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A word with Enrique Rivera, Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (access required)

Idaho’s Hispanic population is growing. According to the Department of Labor, using statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Hispanics in Idaho rose 3.3% from 222,206 in 2018 to 229,490 in 2019, while the total population grew 2.1%. ...

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A word with Rob Poleki about the Washie toilet seat (access required)

Are you sitting down? If so, you may need Washie. Washie is a toilet seat intended for public places that lets users clean it off first. Developed by Robert Poleki — a former Bannock County Clerk who quit his job ...

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A word with Kathryn Jones of Idaho’s African American Chamber (access required)

With this year’s Black Lives Matter movement, a number of people are looking for ways to support Idaho’s Black-owned businesses. However, it isn’t always easy to find them. Enter the African American Chamber of Commerce. Chapters have been springing up ...

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A word with Cara Vierstra, owner of Remi Bleu stores (access required)

There are a number of adjectives one could use to describe Cara Vierstra: rodeo champion, twenty-something, farm girl, native Idahoan, young entrepreneur. No single one of them does her justice. The Idaho Business Review sought Vierstra out after the staff ...

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A word with Alex Adams of the division of financial management (access required)

The Idaho Business Review asked the State of Idaho how the economic position for the state may have been affected by the national election results. Alex Adams of the Division of Financial Management provided us with the state’s current forecast, ...

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A word with Mark Houston, president and CEO of Bright Bank (access required)

Earlier this year, something happened in Idaho that hasn’t happened for a long time: A new bank opened. That was Bright Bank, which opened its first branch in downtown Boise and its second in West Boise. Originally intended to be ...

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A word with Brad Wilson, president of Ski Idaho (access required)

After having last year’s skiing season cut short due to concerns over COVID-19, Idaho’s ski areas are gearing up for this winter season. Brad Wilson, general manager of the Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, was also named president of the Idaho Ski ...

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A word with developer Scott Schoenherr (access required)

Scott Schoenherr is the Boise face of Rafanelli and Nahas Management Corporation, one of the best-known developers in downtown Boise. The firm is finishing up the last touches on the office building it began erecting last year at the corner ...

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A word with Brandie Chapman of LunchboxWax in Coeur d’Alene (access required)

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Brandie Chapman of Coeur d’Alene did something most people would consider close to insane: she opened a franchise business in the middle of the pandemic. Then she busted all expectations and odds as her business took off, keeping five newly-employed ...

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A word with Wayne Hammon, CEO of Idaho Associated General Contractors (access required)

Wayne Hammon, CEO of the Idaho Associated General Contractors, issued an economic overview of construction firms in Idaho and their ongoing need of employees at the beginning of October, based on an analysis by AGC of America’s Chief Economist Ken Simonson. ...

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