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Native Son Plants opens in Rose Hill neighborhood (access required)

Boise’s Rose Hill neighborhood, anchored by the historic Boise Depot, has an undeniable Old World personality. That was perhaps never more in evidence than it was a few years back, when the Trolley Bar was selling beer, and the Bowhunter’s ...

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Season pass model keeps Bogus on track (access required)

Mike Shirley has been the general manager of Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area for 20 years. During a recent phone conversation, he answered a number of questions about Boise’s nearest mountaintop winter – and summer – sport location. Q. What’s ...

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Grand Targhee offers summer recreation opportunities, too (access required)

Music festivals, extreme race competitions, challenging biking and hiking trails and a huckleberry festival top the list of non-stop summer activities at Grand Targhee Ski Resort – so plan now for 2012. Situated on the Wyoming border with Idaho near ...

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Forrey seeks to streamline Balmshot production (access required)

Wayne Forrey isn’t spending much time celebrating the fact that his Idaho-manufactured lip balm is available in Big 5 and other big-name retail stores. Instead, he’s focused on continuing to streamline his business, launched early last year with help from ...

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New beer blends keep brewers hopping

Rob Mullin figures he’s pretty lucky to be in the beer brewing industry right now. The American appetite for a good alcoholic beverage isn’t abating despite recessions, stock market gyrations, hurricanes or quakes. “People drink beer when things are going ...

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Nonprofit exchanges time and talents of Idahoans (access required)

TimeBank Idaho is a social change organization new to Boise that offers members networking opportunities and access to goods and services through the exchange of individuals’ time. The organization is an affiliate of TimeBanks USA, where members give an hour ...

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Business owner writes business plans for others (access required)

A frequently updated business plan is a primary ingredient for a smoothly run enterprise, but a well-written business plan is absolutely imperative in securing a startup or expansion loan. Local businessman Jim Greer, who owns all or part of five ...

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Just what are certified development companies? (access required)

Other than being chartered through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 504 loan program, what exactly are certified development companies? Here’s a definition from Samantha Damron, executive director of the Eastern Idaho Development Corp. in Pocatello, for what that particular CDC does: ...

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Fed up with spam, couple launches secure, family-oriented website (access required)

While there’s so much that’s good about the Internet, the ubiquitous presence of spam and scams is enough to drive the frequent ‘Net user bonkers. A local mother, Adrienne Disraeli, grew so frustrated with the unwanted solicitations she got from ...

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Workplace blues lead to billions of dollars in lost productivity

Depression may not often come with the expensive treatments and procedures tied to medical conditions like cancer or serious accidents, but it’s costing American companies between $36.6 and $51.5 billion every year in lost productivity, according to various studies. It’s ...

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