Young entrepreneur makes the case for a better pillowcase »

Nick Silzell, a 12-year-old student at East Middle School in Grand Junction, also serves as chief executive officer of Sleepy Sheepy. His business makes pillowcases fabricated from bamboo fiber that offer hot and cold sides. Silzell is the first participant in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy in Grand Junction to qualify for the finals of the national YEA competition. He won the people’s choice award and $20,000 in college scholarships for his efforts. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle

Phil Castle, The Business Times Nick Silzell was frustrated — nearly to the point of giving up on his ambitions to create a new product and launch a business, not to mention continue participating in an instructional program for young entrepreneurs. The 12-year-old Grand Junction…

May 16 2018 / Leave A Comment / Read More »

A place to work: Fruita co-working space seen an attraction »

Jon Maraschin, executive director of the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction, expects the F-Works co-working space in the Fruita Civic Center to help promote business
startups and economic development as well as tourism. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Within minutes of ceremonially opening F-Works, Jon Maraschin was already talking to someone about signing up for dedicated desk space in the co-working facility in Fruita. It’s a response that reflects what’s expected will be strong demand to use the…

Apr 24 2018 / Leave A Comment / Read More »

Life in the serial aisle: Starting ventures an adventure for entrepreneur »

Phil Castle, The Business Times Andy Kelley initially aspired to become a television repairman. But in his first job out of college, he went to work instead in the energy services industry. It was a path that led Kelley to a career as a serial…

Apr 10 2018 / Comments Off / Read More »

Tracking trends: Economics anything but dismal to professor monitoring local indicators »

Phil Castle, The Business Times Nathan Perry takes into account a lot of information in putting together his quarterly economic newsletters — everything from drilling permits to labor estimates to real estate sales to tax collections. In connecting all those data points, an encouraging picture…

Mar 28 2018 / Comments Off / Read More »

A nice place to visit and live: New tourism director advocates for both »

Phil Castle, The Business Times Elizabeth Fogarty views her new role as not only involving efforts to market the Grand Valley as an attractive destination, but also managing that destination in a way that promotes quality of life — in other words, making sure it’s…

Mar 13 2018 / Comments Off / Read More »
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