Archive for: September, 2010

Making connections: Online directory focuses on Grand Valley businesses

Phil Castle Business Times Martin Duarte offers a testimony to the benefits of listing a company in a new online business directory. Within days of adding Premier Signs & Neon to FindItLocalNow.com, the Grand Junction sign company was hired to install signs at a hotel. The response was greater and faster than Duarte, the owner […]

New videoconference system offers clear advantages

Mike Moran Business Times In 2010, it probably comes as no surprise that companies use video screens and Internet connections to replace face-to-face meetings with clients thousands of miles away. But at a time of quickly evolving technologies and rising consumer expectations, just any old videoconferencing system won’t suffice for every operation. “As far as trying […]

Good investment advice: While predictions vary, focus remains on individual goals and risk tolerance

Mike Moran Business Times The best news for investment firms in recent months might be the simple pronouncement the recession is over. At least that’s the word from the Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research, which declared the Great Recession ended in June 2009. For some investment analysts, the pronouncement […]

As health care reforms begin, so do questions

Mike Moran Business Times The day came and went without a lot of fanfare, but the long-term effects could be great. Meanwhile, business people in the Grand Valley continue to sift through the long-term implications of the first health care reform measures that kicked in Sept. 23. The changes include the allowance of dependent coverage […]

Businesses for sale: More buyers looking, but they want cash flow

Mike Moran Business Times It’s the ying and the yang of the business world. An economic downturn tends to result in an increase in businesses for sale on the market. It also presents opportunities for buyers looking for a calculated risk. “There are more buyers than the norm,” said Mike Schaak, president of the Redstone […]

Gold outshines other investment assets

Phil Castle Business Times All that glitters isn’t gold. Nonetheless, the lustrous yellow metal continues to outshine other classes of investment assets in a rally that’s extended 10 years. Teresa Mays, a Grand Junction businesswoman who makes a living buying and selling gold and other precious metals, considers precious metals not only an important component […]

Real estate investors have cash, but also caution

Mike Moran Business Times “There are a whole lot of folks with a whole lot of cash, but they’re waiting for the market to bottom out.” And that sums up the potential for real estate investment in Mesa County, according to Dale Beede, a commercial real estate agent for Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Grand […]

Contractors association deems scholarship program an investment in work force

Phil Castle Business Times Regardless of the economic cycle and whether business is booming or slow, Chris Sorensen says construction contractors remain on constant lookout for quality employees. And Sorensen should know: He manages the structural division at Mays Concrete in Grand Junction. To that end, a group of contractors awards scholarships to students studying […]

Workplace campaigns kickstart United Way fund-raising drive

United Way of Mesa County is well on  its way toward its latest goal with more than $466,000 raised through workplace campaigns. During a kickoff event for its 2010-11 drive, United Way announced that a total of 34 Pacesetter businesses and organizations raised a combined $466,122 in workplace campaigns conducted in August and September. That […]

GJEP website earns award from economic development group

Mike Moran Business Times The Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) expects to soon announce publicly that it’s won an international award recognizing its website at www.gjep.org. GJEP confirmed the International Economic Development Council was scheduled to issue a news release Sept. 29 The IEDC is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping economic developers, according to the […]

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