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True listening is key to understanding

Millions of dollars are lost every day because of poor listening. In your company it may be only thousands, or hundreds, or maybe just $20 or $50 here and there. Whatever the amount, I’m guessing you would be amazed at ...

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Project Update: Danik Gymnastics-Meridian (access required)

Danik Gymnastics by Aug. 1 aims to occupy a 23,000-square-foot building at 547 S. Locust Grove Road, Meridian, owner Victor Danilovitch said. Danik will move from a 6,000-square-foot space on Adkins Way. The business offers gymnastics, tumbling and cheerleading instruction. Its ...

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Talking Tax: Keep home and business deductions distinct

Q: I recently started a home-based business in Meridian. What can I deduct as expenses on my tax return? Any recommendations? A: The two key words here are “ordinary” and “necessary.” The tax code allows a deduction for the expenses ...

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Talking Tax: Refunds slow to arrive this year

Q: Where’s my refund? I made a special effort to file my tax return earlier than I usually do because I want to use my refund to pay for some remodeling in our kitchen. I e-filed my return and asked ...

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Workers want to give you their feedback

The crystal ball of employee surveys is showing us that workers are frustrated with their employers. Their major gripe? Companies won’t put policies and practices in place to support their own goals. In a recent survey of 800 people in ...

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Volunteering is good for the workplace

Idaho First Lady Lori Otter kicked off Idaho AmeriCorps Week on May 7 with an emphasis on “play” to combat childhood obesity. AmeriCorps is the national volunteer program focused on U.S.-based service projects. But there is another important health benefit ...

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Stop blaming and start looking for solutions

One of the first things people do when something goes wrong is look for someone to blame. The practice is extremely common, but it’s not only ineffectual, I say it’s a sign of weak leadership. If people want to step ...

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Defending age claims is now more arduous for employers

Although many of us don’t consider 40 “old,” the law does. With Idaho unemployment currently hovering just below eight percent and layoffs continuing throughout the state at many major employers—for instance, Idaho National Laboratory recently announced an additional 35 to ...

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The meaning of ‘Occupy Boise’ (access required)

The people who are part of Occupy Boise consider themselves the 99 percent engaged in “civil disobedience,” or class warfare, against the 1 percent “economic and political elites.” Class warfare has a rich history in Idaho, and particularly in Boise. ...

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Project Update: Majestic Retail Center (access required)

Majestic Retail Center is expected to be completed around mid-June at 2175 E. Cinema Drive in Meridian, said Jeffrey Hall of the Cushman & Wakefield Commerce commercial real estate firm. The 5,233-square-foot building is on 1 acre north of Overland ...

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