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PennStarter looking to the crowd for investors (access required)

Northern Idaho firm Pennaluna & Co. is starting to do something most brokers-dealers don’t do: advertise companies that they’re raising funds for. Following provisions of the federal JOBS Act, Pennaluna has launched PennStarter, a portal for early-stage companies seeking funding ...

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Study focuses on cross laminated timber (access required)

Building a residential tower with cross laminated timber could be slightly cheaper than a comparable concrete structure, according to a recent study by three Pacific Northwest firms. Mahlum Architects, Walsh Construction and Seattle-based structural engineering firm Coughlin Porter Lundeen teamed ...

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Study: National parks boost Idaho’s economy

National parks and monuments boosted the economies of surrounding communities in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho by a combined $1.15 billion last year, according to a new study. Wyoming saw $723.3 million in spending by visitors to parks and monuments run ...

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Idaho, Utah ag-gag laws face federal court challenges

The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges. Half of U.S. states ...

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Department of Finance reports improvements in state financial sector (access required)

A record-high number of companies and people are hoping to conduct financial services work in Idaho, according to a new report from the Idaho Department of Finance. The condition of the state’s banks and credit unions is also improving, according ...

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Credit unions flourish, outpacing banks

Idaho’s credit unions have more than doubled in size in the past decade, recently leading the nation in growth and surpassing the steady increase of the state’s banks. The two types of financial services companies are playing by different rules ...

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Business Briefs: McCall College struggles to find students

D.L. Evans Bank is adding Caldwell location D.L. Evans Bank, the largest bank headquartered in Idaho, will expand to Caldwell with a new temporary branch opening this fall, with a larger permanent branch scheduled to be built across the street ...

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Consumer complaints to the AG are dropping (access required)

The newest consumer protection report from Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden shows that complaints filed with the state’s consumer protection division have dropped in recent years. Some categories, including motor vehicles and loans and mortgage lenders, remain the most common ...

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Demographer: Boise and intermountain cities doing well (access required)

Boise and other cities in the region have attracted businesses and families in recent years with a combination of low living costs, strong traditional industries like agriculture and manufacturing, and an environment that’s friendly to business, said Demographer Joel Kotkin. ...

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Idaho chef Mark Ballen to compete in Louisiana seafood cook-off (access required)

Idaho is more than 500 miles from the nearest ocean, but an Idaho chef will compete in a seafood contest in New Orleans next month. Mark Ballen, the chef at Lucky Fins Seafood Grill in Boise, will take part in ...

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