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The value of independent or outside directors (access required)

It is considered a “best practice” to have “independent” or “outside” directors on a corporate board. Companies listed on the NYSE and NASDAQ are required to have a majority of directors be independent. Also, public companies’ audit committees are required ...

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Breaking down Idaho’s boom and bust economy (access required)

The Idaho economy is on fire. In the last year, the Gem State has added more than 21,000 jobs, representing a 3.1 percent growth rate, which is significantly higher than the national rate of 2.0 percent over the same period. ...

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Learn to identify red flags and green lights (access required)

So you survived the downturn, construction has taken off, and you are up to your proverbial earlobes in activity. There are more projects than you can execute, and not enough qualified individuals. How do you confront this boom, and ensure ...

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‘Trademark’ is not a verb

“Trademark” is not a verb. It is a noun. In the United States, trademark rights accrue through use, not through registration. This means that when a mark is affixed to goods that are sold in interstate commerce, or used in ...

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Boost your peace and productivity with these hacks and apps

Technology can be hugely helpful when it comes to communicating with colleagues and clients, speeding up document revisions, and finding information like a professional sleuth — but as most people experience, it also has a dark side. In our always-on ...

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Make smart choices in energy efficiency (access required)

Most investments carry the inherent risk of not providing an acceptable return or worse, providing no return at all. An investment in energy efficiency is no exception. Energy efficient products and services are subject to the unscrupulous marketing practice of ...

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America’s farms thrive on immigration (access required)

America was and is unique among the nations. In 1774, before we won our independence, we paid between 1 and 2 percent of our incomes in taxes. At the time, Britons in London were paying 20 percent. Low taxes made ...

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Let’s help young people set goals for the future (access required)

If projections hold true, over the next eight to ten years, Idaho will gain 109,000 jobs according to the Idaho Department of Labor. Sounds like great news. However, during the same period, our workforce – the folks between the ages ...

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Immigration policy matters to Idaho businesses (access required)

Immigration policy has emerged as a major fault line in the in the 2016 presidential race. Candidates seem to talk past each other about principles that should guide policy making on this critical issue. Some argue immigrants are a drain ...

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