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Volunteers as essential to hospital as paid staff (access required)

Becoming a hospital volunteer is not easy. Volunteer workers frequently undergo the same stringent application process that potential employees submit to, and in many ways they are perceived by the hospital in the same manner as paid staff. At least, ...

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Cold calling nets only mildly warm welcome (access required)

When you’re a new business in town, sometimes it’s hard to get your foot in the door – but Eric Smith is not going to let that deter him. Smith is general manager in Boise of a Reno-based cleaning company ...

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Area companies on front lines of business safety, security (access required)

The workers of Idaho are being watched. But if they’re not doing anything wrong, there’s nothing to be alarmed about. Video surveillance is currently the most requested business security service in the Treasure Valley, according to Tony Powers, president of ...

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Business coach starts entrepreneurial think-tank in Meridian (access required)

“I was doing my thing and loved it but wanted to help more people,” Julie Larson, executive managing member of a newly established entrepreneurial co-op in Meridian, said. Her “thing” is business coaching, consulting and speaking. Earlier this year, Larson ...

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D.B. Fitzpatrick CEO offers his ‘best piece of advice’ (access required)

Dennis B. Fitzpatrick is president and chief executive officer of D.B. Fitzpatrick & Co. Inc. in Boise. The certified financial adviser recently answered the following invesment-related questions via e-mail. Q. What would be the best piece of advice you would ...

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Commercial real estate women forming a work CREW (access required)

There’s nothing motley about this CREW. Thirty-five area professionals showed up for a meeting Sept. 23 for the purpose of forming an Idaho chapter of CREW, or Commercial Real Estate Women. CREW Network is a nationwide organization and requirements for ...

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At Detail Doctors, the MD drives his own ambulance (access required)

Steve Thompson is the only MD in town who drives an ambulance. But in this instance, MD stands for “mobile detailer,” and the ambulance is a spiffed up vehicle that brightly advertises how Thompson cleans dirty cars. Thompson owns The ...

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Cleaning industry recession-resistant but not recession-proof (access required)

There have been some fairly sweeping changes in the cleaning industry over the years, some good and some merely manageable. The fact that businesses have tightened their cleaning budgets is one of the biggest factors janitorial service firms are dealing ...

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Broker left ‘franchise real estate’ behind (access required)

Kelly Kitchens followed his father’s advice when he was a young man and now regrets it. “When else can you afford to be poor than when you’re 22?” Kitchens asked. It was the early ‘80s and Kitchens’ father was in ...

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Yvonne Anderson-Thomas possesses the soul of an entrepreneur (access required)

When it comes to accounting, licensing requirements and the need for a steady stream of customers, there’s not much difference between a minority-owned business and any other business. In the view of Yvonne Anderson-Thomas, the only thing that separates her ...

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