Chamber chairman banking on experience »

Jeff Franklin works out of a corner office as market president of the Bank of Colorado in Grand Junction. Franklin says he expects to take on a similar role as the new chairman of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors in identifying and meeting the needs of local businesses. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times What Jeff Franklin says he enjoys most about his job as a bank president is meeting the owners and managers of various businesses and finding ways the bank can help them improve their operations. “I really enjoy helping businesses out…

Jan 14 2015 / Leave A Comment / Read More »

What’s ahead? Outlook for Mesa County upbeat »

A closer look at such indicators as tax collections, real estate activity and more optimistic expectations for improving business conditions offer a more upbeat economic outlook for Mesa County in 2015, local officials say. (Business Times photo illustration by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Higher tax collections, increasing real estate activity and more upbeat expectations for business conditions are among the signs pointing toward  an improving economy in Mesa County in 2015, officials say. It’s no longer so much a question if growth will…

Dec 17 2014 / Leave A Comment / Read More »

Educational experience: Instruction and activities combine at CMU »

Phil Castle, The Business Times Patrick Wall says he’s learned a lot from his business courses at Colorado Mesa University, but even more from the various entrepreneurial activities in which he’s been involved. Wall works at the Point, a student-run pub on the CMU campus…

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Happy holidays? Shopping forecast upbeat »

Phil Castle, The Business Times Diane Schwenke has high hopes for what really could be the most wonderful time of the year for Grand Valley businesses. Local sales tax collections, a key indicator of retail activity, continue to increase. Moreover, consumers have regained a level…

Nov 19 2014 / Comments Off / Read More »

Check it out: Libraries encourage businesses to tap resources »

Phil Castle, The Business Times Dick Kandiko wanted to conduct some research on the millennial generation, the members of which constitute the target market for the birthing center he helps manage in Grand Junction. Kandiko tapped the free resources offered at the Mesa County Libraries,…

Nov 4 2014 / Comments Off / Read More »
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