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Making a case for more drama (access required)

When Shari Herrera took over the helm of the Idaho Women’s Business Center five months ago, one of her chief ambitions was to extend the services of the center from her Boise office to more remote areas of Idaho. The ...

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Tax consequences of gifts, awards, and prizes (access required)

With the holiday season right around the corner, it is important for both employers and employees to be reminded about the tax consequences of receiving gifts, awards and other prizes. Whether it is a free turkey at Thanksgiving, an award ...

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When business and kickball overlap (access required)

A recent court decision awarded workers’ compensation benefits to a worker who was injured during a company kickball game, causing employers across the country to ask many questions. Could this happen to us? Stephen Whigham thought he had a good ...

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Care about the future of the construction industry? Then vote. (access required)

For the hardworking men and women in the construction industry the vast array of agencies, officials and regulations that make up government – and the elections that come along with it – is not a priority. For some, government is ...

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LinkedIn matters for B2B companies (access required)

Like many business owners, I’m skeptical of social media marketing claims. For many of the B2B (business-to-business) organizations we work with, Twitter and Facebook have proven to be high-effort/low-return marketing channels. Despite this challenge, it’s no secret that social media ...

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Family-owned businesses are getting it right (access required)

Family businesses account for approximately 80 percent of U.S. companies and 80 to 90 percent of businesses across the globe. Some of the world’s biggest companies are family-owned, including Samsung, Tata Group, Wal-Mart and Cargill, and about one-third of all ...

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Federal agency may begin to wade deeper (access required)

In spring 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency published its draft “Waters of the U.S.” rule for public comment. The rule would redefine which waters are subject to federal regulation – commonly known as jurisdictional waters – and greatly increase the ...

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There’s time to plan for new revenue recognition standards (access required)

The Financial Accounting Standards Board and International Accounting Standards Board joined forces to issue a new revenue recognition standard. While the impact is larger on some industries than on others, this new approach will significantly change the way companies  determine ...

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Three tips for improving mobile security (access required)

It’s almost impossible to recall a time before smartphones and nonstop connection. The efficiency and always-on gains seen by mobile technology has come at a price, however. According to security firm Kaspersky Lab, mobile is becoming one of the fastest-developing ...

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New tangible property regulations present some great opportunities (access required)

Many business owners and managers are still unaware that final regulations related to assets were released September of 2013, and don’t know the impact on their business. Most businesses that own tangible property need to take action and should comply ...

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