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Brad Iverson-Long is a reporter for the Idaho Business Review, covering banks, financial services, technology and new business.

LoanTek closes $1 million in funding, looking for buyer (access required)

Mortgage lead and marketing data startup company LoanTek has finished its first round of funding, raising $1 million over the past three years and retiring an additional $200,000 in loans. CEO Adam Stein said the company is poised for new ...

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New Boise State COBE dean forsees planning, strategic disruption (access required)

The new business dean at Boise State University said he plans to work closely with the local business community as he develops the core mission, vision and values of the College of Business and Economics. Dean Ken Petersen starts at ...

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Two Boise software companies to merge (access required)

Two small Boise technology companies, Ferguson Technologies and Agilefront, are merging to form Royal Jay. The combined company has nine employees, including some contractors, and is looking to add two more employees. Managing partner Candace Sweigart, who founded Agilefront, said ...

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Bank of the Cascades increasing SBA lending (access required)

  Bank of the Cascades has lent more money through U.S. Small Business Administration-backed loans in the past five months than it did in all of the past year. The bank last year hired a lender dedicated to SBA loans ...

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Bourbon distillery starting in Boise (access required)

Matthew Nicholson is planning to open his new distillery, Idaho Bourbon Distillery, in May. He’ll be selling vodka and moonshine while he waits for his titular product to age in charred oak barrels. “The hardest part about a distillery is ...

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Good farming years bring stability to farm banks (access required)

Farm banks in Idaho, like those across the U.S., had a strong 2013 and expect to fare well in 2014. The 2013 Farm Bank Performance Report from the American Bankers Association showed that farm banks across the country provided almost ...

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After stress test, Zions could add capital (access required)

Zions Bank was the only bank in a recent Federal Reserve stress test to fail part of the test. The Salt Lake City-based bank with a new downtown Boise office is in a sound financial state right now. A bank ...

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Southwest will fly to L.A., but only on Saturday (access required)

Southwest Airlines will offer a roundtrip flight from Boise to Los Angeles, flying only on Saturdays, starting June 15. Southwest is the second airline to announce new lights to Los Angeles International Airport this month, following Delta, and will be ...

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Tax commission seeing more identity theft on tax returns (access required)

The Idaho State Tax Commission worked with five Idahoans who said they were victims of identity theft in 2011. Last year, they worked with 170 such people. Typically, such cases happen when someone acquires a taxpayer’s Social Security number, then ...

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Two title companies enter growing Twin Falls market (access required)

Two title and escrow companies are expanding into the Twin Falls area, with TitleOne Corp. acquiring Land Title & Escrow and Pioneer Title now offering services in Twin Falls County. Pioneer Title won’t have any offices in Twin Falls, while ...

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