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Opportunities: More women starting their own businesses (access required)

Barb Perusse spent several years working as an investigator of child abuse in Kansas City. She needed a change. She learned about a wireless communications business that was for sale in Sandpoint, a town she had visited often. She jumped ...

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Cubicle walls getting lower to increase worker collaboration (access required)

Employees might be justified in asking how they can “think outside the box” when they’re trapped in very boxlike structures called office cubicles all day long. But for many employees, there’s some good news: office cubicle walls are coming down ...

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Homebuilders come into 2012 with momentum (access required)

The figures are in for Ada County homebuilding last year, and they’re leaving builders feeling optimistic. While the number of newly constructed homes sold in 2011 dropped slightly from the year before, the median sales price leaped up by 20 percent, ...

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Stay ahead of the curve by being aware of tax changes (access required)

Although you won’t know your tax liability until your profits and losses are established, it’s always best to be ahead of the curve by being aware of tax rule changes for the year ahead. Knowing about the various tax law ...

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Central vacuum salesman helps Idaho suck it up (access required)

Jason Miller said his new, self-funded enterprise wasn’t an expensive business to launch. With just $20,000 of his own money he started Gem State Central Vacuum Systems last August. At the same time, he acknowledges a central vacuum system is, ...

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Goodbye, fine dining; hello, hot dogs (access required)

Mark Makin has been a building contractor, owner of one restaurant, co-owner of another, general manager and chef at a fine dining spot, and when he wanted to slow down from that whirlwind career, he plunked down his own money ...

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Small businesses struggling with health care reform (access required)

Wading through the murky waters of health care reform can be overwhelming. While some of the provisions of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as health care reform, were implemented in September 2010, many of the requirements ...

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Misplaced trust: Businesses pay for worker malfeasance (access required)

Sometimes the people you trust the most may actually be the people you should trust the least. Denise McClure, a forensic accountant and owner of Averti Fraud Solutions in Boise, warns businesspeople that, occasionally, that longtime bookkeeper may be illegally ...

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Business gets off to rocky start with ‘wrong’ name choice (access required)

Sometimes when a startup business tries to get off the ground, it discovers it doesn’t quite have the right marketing in place to go far. Never underestimate, for instance, the value of a good name. When Brett Hughes and Steve ...

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‘Coffee geeks’ move into office coffee market (access required)

Two men who refer to themselves as “coffee geeks” have teamed up to enter the office coffee market in the Treasure Valley. Greg Abshire, a longtime coffee businessman formerly of Alaska but now of Star, recently started a business called Regal ...

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