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SBA administrator: economy, low rates, good lenders spurring loan growth (access required)

The U.S.  Small Business Administration is going on the road this summer to help Pacific Northwest businesses take advantage of programs that could lead to federal contracts. “If you’ve got a firm here that’s got a product or service that ...

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Teresa Luna joins Idaho Homeland Security

Teresa Luna, the former director of the Idaho Department of Administration, now has a job as an agency emergency planner for the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security. In her role with the Department of Administration, Luna worked closely with IBHS ...

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Non-dairy MELT is spreading to new markets (access required)

MELT, a non-dairy buttery spread, is expanding. Its maker, Prosperity Organic Foods, moved April 26 from the downtown Boise’s Belgravia Building to larger quarters in the nearby Garro Building. The company hired five new employees between February and April, to ...

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Joel Andersen continues family tradition at Andersen Construction (access required)

Joel Andersen has been named president of Andersen Construction, the company his grandfather started in 1950. He follows his father David Andersen, who headed the company for the last 28 years. Andersen, 34, started working in the family business in ...

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A word with Kathleen McRoberts of Third Party Reproductive Law (access required)

Kathleen McRoberts is the founder of a 5-year-old Boise law firm called Third Party Reproductive Law, where she helps intended parents with the legal aspects of surrogacy, egg donation, sperm donation, and embryo donation. McRoberts is a former engineer and ...

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Idaho company faces fines in employee’s fatal bear mauling

An Idaho company is facing a proposed $15,000 in fines after its 31-year-old employee Adam Stewart was killed in a Teton Wilderness bear mauling. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration is considering ...

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Visitors Bureau chief wants to diversify, increase budget (access required)

The new head of the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau wants the organization to expand its income beyond two hotel tax-based sources. Carrie Westergard, who started working at the agency in January, said she would like to “turn over every ...

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After landing contract, AmeriBen will start hiring

After landing its largest contract to date, benefits administrator AmeriBen will be adding at least 100 new jobs at its Meridian headquarters. The company hopes to fill the jobs in the the next three months. Marketing supervisor Cathy Summers said ...

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