Top Workplaces for small-sized businesses in the Treasure Valley


While Capital Auto Loan took home top honors, here were other Treasure Valley small-sized businesses that were recognized in the Idaho Press’ Top Workplaces awards:

E-commerce platform ClickBank has distinguished itself in the crowded world of e-commerce with a one-stop platform that’s exceptionally well-connected and supportive of its business-owner clients.

Customers across 200 countries find it easy to use the company’s tools for starting up and growing, marketing and scaling up. The selling process itself becomes simpler under ClickBank’s system, which comes with a vast array of affiliates and includes some of the best support and education in the business.

Customers are given opportunities for reaching out to customers and making sure payments come in on time.

“At ClickBank, we grow when you grow,” its website says. “We are your contractor, traffic partner, developer, account manager, business network, and coach. We’re committed to providing the best tools, services, marketing, and education you need to confidently build and scale your business online.”

Founded in 1998 and based in Boise, the company strives to be a great place to work, with an energetic and inviting atmosphere for its 116 employees. There’s even a self-appointed fun committee that schedules regular get-togethers outside monthly company-wide meetings.

Meridian-based High Desert is one of those businesses where there’s always coffee on and staff there meet every day as an opportunity to learn something new.

As the largest Harley-Davidson dealership across four states, High Desert aspires to be the top seller of new and used motorcycles in the Pacific Northwest and so it tries to deliver the very best customer service possible.

It started July 1, 2005 with the purchase of Cycle Nuts & Bolts Harley-Davidson/Buell, one of Idaho’s oldest Harley-Davidson dealerships.

Owner and General Manager Mark Dukes, a lover of motorcycles since age 7, has chased the lifestyle most of his career. He took his first job out of high school in Denver selling motorcycles, among other duties. Later he moved to Las Vegas to manage a dealership.

“My goal has always been to see that ecstatic gleam in a new owner’s eye and the satisfaction of a seasoned rider as his or her bike leaves our dealership looking and running better than the day it left the showroom floor,” he tells customers on High Desert’s website.

Among staff the focus is on daily growth, such as expanding product knowledge or interacting with customers. Employees get together outside regular work hours to ski Bogus Basin or, in summertime, hit the asphalt with customers.

A Nampa-based company is doing its part to solve the nation’s housing crisis from inside a 400,000-square-foot factory unlike any other.

Its 125 employees include “solutioneers” who design multistory apartments that give new meaning to the term affordable housing.

Robotic automation does the heavy lifting by putting together fully enclosed, six-sided structures with finished interiors. Up to 90 percent of the construction is complete when the project is shipped to the final site.

Autovol sees its product as going considerably further than saving time and money. It says its system of automation results in better accuracy and overall quality. Robots it has introduced now address a difficult shortage of labor in the U.S. multifamily construction industry.

Autovol, founded in 2018, describes its work as “construction 3.0” in which stick construction was 1.0 — tough and unpredictable. Modular construction was better as 2.0 but contained some inefficiencies.

As the latest version, Autovol, its solutioneers and robots don’t just save repetitive processes, they produce affordable homes of high quality at breakthrough speed.

A lot stands out about Perkins Coie, an international law firm specializing in intellectual property matters with a sizable and generous presence in Idaho. The Seattle-based partnership has grown since 1912 into a leader providing a full array of strategic solutions to diverse public and private clients including top global innovators.

Much of what it sees as its client-service edge comes from its “one firm” culture, an approach encompassing more than 2,500 employees, 65 of them in Idaho. Perkins Coie’s legal team extending as far as Asia together serves clients in matters including commercial litigation and regulatory legal advice.

A frequent sponsor of fundraising events and charitable contributor in its own right, the firm encourages its employees to donate through regular payroll deductions to United Way. Perkins Coie often partners with its clients on community service projects of all sizes.

The many honors and distinctions Perkins Coie has accumulated over the years are too numerous to list. Some highlights: Fortune magazine named it as among the 100 best workplaces for millennials, and Working Mother listed it as being among the best law firms for women.

Its name means “the absence of mental stress or anxiety,” and as that might imply, Ataraxis was born of necessity.

The year before its founding in 2009, an insurance adjustment company preparing to expand into different states decided it didn’t want to bulk up on internal staff, knowing that meant added HR and payroll responsibilities.

It looked for a company it could hire to do it right. And it kept looking, past limited software, past incomplete service providers. A year later it came to the conclusion it would have to do the job itself — as a Boise-based professional employer organization that now has 39 employees in Idaho and worksite employees in more than 30 states.

Collaborating with its team and business partners, Ataraxis handles its clients’ payroll, benefits, administration and workers compensation. The results are reduced employee turnover rates, lower overhead costs and less liabilities for customers. Within seven days of an agreement Ataraxis onboards its clients.

“You won’t have to complete piles of paperwork or wait months to make the change,” the company’s website says. “We make the process as easy and quick as possible for you.”

Moreton & Company hasn’t reached its 111th year in business by paying only casual attention to its clients’ needs.

Now with 52 employees in Idaho and 229 companywide, the Salt Lake City-based insurance broker delivers superior customer service to customers across the country. It brings innovative solutions to the most challenging needs, giving its broad base of clients far more than just insurance.

Moreton & Company keeps customers current on industry trends and offers educational seminars and compliance services. When hiring it makes a point to seek out individuals who can serve not just in sales positions but client support.

Customers get the benefit of tools and knowledge to help them choose just the right coverage for their company and employees, from commercial and executive-risk policies to benefits and personal insurance. Its industry experience extends from auto dealerships and construction to energy, food manufacturing, health care and entertainment.

And as an Assurex Global Partner, Moreton & Company helps companies find and place coverage in all parts of the world.

No. 8: Sloan Security Group

What started as a service Ed Sloan wanted to offer local timber mills — and jobs for his four teenage sons saving for college — is now a trusted leader in the physical security services industry.

That early, 1991 version of Boise-based Sloan Security Group consisted of fencing remote properties. It signed a contract in 1998 to secure Mountain Home Air Force Base, and within eight years it emerged as the go-to security provider of innovative security perimeters to the national missile defense program.

With 56 employees in Idaho, and two dozen others around the country, Sloan now specializes in all manners of physical security. It designs, installs and maintains crash-rated vehicle barriers as well as intrusion-detection and access-control systems.

The many technologies it deploys address criminal and terrorist threats with tools such as bollards and hydraulic wedge barriers, anti-ram fences and video analytics.

Its values of integrity, collaboration and professionalism have won Sloan contracts with even the most prominent of clients, including Facebook and the U.S. Department of Defense.

No. 9: CBIZ M&S Consulting

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