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Don’t let your business get stuck in a stall (access required)

The lifecycle of a business generally has three marked phases: the introductory phase, the growth phase, and then (after reaching the peak of growth), a phase of decline. Over the years, I have seen way too many businesses get stuck ...

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King v. Burwell: Obamacare survives another challenge

Idaho’s business community is certainly familiar with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes referred to, often derisively, as “Obamacare.” With the United State Supreme Court’s decision June 25 in the case of King v. Burwell, the ACA again survives a ...

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Health care quality is a business issue

Five years after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it is clear that the Act has had a major impact on Idaho’s businesses, including Idaho’s health care and health insurance industries. For example, the Act forced ...

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A diverse board is a stronger board

Research shows that a diverse board of directors will increase the financial performance of your company. Credit Suisse’s Gender Diversity and Corporate Performance report found that “in testing the performance of 2,360 companies globally over the last six years, our ...

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My latest iPhone app discoveries (access required)

Here are a few of my new favorite and often-used iPhone apps. First, if you travel often, make sure to download FlightBoard. This free app provides instant access to all flights and their assigned gates at any given airport. So ...

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Monitoring workers via GPS

A California woman sued claiming she was fired illegally after she objected to her employer forcing her to install a GPS tracking application on her phone that monitored her movements 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This lawsuit ...

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Plan for exit when you start a company

Everyone who starts a company will need an exit one day. No one can work forever; at some time you will want to (or have to) retire and/or your investors will want to sell their stock. An exit is how ...

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The new generic top-level domains: Protecting your trademarks

Virtual real estate on the Internet is one of the best pieces of property that a business can own. A good website and a simple domain name, such as [yourtrademark].com or [yourtrademark].net, are easy and effective ways to attract and ...

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The importance of contract review (access required)

Every construction project starts with the contract: It is the cornerstone of the project and is for all purposes the rulebook. A good contract defines the scope of the work, sets the budget, dictates the schedule, and governs the parties’ ...

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An introduction to design-build for public project delivery (access required)

The traditionally widespread requirement that public owners use only the “design-bid-build” method for project delivery has been relaxed. Instead of preparing a design and then selecting a low-bid contractor, certain public owners in Idaho, Washington and Oregon (and elsewhere) have ...

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