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A word with Consul General of Canada, Brandon Lee (access required)

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No other country, aside from the United States itself, is as important to Idaho business as Canada. Our nearest foreign neighbor is not only the largest source of Idaho exports but also participates in many important partnerships ranging from agriculture ...

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What makes Idaho bankruptcies different? Its 13/7 ratio (access required)

A common perception is that economic downturns cause an increase in bankruptcies. It turns out that’s not exactly correct. High debt is the culprit in consumer bankruptcy, not the economy. “People think of bankruptcy as an indicator of the health of ...

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Business interruption insurance exclusions more than words (access required)

Just because your business interruption insurance policy says you’re not covered for a virus-caused emergency shutdown, you would be wise to file a notice of claim anyway. That’s because the courts still may rule in your favor, according to Kevin ...

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Swamped unemployment call center begs for more agents (access required)

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The Idaho Department of Labor opened a temporary call center of 30 agents on June 1 to help reduce the state’s flood of unemployment claims. The volume of calls sent it underwater immediately, so Labor requested, and received, $3 million ...

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Idaho Department of Commerce funds two startup projects (access required)

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The Idaho Department of Commerce has awarded two grants, totaling more than $460,000, that will help two Idaho companies bring new technologies to market. The Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission program, through the Department of Commerce, offers grants to Idaho’s three ...

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US shoppers returned with vigor in May in partial rebound

BALTIMORE (AP) — American shoppers ramped up their spending on store purchases by a record 17.7% from April to May, delivering a dose of energy for retailers that have been reeling since the coronavirus shut down businesses, flattened the economy ...

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Internships get canceled or go virtual because of pandemic

LONDON (AP) — Yadeen Rashid was flying high in February. He’d just earned stellar grades in his latest semester at Virginia Tech university, where he’s in his third year double majoring in economics and political science. And he’d just landed ...

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Pop open a bottle: California wine tasting rooms reopening

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — California wineries started uncorking their bottles and welcoming people back to their tasting rooms Friday as the state’s $145 billion tourism industry gears up with hotels, zoos, museums and aquariums also allowed to reopen. With COVID-19 ...

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US casinos push for cashless gambling payments, citing virus

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The American casino industry wants gambling regulators to make it easier to adopt cashless payment transactions on the casino floor, citing a desire to help customers avoid handling money during the coronavirus outbreak. In a ...

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Treasure Valley closed home sales down, pending sales up (access required)

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Pending home sales took off in May while closed sales dipped again, according to monthly real estate market report from the Boise Regional Realtors. The continuing slump in closed sales reflects the lower numbers of buyers who were shopping and ...

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