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Strategies for success at Working Women’s Business Symposium

As a veteran marketing teacher and public speaker, Ann Swanson, a consultant for the Idaho Small Business Development Center, has long observed there’s just something different about teaching to a women-only group. Educators who promote all-women schools have been saying ...

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It’s important for Idaho’s health exchange to remain under state control

In 2011 my company, Premier Technology, made a simple yet significant change in the way we did business. We committed to buying a greater share of materials needed for our operations from Idaho suppliers. And we did it without sacrificing ...

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Idahoans need buying power in health care

When I was campaigning for my very first time back in 2012, tens of thousands of people were excited about my candidacy because of my innate ability to actively listen to the people whom I represent. They understood that I ...

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Parking up the wrong tree?

There are renowned debating societies in the Netherlands, in Greece and at Oxford in England, but the best debates of all happen in the newsrooms of U.S. newspapers. Just such a debate – short but substantive and spirited – took ...

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Welcome to middle age, Facebook

If you use Facebook, you’ve been through the birthday avalanche. All 837 of your friends get reminded that it’s your birthday and, Poof! At least 835 of them send you a greeting. I do. I feel obligated once I’m reminded ...

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Employers: Start now on preparing for ACA 2015 deadline

Last July, when the Obama administration announced the one-year delay, until Jan. 1, 2015, in imposing the employer-shared-responsibility penalties of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, many Idaho employers slammed the brakes on their compliance efforts. Even though 2015 ...

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Employers can effect change in health care market

While health care providers are in the process of vigorous consolidation in response to the Affordable Care Act’s provisions, business owners should consider doing some consolidating of efforts to keep health insurance costs down. Government regulations, fines and penalties, requirements ...

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Safety, the foundation of every successful business

Successful business owners have long known effective safety management systems must be woven into the fabric of an organization, becoming part of the culture and part of the way that people do their jobs. Safety management should be an integrated ...

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Energy incentives and energy codes

On Jan. 1, Idaho adopted the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code, the most current and most stringent code applicable to renovation and new construction for commercial construction. This brings Idaho in line with states such as Washington, Oregon, California, Massachusetts ...

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