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Construction firms see growth, labor shortage (access required)

More than 80 percent of construction firms nationwide plan to expand their payrolls in 2015, but firms also expect finding workers to fill professional and craft worker positions to continue to be a challenge, according to the Associated General Contractors ...

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New bitcoin exchange regulated in Idaho (access required)

Idaho is one of 24 states regulating a new bitcoin exchange, Coinbase Exchange, that launched on Jan. 26. The exchange allows people to trade their U.S. dollars for bitcoin, a decentralized virtual currency. Three companies with intentions to trade virtual ...

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Idaho venture capital activity remains low (access required)

The Boise metro area had two venture capital deals worth $1.87 million in 2014, the only two VC deals for Idaho in a new report from the National Venture Capital Association. Idaho also had two venture capital deals in 2013, ...

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A word with Director Ken Edmunds of the Department of Labor (access required)

Idaho business owners and managers want access to a better-trained workforce, and it’s the job of Ken Edmunds, the director of the Idaho Department of Labor, to find a way to meet their needs. Edmunds, who has a master’s in accounting, ...

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ArmgaSys acquires Envio ag-tech software team (access required)

Meridian information technology company ArmgaSys has acquired agricultural technology software Envio as well as the development staff that made the software. The company that was acquired was formerly known as Unisun Technology and was based in Boise. Unisun founder and ...

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Falling crude oil prices won’t bring down airfares, analysts say (access required)

Don’t expect airfares to drop along with crude oil prices. Analysts and market observers expect fares to remain steady. Domestic demand will remain strong enough to keep the pressure off of airlines to drop fares, said Helane Becker, managing director ...

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Chamber lobbyist is now working on local option tax (access required)

A plan for a pay-as-you-go local-option sales tax for cities and counties is being developed by the Idaho Chamber Alliance’s lobbyist, John Watts with Veritas Advisors, though he said he won’t predict how much, if any, progress it will make ...

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