It takes more than a little moxie to start a business when all the key economic indicators are in the ditch, but that’s just what Kelly Galloway did — launching Moxie Endeavors Inc. in 2010.
“I decided the time was right to go out on my own,” Galloway said.
The technical consulting company founded by Galloway, a professional engineer, maintains offices in Idaho Falls and Pocatello. The firm’s seven-member staff of engineers and geologists boasts more than 45 years of combined experience in environmental engineering and project management — primarily supporting waste management facilities, environmental restoration and mining activities.
Last month, Galloway gave the closing remarks at the “ChallengeHER” event in Boise, sponsored by Women Impacting Political Policy. Those in attendance included Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and Idaho Sen. James Risch.
Galloway spoke on behalf of Women Impacting Public Policy — known as WIPP — a national nonpartisan public policy group that advocates for and on behalf of women and minorities in business.
According to its website, WIPP represents more than 4.7 million businesswomen of all political persuasions, maintaining “issue committees to review options and alternatives and to advise on legislation which meets the needs of our membership.”
The idea behind the conference was to help businesswomen better compete for government contracts by “walking them through the process,” Galloway said.
Those who attended received practical information about everything from accessing and using government databases to what government agencies are looking for in the bidding process, she said.
Panel discussions featured various advocates for small businesses and agency experts, including representatives from Idaho National Laboratory.
As an engineer with more than 20 years of experience, Galloway knows a thing or two about working with government agencies.
Before striking out on her own, Galloway worked for North Wind Inc., an environmental engineering and earth sciences consulting and management firm founded in 1997 in Idaho Falls. Galloway gained experience in the clean up of radioactive waste materials.
“We did a lot of work with INL,” she said.
In January 2010, North Wind was acquired by Cook Inlet Region Inc. With the ownership change, Galloway decided it was time to strike out on her own.
Today, Moxie Endeavor’s largest customer is the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project, but Galloway said she hopes to expand the business to include “more project-level involvement in nuclear and renewable energy programs,” as well as mining operations.
“You go where the opportunity takes you,” Galloway said.
For more on Moxie Endeavors visit, moxie endeavors.com or call (208) 520-9776.
Zions Bank seeks grant applicants
Zions Bank’s Women’s Financial Group is accepting applications for its 2014 “Smart Women” grants through July 7.
According to a news release, applications are open to anyone whose proposal promotes the empowerment of women or directly benefits women or low-income and underserved populations in Idaho and Utah.
Six $3,000 micro-grants will be awarded, one in each of the following categories:
• Small business start-up and expansion
• Community development
• Continuing education and teacher support
• Child and/or elder care
• Health and human services
• Arts and culture
Visit www.zionsbank .com/smartwomen or call (800) 737-6586 for information or to obtain an application. Applications must be received or postmarked by July 7. Community peer review panels will select the grant recipients, to be announced in September.
Applicants need not be clients of Zions Bank nor are they required to be residents of Idaho or Utah. Employees and immediate family members of Zions Bank and its affiliates are not eligible.
Onyx Financial makes top 100 list
Onyx Financial Advisors LLC, an Idaho Falls firm, was named by CNBC as one of the top 100 fee-only wealth management firms in the U.S. It was ranked No. 99 — the only Idaho firm to make the listing.
According to an Onyx news release, the CNBC rankings were based on criteria that included:
• Staff with professional designations such as a CFP, CFA, CPA or PFS
• Working with third-party professionals such as attorneys or CPAs
• Growth of assets
• Years in business
• Assets under management
Firms also were evaluated for any regulatory actions from the SEC, FINRA, state regulators and state insurance commissioners. For the complete CNBC listing visit tinyurl.com/OnyxRanking
According to the release, Onyx provides a 360-degree approach to wealth management, “which is far more than just investment recommendations.”
“We work to integrate our clients’ financial planning, investment management and tax planning; coordinate our clients estate planning and risk management with their financial planning; and consolidate their financial affairs to simplify their lives,” the release said.
As a fee-only firm, neither Onyx advisers nor the firm receive any commissions for the investment recommendations, the release said.
Onyx Financial Advisors is located at 2400 E. 25th St. Call 522-6400 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ridge Crest Dental plans open house
Dr. Ethan D. Moulton and Ridge Crest Dental Implants & Periodontics will hold an open house May 30 to unveil its renovated and relocated office, 2375 Sunnyside Road, Suite C, Idaho Falls.
According to a news release, “the Ridge Crest team has expanded to fully meet the needs of the increasing number of patients in the region. The event is … to coincide with the practice’s seven-year anniversary.”
Food will be served from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the open house. There also will be drawings for complimentary procedures. No reservations or RSVP are required to attend the event. For information about Ridge Crest Dental, visit or call 522-6683.
Idaho Falls building officials recently approved permits for the following projects:
• Commercial building, Walgreen’s, with a valuation of $2.15 million, 1604 W Broadway.
• Commercial building, Idaho Central Credit Union, with a valuation of $1.4 million, 240 North 25th East.
• Commercial building, Idaho Pediatrics, with a valuation of $850,000, 950 S. Skyline Drive
• Single-family residence, with a valuation of $104,967, 4230 Rockingham Circle.
• Single-family residence, with a valuation of $99,162.90, 6371 Glen Abby Circle.
• Single-family residence, with a valuation of $83,544.90, 381 Rockingham St.
• Single-family residence, with a valuation of $74,279.90, 1957 Warm Springs Road.
• Single-family residence, with a valuation of $77,801.40, 561 Lapoloma Drive.
• Single-family residence, with a valuation of $103,233.90, 320 Stillwater Circle.
• Single-family residence, with a valuation of $124,023.90, 265 Yukatan Way.
• Single-family residence, with a valuation of $116,030, 221 Southpoint Blvd.