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Keeping it simple: 20 years of Blue Sky Bagel business (access required)

Blue Sky Bagels owner Mark Hansen told the ‘hole’ story: later this year, he’ll celebrate 20 years of providing fresh-baked bagels with all the fixings to hungry Treasure Valley folks.  Hansen and partner Scott Lung opened the first Blue Sky Bagels in downtown Boise in 2002. The site, at 407 W. Main St., had been home to ...

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Anderson building on Maggie with Boise Entrepreneur Week award   (access required)

A startup company designed to help women advance their careers with tech sales is moving forward with its mission after tying for second place in the pitch competition during Boise Entrepreneur Week (BEW) in October.  Jenny Anderson’s presentation on her startup firm, ...

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‘Hacking’ winners building on concepts with award funds  (access required)

Flashpoint Building Systems co-owners Nick Stoppello and Pat Churchman are hammering away at the concepts that garnered them the $10,000 first-place award in the Hacking for Homebuilding (H4H) competition in October 2021.  The public-track winners in the second annual H4H competition shared their concept ...

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Cybersecurity Challenge winners move forward with business plans  (access required)

A “rag-tag group of individuals” needed less than a week to snatch the $12,000 first-place award in the Micron Cybersecurity Entrepreneur Challenge (CEC) in October. Now they’re poised to use their winnings to bring their company to full potential.  TAC Security successfully responded to the ...

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Winners in entrepreneur challenges offer innovative industry solutions  (access required)

Winners in Boise State University’s inaugural Cybersecurity Entrepreneur Challenge (CEC) and the second annual Hacking for Homebuilding (HH) competition were announced Oct. 21 during Boise Entrepreneur Week.  For the latter, organizers expanded the competition to include a public track along with the student track. First place in each track captured ...

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Students solve industry problems, build ventures in Hacking for Homebuilding challenge  (access required)

Boise State University’s Venture College has partnered with its College of Innovation and Design, College of Engineering and business partners to challenge students and the public in the second annual Hacking for Homebuilding (HH) competition. Students and the general public compete in their own tracks for $20,000 in prize money ...

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Students compete in challenge to build cybersecurity ventures  (access required)

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Teams of higher-education students from across Idaho will compete for more than $30,000 in the inaugural Cybersecurity Entrepreneurship Challenge (CEC) in October, dubbed Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Participants in the challenge will choose a problem statement provided by industry partners to Boise State University’s Institute for ...

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Demand remains solid for Valley County real estate

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Despite any still-lingering COVID-19 concerns, interest in visiting and recreating in the mountain communities of Valley County — McCall, Cascade, Donnelly and neighboring areas — has grown virtually unabated.  And real estate sales are running apace.  Statewide lockdowns, mandated early ...

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Development center guides would-be Teton Valley businesses (access required)

Teton County is one of the few in eastern Idaho without a full-time economic development professional, so local business owners are creating an alternative to meet that need. Communities facing the Idaho side of the Grand Tetons are trying to ...

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Botanical Garden growing through development, membership (access required)

With about 10 years still to go before full development, the Idaho Botanical Garden is either installing or planning projects annually. “The garden is now and has been in development mode for a long time,” said Julia Rundberg, executive director ...

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