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Only 1 firm, Fast Enterprises of Boise, vying for a contract to replace Montana’s flawed tax and accounting computer system

A Boise, Idaho, software firm called Fast Enterprises is the only company in the running for a contract to replace Montana’s flawed tax and accounting computer system, and the state revenue director is impressed. The…

Avista Labs (Spokane) gets $7.5 million boost- Investors in Avista Corp. subsidiary to take majority control of fuel cell company

"The good news is we continue to be able to build this company right here in Spokane," Davis said. "That’s good for the region, good for the economy and good for the high-tech space.

Boise firm, Highway 12 Ventures invests in medical software – Ventures firm assisting Carefx technology

Boise venture capital firm Highway 12 Ventures http://www.highway12ventures.com/ has joined a group of investors to provide $7.2 million in funding for an Arizona technology firm. Julie Howard The Idaho Statesman Highway 12 invested about $1…

Purchase makes Itron industry leader – Spokane-based company will have 50 percent of market

Itron makes electronic communications equipment that is installed in utility meters, allowing them to be read automatically from afar. Alison Boggs Staff writer Spokesman Review On Thursday, the Spokane Valley company paid $255 million for…

Buck Knives postpones move to Post Falls

CEO says winter weather, late-year production demands will delay company’s arrival from California until 2005

77 tech workers hired to work for Boise newcomer TSYS

New tech center ‘saves’ some from unemployment Seventy-seven high-paying high-tech jobs that had been lost in the winter have returned to Boise, and local and state officials will celebrate that fact today at the formal…

Qwest will shift 600 jobs to IBM- Telco transfers computer work, but no jobs are cut

"The good news is that no jobs are lost here," Varden said. "All of these employees are being offered a comparable job with IBM. They’ll start coming to work as IBM employees with Qwest now the customer."

States losing billions to tax loopholes

Multinational corporations avoid paying state income taxes using legal tax-sheltering strategies Betsy Z. Russell Spokesman Review Staff writer Big corporations are avoiding paying billions of dollars in state income taxes by taking advantage of tax-sheltering…

Sterling Financial Corp. makes its largest acquisition

Financial institution acquires Klamath First Bancorp Alison Boggs Spokesman Review Staff writer Sterling Financial Corp. of Spokane Tuesday announced the largest acquisition in its 22-year history. The financial institution with branches in Washington, Idaho, Montana…

Small businesses vent frustrations- Federal SBA official, Michael Barrera listens to complaints of business owners

Small-business owners who say federal bureaucrats do not listen to them had an audience with a man who can change that. cdapress.com Michael Barrera, the Bush administration’s ombudsman at the U.S. Small Business Administration, listened…