Nearly 20 percent of Bannock County residents live in poverty

Dec 14th, 2015 | By

By Journal Staff Idaho’s median household income grew by 2 percent in 2014, according to the latest U.S. Census figures released by the Idaho Department of Labor. The number of people living in poverty in Idaho also dropped slightly from 15.6 percent to 14.8 percent compared with 2012. However, Bannock County still had poverty rate
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Seminar on filing for Social Security to be Dec. 15 in Pocatello

Dec 8th, 2015 | By

POCATELLO — Josh Stoker, financial adviser with Waddell and Reed Inc., invites you to attend “Filing for Social Security: Flexibility and Choice for Your Retirement Income,” set for Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m., at the Idaho State University Continuing Education Building, 1001 N. Seventh Ave., Pocatello. The presentation on Social Security filing options includes time
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Widespread Internet access key to strengthening Idaho economy

Nov 20th, 2015 | By
Randy Shumway (Submitted Photo)

By Randy Shumway Remember dial-up internet that shared a connection with the landline telephone? In the ’90s, it wasn’t uncommon to wait up to five minutes for an internet page to load. Now we get irritated when a page takes longer than five seconds to load. Internet connectivity isn’t just a convenience — it is
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Sen. Guthrie discusses potential state tax changes

Nov 18th, 2015 | By
Jim Guthrie

By Michael H. O’Donnell Idaho Sen. Jim Guthrie, R-McCammon, is a member of a legislative working group examining potential changes to Idaho’s tax system prior to the 2016 session. But he doesn’t anticipate that many large changes in Idaho’s tax system will be approved. Among the items being examined by the group are a
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SBA loans in Idaho up significantly from 2014

Nov 4th, 2015 | By
Dane Simmons Jr. sits at the conference table at the Sonnenkalb building in downtown Pocatello. Simmons’ business includes Par 5 video golf, a conference room, offices and social areas. Simmons received a Small Business Administration loan to buy the building.
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal

By Vanessa Grieve POCATELLO — Dane Simmons Jr. was among an increased number of entrepreneurs who took out a loan this past year. Simmons was approved for a U.S. Small Business Administration loan through Zions Bank in April. The loan helped him buy the historic Sonnenkalb building in Old Town Pocatello at 123 N. Main
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Pocatello, Chubbuck show clear signs of economic growth

Oct 21st, 2015 | By
Carl’s Jr. on Yellowstone Avenue is one of the several new businesses that have come into the Pocatello area lately. Local officials say the new construction is a sign of an improving economy.
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal

By Vanessa Grieve A drive along Chubbuck and Pocatello’s Yellowstone Avenue will show clear signs of new business development and construction. Josh Ellis, the Greater Pocatello Association of Realtors president, says new construction is a sign of economic recovery. For a while there were no new developments. Now a number of commercial construction projects
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Idaho Dept. of Finance promotes National Cyber Security Awareness Month during October

Oct 16th, 2015 | By

BOISE — October is “National Cyber Security Awareness Month,” and the Idaho Department of Finance has partnered with the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign, a national effort to raise awareness about cybersecurity among all digital consumers, helping them to stay safer and more secure online. The Idaho Department of Finance recognizes the vital role that technology plays in
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Financial literacy the key to a debt-free, secure financial future

Oct 15th, 2015 | By
Tim Toy

By Tim Toy If there was any good news to come out of the Great Recession, it might be this: According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the average unsecured debt of a 50-year-old American decreased from $7,600 to $5,400 between 2008 and 2013. While awareness about the harms of debt has increased
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Idaho women and minority middle-market firms growing on par with nation

Oct 7th, 2015 | By
Catalina Steckbauer, owner and founder of the Community Wellness Center, opened the assisted living provider in Pocatello about 20 years ago.

By Vanessa Grieve A recently released report shows Idaho is on par with national growth of middle market women-owned and led, and minority owned businesses. In late-September, American Express and Dun & Bradstreet released the third of four reports examining the middle market. The third report is titled “Middle Market Power Index: The Growing
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The grandparent scam takes a scary turn

Sep 29th, 2015 | By
Dale Dixon

By Dale Dixon I had an opportunity to speak at a statewide conference this week, and before taking the stage, an audience member approached, saying, “You’ll never imagine what just happened to me.” “Tell me,” I responded. While sitting in the ballroom with 300 people from throughout Idaho, her phone rang. It was her dad,
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