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Governor Brad Little out to slay more red-tape dragons (access required)

Photo: Governor Brad Little holds up Executive Order 2020-13 which he had just signed at his June 22 press conference.

Gov. Brad Little is still on his quest to rescue Princess Idaho from red-tape dragons. At a June 22 press conference, Little signed a new executive order to make the temporary streamlining of state rules for the COVID-19 crisis into ...

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A word with Christopher Pooser, partner at Stoel Rives, on the Main Street Relief Project (access required)

COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for companies of every size, but small businesses are often more vulnerable to economic upheavals. Lacking the resources to weather the storm, many are battling to continue operations. To help these businesses survive, reopen and reestablish themselves, Stoel ...

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Fannie Mae: U.S. economic growth expectations largely unchanged as some lockdown restrictions ease (access required)

Fannie Mae Economic and Strategic Research Group has some good news about the economy. Headline growth expectations on a quarterly and full-year basis were only slightly changed compared to last month, the organization reported in mid-June. The ESR Group now expects ...

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Breakfast Series Report: Idaho tourism confronts COVID-19 (access required)

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When COVID-19 hit Idaho in March, every industry was affected, but few were harder hit than tourism. Air travel dwindled to a few half-empty planes; hotels were virtual ghost towns. The story was the same across the country, and the ...

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Hammering it home: COVID-19 fails to derail Americans’ plans for home renovations (access required)

A new national survey found that COVID-19 has not slowed home renovation plans. Seventy-three percent of homeowners are planning to renovate this year, according to a May 2020 LightStream home improvement pulse survey conducted by Wakefield Research. This is down slightly ...

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A word with Consul General of Canada, Brandon Lee (access required)

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No other country, aside from the United States itself, is as important to Idaho business as Canada. Our nearest foreign neighbor is not only the largest source of Idaho exports but also participates in many important partnerships ranging from agriculture ...

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What makes Idaho bankruptcies different? Its 13/7 ratio (access required)

A common perception is that economic downturns cause an increase in bankruptcies. It turns out that’s not exactly correct. High debt is the culprit in consumer bankruptcy, not the economy. “People think of bankruptcy as an indicator of the health of ...

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Business interruption insurance exclusions more than words (access required)

Just because your business interruption insurance policy says you’re not covered for a virus-caused emergency shutdown, you would be wise to file a notice of claim anyway. That’s because the courts still may rule in your favor, according to Kevin ...

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Swamped unemployment call center begs for more agents (access required)

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The Idaho Department of Labor opened a temporary call center of 30 agents on June 1 to help reduce the state’s flood of unemployment claims. The volume of calls sent it underwater immediately, so Labor requested, and received, $3 million ...

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Idaho Department of Commerce funds two startup projects (access required)

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The Idaho Department of Commerce has awarded two grants, totaling more than $460,000, that will help two Idaho companies bring new technologies to market. The Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission program, through the Department of Commerce, offers grants to Idaho’s three ...

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