 unemployed Americans for every job opening, but there are now only ...

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Taskforce has draft recommendations on workforce development (access required)

If it doesn’t invest in better workforce development, Idaho might not see its economic growth continue, the governor warned at a Chamber event June 7. Idaho’s labor force has increased from 760,000 workers in 2009 to 825,000 workers now. Unemployment ...

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Rexburg company will help HR departments screen candidates’ language skills (access required)

A Rexburg company has built a software program it says can help HR departments test applicants’ foreign language skills. Two Brigham Young University graduates set out to create a business that pairs companies and schools in Brazil and China that are seeking ...

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North Carolina company acquires WhiteCloud Analytics (access required)

The Boise healthcare analytics company WhiteCloud Analytics has been acquired by the North Carolina-based Relias Learning. WhiteCloud Analytics analyzes patient data to help clients such as St. Luke’s and Delta Dental identify best practices. The company was founded by CEO ...

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Where there’s a will, there’s a whey (access required)

A food entrepreneur is selling a whey-based ice cream called Killer Whey at 11 retail locations around the Treasure Valley, and is expanding into Albertsons in July. Louis Armstrong founded Killer Whey in June 2016 using equipment leased from a ...

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Bringing logic, order to occupational licensing (access required)

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Idaho’s move to review all of its occupational licensing requirements over the next year will affect thousands of workers. Lt. Gov. Brad Little last month ordered Idaho state departments and self-governing agencies to review their licensing requirements and recommend changes ...

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SYKES to hire hundreds for its Boise call center

SYKES is hiring several customer service representatives for its Boise call center after picking up a new client working in online travel services. The Tampa-based company wouldn’t say who the new client is, but said it will add a few ...

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