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Some need-to-know Small Business Administration rules (access required)

For small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, the U.S. Small Business Administration offers several opportunities to expand into the field of federal government contracting. The SBA administers the 8(a) Business Development Program in order to help businesses ...

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Negotiation strength comes from recognizing its existence (access required)

Significantly more than 90 percent of disputes are resolved by a negotiated settlement rather than a court decision. Also, 100 percent of contracts are entered following some sort of negotiation process. Likewise, every change order or contractual adjustment follows a ...

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On the construction workforce: What can we do? (access required)

Every year 1.2 million students drop out of high school. That equates to 7,000 students each day. That’s one student every 26 seconds. About 25 percent of freshmen do not graduate from high school with their class. Think about that ...

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Unique obstacles for brokerage owners, contractors (access required)

It is no secret that planning to sell or transition a business, regardless of its type or size, can involve significant work. Some businesses, including brokerages and construction firms, face unique challenges in exit planning due to their structure and ...

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Design reflected Coach Pete’s philosophy in football and in life

Introducing a new coaching regime at a university leaves an indelible mark on sporting and recreational facilities. The incoming coach brings in a team of people, often to affect change: to shake up a program and establish a new philosophy ...

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What happens in the ag economy doesn’t stay in the ag economy

For as long as I can remember, I’ve heard rueful jokes about the joys and sorrows of making a living from agriculture. The price farmers pay for their independence and self-reliance is financial uncertainty and a living that is subject ...

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Spring forecast for employers: persistent ICE storms (access required)

Now that the sun is shining a bit more often and spring weather seems to be returning across the state, one might believe no more big storms are on the horizon. But for employers, that may not be the case. ...

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Want to fly in a B-17 bomber over Boise? Here’s your chance

I first wrote about the B-17 Flying Fortress as a 15-year-old at the tail end of the Carter Administration. Not as a class assignment, but as a plot device to get my commando team from Alsace-Lorraine to Cortina D’Ampezzo in ...

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Recreation? Idahoans are making it happen

When we decided to dedicate an issue of Square Feet to recreation spaces in Idaho, we had no idea how difficult it would be to choose from all of the action-oriented projects that are recently completed, planned, or underway. Outdoor ...

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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: ‘The New Federal Divorce Law’ (access required)

I have never had a client who has said that he or she is getting divorced to take advantage of the tax laws. Divorce is an overwhelmingly difficult and often very painful personal experience, and while support and property division ...

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