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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)

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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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Canyon County a better market than Ada County for rental investors (access required)

A new analysis suggests Ada County is a poor market for rental property investors who want to generate cash flow. Rent prices are low relative to home sale prices. A report released by national real estate data firm RealtyTrac suggests ...

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Umpqua-Sterling merger will be final April 18 (access required)

Umpqua Bank’s acquisition of Sterling Bank will be completed on April 18. The banks said April 1 that they had received all regulatory approvals for the merger, which was announced in September 2013 and approved by both banks’ shareholders Feb. ...

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US construction spending up tiny 0.1 percent

U.S. construction spending posted a slight increase in February as a rebound in construction of hotels and other nonresidential buildings offset a decline in housing. But housing construction fell as activity was still being depressed by the harsh winter in ...

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