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Find your motivation for change – before you get stuck in place

As the legal profession continues to contend with everything from layoffs to fee pressures, we have reached a point where upheaval is the new normal. The whole world as we know it has changed and continues to change. Adapting to ...

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Reputation management is founded in character

Merriam-Webster defines “reputation” as the “overall quality of character as seen or judged by people in general.” Let’s take a second to break that down in the context of your business. The main component of your business’ reputation is the ...

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Is access to home equity changing higher education?

As a mother of two college students, I am mindful of how Americans pay for college. The effect of the financial crisis and recession – including an unstable job market and tightening lending standards – on higher education is noticeable. The ...

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With the U.S. economy, it’s always something

“It is hard to make predictions, especially about the future.” That quote has been attributed to a various number of folks: Winston Churchill, Will Rogers, Albert Einstein, Victor Borge and Groucho Marx, among others. “It’s always something,” said Gilda Radner ...

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Business etiquette is always in season (access required)

While many offices are more relaxed during the summer months, and some businesses even change their dress codes to reflect this, considerate behavior shouldn’t go on vacation. I often hear my clients complain about an absence of etiquette today (mostly ...

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New hiring requirements for veterans, disabled workers

Two new rules announced Aug. 27 by the U.S. Department of Labor aim to put more veterans and disabled Americans to work by imposing heightened hiring requirements on federal contractors. Administered by the DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, ...

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When it comes to health insurance, Idahoans shouldn’t take chances

Along with three other family business partners, I manage a large, diversified dry-land crop, cattle and timber operation in northern Idaho and also provide consulting services to family farm businesses. I’ve got a lot on my mind, but one of ...

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New FMLA developments keep employers on their toes

Idaho employers who think they have a handle on administering the Family and Medical Leave Act may need to take another look. In the last six months, new regulations and a significant U.S. Supreme Court decision have changed the FMLA ...

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Now is the time to refinance, borrow for commercial real estate

Commercial real estate finance has come through the perfect storm of a long recession and finally reached the other side, and 2013 will go down in the books as a strong year for the market. Rates remain at historic lows ...

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