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Audits likely over last-minute gift and estate transfers (access required)

The uncertainty over tax rates that gripped the nation at the end of last year resulted in a flurry of financial transactions as investors bet many of those rates would go up. Gift and estate taxes were part of that ...

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Study says Idaho must do more to help existing businesses (access required)

Affinity Amp executives planned to hire a dozen or more workers in 2012. Instead, they let four people go between June and August. CEO and co-founder Brian Sevy cited problems with investment funding and responded with changes in strategy. “Based ...

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Idaho’s exports a mixed picture (access required)

The Idaho Department of Commerce announced a new record for foreign exports in 2012. But a closer look shows that the uptick also obscured declines in several top sectors for the state. During 2012, Idaho exports grew to $6.1 billion, ...

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Intermountain Community Bancorp made money in 2012

The Sandpoint-based holding company for Panhandle State Bank, Intermountain Community Bank, and Magic Valley Bank recorded profits for the fourth quarter and full year 2012. Intermountain, the holding company, made $1.9 million last year, compared to a loss of $1.8 ...

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A small business built on granite (access required)

An Idaho granite installation company that started just as the housing market crashed has seen steady growth every year since. Rock Hard Granite is expanding its store in Boise and recently opened a new store in Richland, Wash. Co-owner Steve ...

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Should I stay or should I go?

The National Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education (CUIBE) wrapped up its final day at Boise State University with a panel discussion moderated by Idaho Lt. Governor Brad Little. Panel members included the CEOs of Micron and Simplot and the ...

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Chinese New Year puts inventor in limbo (access required)

An Idaho inventor is wrestling with intellectual property rights problems after discovering a Chinese competitor is making his latest product without approval. The newest idea from Brooks Dame, co-creator of Eagle-based Proof Eyewear, is called Wonder Wires. The finger-sized gadget ...

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Micron plans to offer $440 million in convertible debt

Micron Technology Inc., a memory chip maker based in Boise, intends to offer institutional buyers $440 million worth of convertible senior notes. This debt instrument may be converted to shares of common stock subject to a number of conditions, such ...

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