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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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A word with Kathryn Turner, deputy state epidemiologist (access required)

Because both national and Idaho-specific datasets report widely varying COVID-19 test positivity results, the Idaho Business review asked the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare about the details of how it manages its COVID-19 data. We interviewed Kathryn Turner, Ph.D. ...

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A word with Dan McElhinney, COO of Idaho Transportation Department (access required)

Less than a week before Dan McElhinney’s appointment as the Idaho Transportation Department’s chief operating officer, the state’s main north-south highway was closed due to rockslides — some the size of the house. Some people might have taken that as an ...

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A word with Madison Warner of Leadership Boise

Every Idaho town and city has the “STP” problem: The same ten people seem to be the only ones who step up to volunteer for community programs. How does a city groom new people to take their place? The answer ...

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A word with Alicia C. Ralston on Idaho residential real estate

In 2004, Alicia C. Ralston decided to leave behind a management career in the environmental and construction industry and pursue her passion for real estate. Since then, she has built Ralston Group Properties into a sustainable, high-integrity Idaho real estate brokerage. Her exclusively ...

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A word with Erika Heeren of The Small Business Marketing Studio on military family finances (access required)

Military spouse Erika Heeren founded The Small Business Marketing Studio to provide military spouses, first responder spouses, and veterans with progressive careers and training in marketing and communications. The start-up pairs military-affiliated marketing professionals with businesses and nonprofit organizations in ...

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A word with Char McArthur on innovation at Idaho Transportation Department (access required)

Over the last several years, the Idaho Transportation Department has been on a trajectory of behaving more like a business and less like a government bureaucracy. Part of its business strategy is the Innovation ITD initiative, which started in 2014. ...

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