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Author Archives: Michael Boss

Health care firm plans transitional care unit in Boise (access required)

While aging baby boomers are increasingly preoccupied with the prospect of long-term care, an Oregon-based health care company is betting that it will more likely have need of a transitional care unit (TCU) in its future. Promontory Healthcare Companies, headquartered ...

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St. Luke’s food service thinks globally, buys locally (access required)

Loralie Walker, systems retail supervisor for St. Luke’s, knew her hospital’s recently launched food service initiative was having an impact when a man approached her at a function and exclaimed, “You’re the hospital that doesn’t serve hospital food.” “That was ...

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Iraqi-owned Ishtar a hit with the locals (access required)

In ancient Babylon, Ishtar was a goddess of a somewhat capricious nature. But to the owner of the Boise restaurant named in her honor, the deity has been kind. So too has the organization that helped Iraqi immigrant Essam Mujili ...

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Eagle software firm creates app that integrates with QuickBooks (access required)

If there is such a thing as a recession-proof business model in today’s economy, there’s a strong possibility that a “killer app” lays at the heart of it – a software application that not only changes the way people do ...

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Rice family tills a new business model in farming (access required)

If you’d asked Lee Rice 20 years ago about the future of family farming, he’d probably have warned you against quitting your day job. In truth, both Lee and his father Gilbert retired from vocations as professional plumbers to pursue ...

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A high-performance Wi-Fi network you can share with the neighbors (access required)

For some, necessity is the mother of invention. Kelly Hogan, vice president of product, research, and development at BlueMesh, sets the bar noticeably lower to the level of mere aggravation – and in so doing he has laid the foundation ...

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For this Boise business expo, green ‘works’ (access required)

Joanie Bear and her husband Greg Otero came to Idaho for many of the same reasons so many other professionals do, reasons having to do with their appreciation for the nearly pristine beauty of the Gem State. They also came ...

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Aircraft company says lack of tax exemption is stalling its growth (access required)

In the past year, Boise-based Western Aircraft, one of the West’s largest aircraft services company, increased its sales and marketing staff by 66 percent in its efforts to compete for lucrative maintenance jobs servicing large corporate jets and turboprops. But ...

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Economy, regulations dim success of Idaho Electric Signs (access required)

Imagine a scenario in which during the past five years the automotive industry makes unparalleled advances in engine economy, environmental impact and performance – while during the same period, federal and local governments eliminate roadways, and narrow those left open. ...

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Farming co-op Homestead Natural Foods finds greener pastures (access required)

Ed Wilsey, a sixth-generation Idaho rancher, believes that if you are what you eat, the same is true for cattle. “You don’t just get the cow, you get what they ate – including the omega-6 fats that come with a ...

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