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Sharon Fisher is an Idaho Business Review staff writer, covering financial institutions, technology, and business development. She holds a bachelor of science in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a masters in public administration and graduate certificates in geographic informational analysis and in community and regional planning from Boise State University. She likes explaining things and going to meetings. Join me on Twitter at @IBR_SLFisher.

Are ‘culturally insensitive’ incidents hampering Idaho recruitment efforts?

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In a time when Idaho’s job growth is increasingly dependent on in-migration, to what degree do reports perceived as racist, such as the recent Middleton teacher costume incident, affect business’ ability to recruit out-of-state workers? Though the Aryan Nations compound ...

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Business community hopeful after election results (access required)

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Results of the Nov. 6 election in Idaho, with the victory of Lt. Gov. Brad Little as governor, signaled pretty much a continuation of policies of the past 12 years. “On the most part, it’s ‘keep on truckin’,’” said Rick ...

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Katching up with Kount

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Historically hidden in the back office, Boise’s Kount is stepping into the forefront, not only figuratively but literally. Kount, now with 158 employees tucked in the Lusk Neighborhood near Boise State University, is in the process of remodeling a new ...

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Federal government gets involved in ongoing Micron-China case (access required)

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A recent federal indictment against three employees of two Chinese companies, alleging that they stole intellectual property from Boise chip manufacturer Micron, is another in a series of ongoing espionage claims and counterclaims between the two countries. “It’s not too ...

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U.S. Bank to lay off 1 percent of workforce; Idaho effect uncertain (access required)

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Like Wells Fargo earlier this fall, U.S. Bancorp, which operates in Idaho and other states as U.S. Bank, said it plans to lay off a number of workers, approximately 1 percent of its total workforce of 74,000. The Minneapolis-based bank ...

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Catching up with TSheets

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When Matt Rissell, CEO of TSheets Inc., agreed in December to be acquired by Intuit Inc., one of his friends made a bet with him: The new owners would make him take the beer keg out of the break room, ...

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