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New workforce training grants offered to Idaho schools (access required)

The Idaho Department of Labor is trying out new workforce training grants that would offer subsidies to create training programs for entire industries, not just offer rewards for single companies.

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Bankcda acquiring AmericanWest’s Kellogg bank branch (access required)

Bankcda will open its third branch when it acquires AmericanWest Bank’s Kellogg location on Aug. 26. The branch has $25 million in deposits and $3 million in loans. An AmericanWest official said the Spokane-based  AmericanWest is acquiring several banks in ...

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Feds eyeing tighter rules on bank fees (access required)

Federal regulators are scrutinizing bank overdraft policies over concerns that financial institutions are inflating fees, in part by cashing checks based on amount rather than the order in which they are presented for payment. The newly created Consumer Financial Protection ...

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Bright forecast for economy: Accountants see reasons for optimism (access required)

Anyone doubting the vibrancy of our economy should talk to their CPA. “Accountants and business leaders are more optimistic over the last couple of quarters about expectations for the economy,” said William E. Balhoff, vice chairman of the American Institute ...

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How small businesses can avoid loan rejection

Thousands of stunned small business owners call Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. each week after they’re turned down for a loan. Jeff Stibel, CEO of the business-credit reporting company, has a message for them: Don’t blame the bank. Instead, he says, ...

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SBA rule changes could scrap the wealth test (access required)

Marilyn Hickman, SBA loan resource officer for Zions Bank in Boise, Idaho

You’ve heard the time-honored complaint that banks are best at lending money to people who don’t really need it. Not so, says the Small Business Administration. Now, as the agency falls short of lending targets and eyes a decrease in ...

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Happy Family acquisition means happy local investors (access required)

International food company Danone, which owns brands including Dannon, Activia and Evian, acquired organic baby food company Happy Family Brands in May. The financial terms of the deal, which still face regulatory approval, haven’t been disclosed, though some early investors ...

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FTC briefs U.S. Senate committee on credit reporting accuracy (access required)

Errors in credit reports can cause businesses to deny credit to potentially valuable customers, a director of the Federal Trade Commission warned a U.S. Senate subcommittee earlier this month. “The Commission recognizes the importance of accurate and complete credit reports, ...

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Investment bank to open capital to mid-sized companies (access required)

Headwaters MB, a merchant bank based in Denver, has opened a Boise office. Managing director Jerry Sturgill hopes the new office can help mid-sized companies looking for capital or help with mergers and acquisitions. The bank, which has its own ...

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