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The key to a quality training program

What makes for a quality training program? It’s not the talent or experience of the trainer, it’s not the comprehensiveness of the training, nor even the innate talent of the people participating in the training. The key to having a ...

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Auto parts stocks still rolling along

Would you like a license-plate holder or floor mats to go along with that quart of oil and new battery? Not surprisingly, stores that sell auto parts and accessories represented an industry that benefited from the recession. Cost-conscious Americans have ...

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Homeownership matters to both buyers, community

Much of the blame for the current recession gripping the country and Idaho is being placed on the shoulders of the All American Dream of homeownership. While that conversation is appropriate in light of the cost of the excesses of ...

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Take a closer look at restaurant stocks

The restaurant industry, hit hard by recession and high unemployment, is seeing less investor appetite for its stocks. While people must eat, they are increasingly careful about how they spend their money to do so. As in any severe shakeout, ...

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In a pinch, there’s always the waitress (access required)

The most underappreciated member of anybody’s baseball team is the utility player. On a warm Tuesday evening last summer, three colleagues and I went to see the Boise Hawks play the Spokane Indians. The Hawks are the Class A affiliate ...

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‘Electronic onboard’ your new hires (access required)

Unemployment numbers are showing positive recovery signs across the country – considerably better in this first quarter of 2011 than was expected last fall. Some economists predicted unemployment could jump to 10.1 percent. Instead, it registered at 8.9 percent in ...

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