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Keiretsu steps it up (access required)

Banks aren’t lending. Venture capitalists live elsewhere. Angel investing is slim. For a young business, these are the limitations that can hold them back just long enough to kill a new venture. And they are all complaints heard often in ...

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Controversial TIF is the core of Nampa redevelopment (access required)

At the heart of Nampa’s economic development efforts is a tax incentive that city leaders say is integral to rebuilding the historic downtown area. But critics call it a misleading tax mechanism that shorts existing businesses. It’s called tax increment ...

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Eagle software company bought out, plans expansion (access required)

Eagle software corporation ALMSA Corporation will expand after it was bought by the California-based Yardi Systems. ALMSA COO Fil Southerland said Jan. 5 that the company had been looking for either a large influx of investor funding or a “strategic buyout” ...

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New Petersen contract comparable with those of other big names (access required)

The state board of education approved the first year of Boise State football coach Chris Petersen’s renegotiated contract Jan. 4, raising his yearly base salary to $2 million. With the $375,000 raise next year — and scheduled $200,000 raises every ...

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Blackfoot company awarded $2 million in corporate espionage suit (access required)

A Bannock County jury has awarded the Blackfoot-based equipment manufacturing company Premier Technology, Inc. a little more than $2 million after it ruled a major competitor participated in stealing company secrets. The jury agreed with allegations that two former Premier ...

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Dedication to practical schooling is buttressed with steel (access required)

Rob and Nancy Roberts, along with their company R&M Steel in Caldwell, find themselves in a unique position as businesses struggle through the national recession: They have money to spare.  And spare it they have, giving about $2 million worth ...

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Lewiston Sears part of at least 100 store closings nationwide (access required)

Sears Holdings Corp. will be closing at least 100 Sears and Kmart stores nationwide after a poor showing during the holiday season, including a Sears in Lewiston, the company announced in a news release Dec. 27. The Sears website has ...

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HubWorks digitizes the restaurant experience (access required)

Two guys with a strong aversion to standing in line for drinks decided to cut out the middleman, creating self-ordering software for the iPad that could end up in one of America’s largest restaurant chains. The Coeur d’Alene-based HubWorks Interactive ...

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Studio could have friend or foe in Boise (access required)

Boise’s Pixelfish Studios has some big customers, but its small market has yet to reveal itself as a blessing or a curse. The 3D animation and creative software development focus of Pixelfish co-owners Jesse Cordtz, 30, and Stuart Walsh, 37, ...

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High gold prices spur mining exploration (access required)

Move over silver, the gold rush is on in Idaho. At least 10 major gold exploration projects are underway throughout the state, often in claims that have been explored for nearly a hundred years, according to the 2010 annual Idaho Mining ...

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