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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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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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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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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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Social media compliance: What companies need to know (access required)

In April 2012, Nordstrom Rack hosted a Tweetup, providing Boise’s social media influencers with $50 gift cards in exchange for them tweeting about the store in advance of its opening. In such a situation, the Federal Trade Commission Act requires ...

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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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