Small Business Spotlight

Aug 24, 2022

Hillco Technologies recognized as July Small Business of the Month 

Founded in 1963, Hillco Technologies has created a thriving aftermarket agriculture manufacturing company that provides solutions and products that are engineered in-house for today’s farmers and ranchers. Hillco Technologies is a second-generation owned company, now owned and operated by Lenny Hill. Hill’s father began what was once Hill Industries, and many family members have been integrall[...]

Christian Perry - Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge
Aug 23, 2022

ChatterQuant making traction after Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge first-place win

A Boise State University student’s company keeps racking up big wins, most recently first place in final pitch competition at the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge (IEC) in April, and its market validation and traction are noticeable. Christian Perry is the founder and CEO of ChatterQuant, a company that monitors real-time discussions on multiple social media platforms for some 28,000 stocks and e[...]

photo of sherman glenn ranch
May 30, 2019

Small Business Spotlight: Ola family operates ranch for over 100 years

[caption id="attachment_232302" align="alignleft" width="300"] Joyce Biggers runs cows on her Ola ranch, just as her great-grandfather did more than a hundred years ago. Photo by Sharon Fisher.[/caption] A small business isn’t necessarily “small” geographically. Sometimes it can sprawl over dozens of acres. That’s the case for the Sherman Glenn Ranch, a 125-acre cattle operation rece[...]

Apr 3, 2019

Small Business Spotlight: Boat dealer riding wave of wake surfing, boarding popularity

[caption id="attachment_229674" align="alignleft" width="300"] Customers gather in the new showroom during Prestige Water Sports' recent grand opening. Photos by Jonathan Palmer[/caption] Temperatures are warming, and many Idahoans agree that the best way to stay cool and active through the summer months is to hit the water: reservoirs, lakes and rivers. For the past 13 years, Boise’s Pres[...]

Mar 21, 2019

Small Business Spotlight: Bike businesses thrive in outdoor “rec tech” economy

[caption id="attachment_229124" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jeri Rutherford, founder and CEO of Boise-based RideOut Technologies, on her bike. Photo courtesy of RideOut.[/caption] The outdoor mecca that is Idaho attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, according to the Idaho Department of Commerce. In and around Treasure Valley, a handful of local manufacturers are making it [...]