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SBA lending drop continues (access required)

Lending to Idaho companies as part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s most popular program has continued trending down in the months since a federal sweetener expired. Loans dropped from a total of 57 statewide in May to 39 in ...

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Wells Fargo CEO: Don’t blame banks for not lending

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf says banks shouldn’t take the blame for not loaning money even though his bank’s total loan values have been tumbling. He told a Boise audience Aug. 17 that the problem is a lack of demand. ...

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Business Briefs-Week of 8/23/10

Franz Bakery purchases Harvest Classic Bakery Franz Bakery, a large independent, family-owned bakery based in Portland, Ore., has purchased Harvest Classic Bakery in Nampa. Harvest Classic items are sold throughout Idaho, and in WinCo stores. Franz will maintain the Harvest ...

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Idaho Department of Insurance fields thousands of queries from the public

Roughly 900 calls come into the Idaho Department of Insurance monthly, mostly from people seeking help with denied claims. Almost half of the calls relate to life insurance and the other half deal with health insurance policies, according to Gina ...

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