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With nonprofit board membership comes responsibility

Nonprofit boards come under very careful scrutiny from contributors. Their tax returns are public knowledge, so it’s easy for granting agencies to see when board members are doing their jobs well and when they’re letting things slide. At the same ...

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Bobbleheads are back!

Last year, when I stopped to get a Kellen Moore Bobblehead at Jacksons I was denied! I couldn’t believe it – by 8:30 a.m. I was two hours too late. I wasn’t about to miss out this time. They released ...

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Mediation can save time and money

It’s surprising how often we view the same circumstances from different perspectives, especially when we’re in conflict. Most of us have been in situations where there was conflict between employees. When it escalated, productivity and efficiency dropped. Resentment simmered. When ...

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DOMA guidance affects Idaho employers

The Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor invalidating Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act requires the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages valid under state law. Because employee benefit plans are regulated by federal law, many questions ...

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Idahoans appreciate their wine

If you’ve lived in Idaho long, you know the state is gung-ho on promoting local goods and services. Campaigns like Buy Idaho, Idaho Preferred and Think Boise First remind us frequently that, population-wise, we may be small potatoes, but potatoes ...

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Health Reform 101

Americans have heard they’re paying an arm and a leg for health insurance, and they generally know something called Obamacare is looming in the very near future, poised to change the way health insurance is administered. But for many, that’s ...

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Lawyers, know when to say ‘no’ to potential clients

For too many lawyers, the idea of marketing is daunting because there are so many potential clients, so little time to reach them, and so many options for pursuing them. Such lawyers may try to do too much: attend frequent ...

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The case for biotech wheat

Idaho wheat growers breathed a sigh of relief on July 30 when Yoshimasa Hayashi, Japanese minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, stepped to the podium in his weekly briefing and announced that Japan would immediately resume shipments of soft white ...

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The spaghetti theory of marketing

I’ve often wondered why gift bags are handed out at even the most lavish Hollywood parties and benefits. Surely the movie stars in attendance can’t be that impressed with the cosmetics, perfume and other designer items in the bags. After ...

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