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Raise efficiency with online tools

With a more widely distributed workforce – projects and litigation may involve in-house employees, consultants, contractors and teleworkers – the need for online collaboration has never been greater. Fortunately, there are plenty of choices on the market to meet the need. Choosing ...

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If Croatia, why not Idaho?

It seems as though everyone is visiting Croatia right now, or knows someone who is. Our own construction and real estate reporter, Jennifer Gonzalez, just returned from three weeks traveling in and around Dubrovnik. My parents went sailing there in ...

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Invest in the workers you have

Even as high unemployment continues to grab headlines, shortages of people in key job categories and turnover are increasingly affecting business owners. A combination of factors is going to cause this trend to accelerate over the next few months. First, ...

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Brand journalism makes you reporter and publisher

(Part two of a two-part series) In the first of this two-part series, we looked at how companies can use case studies to increase interest and traffic and, ultimately, to win new customers. In this second of two parts, we ...

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A change in approach

Idaho Transportation Department Director Brian Ness gave state lawmakers some bad news this year on road and bridge maintenance. Ness said that in less than 10 years, almost one-third of Idaho’s highways would need pavement repairs. More than one-third of ...

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Of veterinarians, lawyers and social media

Recent news reports told of a “virtual veterinarian” in Texas who moved his practice online and communicated to distressed pet owners by email and telephone. He generally charged a flat fee and recommended treatment options. The Texas State Board of ...

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Is your company ready for brand journalism?

(Part one of a two-part series) Back in the old days, like five years ago, companies used to be able to get sales, leads and inbound calls by courting the media, running ads and doing traditional marketing (direct mail, email ...

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A judgment call

I was asked to be a judge in the 2013 Miss Idaho competition. Flattered? Of course. But I am not unfamiliar with such requests and, in fact, over the years, because of what I do for a living, I have ...

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Small business owners support Senate immigration proposal

I think it would be fair to say that our nation’s economy is in desperate need of an overhaul. We need change that will promote job growth through cutting edge thinking and modernism – a change that would come from ...

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