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Commercial loans available to well-managed firms

You hear it a lot these days: “Banks aren’t lending to businesses.” The truth is that many banks are still lending to companies with strong fundamentals, such as proven cash flow and strong balance sheets. Also, businesses that show a compelling ...

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Don’t underestimate value of the big guys

I was talking to an Idaho businessman recently about Idaho’s large employers and he said, “Well, there aren’t many companies here with more than a thousand employees, are there?” I was surprised. There are dozens of companies each employing more ...

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AstraZeneca to pay state of Idaho $2.5 million for overpricing (access required)

AstraZeneca has agreed to pay $2.5 million in a legal settlement with the state of Idaho over the cost of drugs for the state’s Medicaid program. The state bases its reimbursement rates to pharmacies for prescription drugs on the “average ...

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Study estimates doctors’ impact on state’s economic health

While physicians are often recognized for their vital role in ensuring the health and well-being of the citizens of Idaho, their contributions to the economic health of the state often go unrecognized. The Idaho Medical Association, of which I am ...

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Dad being late to your ball game didn’t cause the cash flow problem

Imagine you are in the boardroom of someone else’s business. The father, sitting at the head of the table, is the founder, CEO and all-around taskmaster. The son, sitting next to him, is the chief financial officer, operations director and ...

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Letting go of the business? Any advantage to letting up?

“It took me long time to understand the difference between ownership of a company and management of a company. Since Dad was the owner and manager I had always thought the two were synonymous.” This is a quote from the ...

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How can we be even more efficient?

by Karen Natzel The construction industry is a model of toughness, efficiency and creative problem-solving. I’ve always thought the completion of a construction project on time, on budget and within quality and safety parameters was nothing short of a miracle. ...

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In a family way: University of South Carolina law professor finds her niche as the voice of immigrant and Native American families snared by legal woes (access required)

Marcia Zug entered Yale Law School thinking she wanted to become a judge, because she liked the idea of wielding the law as a tool. But then she changed her mind. Almost a decade later, she’s glad she did. Zug, ...

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Thinking about a custom cloud solution? Ask a lot of questions

We have all heard of cloud computing and it seems to be a perfect fit for business owners trying to squeeze more from shrinking budgets.  The question remains:  Will it really help every business as the marketing claims, or will ...

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