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General solicitation rules open doors, but not always to a prize (access required)

Though the most highly anticipated aspect of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act – equity crowd funding – hasn’t taken effect, new rules on general solicitation promise to connect businesses with investors they haven’t previously had access to. The Securities ...

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Banks court customers who like social media (access required)

The banking industry has improved its social media presence in recent years and banks are now in a better position to reach more of their key demographic customers – young, affluent males, according to a recent Gallup survey. But right now, ...

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Shootings raise awareness of workplace security concerns (access required)

Reports of several mass shootings this year have raised awareness of danger in the workplace. While it’s impossible to prepare fully for violence, security companies and police say the proper training can help managers reduce the risk. There have been ...

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Retailers ‘right-sizing’ to smaller footprints (access required)

Many U.S. retailers are adopting smaller footprints, and the trend is happening in Boise as well. The managing director of Dallas-based The Weitzman Group, Robert E. Young Jr., sees the changes happening with big-box stores not as downsizing, but “right-sizing.” ...

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Researchers find ways to reuse agricultural byproducts (access required)

The City of Milwaukee caused a stir earlier this month when the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the city will try using cheese brine – a byproduct of the cheese-making process – as part of its road deicing strategy this ...

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Rising home prices a lifeline for underwater Ada County mortgages (access required)

Foreclosure and home value data paint a bright picture of the housing market in Ada County, but underwater mortgages are still causing trouble for homeowners who want or need to sell. Data from RealtyTrac indicates foreclosures are down nationwide, including ...

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Prices are up for premiums on the insurance exchange (access required)

Your Health Idaho, the state health insurance exchange, has released the range of premium rates for individual plans in 2014. Group rates are not yet available. And although coverage changes preclude apples-to-apples comparisons to plans available in 2012, higher individual ...

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New home lending rules give break to building, renovation (access required)

Federal regulators peeling through the many layers of new mortgage rules intended to curb risky lending that led to the most recent financial crisis have carved out a number of exceptions for lenders. They include one that banks say will ...

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Mother Nature smiles on Boise HVAC companies (access required)

Boise has been on a temperature roller coaster this year, and the larger-than-usual burden on heating and air conditioning systems has been a boon for HVAC companies in the area.

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