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Idaho companies are vulnerable to online fraud

Until you understand the risks associated with fraudulent online behavior, your business stands on shaky ground, even in Idaho. Analysts that track online trends reported e-commerce grew by a healthy 16 percent in 2011, an impressive increase. But that increase ...

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We’re not hiring

It’s now been nearly four years since the debt bubble burst in the fall of 2008. According to the government and its economists, the economy is growing, but we’re still seeing unemployment hovering in the 9 percent range. Economists have ...

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Personal property tax is bad public policy

Arguably, no tax is fair. “We the People” expect an orderly society with essential services that reflect our collective view of societal propriety and keep us safe and mobile. Of all the taxes collected, none is more unfair than the ...

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Despite ‘Citizens United’, politics remains hazardous for corporations

The controversial Citizens United decision ostensibly unleashed American corporations to spend more freely on political advocacy. But despite the green light, many of the most powerful consumer brands in America are under pressure to get out of politics. And due ...

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Medical groups are often targeted for embezzlement

Medical groups are richly rewarding targets for administrators with faulty moral compasses and a penchant for luxurious lifestyles. A 2010 report published by the Medical Group Management Association found that two-thirds of high-dollar embezzlement cases occurred in small groups of 10 ...

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Investing in nonprofits is good for business

Almost 25 years ago, my then husband-to-be and I were taking a drive across the country between our two years in graduate school. He had spent his summer working for a small company called Apple, so I met him in ...

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Badmouth that vodka at your own risk

Recent events surrounding the on-again, off-again relationship between Ogden’s Own Distillery and the Idaho State Liquor Division (ISLD) over the “tastefulness” of Ogden’s Own’s “Five Wives Vodka” (see Idaho Business Review, June 6, 2012 edition) bring to mind a familiar ...

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Stymied by dinner choices? There’s an app for that

My wife called me at work the other day and asked if I would pick up dinner on my way home. She didn’t care what it was, as long it was tasty and not too expensive. After I hung up ...

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Inside Out: The homeowner’s exemption law

Novice political office seekers often make promises they can’t possibly keep or they voice conclusions based more on what they want to be true rather than on what data dictates. Such statements, made from the campaign stump, add to a ...

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A mortgage relief deadline is approaching

Everyone knows someone who has gone through it: a loan modification, a short sale or even a foreclosure. In today’s economy, major mortgage upheaval is not uncommon. Job losses, medical bills, adjustable interest rates and other hardships are causing many ...

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