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Training supervisors can minimize risk of employment claims

Statistics and anecdotal information continue to show that discrimination and retaliation claims are on the rise. Verdicts are larger than ever as juries lose patience with companies unable to rein in managers who engage in questionable conduct. Legal costs rise, ...

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Follow these steps when negotiating a business lease

I recently attended the 10th Annual Colliers International Real Estate Conference in Boise and I left excited about the experts’ predictions for 2014. In short, the outlook for the Treasure Valley is positive, which is a welcome change from the ...

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Online, there is no nonverbal communication

Ninety percent of all first-time communication comes through the written word, says Peter Shankman, a networking guru described in Investor’s Business Daily as “crazy, but effective.” Given the ubiquity of social media and online communication, and the increasing sophistication of ...

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Before selling a business, consider a buyer’s perspective

In a company’s life cycle, several situations can prompt its sale. The owners may need to fund their retirement or succession from sale proceeds. A tempting, unsolicited offer may come across the transom. Or an entrepreneur may simply be ready ...

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Life lessons from kidnapping translate into success for Meridian property management company owner

Andy Propst is quick-witted and fast to laugh when he talks with his employees at Park Place Property Management in Meridian. He’s been president of the company since 2008 and now manages 50 workers and 2,200 properties throughout the Treasure Valley. ...

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Tax consequences of selling patents as part of a transition

Many entrepreneurial owners face difficult decisions when they look to sell their businesses. For inventors, sometimes the most valuable assets they can sell are the patents and other proprietary know-how they created or obtained over the years. Sales of patents ...

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Marketing questions you were afraid to ask

After several years of success in corporate America and at other advertising agencies, we decided to go into business for ourselves in 2002 to follow our passion for business and marketing – in a way that better served clients and ...

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A delicate balance: The First Amendment vs. ‘Trade Secrets’

The efforts of Idaho news organizations to intervene in the pending antitrust suit against St. Luke’s Health System brings into sharp focus the unique conflict between “trade secrets” and the First Amendment. “Without a free press there can be no ...

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