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Brandee Schuelke joins The Helmstar Group

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Brandee Schuelke has joined The Helmstar Group as a senior financial planner. Schuelke will provide planning and analysis support to lead advisors. With over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry, Schuelke has a bachelor’s degree from Boise ...

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Economists try to predict effects of COVID-19, downturn (access required)

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It’s not an easy time to be an economist. Was this spring’s COVID-related economic downturn the only one? Or will Idaho be facing more economic bad news as time goes on? Two recent economic forecasts attempted to answer that question. ...

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Gina Bessire promoted to lead Zions Banks’ Business Resource Center

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Gina Bessire has been promoted to manager of Zions Bank’s Business Resource Center in downtown Boise. In this role, she leads the center’s efforts to help entrepreneurs start, grow and fund their businesses through one-on-one consulting, workshops and referrals. She ...

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2020 continues to be a strange year for bankruptcy filings (access required)

So far for the year, the volume of 2020 bankruptcy filings in Idaho is running at 80% of those for 2019. Like the rest of the nation, Idaho’s personal bankruptcy filings are measurably down from previous years. Chapter 11 reorganization ...

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A word with Mark Houston, president and CEO of Bright Bank (access required)

Earlier this year, something happened in Idaho that hasn’t happened for a long time: A new bank opened. That was Bright Bank, which opened its first branch in downtown Boise and its second in West Boise. Originally intended to be ...

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Northwest Credit Union Association gains new leadership

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Cameron Smith, former director of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, joins the Northwest Credit Union Association Nov. 9 as vice president of strategic partnerships and resources. In that role, Smith will lead Strategic Link, which connects credit ...

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