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Premier Technology gives birth to three startups (access required)

After building up Premier Technology Inc. to a 350-employee staple in southeastern Idaho, Doug Sayer is ready to start all over again. Sayer is stepping down as CEO of Premier, the company he founded in 1996 with “$35,000 and a ...

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Equity fund looks to accelerate Idaho companies in the short term (access required)

  A new private equity fund in the Treasure Valley aims to bring middling manufacturing firms into profitability. But slow returns would likely mean the end of the business.  Jim McCune, 43 Private Equity Group president, said he is enlisting ...

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Minidoka lawsuit heads to Supremes in February (access required)

In a case that pits a dairy farm feed lot against a national historic site, Idaho Supreme Court justices will decide in February whether Jerome County did its due diligence in granting a permit to a feedlot operation that would ...

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Micron close to deal for PCIe technology firm (access required)

Micron plans to acquire United Kingdom-based Virtensys, a maker of PCI Express technology, a move one expert says could increase Micron’s share of an up-and-coming market. Micron announced the acquisition plan Jan. 20, with Micron Vice President Edward Doller saying ...

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Sayer: Incentives can help boost state’s business (access required)

After spending his first few months in office caught between the positions of entrenched foes in the battle over how to add jobs and value to the state’s economy, Idaho Commerce Department Director Jeff Sayer is declaring that he sees ...

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2012 shows progress in Nampa development plans (access required)

Nampa is hoping its version of slow and steady will win the race.  The city began moving on its economic development plans for revitalizing the historic downtown district in 2006, but the first major pieces of the effort are falling ...

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SCOR: DIY for entrepreneurs (access required)

Call it the Home Depot of going public. A little-used financing option in state law for start-ups and small expansions offers a way to take a company public without the rigmarole of an initial public offering. Doug Joseph, owner of Locate ...

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SolutionPro acquired, will build new data center (access required)

Boise data center SolutionPro has been acquired by Iowa company Involta LLC, paving the way for another data center expansion in the Treasure Valley. SolutionPro, which operates high grade servers for its clients, will remain a division of Involta and ...

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Balihoo nets $5 million in VC funding (access required)

Boise software company Balihoo is getting a $5 million venture capital investment that will allow it to double its workforce. The money will fund a major expansion for the company, which sells software allowing national companies to coordinate local marketing ...

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