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Bond aid for commercial construction? (access required)

Idaho businesses have had nearly a year to tap into $135 million in potential financing for new commercial development under a federal stimulus program that ends this year, but only two companies in the state have so far been able ...

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Business energy audit program funded again

The Idaho Small Business Development Center received a second year of funding for an energy audit program, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced April 30. The grant is $125,000 The university-based center based at Boise State University uses student teams ...

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Crapo votes no on proceeding with financial reform bill (access required)

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, on April 26 voted against a motion to proceed to Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd’s financial reform bill. Dodd, D-Conn., presented Senate Bill 3217. The ...

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Investors embrace market gains at arms-length (access required)

Boise investment adviser Michael “Mac” McReynolds, with Rathbone McReynolds & Daly of Wells Fargo Advisors, said he’s still hearing concerns about the stock market even as it heads toward the pre-crash levels of 2008-09. Concerns about presidential administration involvement and ...

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State credit unions see economic growth in proposed cap legislation (access required)

With 20 years in the credit union industry, Valerie J. Brooks said she’s seen plenty of business loans that have been turned down. Most memorable was a member who had never had banking services with anyone other than the credit ...

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SBA loan enhancements extended through April

President Barack Obama on March 26 signed legislation extending through April the U.S. Small Business Administration’s ability to provide enhancements in its two largest small business loan programs. The enhancements, first made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, ...

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