Recipe for success: Entrepreneur turns tiny cakes into growing business »

Pattie Dravis operates Pattie’s Tiny Cakes, a growing Grand Junction business that creates and sells a wide assortment of cupcakes and cakes with distinctive flavors. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Like so many entrepreneurs, Pattie Dravis traces the origin of her business to the moment she realized she could make a better product — or in her case, bake a better product. Dravis recalls she was at a birthday party…

Oct 7 2014 / Leave A Comment / Read More »

Putting the work and force into the workforce center: After 16 years of bringing things together, administrator leaving »

Sue Tuffin has served as administrator of the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction since the facility opened in 1998. Tuffin plans to step down at the end of September to work for the Center for Law and Social Policy, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that conducts research on and advocates for work force development, focusing especially on low-income populations. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Sue Tuffin has made a career out of bringing things together, in particular the myriad services offered at the Mesa County Workforce Center she’s run since the center opened in 1998. The center provides a range of services to people…

Sep 23 2014 / Leave A Comment / Read More »

Passion with a purpose: Strategies to sell more stuff drive marketing »

Phil Castle, The Business Times As surely as form follows function, Matthew Breman believes even the most creative marketing and communication efforts must serve a purpose. And for most businesses, that purpose is straightforward: sell more products and services. It’s part of what Breman considers…

Sep 10 2014 / Leave A Comment / Read More »

Who ya gonna call? Range of resources available to small businesses »

Phil Castle The Business Times Diane Schwenke welcomes the inquiries she fields at the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. But if Schwenke doesn’t have an immediate answer to a question or the chamber a needed service to offer, she knows who to call. “I’ll…

Aug 27 2014 / Comments Off / Read More »

Shooting for support: Group touts economic benefits of hunting and shooting »

Phil Castle, The Business Times Jerry Stehman knows from personal experience the importance of hunting and recreational shooting to Colorado businesses. For nearly 30 years, Stehman has operated a Grand Junction store that depends on hunters and shooters. “That’s who we cater to. That’s what…

Aug 12 2014 / Comments Off / Read More »

School a fight part of bigger battles

An educational battle in Colorado shapes up to be the most entertaining sideshow in a state already replete with entertaining politics. The brouhaha that’s taken center stage is…

Oct 7 2014 / Read More »
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