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Bonding agents recommend fidelity bonds (access required)

Fidelity (or dishonesty) bonding is one type of commercial bonding that can benefit almost any type of business, according to Jim Miller of Premier Insurance in Boise. He also said it’s one of the most undersold types of bonding. “Unfortunately, ...

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Bonding is a complex task for contractors (access required)

Government construction projects can mean serious cash. In 2011, contractors completed some big projects in Idaho, including the $15 million Hugh Nichols Public Safety Building in Nampa and the nearly $30 million Boise State University Micron Business and Economics Building. ...

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FDIC rule change is shot in arm for community banks (access required)

A Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. effort to redistribute the cost of failing banks is taking a bigger bite out of the bottom line of the country’s largest financial institutions, while giving a shot in the arm to many community banks. ...

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Banking industry decries credit union legislation (access required)

A proposed amendment to a 1998 bill regulating credit unions has the credit union and banking industries at odds. Credit unions that have continued making business loans through the recession are backing S. 2231, the Small Business Lending Enhancement Act ...

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Home Federal turns profit in quarter

Home Federal Bancorp has reported net income of $559,000, or 4 cents per diluted share, for the second quarter, compared to a net loss of $78,000, or 1 cent per share, a year earlier. Reduced operating expenses, improved loan quality ...

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SBA 504 refinance program ends in September (access required)

Time is running out for business owners to take advantage of a temporary Small Business Administration refinancing program. The 504 Loan Refinancing Program launched by the SBA in February 2011 will end Sept. 27. Idaho SBA lenders are hoping small ...

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SBA loan incentives appeal to banks, terms appeal to borrowers (access required)

When small business owners need money, loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration can be an appealing option. Long terms – up to 25 years for certain loans – and low interest rates entice borrowers, while government guarantees bring ...

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Idaho Women’s Business Center offers help with planning, microloans (access required)

Sheila Spangler and her co-workers at the Idaho Women’s Business Center understand the trials of starting a business. After all, the center has gone through its own growing pains since it opened Jan. 3. “We first learned the hard way,” ...

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Health insurance agents deal with reform-driven commission cuts (access required)

Health insurance agents selling plans to individuals have had a year and a half to adjust to the latest hit to their incomes, a commission cut driven by federal health care reform. Making a living selling individual health plans always ...

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Banks based in Idaho show improvement (access required)

Idaho-based commercial banks and savings institutions improved most of their key performance indicators in the first quarter from a year earlier, the state Department of Finance said in a new report. The Idaho banks are booking more loan recoveries, helped ...

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