Space for innovation: Entrepreneurs turn ideas into businesses »

Jon Maraschin, executive director of the Business Incubator Center, watches a three-dimensional printer at work at the GJ Makerspace in the center. Printers, computers and other equipment are available to help entrepreneurs develop and test ideas. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Jon Maraschin knows well what happens when entrepreneurs gain access to equipment and counseling: They start and expand businesses. But the secret sauce, Maraschin says, is the collaboration that occurs whenever ideas are discussed, experiences shared and, in the end,…

Mar 4 2015 / Leave A Comment / Read More »

Making an impact: CMU economic effects top $417 million »

Construction is under way on a $24.6 million project to expand and renovate the Tomlinson Library on the Colorado Mesa University campus in Grand Junction. More than $32 million in capital expenditures contributed to an estimated total economic impact of more than $417 million during the 2013-2014 fiscal year, a newly released study determined. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times        As Colorado Mesa University continues to grow, so do the effects of CMU on the Western Colorado economy. The latest results of an economic impact study estimate the total direct and indirect effects of the university tops $417…

Feb 11 2015 / Leave A Comment / Read More »

Promoting oil shale: Big role foreseen for big resource »

Phil Castle, The Business Times         While the promise of commercial oil shale production has yet to be fully realized in Western Colorado, Brad McCloud believes there’s an upside to slow development. As technology to extract oil from shale improves, so do the…

Jan 27 2015 / Leave A Comment / Read More »

Chamber chairman banking on experience »

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 / Comments Off / Read More »

What’s ahead? Outlook for Mesa County upbeat »

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 / Comments Off / Read More »
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