Happy holidays? Shopping forecast upbeat »

Elaborate holiday displays fill the windows at Unique Expressions in downtown Grand Junction. Window displays, holiday lighting and special events are all part of the effort to attract shoppers to the business district. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

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 / Leave A Comment / Read More »

Check it out: Libraries encourage businesses to tap resources »

Bob Kretschman, public information manager at the Mesa County Libraries, demonstrates the use of the some of the free online resources available to business owners and managers. Through a new initiative called Business Connect, the library also offers workshops and individual assistance in using resources and conducting research.

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 / Leave A Comment / Read More »

Community effort: Construction finally under way on new hospital »

Phil Castle,  The Business Times Chris Thomas heralds the long-anticipated construction of a new Community Hospital in Grand Junction with a single word: finally. There’s been a benefit, though, to the nearly decade-long wait. And that’s been ample time to design a facility from scratch…

Oct 21 2014 / Leave A Comment / Read More »

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

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 / Comments Off / Read More »

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

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 / Comments Off / Read More »
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