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US Ecology buying Environmental Quality

The Boise-based U.S. Ecology is buying environmental services and waste management company The Environmental Quality Co. in a stock deal valued at $465 million that will help expand its environmental services offerings and broaden its geographic reach. U.S. Ecology, through ...

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A word with Lars Hansen: Location is still one area where buyers won’t compromise (access required)

Brighton Homes President Lars Hansen received his degree in architecture in 1998 from the University of Idaho and since 2007 has been leading development with Brighton Homes as it builds residential communities across the Treasure Valley. Brighton has been building homes ...

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Support staff at law firms see their jobs redefined (access required)

Gone are the days when legal secretaries spent hours taking dictation, typing letters and filing reams of paper. The support staff at most law firms, including paralegals and legal secretaries, are now multi-taskers who work for many attorneys, not just ...

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Business Briefs

Top Idaho startups to be featured at event Kickstand and the Boise State Center for Entrepreneurship are holding a two-day business development event April 18 and 19. The 2nd annual StartUp: Treasure Valley event will feature two business competitions, a ...

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Idaho’s power rates are low, but rising (access required)

Idaho used to have the lowest electricity prices in the country, but a 16 percent increase in power costs in the past four years means that Idaho has lost that title. The state now has the fourth-lowest power costs for ...

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Otter signs tax incentive bill to lure businesses

A plan to use big tax breaks to lure businesses to expand in Idaho won the governor’s stamp of approval. Under the new law, which Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signed April 3, Idaho would refund up to 30 percent of ...

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Downtown Boise highrise purchased, will undergo extensive renovations (access required)

Boise developer Rafanelli & Nahas has purchased the Key Financial Center building and parking garage in downtown Boise. The company, which owns and manages Boise Plaza, River Run Center and River Quarry, purchased the building and 150-space parking garage at ...

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LoanTek closes $1 million in funding, looking for buyer (access required)

Mortgage lead and marketing data startup company LoanTek has finished its first round of funding, raising $1 million over the past three years and retiring an additional $200,000 in loans. CEO Adam Stein said the company is poised for new ...

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New Boise State COBE dean forsees planning, strategic disruption (access required)

The new business dean at Boise State University said he plans to work closely with the local business community as he develops the core mission, vision and values of the College of Business and Economics. Dean Ken Petersen starts at ...

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Judge upholds country of origin label for meat

Shoppers who want to buy American beef for dinner instead of meat from Canada or Mexico will still be able to find the country of origin on the label. A federal appeals court ruling March 28 allows the government to ...

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