Moxie Endeavors rebrands for growth

May 6, 2019

POCATELLO — Kelly Galloway starts her day with coffee, nuclear waste and hazardous chemicals.

From her office in Pocatello’s warehouse district, she operates Moxie Endeavors, an environmental consulting firm that has focused on hazardous waste cleanup. Galloway started her business after her employer sold the environmental consulting firm where she worked for 10 years.

“When I asked my boss how she felt about me starting my own company, she said ‘It’s about time.’ She also gave me my first contract,” Galloway said.

Moxie opened in 2010 and now employs a team of eight.

I asked Galloway to explain what is involved with hazardous waste management, and she replied, “We answer these questions: What is it? How do we treat it? Where does it go? How does it get there?”

Her team works to identify waste treatment needs as well as manage permits, certifications and disposal logistics.

Moxie has historically worked with contractors at the Idaho National Laboratory, but she recently hired Jeremy Hampton as a business development specialist with the goal of expanding Moxie’s services and client base. Hampton was the operations director of the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project for an INL contractor when he made the move to Moxie.

“I missed the creativity and elevated pulse that comes with working for a small but growing enterprise,” said Hampton. “I have that here.”

Hampton and Galloway recently worked with the Small Business Development Center to revisit the brand, mission and vision of the company. They are expanding their service line to include small modular reactors, project management, lab research, data analytics, inspections and full environmental assessments for federal and state clients. They bring unique value to their clients because they understand the diplomatic demands of this technical work.

“Our solutions come from diverse input. We are very good at managing multiple stakeholders,” Galloway said.

Galloway made a conscious choice to locate the business in Pocatello after living in Idaho Falls for a while.

“I created a self-inflicted commute,” Galloway said with a laugh.

She is in Idaho Falls nearly every day. Galloway loves the culture and history of Pocatello. She bought a building on First Street because she wanted to invest in the community, and Moxie has been renovating it gradually since 2012.

“I like being near the railroad history and the culture of the university here. Pocatello feels like home to me,” Galloway said.

The Small Business Development Center has been working with Moxie since 2012. Galloway took advantage of the SBDC’s training opportunities and attended one of the first SBDC-sponsored Women’s Business Symposiums. She also worked with a student group at Idaho State University to research and patent an innovative security badge carrier she designed.

“The SBDC has always been there when we needed help at various stages of our business. Their recent assistance with re-branding guidance has helped us set the stage for the service expansions we are planning,” Galloway said.

The SBDC is taxpayer funded to provide no cost consulting and low cost training to any small business. Ann Swanson is the regional director of the Small Business Development Center at the ISU College of Business. Reach her at 208-282-4402 or swanann@isu.edu.