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For economic growth, think locally

As a commercial real estate broker who represents tenants in evaluating and securing office and industrial space, I am often asked what new companies are moving to the Boise area. It seems many people think the only way our business ...

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Getting the Jump on the JOBS Act

On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The stated objective of the act is “reopening American capital markets to emerging growth companies.” The act is intended to facilitate job creation by increasing access ...

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The good news about retiring later

Working has many rewards, and that’s a good thing. It sounds as if many Idahoans my age will be working for rather longer than they once expected. A new report from the local office of ECONorthwest looks closely at Idaho’s ...

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Big investment miss puts public pensions, taxpayers on notice

The poor annual investing results announced in mid-July by three large, closely watched public-employee retirement funds in California and New York signal that public pension funds are counting on unrealistic returns to meet obligations to retirees. Local taxpayers in cities ...

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Lessons from Penn State

Louis Freeh’s report, recently made public in the media, highlighted a series of failures at Penn State that led to a cover up of Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse. Freeh cites numerous individual failings, along with “weaknesses of the university’s culture, ...

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Nary a word about the real problem

Former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson has one message in his post-Senate life as a truth teller about the nation’s fiscal health. Simpson is preaching the gospel of budget and tax reform to anyone who will listen. Unfortunately the candidates for ...

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Signs of embezzlement

As a forensic accountant, I’ve seen egregious fraud committed over the years. After discovering they’re victims of embezzlement, business owners and board members invariably make two observations: 1. The violation of trust hurts more than the monetary loss. 2. Looking ...

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Small business, made in Idaho

Idaho’s relative isolation is hard on the people who would like the big-name stores seen in large cities. But it’s a blessing of sorts for Ron Hughes of Nampa, who makes regular runs to the Utah IKEA to pick up ...

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What is past is prologue

Assuming the role of president for the Idaho State Bar recently prompted me to spend some time reflecting on some of the role models in my life. The first such role model was my mother, Mary Kathryn Callaghan O’Leary. As ...

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