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

Proof branching out from wood sunglasses (access required)

After a year in business, Proof had its wood-framed sunglasses in stores and magazines and on celebrities’ faces, but the Boise company was looking to expand. The company is broadening its eyewear line, including a planned launch of sustainable plastic ...

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Project update: Foothills School of Arts and Sciences

Workers are meeting a tight timeframe to finish a 5,000-square-foot remodel that links two buildings in downtown Boise. The Trey McIntire Project moved out of its space on Fulton Street in late June, and The Foothills School of Arts and ...

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Command Center opening seven new staffing offices (access required)

Command Center Inc. announced Aug. 9 a recent wave of expansion, adding seven new branch offices in six states. When all the new locations are open, the on-demand and temporary staffing company, based in Post Falls, will have 60 offices ...

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Shareholders, regulators OK Western Capital Bank merger (access required)

Western Capital Bank in Boise and Northwest Bank near Portland, Ore., will legally merge on Aug. 15, with a full combination of operations under the Northwest Bank name in mid-November. Shareholders of both financial institutions approved the merger on Aug. ...

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Taxpayers association hires lobbyist Davenport

Benjamin Davenport said he has a big role to fill when he joins the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho later this month. Davenport will be the group’s new president, replacing Randy Nelson, who led the group for 22 years before deciding ...

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Local option tax aimed at filling airplane seats (access required)

For years, the Sun Valley Resort has had agreements with airlines that helped keep flights in town, and now tax dollars could be added to that mix. The cities of Ketchum, Hailey and Sun Valley will likely vote in November ...

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Wells Fargo: Small businesses still coping with uncertainty

Optimism for the future dropped in a new national survey of business owners for the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. In Idaho, and the nation as a whole, concerns over the path forward for the economy are causing some business ...

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Boise airport gains nonstop vacation flights to Las Vegas, Hawaii (access required)

Allegiant Travel Co. will offer nonstop flights between Boise and Honolulu later this year, giving the Boise Airport a new airline. Allegiant, which also flies out of Idaho Falls, will also add nonstop flights between Boise and Las Vegas. Airport ...

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Picking up a home in Walmart (access required)

Bargain hunters at the Garden City Walmart will soon be able to browse through lawn chairs, kitchen appliances and a house to put them in, all under the same roof. Tim Bassett will hold a ribbon cutting for his West ...

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Labrador bill takes aim at health care law (access required)

Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador introduced legislation Aug. 2 in Congress that could potentially undo the constitutional underpinnings of the 2010 health care law. Labrador’s bill is titled “to provide that the individual mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable ...

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