Commentary

SBA Tools Can Help Entrepreneurs Survive and Thrive

Mar 8th, 2017 | By
Rob McMinn

By Rob McMinn, Pocatello Financial Center Manager Zions Bank Approximately 97 percent of businesses in Idaho qualify as small businesses. They play a fundamental role by helping to build the economy and create jobs. Small businesses — defined as those with fewer than 500 workers — start up at a rate of over 500,000 per
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5 Ways to Maximize Your Tax Savings

Mar 8th, 2017 | By
Jennifer Landon

By Jennifer Landon/Journey Financial Services I know people dread tax season, but I didn’t realize the extent of that dread until I read the results of a 2016 WalletHub Survey. According to the data, 27 percent of Americans would rather get an IRS tattoo than pay taxes. Another 11 percent would prefer to spend three
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Access to Good Food

Mar 8th, 2017 | By
Janna Graham

By Janna Graham/Pocatello Co-op Outreach Coordinator  In normal usage, we use “good” to describe food with a pleasing taste.  Although personal preferences vary, fat, salt, and sugar taste good to most of us, to the point where it seems little else matters about the food products we consume.  Junk food and drinks are comfortingly abundant
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Touching Center

Mar 7th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Balance—you hear about the need to have work/life balance all the time. Yet, balance is hard to find and even harder to keep. The problem is that achievement requires a measure of imbalance. Consider pursuing mastery in a chosen field. Mastery comes at a price; there are sacrifices to make, imbalances to
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Fulfilling talent’s promise

Feb 21st, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Talent and potential get used too often. Whenever we see someone who appears to be doing something better than the rest of the pack, we use it. Living up to the fulfillment of either term is a fragile process. Conditions must be perfect. Planets and opportunities must align for the individual to
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It’s OK to be great

Feb 7th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Recently I received an angry email from a millennial who reads my column. The reader had taken issue with some of my comments about millennials in the workplace. The closing statement, “There will always be the bad eggs of every generation that make us look bad. Please don’t judge us because we
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Dirty dishes, Pareto distribution and annual reviews

Jan 31st, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough The dishes in my sink have been there for at least three days.  I remember the first dish I put in.  In a hurry to get to work, I thought the extra step to the dishwasher would take too much time. One dish became three as my two boys had similar thoughts
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On employing the Five Whys Technique

Jan 24th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Recently, I auditioned for a local TEDx event. Giving a TED talk is one of the items on my bucket list and the opportunity was a thrill. I had an idea for a topic and spent some time trying to connect the dots I had floating around in my head. The day
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Amid Uncertainty, U.S. Economy Potentially Stronger in 2017

Jan 10th, 2017 | By
Randy Shumway (Submitted Photo)

By Randy Shumway Zions Bank Economic Advisor Wall Street markets registered gains the day immediately following the U.S. presidential election, signaling that investors remain optimistic about the future of the economy. Amid the initial sanguine reaction, many economists and market analysts expect more uncertainty to enter the market in the next few months. The overall
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Does Your Risk Tolerance Match Your Investment Plan?

Jan 10th, 2017 | By
Jennifer Landon

By Jennifer Landon Contributor The recent presidential outcome caused a mini-panic on Wall Street the night of the election as investors had factored in a Clinton victory and made their investments accordingly. In after-hours trading, the markets were in a free-fall initially, then rebalanced by the opening bell the next morning. Billions of dollars had
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