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Downtown Boise construction projects bring in the heavy equipment (access required)

The construction industry is slowly rising from the ashes of the Great Recession, and contractors are breaking out the big guns. Or rather, the big cranes. Builders requested 92.4 percent more commercial building permits in 2012 than in 2011, according ...

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Idaho’s small farmers may benefit from new USDA microloans program (access required)

When Karen Evans and her husband started their farm 25 years ago, Rollingstone Chevre, it was a do-it-yourself enterprise. “It was kind of like inventing the wheel,” Evans said. Goat cheese was a nascent industry in the United States. “We ...

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New landscape for estate planning attorneys (access required)

The new law that averted the “fiscal cliff” contains major changes for estate and gift tax rules that will affect not only the advice lawyers give to their clients, but the future landscape of estate planning law for years to ...

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Diversification is key to architects’ survival (access required)

In the wake of the recession, many architectural firms have had to expand the scope of their services to find new avenues of business in a shrinking marketplace. As the economy begins to recover, those efforts appear to be paying ...

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Incentives help increase employee wellness (access required)

To engage employees in a company wellness program, wellness experts say it pays to hit employees where it hurts: right in the pocketbook. “Everybody wants to be healthy … but we need the tools and the resources and the support ...

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Idaho real estate seeing short sale benefits

When KaLinn Dishion’s real estate agents started working on short sales a few years ago, the sales were an arduous, cumbersome process fraught with unpleasant surprises. “It was truly a nightmare,” said Dishion, a real estate broker and chief operating ...

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A glitch in subdivision documentation (access required)

Stephen DuMerton is running into headaches developing lots he’s purchased in a Treasure Valley subdivision. The lots were mothballed by the previous developer during the economic downturn, and DuMerton, senior vice president of construction for Building Resources, Inc., hopes to ...

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Calculating coverage: What insurance does a business need? (access required)

Every business has different insurance needs. Whether it’s an office where employees work eight hours a day, or a contracting firm where workers are out on projects or an at-home operation, insurance agents can help business owners decide what coverage ...

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Idaho insurance rates cheaper than elsewhere (access required)

Property insurance can protect a business’s property from loss due to things like fire. Because of Idaho’s geography and legal environment, insurance rates can be lower on average than in other states. File photo.

Insurance is one of the inescapable costs of doing business. But business owners can save money on their insurance rates by doing business in Idaho. Insurance agents say rates in Idaho are lower than in other states, though hard numbers ...

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