Business Features

For some low-income workers, retirement is only a dream

Oct 24th, 2016 | By

By MARIA INES ZAMUDIO/For The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — It was a striking image. A photo of an 89-year-old man hunched over, struggling to push his cart with frozen treats. Fidencio Sanchez works long hours every day selling the treats because he couldn’t afford to retire. The photo and his story went viral and
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What to do about Workplace stress

Oct 4th, 2016 | By
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By Sarah Glenn/For the Journal POCATELLO – The deadline is nearing. Your heart is racing. Bills are looming. E-mails are piling up and colleagues are griping. You probably know first hand that being a working adult can be stressful. What you might not know is all that stress has a major effect on business productivity as
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Fall’s Favorite Flavor: Pumpkin Spice is big business

Oct 4th, 2016 | By
By Sarah Glenn/For The Journal
Samuel Vineyard, manger of Mocha Madness on 5th Street, keeps pumpkin spice flavors on the menu all year round. However, he says their popularity increases during fall.

By Sarah Glenn/For the Journal The Pumpkin Spice craze accounted for $361 million in sales in in 2014, growing 79 percent since 2011. People who buy a Pumpkin Spice Latte spend, on average, $1.14 more per purchase. Pumpkin dog food outsells pumpkin spice ice cream and fresh deserts, netting more than $12 million per year.
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U.S. Labor Department announces $1.1M to study paid leave programs

Aug 25th, 2016 | By
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Staff Report WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau in August awarded $1.1 million in grants to research and analyze how paid-leave programs can be developed and implemented across the country. The grants build on the Paid Leave Analysis Grant Program that, since 2014, has committed more than $3 million to 17 states
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Paid family leave benefits rising in some sectors, regions

Aug 2nd, 2016 | By
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By Damian Troise and Matt Ott/Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The call for paid family leave on the Democratic party platform is the most ambitious attempt by a major party in years to reverse the United States’ status as the only industrialized nation without any standard for paid time off for new parents. But
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How do we use our time?

Jul 29th, 2016 | By


Click, vroom, munch: Online grocery shopping arrives in Boise

Jul 29th, 2016 | By
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Source: The Idaho Statesman BOISE – (AP) Hate spending two hours of your Saturday afternoon wandering the aisles of a grocery store in search of birthday candles, almond milk or charcoal briquettes? Wish you didn’t have to deal with checkout stalls and your uncanny ability to always choose the slowest line? Have five children who
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Steve Muse named 2016 Professional of the Year

Jul 28th, 2016 | By
Jordon Beesley/Idaho State Journal - Steve Muse of Idaho Power was named the 2016 Idaho State Journal Professional of the Year on Wednesday night at the Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello.

By Shelbie Harris/For the Journal POCATELLO – His career began sorting letters in the mailroom at Idaho Power back in 1996. After climbing the ranks, Steve Muse is Idaho Power’s southeast regional manager for customer relations and the 2016 Idaho State Business Journal’s Professional of the Year recipient. “I’m very honored,” Muse said. “It’s mind-blowing
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Idaho woos foreign investment

Jul 26th, 2016 | By
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By Sarah Glenn/For the Journal Washington D.C. – In June, 23 Idahoans set out for Washington D.C., primed for some serious networking. Today, about half a dozen foreign companies are taking a serious look at expanding into Eastern Idaho. The Idaho delegation – ranging from state government officials to local economic development leaders – traveled
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Southwest 2Q profit soars, but cheaper fares sting

Jul 21st, 2016 | By
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By David Koenig/AP Airlines Writer DALLAS (AP) — Record revenue and cheaper fuel pushed Southwest Airlines’ second-quarter profit up by 35 percent, to $820 million. That was short of Wall Street expectations, however, and Southwest predicted Thursday that a key revenue figure will turn down in the July-through-September quarter. That suggests that lower average fares
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