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A word with Sarah Cunningham, Ethos Design+Build | Remodel (access required)

As the leader of Ethos, a design and build and luxury remodeling and real estate business, Sarah Cunningham understands the challenges with Boise’s housing inventory that impact community development potential homebuyers. She is the founder of the Boise Bench Dwellers ...

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A Word with Fernando Veloz, MS Administrative Services  (access required)

In the following Q&A, Fernando Veloz offers his perspective as someone who works on the payer side of insurance claims and benefits and as a Hispanic individual. For Veloz, the stakeholders he works with are all saying the same thing, but the ...

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A Word with Boise Centre’s Mary-Michael Rodgers 

How long did Boise Centre have to completely shut down due to the pandemic, and what did the process of reopening look like for you?  We were closed from mid-March 2020 through mid-July 2020. During this difficult time for our ...

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A word with Jeff Huhn of First Interstate Bank (access required)

As First Interstate’s southern Idaho market president, Jeff Huhn provides guidance to local business owners on many financial matters, including how to find funding for future business plans. In this Q&A, Huhn shares how Idaho’s small businesses can secure the necessary funds to take advantage of economic growth in the wake ...

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A word with Steve Clemente of Primrose Schools

Idaho is growing, employees are having trouble finding child care and people are looking for new ways to have their own business. The result is that, a number of franchise businesses in child care and preschool education are spreading across ...

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A word with Carol Barkes on conflict mediation (access required)

Carol Barkes has an MBA in conflict management and negotiation and is currently pursuing a PhD in peak performance psychology with an emphasis in neuroscience and conflict management. Barkes runs a private practice/consulting business while also serving as the mediation ...

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A word with Tiam Rastegar, executive director of Trailhead  (access required)

A graduate of Boise State University where he studied international business and political science, Tiam Rastegar worked in customer-facing leadership roles at PKG and Vacasa before becoming the executive director of Trailhead in 2018.   Trailhead, launched in 2015, is a nonprofit intended ...

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A word with Ron Pisaneschi of Idaho Public Television (access required)

You may not know Ron Pisaneschi, but chances are, you’d recognize his voice. On May 21, Idaho Public Television announced that its general manager, Ron Pisaneschi, was retiring after more than 35 years at the station, the last eight of ...

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A word on hiring and retaining talent with Verified First (access required)

It’s not news to anyone that hiring is becoming increasingly difficult in Idaho. With one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, companies are looking for ways to attract and retain employees in Idaho, including importing them from other ...

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A word with Gov. Brad Little on transportation funding (access required)

Improving Idaho’s transportation system has long been one of Gov. Brad Little’s goals, but he has held off on proposing specific programs until this year, after a study by Boise State University’s Idaho Policy Institute was completed last year. That ...

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