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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.

Wine commission: Idaho needs more grapes (access required)

The number of Idaho wineries has increased more than five times over since 2000. Idaho now has 52 wineries, up from 11 in 2002. But it still needs more acreage dedicated to grapes, said Brenna Christison, communications and finance manager ...

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Grilling plank manufacturer expands in northern Idaho through TRI (access required)

The Idaho Department of Commerce awarded the specialty wood product manufacturer Wildwood Grilling a tax incentive to help it expand in Bonner County. The department gave Wildwood Grilling of Sandpoint a tax reimbursement incentive valued at $47,000. Wildwood will use the ...

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Investors: mine your community for wisdom, referrals (access required)

Personal introductions can make all the difference to early-stage entrepreneurs who hope to succeed with investors. “I can not stress enough how much a referral means,”  said Jerry Henley, CEO of Rubicon Capital. Henley was one of several investors tapped ...

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Investment report: 2016 saw more deals, less money

Less money flowed around Idaho overall in 2016, but there were significantly more investment deals in 2016 than 2015, according to the Deal Flow Report released May 24 at the Idaho Technology Council’s Capital Connect Conference. The Deal Flow Report, ...

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Skateboard and apparel distributor chooses Boise over LA (access required)

Despite spending the last decade in what many consider to be the best market for a skateboarding company, Kelly Williams knew there was only one city where he wanted to locate his skateboard and apparel distribution agency – Boise. Williams moved ...

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Department of Labor has $1 million for businesses (access required)

The Idaho Department of Labor has $1 million for companies that need help training employees as the labor market tightens. Idaho’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 percent in March and has been below 4 percent for more than a year. ...

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Report: A third of cyberattacks target health care industry (access required)

Health care is the most common target of cybercriminals, and its most vulnerable spot is its employees, according to a new report by the national law firm BakerHostetler. While businesses of all types and sizes are vulnerable, health care organizations like the ...

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Student will use pitch contest winnings to launch nonprofit (access required)

A University of Idaho student who won more than $30,000 from regional entrepreneurial challenges is launching her nonprofit in West Africa this summer. After researching the barriers that stop young women around the world from getting an education, Payton McGriff, a marketing ...

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Lawyer: many companies bypass employment contracts (access required)

Lawsuits between businesses and the former employees competing with them illustrate the importance of employment contracts. But most businesses don’t know anything about these contracts, according to John Ashby, partner at Hawley Troxell. The No. 1 question that employment law lawyers receive ...

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