Archive for: December, 2011

Members of small business group stake out positions on issues

Phil Castle, The Business Times:  Colorado members of a small business advocacy group oppose efforts to impose taxes on services or privatize roads and bridges. Members of the National Federation of Independent Business in the state also oppose any efforts to make it illegal for employers to discriminate against job applicants who’re unemployed. At the […]

Resources close at hand: Library materials available to download to mobile devices

Did you receive an iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook or new smart phone for Christmas? Once you’ve figured out the numerous features, you’ll be ready to learn about recently updated technology that allows you to read or listen from any one of these devices.  From previous articles I’ve written for the Business Times, you might remember […]

Consumers more upbeat headed in 2012

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has returned to its highest level since April, but it’s not yet certain if recent gains reflect a long-term change in attitudes. “While consumers are ending the year in a somewhat more upbeat mode, it is too soon to tell if this is a rebound from earlier declines or […]

First National Bank of the Rockies names manager for two locations

A retired Air Force officer who subsequently became a commercial lender has been named manager of two First National Bank of the Rockies locations in the Grand Valley. Dave Maddox will manage the Redlands and Valley Plaza locations of the Grand Junction-based bank. “I’m excited to be a part of an organization with more than […]

Delivering by the Busload – County employees feed the hungry

On Friday December 16th, representatives of Grand Valley Transit (GVT) will delivered a busload of food to the “Homeless for the Holidays” food drive, helping the fundraiser achieve its goal of providing over 9,510 pounds of food for the needy. Over the past several weeks, GVT buses on all routes gave free rides in exchange […]

West Slope energy trade association elects new president

An environmental and governmental affairs liaison with a Colorado-based energy exploration and production company has been elected president of a Western Colorado trade association. Doug Dennison has been elected to serve the next two years as president of the Western Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association (WSCOGA). Dennison works for Bill Barrett Corp., a Denver-based […]

Focus On: Philanthropy The spirit of the season

            We believe that giving to our local charities is an important part of owning a business,” say Lisa Mullen, owner of Rocky Mountain Sanitation, “Our community supports us and we need to help make it a better place. We enjoy being able to help whether it is donating services, […]

“Paying” it forward

Customers pay bill with donations              Countryside Services of Grand Junction is offering customers the opportunity to pay their service bill in food and toy donations for local charities of the Western Slope. In the month of December any customer who uses Countryside Services for any service including plumbing, drainage, […]

Leading index signals continued growth in U.S.

A monthly index forecasting economic performance in the United States continues to signal growth, although concerns persist a European recession could hamper a more robust recovery. The Conference Board reported that its Leading Economic Indicator (LEI) rose five-tenths of a percent to 118 in November. With a full-point gain over the previous two months, the […]

Donors down, dollars up: Loyal donors stepping up efforts in difficult economy

            “It seems that folks are able and willing to give more this year over last year. Every little bit makes a difference for how many families we serve,” says Amy Rogers, executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County.             Rogers notes that without the business in-kind and […]

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