First Quarterly Idaho Business Insider Survey Suggests a Rosy Future Ahead

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BOISE- The first quarterly Business Insider survey of Idaho business owners and executives suggests a short-term economic outlook that's “nothing short of rosy."

Made possible by financial support from Stoel Rives LLP, the survey polls local business owners, CEOs and other business leaders on the economy, business climate and other business issues relevant to Idaho's business community. The first quarterly survey focused on business outlook. Subsequent surveys are scheduled to focus on health costs, taxes and regulation. The Business Insider and The Idaho Statesman maintain full editorial control of the survey.

The Q1 2014 business outlook survey showed that fully half of respondents expect their companies' revenues to grow at least 10 percent this year. And the executives expect hiring to be only a little less robust. One-third expect to grow by less than 10 percent. Another third expect to surpass that.

The survey draws on the responses of 12 participants: J.Thomas Ahlquist, COO, Garner Co.; Darrell T. Anderson, President and CEO, Idaho Power; James F. Cleary Jr., President and CEO, MWI Veterinary Supply; William G. Gilbert Jr., Co-founder and managing director, The Caprock Group; Sally Jeffcoat, President and CEO, Saint Alphonsus Health System; Jim Kissler, CEO, Norco; Bob Lokken, CEO, WhiteCloud Analytics; Rob Perez, President and CEO, Northwest Bank; Lucio Prado, Owner, Ell Gallo Giro; Matt Rissell, CEO, TSheets; Karen Vauk, President and CEO, The Idaho Foodbank; and William J. "Bill" Whitacre, President and CEO, J.R. Simplot Co.

Visit to read the survey respondents’ complete comments.

About Stoel Rives LLP: Stoel Rives is a business law firm providing corporate and litigation services to a wide range of clients throughout the United States. The firm has nearly 400 attorneys operating out of 12 offices in seven states and the District of Columbia. Stoel Rives is a leader in corporate, energy, environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, land use and construction, litigation, natural resources, project development and real estate law. For more information, visit



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