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Hop acreage up in Washington, Idaho and nationwide

U.S. hop acreage is forecast at a record 53,282 acres this year, up 4 percent over last year, with new acreage and plantings entering full production. The Capital Press reports that the 2018 forecast for Washington is 39,273 acres, which ...

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Idaho call center lays off more than 600 workers

More than 600 workers have lost their jobs at a southwestern Idaho call center. The Idaho Press-Tribune reported that Sykes Corporation’s call center in Boise made the layoffs of 640 workers public in a notice filed with the Idaho Department ...

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US adds a solid 213,000 jobs; unemployment up to 4 percent

U.S. employers kept up a brisk hiring pace in June by adding 213,000 jobs, a sign of confidence in the economy despite the start of a potentially punishing trade war with China. The job growth wasn’t enough to keep the ...

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Idaho gears up to boost logging, restoration on federal land

Idaho has more than doubled the number of workers assigned to logging and restoration projects on federal lands in the state with the goal of doubling the timber harvest and restoration treatments on by 2025. The Idaho Department of Lands ...

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Senator gauges US agency’s work with Alaska small businesses

A U.S. senator from Idaho held a recent hearing in Anchorage to get feedback from Alaska business leaders on Small Business Administration programs. Republican Sen. Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, wanted to gather ...

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How should businesses respond to bad reviews?

A bad review can easily damage the reputation of a small business. Failing to address negative social media and online posts could make it worse. Yelp.com recently won a case in California where an aggrieved law firm tried to force ...

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Study: Bank customers are still using neighborhood branches (access required)

An explosion of new commercial technologies across any retail sector you care to think of have rapidly changed consumer behavior in recent years. New “market places” have popped up on the screens of all the various devices people use each ...

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