Archive for: February, 2013

Consumer confidence rebounds on more upbeat outlook

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has rebounded sharply on more upbeat assessments of business and labor conditions. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index surged more than 11 points to 69.6 in February. The gain follows a more than eight-point drop the month before. At this time last year, the index stood […]

Alpine Bank announces Front Range expansion

After 40 years of expanding its operations on the Western Slope, Alpine Bank has announced plans to extend those operations to the Front Range. Alpine Bank expects to open its first Front Range location in the third quarter of this year in the lower downtown area of Denver. Norm Franke takes over regional president of […]

Obama’s Interior nominee eyed cautiously by energy industry

Energy and business groups in western Colorado are cautiously optimistic about the President’s nominee for Interior Secretary, in these early stages of the process. Following Ken Salazar’s resignation in January, President Obama nominated Sally Jewell, the Chief Executive Officer of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), to head the Department of the Interior. The Department is responsible […]

Advertising firm Fruita chamber business of the year

An advertising company whose owner is active in business, civic and philanthropic activities has been selected as the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the year. Merge2Media and owner Joel Kincaid were honored at the chamber’s annual banquet. Merge2Media offers a range of services related to advertising and graphic and website design. Kincaid started […]

U.S. bank names five-state division manager

A banker with nearly 40 years of experience has been named division manager for U.S. Bank community banking operations in Colorado and four other states. Wayne Hirsch will oversee community banking markets in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. He’ll continue to work out of his office in Billings, Mont. Regional presidents in the […]

Staffing service owner earns professional designation

Nina Anderson, owner of the Express Employment Professionals franchise in Grand Junction, has earned designation as a Certified Staffing Professional. The American Staffing Association offers the designation to professionals who complete an in-depth, self-study course and pass an examination on labor and employment law principles and ethical practices. “Franchisees like Anderson demonstrate the lifelong learning […]

Vice president and senior manager joins Wells Fargo

Carol Skubic has joined the Wells Fargo business banking team in Grand Junction as a vice president and senior business relationship manager. Skubic brings to her duties more than 25 years of banking experience, including 15 years with Wells Fargo in Minnesota and eight years in Grand Junction with another financial institution. Skubic is active […]

Leading index: Housing rebound bolstering U.S. prospects

A monthly index forecasting future economic activity in the United States continues to signal growth, bolstered in large part by a rebound in the housing market. The Conference Board reported that its Leading Economic Index (LEI) rose two-tenths of a percent to 94.1 in January. The index has increased 1.1 percent over the previous six […]

Customer satisfaction a function of customer service

As business owners, we’d all like to think of ourselves as providers of great customer service. As small business owners in particular, it’s quite possibly your biggest differentiator. After all, how often is it that you walk into a national chain restaurant and are greeted by name, handed your favorite drink and made to feel […]

Family Health West honors board member

Bill Byers has received an annual award recognizing his services to Family Health West in Fruita. Byers received the Ruth B. Wyper Award bestowed to an individual or entity that’s contributed to the mission of Family Health West. “Bill Byers had led and supported the organization in so many ways. He is well-respected and admired […]


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