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Lackluster growth seen in national commercial real estate market (access required)

Growth in the national commercial real estate market has been steady this year but far from anything that could be described as spectacular. Some sectors are growing faster than others, but overall growth has been slow, but steady. Data released ...

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How to choose software for your small law firm (access required)

I am often asked to speak to lawyers about mobile and cloud computing and when I do, members of the audience tend to have lots of questions. That was certainly the case last week when I spoke to a group ...

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It might be time for a tune-up of DMCA copyright law

I actually remember when the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) became law, back in October 1998. I was working in-house for Micron Electronics, and we had just completed the acquisition of a Los Angeles-based web hosting company. The web hosting ...

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Albertsons cancelled IPO: Will value proposition resonate with consumers? (access required)

Albertsons plans to raise almost $2 billion dollars this month in its initial public offering changed abruptly following Walmart’s disappointing earnings announcement on October 14th and tepid investor interest in the $23-25 share price proposed by Albertsons management. Walmart’s surprising ...

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Stormwater management falls on all of us (access required)

This fall, Idaho Business Review is publishing Square Feet, a quarterly magazine dedicated to commercial and residential design, construction and real estate. This column by Jeff Ward appeared in the print edition of Square Feet, which was distributed with the ...

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The care and feeding of your investors

I have been involved in more than 30 angel investments over the last nine years. Some of those companies have done a superb job interacting with their investors; others a terrible job. If you take capital from investors, you have ...

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Open Spaces levy will strengthen Boise’s economic landscape (access required)

On November 3, Boise voters will have the chance to pass a temporary override levy to purchase lands in the Boise Foothills and along the Boise River for maintaining a clean water supply and preserving wildlife and recreation areas. On ...

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Treasure Valley’s linear layout makes rail transit a no-brainer (access required)

The Treasure Valley is ripe for a robust public transit system. It’s the ideal place for a mix of buses, streetcars, light rail, commuter rail and whatever other transportation innovations happen along in coming years. A look at the congestion ...

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Tame the chaos and discover clarity (access required)

Many of my clients report feeling scattered as they navigate their day in the role of CEO/firefighter. Their to-do lists are never-ending. Will better priority management and more effective organizational systems improve productivity? Probably. The deeper transformation, however, comes from ...

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Tips to avoid religious discrimination liability while hiring (access required)

What do you do if a job candidate walks into an interview wearing a hijab, yarmulke or cross? You may have no intention of discussing religion during the interview, yet the candidate’s headwear, facial hair, jewelry or tattoos may raise ...

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