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A word with Kate Stoddard, Trailmix winner, founder of Orchestra Provisions (access required)

Last week, a Boise native wowed the judges at the Trailmix food product pitch competition by highlighting an unusual ingredient – crickets. The Trailmix judges looked for a startup with a compelling story and food products that were organic, healthy ...

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Idaho Business Out Loud interview: Peter Smith, co-founder of Smith + Malek

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Peter Smith, co-founder of Idaho law firm Smith + Malek, is a data privacy expert who got interested in the field in 2013 as news was breaking about the federal government’s unprecedented domestic surveillance. Edward Snowden, a U.S. government contractor, ...

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Idaho Business Out Loud interview: Maya Duratovic, Global Ties Idaho board member and Boise State University English department manager

Maya Duratovic is a true connector — not just of Idaho professionals but business leaders from across the world. As a board member with Global Ties Idaho and manager of the Boise State University English department, Duratovic has brought groups of international ...

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Idaho Business Out Loud interview: Matt Gilkerson, Trailhead Boise, program manager

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Four years ago, a unique coworking space opened at 8th Street and 500 South in downtown Boise. Today, Trailhead is a hub for startups, entrepreneurs, freelancers and remote employees looking for community, camaraderie and collaboration. Matt Gilkerson, Trailhead program manager, ...

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Idaho Business Out Loud interview: Tom Mortell, Hawley Troxell partner, health care law practice chair

Tom Mortell, head of Hawley Troxell’s health law group, has represented Idaho hospitals for over 20 years with a particular focus on rural areas. He calls rural hospitals “the backbones of their communities,” noting that they are often the town’s largest employer. ...

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A word with Wayne Hammon, Idaho AGC CEO

Two decades ago, The Idaho Associated General Contractors offered a full range of apprenticeship opportunities – from heavy equipment operator to general laborer and several trades in between. But during the Great Recession, these efforts were mothballed. With the amazing growth ...

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A word with Tara Malek, owner at Smith + Malek, PLLC

Historically, a strong family life has been a liability in the demanding legal field, where billable hours are often the mark of success. Not at Smith + Malek. The Idaho firm prioritizes work-life balance with measures like flexible schedules, a ...

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A word with Paula Benson, Preservation Idaho board president

Editor’s note: This Q and A also appears in the next edition of Square Feet on education facilities, which publishes on April 12. Beyond their core educational mission, schools also serve as essential neighborhood hubs that reflect the needs of ...

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