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Report shows small biz owners less optimistic about prospects (access required)

Small business owners expressed less optimism about their own prospects as 2002 closed, according to a January report by the National Federation of Independent Business. NFIB’s “Index of Small Business Optimism” fell 3.4 points to 98.5 in December, the lowest ...

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Chip slump prods Clearwater Tech. to cast into new markets (access required)

It’s still distributing automation equipment and process controls, but Clearwater Technologies Inc. has adjusted its product and client mix in response to the downturn in the semiconductor industry. The company occupies an office and warehouse of 7,000 square feet at ...

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Commentary: Cos. must be wary of phantom user accounts (access required)

Over the ages, some folks have worked very hard to achieve immortality. The ancient Egyptians perfected their embalming techniques and built amazing monuments. The modern-day Raelians claim to have cloned children to immortalize their genetic code. Without even trying, other ...

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New building codes mean learning curve for all (access required)

It’s been more than a month since new and revised building codes took effect, and Idaho builders and architects are continuing their crash course on how the codes impact everything from energy standards, to accessibility guidelines, to seismic requirements. “There ...

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Work to start on Boise State Univ. housing projects (access required)

Construction of two sizeable projects is scheduled to begin at Boise State University this spring as BSU builds to expand housing opportunities for students. Work is expected to begin in mid- to late March on a $15.2 million residence-hall project ...

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Boise Tower permit declared invalid (access required)

Sixteen days after the city’s “final” deadline for financing – and 16 years after the site was cleared by the Eastman Building fire – Boise Tower’s building permit was declared invalid last week and the prospect of litigation over the ...

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Mold lawsuits spur discussion of possible remedies (access required)

Toxic mold in crawlspaces beneath houses has been a high-profile topic in the Treasure Valley recently, due to lawsuits against a major builder that prompted discussion among contractors, real estate agents and lawyers about the methods and liability. Since mid-December, ...

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Boisean finds niche in contract selling on eBay for clients (access required)

Terry Rich says he was “ecstatic” when Nancy Gordon sold his 18-year-old BMW motorcycle for $4,000 on eBay for him. “Selling a performance motorcycle in the middle of winter, in Boise, Idaho, I’d probably have ended up with $3,000,” he ...

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Nampa Hampton Inn designed with expansion in mind (access required)

Foundations are poured and framing is under way on the new Hampton Inn & Suites in Nampa, just south of the Idaho Center on Franklin Road. James Talcott Construction, Great Falls, Mont., is the general contractor on the project. Brad ...

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MPC Computers notches 5th profitable quarter (access required)

MPC Computers, Nampa, last week announced that he fourth quarter had been a profitable one, and said the company had completed “a full year of operating profit in 2002 despite the challenging year experienced by the PC industry.” MPC, formerly ...

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