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 »

Matthew Breman, owner of Cranium 360, discusses some of the packaging and other materials the Grand Junction-based marketing and communications firm has developed for clients over the years. The firm was among just 38 finalists for the Top Company Awards, an annual recognition program billed as one of the most competitive in Colorado.

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 / Leave A Comment / 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 »

Going to the dogs: Business to cater to pets and their owners »

Phil Castle, The Business Times Peggy Barron knows what dogs need: plenty of exercise and interaction, but also a quiet place to rest and feel safe. She also knows what dog owners need: a boarding facility to care for their pets that also offers grooming…

Jul 15 2014 / Comments Off / Read More »
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