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Grant will help small businesses pay for R&D in Idaho

Idaho small businesses soon will be able to tap $472,334 in federal grants to help them become more competitive and innovative in getting new products to market. The Idaho Statesman The grant, awarded to Idaho…

Salt Lake, Ogden to Get Boise Bakery Work- 129 in Boise to lose jobs

Interstate Bakeries Corp., the maker of Hostess Twinkies and Wonder bread, plans to close its Boise bakery in late May and transfer production to its bakeries in Salt Lake City and Ogden. By Steven Oberbeck…

Push grows for online tax law, but Oregon sees little to gain Critics say a new law would burden states that lack a sales tax

"Obviously, Oregon doesn’t stand to gain as much as other states," Fox said. "But the real issue is that, ultimately, the U.S. economy will be healthier when businesses just go out and make good business decisions and taxes aren’t the driving factor."

Agilent leaving circuit board business- Liberty Lake, WA division sold and being moved to Asia

Local assembly operation’s equipment being sold to Venture Manufacturing Tom Sowa Staff writer Agilent Technologies has sold the manufacturing equipment from its Liberty Lake printed circuit assembly division. The production equipment has been purchased by…

Got milk? It brings Idaho money and jobs, but concerns persist

"The larger dairies have meant fewer dairy farms in Idaho, but many more cows. In 1982 there were 4,199 dairy farms and 178,082 head of dairy cows in the state. In 2002 there were 950 dairy farms and 390,000 head of dairy cows."

Utah surplus grows by $26 million

State appears to be $62 million richer now than in January Utah’s economy is picking up steam, a new state Tax Commission report shows. By Bob Bernick Jr. Deseret News political editor But commission chief…

Intel invests millions in Spokane’s Vivato

Intel Corp.’s investment fund has provided more than $5 million in funding to Spokane wireless startup company Vivato. Tom Sowa Staff writer Vivato, http://www.vivato.net/ with headquarters in San Francisco and an engineering group in Spokane,…

Analysts see no surprise in Boise Cascade’s plan for 700 layoffs

Similar companies expected to face similar problems Monday´s news that Boise Cascade Corp. would lay off 700 workers and go back into the red after a profitable year came as no surprise to analysts who…

The Washington Technology Center (WTC)-Third annual Index of Innovation and Technology- Washington State- Life after the Dot Bomb

Attached is a press release announcing findings from the Washington Technology Center’s recently published 2003 Index of Innovation and Technology for Washington State. Among the positive news: Washington still ranks first in the creation of…

Military Now Often Enlists Commercial Technology- Itronix, (Spokane)

If the United States invades Iraq, many of the information technologies used by the armed forces would have their origins in commercial rather than military initiatives — a shift from the way the American military…