Archive for: July, 2010

Companies finalists for workplace recognition

Two Grand Junction firms and a Western Slope bank are among the finalists for annual awards honoring the best companies to work for in Colorado. JG Management Systems and SOS Staffing Services are among the finalists for companies with 25 to 99 employees. Alpine Bank is among the finalists for companies with 250 employees or […]

Banking deserves balanced approach

Don Childears says Colorado banks often find themselves between a rock and a hard spot, between politicians who demand that banks increase lending to stimulate the economy and regulators who curtail that lending to ensure banks remain financially sound. Childears, president of the Colorado Banking Association, believes a more balanced approach is needed that both […]

In the midst of recession and burdensome policies, entrepreneurship survives

Even amidst the economic gloom, entrepreneurship finds a way. Keep in mind that it remains a tough environment for many entrepreneurs to raise capital and gain access to credit. The number of incorporated self-employed fell in 2009, while the number of unincorporated self-employed has fallen for three straight years. Proprietor income also declined in 2009. […]

SBA podcasts offer assistance with small business exporting

The U. S. Small Business Administration offers three new podcasts providing information on issues and challenges small business exporters could encounter when dealing with specific countries. The podcasts feature interviews with business representatives from Bahrain, Cameroon and Uganda. The interviews focus on what U.S. companies can expect when exporting to those countries and provide information […]

Registration under way for entrepreneurial event

Registration is under way for an annual event offering in one day and at one location a range of information to entrepreneurs. The 2010 Colorado Entrepreneurship Marketplace is scheduled for Oct. 15 in Limon. The event is designed for wouldbe entrepreneurs considering starting their own ventures as well as existing small business owners looking to […]

Presentations combine business and breakfast

The Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction will offer a series of free breakfast presentations offering panel discussions on important issues facing entrepreneurs. The new Business Over Breakfast presentations are planned for 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the center, located at 2591 B 3/4 Road. The first session is […]

Health reform offers benefits to small businesses

For decades, America’s small business owners have asked for more affordable health insurance coverage and more tax relief. The new health reform law — the Affordable Care Act — provides both. First, the law offers tax credits for small employers who pay at least half of their employees’ health insurance premiums. Starting this year, businesses […]

Colorado business leaders upbeat about third quarter

A quarterly index tracking confidence among Colorado business leaders has climbed to its highest level in three years on more upbeat expectations for the state economy. The Leeds Business Confidence Index rose to 54.8 for the third quarter of 2010. That’s up from 51.7 for the second quarter and the highest level since the second […]

Consumer confidence drops as concerns mount

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has declined for a second straight month as concerns mount over business and labor conditions. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) fell 3.9 points in July to 50.4. With losses in June and July, the index has dropped a total of more than 12 points […]

June jobless jump: Seasonal increase takes Mesa County rate to 9.7 percent

The unemployment rate in Mesa County jumped in June, continuing what’s long been a pattern for the month. According to the latest estimates from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), the unadjusted jobless rate in Mesa County climbed to 9.7 percent. The latest rate is up eight-tenths from a revised 8.9 percent for […]

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