Repeat business: Entrepreneur loves starting new ventures »

In addition to his other duties managing his diverse businesses in the Grand Valley, Jon Labrum sometimes puts on a uniform and apron to work at his Jimmy John’s quick-service sandwich restaurants in Grand Junction and Clifton. Labrum recently was named Entrepreneur of the Year. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Jon Labrum starts businesses almost as though he were following some sort of entrepreneurial shampoo instructions. Identify an opportunity. Launch a venture to serve the market. Repeat. Labrum first opened an information technology company, but then added two quick-service sandwich restaurants…

Apr 9 2014 / Leave A Comment / Read More »

Inventive venture: Couple has big plans for storage device »

Dave and Jenny Hall invented an extendable rail and hook system that installs inside cabinets, closets and other locations to organize everything from pots and pans to purses. The Grand Junction couple started a company to sell the product they’ve branded Glideware and recently won top honors at a national kitchen and bath trade show. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times In the beginning there were pots and pans, expensive ones stacked up inside a kitchen cabinet, but difficult to pull out one at a time without moving the whole pile or scratching the nonstick surfaces. Jenny Hall believed there had…

Mar 19 2014 / Leave A Comment / Read More »

Manufacturing connections: Summit offers networking opportunity »

Phil Castle, The Business Times Eric Goertz believes it’s important for manufacturers to make connections with other manufacturers, to learn more about what could be not only potential suppliers, but also customers. There’ll be no better chance than at a summit offering a one-stop networking venue for…

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Building his role: Businessman faces different task in leading state group »

Rob Griffin has been a builder most of his life. Through various jobs and his own ventures, Griffin has been involved with everything from apartment complexes to custom homes and even massive aquarium displays. The Grand Junction businessman takes on a far different task, though,…

Feb 19 2014 / Comments Off / Read More »

Making a splash: As water attractions grow, so does the Grand Junction firm that installs them. »

Jerry and Heather Smith have been involved in some elaborate projects, including a swimming pool and aquarium at a Las Vegas resort where guests not only swim next to a tank full of sharks, but also slide down a tunnel that passes through the tank.…

Jan 22 2014 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Here’s to repeat business

While most entrepreneurs would consider themselves fortunate to launch just one successful venture, there are others who make it a habit. They no sooner get one business up…

Apr 9 2014 / Read More »
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Analyst: Manufacturers could benefit from “reshoring” operations

Phil Castle, The Business Times U.S. companies that evaluate all of the costs involved in manufacturing products overseas, and not just wages, could discover it actually might be less expensive to…

Apr 10 2014 / Read More »
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