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Transmission line project will help meet energy demand

Housing starts are creeping up. Unemployment is slowly coming down. Large construction cranes are once again prominent on the Boise skyline. While the regional economy is still not completely out of the woods, there are clear signs of hope that ...

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How successful business owners approach setbacks

One of the defining characteristics of entrepreneurs is their willingness to take calculated risks and to rebound when those risks don’t work out. Yet even business owners who have successfully navigated years of crises can freeze up, get fatigued to ...

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Idaho’s health insurance exchange: what’s next?

It is not news to Idaho’s business community that the state Legislature recently passed the Idaho Health Insurance Exchange Act. Few, however, are aware of exactly what the act does and what steps are next for the implementation of a ...

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Unfinished business in the Legislature

The Idaho legislature adjourns with unfinished business, and Idaho businesses should take note. Lowering health care costs serves us all, and Idaho should get to work on this. At the same time, we could lower property taxes and improve the ...

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The stress-free law practice

Many of you saw the headline of this column and thought one of two things: “That is absolutely impossible” or “Yes, I want that.” I am fairly certain that a completely stress-free law practice is not possible, any more than ...

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Payroll fraud myths and realities

Ghost employees. While the phrase may conjure up ideas for a new mystery novel, the reality isn’t at all glamorous. These “ghosts” (fictitious employees who receive paychecks) constitute a common type of payroll fraud. Essentially, payroll fraud occurs when someone ...

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Beware the long-term or continuing guaranty

As most small business owners know, creditors will often require owners to give personal guaranties for the repayment of the company’s debt. Landlords, suppliers and bankers require these guaranties to secure an additional source of repayment and perhaps to get ...

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Rethinking legal education

This column has regularly discussed how law school does little to prepare young lawyers for practice realities in any size law firm. It has become increasingly clear that reality is catching up to law schools. According to The New York ...

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