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Taking the blame, asking for trust

While almost everyone has felt the impact of the recession, few have felt it as strongly as the banks, which are roundly blamed for making poor lending decisions that led to the economic collapse, at least in real estate. On ...

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Is doing it by the numbers always right?

Years ago, when I managed a company in the food industry, I met with a retail buyer who pulled out his computer analysis of how quickly products moved through his billing system. He made the criticism that my company’s products ...

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For maximum security, shred old hard drives

Every piece of technology has a lifespan, and even smaller companies likely have a technology closet with at least a few “retired” hard drives tucked into a corner. Although these machines may have been wiped using software designed to destroy ...

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Higher ed, lower expectations

Idaho is about to lose another high-value educational asset. The loss is coming in part, I suspect, because the state has engaged in prolonged and systematic disinvestment in education at all levels, and higher education has been particularly hard hit. ...

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TEDZ: Building highways, building the economy

There has been much discussion recently about shortfalls and increasing deficits in the Idaho Transportation Department’s  budget for maintenance of Idaho’s highways and bridges.  It is estimated that in less than 10 years 28 percent of Idaho’s highways will have ...

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Idaho contractors underuse SBA bond guarantees

For small construction companies, obtaining bonding can be a daunting task. If you’re having a hard time securing bid, performance or payment bonds, the U.S. Small Business Administration may have a solution. The SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee program recently increased ...

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Public education solutions are needed urgently

As employers, we represent Idaho with all its differences – coming from many geographies and communities, with unique cultural and political characteristics. Some of us run small businesses, some large. In many ways we couldn’t be more unalike. But we ...

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Wonder Bread – is it back?

When I first saw the headlines a few days back on my Twitter feed, I started getting excited, but told myself to calm down. After all, it’s not a done deal yet (it needs to get bankruptcy court approval; a ...

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Corporate minutes as Trojan horse

What should director minutes say and how detailed should they be? It likely depends on the maturity of the company, the personality of its management, and the input of its lawyers. But lawyers often have disagreed on what minutes should ...

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