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A compassionate accounting firm? Yes, say new business partners (access required)

To get his foot in the door, Kevin Van Hoesen volunteered to work at a firm for nothing. In just three weeks, the company recognized his worth and put him on the payroll. Now, Van Hoesen performs payroll and other ...

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Using hand tools and technology, Boise’s Sloan brothers build businesses (access required)

Brice Sloan claims his family has a very unsuccessful background in business. Many years ago, his grandparents invested in something called the “Gyrocopter,” a concept that never really got off the ground. “Business had a bad name from this, a ...

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Daniel Brockett jumps off entrepreneurial ledge (access required)

One thing you can say about Daniel Brockett, he’s not risk-averse. Brockett departed his steady job at AK Drilling in March and established his own business in Boise in June. “I just left and jumped off a cliff,” he said. ...

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Owyhee Plaza Hotel – historic, with a high-end future (access required)

Owner and general manager of the Owyhee Plaza Hotel John May wants to return the downtown Boise landmark to its past glory. “We’d like to see that occur, to bring it back to the kind of property it was when ...

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Andrus exec to assume helm of truckers’ group

Jason Andrus is a third generation company executive at Doug Andrus Distributing, a trucking business based in Idaho. In August, he will also be named chairman of the board of the Idaho Trucking Association. In a phone interview, he answered ...

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Go barefoot, learn Nia at new business, The Dojo (access required)

The building where Randy Stillman and Britta von Tagen have located their new business possesses an intriguing history. The structure at 1512 N. 10th St. in Boise’s North End started out as a grocery store in 1903; over the years ...

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Manpower started with need for temporary secretaries (access required)

One of the oldest temporary employment agencies in the U.S. is Manpower, launched in 1948 by a Wisconsin attorney named Elmer Winter. Winter, in search of a secretary for only a limited period of time, looked around for an organized ...

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Alex Furioso improves his business savvy (access required)

Alex Furioso congratulates himself on the knowledge he gained as a 20-year-old manager of Starbucks coffee franchises in New York and San Diego. He said it helps him now in his new business: owning and managing the Human Bean coffee ...

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New venture means husband gets his garage back (access required)

When Irene Woodworth considered opening a boutique in Boise, a friend asked her, “But what makes you different?” The friend was implying that if Woodworth didn’t have some novel way to stand out in a crowded field of trendy shops ...

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