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First Published Aug 30 2012 05:17 pm • Last Updated Aug 30 2012 05:34 pm

Allstate plans

Utah expansion

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Allstate Insurance plans to appoint 10 new agency owners in Salt Lake City before the end of 2012. Candidates must have a minimum of $50,000 to invest in their agency, Allstate said. More information is available at www.allstate.com or by calling 877-711-1006.

ACG resumes

breakfast meetings

The Utah chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth is kicking off its next series of breakfast programs Sept. 11 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. Leo Hopf, author of "Rethink, Reinvent, Reposition: 12 Strategies to Renew Your Business and Boost Your Bottom Line," will be the keynote speaker. Breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m. To register, call 801-359-8613 or go to www. acgutah.org.

Latest joblesss

claims unchanged


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The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits was unchanged last week at a seasonally adjusted 374,000, suggesting slow improvement in the job market. The Labor Department said the four-week moving average, a less-volatile measure, increased to 370,250. The data suggest that the government’s employment report for August, to be released next week, will show job gains near the recent monthly average of 100,000.

Farm states

get some rain

Growers in farm states punished by the nation’s worst drought in two generations welcomed rains this week that at least for a time soaked their parched crops and eased the dryness. But with Hurricane Isaac’s remnants crawling inland, some farmers wonder whether too much relief is on the horizon. Forecasters expect Isaac, downgraded to a tropical storm, could slide into Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Ohio as early as Friday, dumping as much as 12 inches of rain on the region.

Utah company

adopts new name

Idaho Technology, the Salt Lake City clinical diagnostics products company, has changed its name to BioFire Diagnostics Inc. The company has also relaunched its website as www.biofiredx.com. The changes "more accurately reflect" the company’s business strategy, BioFire said. "We have established strong momentum in the diagnostics marketplace, and the new branding ... better reflects the markets we serve," CEO Kirk Ririe added.

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