Archive for: May, 2011

Reports: Sales tax collections remain ahead of last year

Sales and use tax collections continue to rise in Mesa County and the latest reports from county and municipal governments indicate collections remain ahead of last year’s pace. Mesa County reported $2.96 million in sales tax collections in April, a nearly 6 percent increase over the same month in 2010. So far for 2011, the […]

Grand Valley office supply business merging with Front Range company

An office supply company with local roots and more than 30 years of operation in the Grand Valley is merging with a Front Range company that’s enjoyed rapid growth during a soft economy. Valley Office Supply recently notified customers it’s merging with Source Office Products of Golden. The Golden company is a decade younger than […]

Want to take politics out of deficit reduction? Then eschew tax hikes

There’s a lot of talk in our nation’s capital these days about putting aside politics and coming together to reduce the federal deficit. To this economist, that sounds good. Unfortunately, some of the people saying its time to drop the politics are either disingenuous or simply don’t understand the economics at work. As a quick […]

Leading index dips in April, but forecasts growth

A monthly index forecasting economic conditions in the United States has dipped, but signals continued growth. The Conference Board reported that its Leading Economic Indicator (LEI) fell three-tenths of a percent to 114 in April. The monthly decrease is only the second, however, since March 2009. Separate measures of current and past economic performance increased […]

Mesa County jobless rate retreats to six-month low

The monthly unemployment rate in Mesa County has retreated to its lowest level in six months, but a shrinking work force remains a concern. According to the latest estimates from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), the seasonally unadjusted jobless rate in Mesa County fell three-tenths of a point to 9.8 percent in […]

Real estate prospects bright in natural resource-rich region

The two questions everyone asks this commercial real estate broker are, “What’s going on in the market? Are prices ready to start rising?” My answers are always, “It depends.” The price of both commercial and residential real estate depends largely on the demand for that real estate. As the Western Slope economy softened in 2009, […]

Is your work environment dressed for success?

A long, long time ago in another place and time, I thought about starting a business to help companies with the impressions they create for their customers. While that business ended up on a back burner in someone else’s house, first impressions remain important. People become comfortable in their own spaces, whether those spaces are […]

With proper planning, vacations remain fitness-friendly

Vacations, long car trips and busy schedules all can lead to major disruptions in fitness routines. Whether traveling by car or plane, staying in hotels or with family, you can keep fitness part of each day, though. Here are a few tips to make your vacation fitness-friendly. Sitting a car for a few hours or […]

Take precautions to secure business information

Since the dust has settled on another tax season, I thought it might be helpful to share some insights on the critical role information technology (IT) plays in business. IT is a driving force in the success of business and companies that use it will see their operations continue to grow, even in slow economies. […]

Do you see problems or gifts in your business?

In every business there are situations that can be perceived as problems, challenges, opportunities and even gifts. The choice you make in your perception of situations as they present themselves to you will affect how you handle them. If I were to put four boxes on a table, each beautifully wrapped, and explained that the […]

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