Archive for: August, 2011

Nurturing business: New incubator director draws on experiences to help ventures start and grow

Jon Maraschin is only the fifth person in 24 years to serve as executive director of the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction. Maraschin expects to draw on his experiences as an  entrepreneur and banker in his new role helping businesses to start and grow their operations. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Jon Maraschin has looked at business from both sides now, as both an entrepreneur and commercial banker. He knows from personal experience what it takes to get a venture up and running. But he also recognizes from a financial standpoint what businesses need to succeed. It’s a varied background Maraschin expects to draw upon repeatedly […]

Most tax collections on the rise


Mike Moran, The Business Times The City of Grand Junction and Mesa County continue to report increased sales tax collections over last year, although lodging tax collections still lag behind. The city reported $4.42 million in sales and use tax collections in July, while the county reported $3.26 million in sales tax collections. Lodging tax […]

Group: Regulations hinder energy development

Phil Castle The Business Times Colorado and other western states offer an abundant supply of oil and natural gas could reduce dependence on foreign sources as well as create jobs and generate tax revenue. But government regulations and policies hinder development, according to a Denver-based trade association of more than 400 companies involved in energy […]

Bleak prospects a result of big government policies

For 45 months, nearly four years now, the United States has suffered under a troubled economy. Other nations around the globe have not fared much better — indeed, some worse. Although it was not a surprise, gross domestic product data for the second quarter in the U.S. was revised downward, according to a news release […]

It’s a day to honor real laborers — U.S. small business owners

Could there be a more perfect conversion of symbolism about what is wrong with the American economy than what will take place on Sept. 5 in Detroit? There, a president of the United States whose regulatory excesses have stifled meaningful job creation will make a Labor Day speech to union workers now only a faint […]

Robust economic recovery depends on regulatory relief

Even a casual reading of the stories in this issue of the Business Times reveals a theme: Government regulations hinder business and, in turn, economic recovery. A story on page 3 details the results of a study conducted for the Western Energy Alliance, a Denver-based trade association of more than 400 companies involved in energy […]

Commercial remodels make sense — and dollars

Experienced commercial real estate investors seem to sense market trends and take advantage of those trends when other methods of commercial investment begin to fade. From 2005 to 2008, industrial land development and the construction of industrial offices and shop buildings on security fenced acreage seemed to constitute a no-lose proposition in the Grand Valley. […]

Navigating the maze: Here are step-by-step directions to land a government contract

For many small businesses, the process of trying to obtain a government contract is fraught with fears of red tape and endless reporting requirements. Yes, the process can be challenging. But working for the government doesn’t have to be difficult. You have to get through multiple steps with a certain amount of commitment, but eventually […]

Confidence index tumbles as pessimism mounts

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has tumbled to its lowest level in more than two years as pessimism over business and labor conditions mounts. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index fell nearly 15 points to 44.5 in August. That’s the lowest reading since the CCI retreated to 40.8 in April 2009. […]

Utility executive to speak at Grand Junction event

A Colorado utility executive is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at an upcoming meeting of a Grand Junction economic development group. David Eves, president and chief executive officer of Public Service Co. of Colorado, is expected to speak at the annual meeting of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership. Public Service is part of Xcel […]


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