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Small-business owners know hard work (access required)

It is, hands down, the best restaurant name in Boise: Donnie Mac’s Trailer Park Cuisine. Donnie MacKenzie, a former owner of the MacKenzie River Pizza restaurants in Idaho, opened the burger joint earlier this year in a former tire store ...

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Journalists need to push back PR (access required)

The latest buzzword in the newspaper business is “openness.” The Spokane Spokesman-Review is now web-casting its daily editorial meetings. The Rocky Mountain News website has daily “blogs” written by editors. The Idaho Statesman has a reader — a non-employee — ...

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Time to find deals in commercial rental market (access required)

On the long list of tasks a business owner or manager must do to survive in the competitive Idaho market, finding a new location used to rank behind drumming up new business and keeping existing clients happy. But now, searching ...

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Idaho business community key to success of cancer fundraiser (access required)

The little boy danced around luminarias at the Boise Relay For Life in a celebratory spirit, while others were having more somber moments, thinking of loved ones lost to cancer. I appreciated his parents not dampening his moment. The boy ...

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Message to Boise Mayor David Bieter: Make public transportation cool, hip (access required)

Dear Boise Mayor David Bieter In a speech earlier this month, you were asked to speak about planned communities in the Treasure Valley. In your remarks, you touched on the importance of public transportation development being a core part of ...

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Where have you gone, Joe Albertson? (access required)

Almost two decades ago, I went for a run from my home on the Bench toward Ann Morrison Park. It was a mellow run, something to shake my legs out after a high school cross country meet. As I cruised ...

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What happens when the training wheels come off? (Publisher's Notes) (access required)

As we celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer vacations, I unexpectedly discovered the similarities between mountain biking and business. A little more than a year ago, at 50, I decided to take up mountain ...

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Region Report: Economy good, more ed. needed (access required)

Leaders of the recent annual leadership conference that the Boise Metro Chamber Commerce sponsored in Sun Valley called on Treasure Valley business and community leaders to chart a course for the region’s future economy, education and environment. “We have been ...

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Avoid becoming the next microsoftsucks.com (access required)

Think carefully when choosing the domain name for your business Web site. It may seem advisable to use a generic domain name in the hope of getting more Internet traffic from Web surfers looking for a specific service, but who ...

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