Archive for: September, 2010

Taxing reports reflect ups and downs in Grand Valey

Mike Moran Business Times Sales, use and lodging tax collections in Grand Junction all increased in August  for a second straight month of year-over-year gains. The City of Fruita reported stronger increases, with a double-digit percentage increase in its July report. Mesa County reported another drop in year-to-year comparisons, although the percentage decline was the […]

Small business legislation signed into law

Phil Castle Business Times Eleni and Jerry Sica took advantage of government-backed small business financing to construct a new liquor and specialty foods store in Grand Junction. The financing allowed the couple to purchase property rather than continue to lease space as well as expand the operation in what the Sicas consider a better location. […]

Consumer confidence retreats on “grim” outlook

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has retreated nearly five points on what one official described as a “grim” outlook for the economy. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) dropped 4.7 points to 48.5 for September. Consumer assessments of present business and labor conditions as well as their expectations for the […]

Finding financing: Alternatives to traditional loans available

The recession has restricted the ability of many small businesses to obtain traditional bank financing. Until commercial lending loosens up, here are seven alternative ways small business owners can access capital to stabilize and grow their businesses: Sell a minority stake in the company: Large companies typically have numerous owners. Many large private companies go […]

Small business legislation one step in a long journey

Small businesses will receive some assistance in newly enacted federal legislation that includes tax breaks as well as fee waivers for lending programs backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The measure also establishes a $30 billion fund designed to help smaller banks make more loans to businesses. The legislation constitutes a good start that’s […]

The recession is over, but nobody’s partying

It’s official: The Great Recession is over. Yippee. Now … does anyone actually feel as though the effects of the economic downturn have yet relented? Perhaps Bob Reece, president of Advanced Title Co. in Grand Junction and a long-time observer of the Grand Valley real estate industry, put it best. And I’ve since heard others […]

Grand Valley Transit receives statewide recognition from group

Grand Valley Transit has been selected as the large transit system of the year by the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies. The award was based on performance, service and growth. Since its inception 10 years ago, annual ridership on Grand Valley Transit has grown from 181,000 to a projected 980,000. Buses maintain a 98 percent […]

Grand Valley chefs to participate in annual March of Dimes fund-raiser

Seven Grand Valley chefs will participate in the latest Signature Chefs Auction, an annual fund-raiser for the West Slope Division of the March of Dimes set for Oct. 23 at the Doubletree Hotel in Grand Junction. The event will feature food from 626 on Rood, A Sweet Life Cakes and Confections, Crossroads Artisan Cheese Shop, […]

Mack business plans celebration of solar energy system installation

A Mack business offering essential oils and accessories has scheduled a solar party and harvest festival. The event is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 2 at Oasis Botanica, 1023 Hotel Circle. The event will include refreshments, gourd painting for children, samples, giveaways and information about essential oils and aromatherapy. Blu-Sky Solar, a […]

Grand Junction pottery and glass studio opens in new Patterson Road location

Angelo’s paint-your-own pottery and glass fusing studio has moved to a new location in the Patterson Village Square at 2478 Patterson Road in Grand Junction. The business has rehired Laurie Perrin and an artist in residence. For more information, call 243-0886 or visit the Web site


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