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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.

New Eastern Idaho community college expects 4,000 students by its sixth year

More than 70 percent of Bonneville County voters approved a community college taxing district May 16, despite opposition from critics who said the college would limit job opportunities for high school students and would be a redundant addition to the education ...

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Goodwell will soon monitor the treatment of 2,000 employees (access required)

Two months after opening its certification process, a Boise coalition focused on improving labor practices around the world has about 20 companies seeking certification. Goodwell held a celebration at Trailhead May 11 to announce its first seven certified organizations, including the ...

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Trailhead launches apprentice program for software developers (access required)

Trailhead, the co-working space in downtown Boise, will use a $200,000 grant from the Idaho STEM Action Center to create an apprenticeship program for software developers. The program will begin in June with four front-end or website developers working out of ...

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Panel: Be smart about finding customers (access required)

One of the most obvious needs for a new business – identifying and finding customers – can be the hardest to accomplish. A panel of Treasure Valley business leaders discussed how they each went about finding early customers during the University ...

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SBDC: A cyberattack could put you out of business (access required)

Small businesses are increasingly targeted for cyberattacks, and these attacks can be costly. Yet most small business owners don’t have a plan in place to respond, according to the Idaho Small Business Development Center. The center has launched a new ...

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Contractor? Employee? More than 500 Idaho employers got this wrong last year (access required)

Idaho employers had to reclassify 2,489 independent contractors as employees and pay $240,000 in fines in 2016 after the Idaho Department of Labor found they were misclassifying workers. Several of those businesses classified workers as contractors when in fact the ...

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Boise is accepting grant proposals for art projects

The City of Boise has about $150,000 to give to artists and businesses through a grant program and is now accepting applications. Boise dedicates 1 percent of its General Fund to the Department of Arts and History. The department disperses much of ...

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Economist: Perception on the economy is diverging from the economic data (access required)

There is a growing divergence between the public’s idea of how the economy is doing, and what the numbers say, according to a report by Zions Bank. Robert Spendlove, economic and public policy officer at Zions Bank, said soft economic ...

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Report: Idaho women are paid 74 percent of what men make (access required)

The pay gap between women and men nationally has been reduced by half since 1960, but working women in Idaho still receive 74 cents for every dollar earned by men, according to a new report. Women in Idaho would still ...

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