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Thanks for the memories, Coach Pete

It’s been a wild ride for Boise State football fans. First, the day we hoped would never come arrived. Coach Petersen decided to move on to coach the University of Washington Huskies. Then Bryan Harsin, a Treasure Valley kid, lands ...

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An array of insurance options for Idaho small businesses

Small businesses, typically defined as those with fewer than 500 employees, represent 96.9 percent of all employers in Idaho and employ 57.4 percent of the private-sector workforce. These businesses are a large part of the state’s economy, and as such ...

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Now is the time to prepare for retirement (access required)

It is so easy to put off saving for retirement. It’s one of those things we all think we’ll get to tomorrow when there are so many urgent needs today. The problem is, tomorrow will be here before we know ...

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Time’s a-wasting – and here’s how to change that

The biggest single time management and productivity killer is distractions. Interruptions, email, multitasking and a dozen other different distractions cause significant loss of productivity, which translates to lost money. And, the bigger problem is not the distraction itself, which could ...

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Keeping secrets: a primer on trade secret laws

Espionage is popularly known as a clandestine practice whereby a country, organization or individual obtains secret information from another without permission. The practice of espionage has been the subject of many of our most memorable fictional novels, movies and television ...

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Idaho’s college goal for students

Some have questioned if the goal of having 60 percent of Idaho high school graduates going on to some form of advanced degree or certificate is reasonable. To me the goal makes sense. While I agree that not everyone needs ...

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Financial statements paint a complete picture (access required)

In my last column I discussed the differences between the cash and accrual methods of accounting and recommended keeping your books on an accrual basis. Assuming this sage advice is followed, the follow-up question is: How do I read a ...

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Making your e-newsletter effective

Have you ever opened an e-newsletter, looked at the graphics without reading any of the text, and closed it a few seconds later? You’re not alone. The average time a person spends on an e-newsletter is less than a minute, ...

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