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Author Archives: Gaye Bunderson

Cubicle walls getting lower to increase worker collaboration (access required)

Employees might be justified in asking how they can “think outside the box” when they’re trapped in very boxlike structures called office cubicles all day long. But for many employees, there’s some good news: office cubicle walls are coming down ...

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Central vacuum salesman helps Idaho suck it up (access required)

Jason Miller said his new, self-funded enterprise wasn’t an expensive business to launch. With just $20,000 of his own money he started Gem State Central Vacuum Systems last August. At the same time, he acknowledges a central vacuum system is, ...

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Goodbye, fine dining; hello, hot dogs (access required)

Mark Makin has been a building contractor, owner of one restaurant, co-owner of another, general manager and chef at a fine dining spot, and when he wanted to slow down from that whirlwind career, he plunked down his own money ...

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Murray joins Children’s Home Society board (access required)

Children’s Home Society of Idaho, a nonprofit organization that provides emotional and behavioral health care to at-risk children and the families that care for them, has appointed Linda Murray, director of human resources for Intermountain Gas Co., to its board ...

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Misplaced trust: Businesses pay for worker malfeasance (access required)

Sometimes the people you trust the most may actually be the people you should trust the least. Denise McClure, a forensic accountant and owner of Averti Fraud Solutions in Boise, warns businesspeople that, occasionally, that longtime bookkeeper may be illegally ...

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Why employees steal – and signs to watch for (access required)

Why do employees who seem outwardly trustworthy and reliable steal from their employers? Denise McClure, a forensic accountant and owner of Averti Fraud Solutions in Boise, said there are a number of reasons. “Why does someone embezzle? Sometimes they’re short ...

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Business gets off to rocky start with ‘wrong’ name choice (access required)

Sometimes when a startup business tries to get off the ground, it discovers it doesn’t quite have the right marketing in place to go far. Never underestimate, for instance, the value of a good name. When Brett Hughes and Steve ...

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‘Coffee geeks’ move into office coffee market (access required)

Two men who refer to themselves as “coffee geeks” have teamed up to enter the office coffee market in the Treasure Valley. Greg Abshire, a longtime coffee businessman formerly of Alaska but now of Star, recently started a business called Regal ...

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Tenant requirements limit number of actual vacancies (access required)

Debbie Martin is owner of DK Commercial in Meridian. She has worked in the commercial real estate industry in Idaho for more than 20 years, starting in the field of office leasing. Since that time, her real estate transactions have ...

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Work is mandatory, but don’t let it lead to poor health (access required)

Though work is a daily necessity, it’s vital to approach it in a way that is healthful. That, in itself, may take some effort. Too many of today’s workers spend an inordinate amount of time sitting at a desk staring ...

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