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Celebrate teachers, our partners in the education of Idaho’s future

For generations, our family has run a ranching operation in Idaho. It is a rewarding but difficult business that requires dedicated and very hard-working employees. One thing I learned as a rancher and businessman that I apply to my job ...

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A note from the editor Feb. 18

As promised in my (digital) note from the editor last week, this week’s edition features coverage recapping our Feb. 10 Breakfast Series event, news in health care, developing, well, construction projects, and more. Flipping through the first few pages of ...

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Treasury management is helping local businesses of every size manage payment risk

The pandemic has driven Idaho’s small and medium-size businesses to expand their digital footprint. It’s been a much-needed lifeline for business owners looking to source customers, suppliers and growth opportunities. Unfortunately, our treasury management teams are seeing the downside of ...

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Retirement plans: A smart investment for small businesses in 2022 

Today’s competitive job market, plummeting unemployment rates, the Great Resignation and surging COVID-19 cases are taking their toll on small businesses needing reliable help. According to a recent Business Insider article, today’s labor shortages are primarily worker-driven, with a variety ...

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All Idaho children deserve safe, well-funded school facilities 

Idaho public schools are the backbone of our local communities. But for many districts, facilities are crumbling due to age and a lack of resources needed to make repairs. This issue is further compounded by Idaho’s extreme population growth in ...

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A note from the editor Feb. 11

This past week, through our digital-first model, development and financial aid made several appearances in our coverage, with freelance writer Brooke Strickland sharing news in the financial aid sector of a grant program through Wells Fargo to help local businesses ...

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4 tips for running a successful business with your loved one

For nearly all Idaho small business owners, business ownership is a labor of love. Yet running a business with your loved one can bring on additional challenges that may take out all the romance this Valentine’s Day. The challenges that ...

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Vaccines work, mandates don’t

In the Spring of 2020, the coronavirus upended normal life. First reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019, the virus spread rapidly across Asia and to the rest of the world, killing over 870,000 people in the United States and ...

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A note from the editor Feb. 4

Here’s what stood out to me in this week’s print edition: the diversity of article authors, the broad range of timely topics discussed and the opportunity to connect with local businesses.   As promised in mid-January, Catie Clark shares her second ...

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Tips for online retailers in turbulent times

Keeping your online business in order while maintaining a pleasant customer experience can be difficult, especially when variables outside of your control are affecting the operation of your establishment. In 2021, many businesses struggled with supply chain and hiring issues, ...

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