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No recession predicted for next year, Legislative committee hears (access required)

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Despite the volatile stock market and fears of a recession, industry representatives told the Idaho Legislature’s Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee (EORAC) that jobs and revenue outlook for their respective sectors was good, though the rate of growth might ...

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Business cheers Little’s first State of the State (access required)

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Business leaders praised Gov. Brad Little’s first State of the State speech, specifically calling out improvements to education, Medicaid expansion and reducing government regulations. “Gov. Little’s State of the State Address was a home run for Idaho’s business community,” said ...

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January workshops planned for an Idaho Women’s Business Center (access required)

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In yet another attempt to create a Women’s Business Center (WBC) in Idaho, the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) will hold workshops in mid-January to teach interested parties how to apply for grants. However, the one group that applied and ...

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Sorry, farmers: Hemp still illegal in Idaho (access required)

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The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka “the farm bill”) legalizes the growing of hemp as an agricultural crop, but don’t go planning your Idaho hemp farm yet. It’s still illegal here. “Industrial hemp remains illegal in Idaho,” said Chanel ...

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The year in review: Technology (access required)

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Growth in Idaho’s, particularly Boise’s, technology startup community, was a major theme in 2018, according to industry watchers. “2018 was a milestone year for the entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Tiam Rastegar, executive director of Trailhead, the downtown Boise coworking space. Rick ...

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