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With its strong economy, does Idaho still need business incentives?

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With the strong economy and low unemployment rate, some are suggesting that states no longer need to offer incentives to companies to locate or expand facilities. Steve Scranton, chief investment officer for Washington Trust Bank, told the Treasure Valley Chief Financial ...

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Crapo might schedule pot banking hearing after all (access required)

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In what may be a shift in direction, Sen. Mike Crapo, chair of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, has indicated he might soon schedule hearings on a bill that would let bankers serve legal marijuana businesses. Crapo told ...

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Wells Fargo merges Idaho commercial, business lines

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As part of a nationwide streamlining expected to result in a 10% reduction in headcount, Wells Fargo Bank has merged its business and commercial banking lines in the Idaho region under one manager. “We’ve had, historically, two lines of business: ...

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Idaho counting on 2020 Census dollars (access required)

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The upcoming census is important for more than just the bragging rights that Idaho is the fastest-growing state in the Union: Millions of dollars ride on the outcome. An undercounted Idahoan in the 2020 Census could cost the state between $1,200 and ...

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Women’s Business Center picks out its new locations

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Idaho Women’s Business Center sites will be located across the state through 2020, according to more detailed information about the project from the organizer. The Small Business Administration announced June 17 that it had agreed to fund two Women’s Business ...

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