Archive for: April, 2013

Cheesecake venture expands with East Coast location

Lee Mathis has cooked up a venture in which he sells individual servings of gourmet cheesecakes packaged in jars. Mathis finally realized his goal of expanding the operation with the recent opening of a location in Virginia. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times An inventive entrepreneur who combined his passions for business and cooking to start a venture selling cheesecakes in jars expects to expand his operation with an East Coast location. By simultaneously tapping into larger markets and lowering shipping costs, Lee Mathis believes sales from a new facility in Virginia could […]

Tasteful event raises $20,000 for clinic

An annual benefit event pairing gourmet foods with wines and spirits raised $20,000 for a a clinic that provides health care services to uninsured residents of Mesa County. Joe Scanlon, general manager of the Wine Country Inn in Palisade and coordinator of Edesia, presented a check to the board of directors of the Marillac Clinic. […]

Consumer Confidence Index seesaws back up

A monthly measure of consumer confidence continues to seesaw, this time swinging up on more upbeat expectations for business and labor conditions. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index (CCI), climbed more than six points to 68.1 in April. The CCI has had its ups and downs over the past four months with […]

Magazine: Grand Junction firm among top land brokerages

Phil Castle, The Business Times A Grand Junction firm ranks among the top land brokerages in the United States in the latest listing compiled for a national magazine for land owners. United County-RealQuest Realty is included among the 2012 America’s Best Brokerages, the third annual listing of leading real estate firms specializing in land compiled […]

Chamber survey results reflect cautious optimism

Phil Castle, The Business Times Business owners and managers remain cautiously optimistic in their outlook for the Grand Valley economy, according to the latest results of a twice-yearly member survey conducted by the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. Nearly a quarter of those who responded to the survey plan to hire more staff over […]

Law offers more health care choices

For years, we had a health insurance market that was broken for small businesses. Because they had less bargaining power, small businesses paid on average 18 percent more for the same health insurance plans offered to bigger businesses down the street, and their premiums could skyrocket if a single employee got sick.  Thanks to the […]

Retail banking leader named deposit specialist

Pam Schaff, long a retail banking leader for Wells Fargo, has joined the business banking team as a deposit specialist for Western Colorado. “Pam is passionate about helping her customers succeed financially, and her wealth of knowledge in both the retail and business banking areas will benefit our customers and our team,” said Steve Irion, […]

Four staff new mortgage lending office

Heather Batman, Bonnie Eaken, Katie Dunn and Gloria Powell staff a new Guild Mortgage Co. office that’s opened in Montrose. Eaken and Powell bring a combined 28 years of lending experience in the Montrose area to the office, located in Unit 103 of the Milestone Building at 1404 Hawk Parkway. Founded in 1960 with a […]

Residential property managers join firm

Jaime Allen and Jill Crone have joined Bray Property Management. Both manage residential properties for the Grand Junction firm. “Both Jill and Jaime have previous experience working with owners and tenants and are a great fit for our team,” said Cindy Hoppe, manager of Bray Property Management. “Our owners appreciate the extra steps we take […]

Real estate agent returns and three earn negotiation designation

Bonnie Heinsma has returned to the real estate industry and Bray Real Estate. Amanda Hill, Dottie McDaniel and Christi Reece, three more agents at the Grand Junction firm, have earned the designation of Master, Certified Negotiation Expert from the Real Estate Negotiation Institute. Robert Bray, president and owner of Bray Real Estate, said he’s pleased […]


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