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Commercial loans available to well-managed firms

You hear it a lot these days: “Banks aren’t lending to businesses.” The truth is that many banks are still lending to companies with strong fundamentals, such as proven cash flow and strong balance sheets. Also, businesses that show a compelling ...

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How to communicate about high-deductible health plans

Many companies are trying to find new ways to reduce the cost of health care for both themselves and their employees. One idea is to help employees have more “skin in the game” by implementing high-deductible health plans, coupled with ...

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Don’t underestimate value of the big guys

I was talking to an Idaho businessman recently about Idaho’s large employers and he said, “Well, there aren’t many companies here with more than a thousand employees, are there?” I was surprised. There are dozens of companies each employing more ...

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The relationship of ‘purpose’ to long-term success

To truly succeed, you need a clear purpose, and everyone in your organization must know it. Yet too often a quest for money and short-term success gets in the way. The dangerous practice of focusing on profits instead of purpose ...

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Long-term investing essential to covering college costs

As students troop off to college this fall, parents with children of all ages have their heads spinning from a volatile investment year of troubling world and national events. That makes it the perfect time for them to get their ...

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Your cell phone may be slowing you down

As new generations of cell phones have appeared over the years, we’ve seen productivity rise. But does it always? The answer seems to depend on how we use these innovations, because each technological advance has its pros and cons. If ...

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Study estimates doctors’ impact on state’s economic health

While physicians are often recognized for their vital role in ensuring the health and well-being of the citizens of Idaho, their contributions to the economic health of the state often go unrecognized. The Idaho Medical Association, of which I am ...

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How are you handling wage garnishments?

It’s a subject that can be as embarrassing to address for employers as it is for employees –wage garnishments. No employer wants to make involuntary deductions from an employee’s pay, but in today’s tough economic times, HR experts are predicting ...

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Achieving work-life balance is a smart choice

A healthy work/life balance is more about what you do for yourself, not what your employer or the government mandates. I recently watched a video on Bnet.com entitled Take Back Your Time, with the guest advocating a law that U.S. ...

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