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Pocatello a key site for insurance industry in Idaho (access required)

Eight years ago when Barry Waggener assumed top management of Farmers Insurance Group’s Pocatello regional office, its employees totaled 160. Employment there now stands at 275 as its responsibilities have expanded, making it a major specialized servicing center for the ...

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Green-box company supports frog restoration (access required)

A Canadian company with an intriguing name is working to build franchises in the U.S., and Sarah Artis of Boise, in conjunction with Air Van, opened a branch of the firm called Frogbox in the Treasure Valley on July 19. ...

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Inovus Solar takes a ‘dumb’ product and makes it brighter (access required)

Thanks to employee inventiveness, Inovus Solar has a continued bright future in the lighting industry. The Boise-based company, which launched in 2007, makes and sells on-grid and off-grid solar light poles. While Inovus did not originate the solar light pole ...

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Micron almost triples business in China in fiscal 2010 (access required)

In the 1967 movie The Graduate, the one word of business advice confidentially imparted to young Benjamin Braddock – a role played by Dustin Hoffman – touted a commodity: plastics. Today, it looks like the best way to generally advise ...

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A compassionate accounting firm? Yes, say new business partners (access required)

To get his foot in the door, Kevin Van Hoesen volunteered to work at a firm for nothing. In just three weeks, the company recognized his worth and put him on the payroll. Now, Van Hoesen performs payroll and other ...

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Using hand tools and technology, Boise’s Sloan brothers build businesses (access required)

Brice Sloan claims his family has a very unsuccessful background in business. Many years ago, his grandparents invested in something called the “Gyrocopter,” a concept that never really got off the ground. “Business had a bad name from this, a ...

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Rice family tills a new business model in farming (access required)

If you’d asked Lee Rice 20 years ago about the future of family farming, he’d probably have warned you against quitting your day job. In truth, both Lee and his father Gilbert retired from vocations as professional plumbers to pursue ...

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Daniel Brockett jumps off entrepreneurial ledge (access required)

One thing you can say about Daniel Brockett, he’s not risk-averse. Brockett departed his steady job at AK Drilling in March and established his own business in Boise in June. “I just left and jumped off a cliff,” he said. ...

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Owyhee Plaza Hotel – historic, with a high-end future (access required)

Owner and general manager of the Owyhee Plaza Hotel John May wants to return the downtown Boise landmark to its past glory. “We’d like to see that occur, to bring it back to the kind of property it was when ...

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