Archive for: January, 2014

Upcoming event to highlight diverse energy industry

Phil Castle, The Business Times An upcoming event in Grand Junction once again will offer a mix of speakers and vendors involved in different types of energy production: a little bit traditional fossil fuels, but also a little bit alternative and renewable sources. “We’ve got a little bit of everything,” said George Rossman, who organizes the annual […]

Grand Junction job fair set for Feb. 4

More than 40 employers actively recruiting new hires are expected to participate in an upcoming job fair in Grand Junction. The Mesa County Workforce Center has scheduled its Jump Start Job Fair for Feb. 4 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 743 Horizon Drive. The fair will be open to veterans only from 9 to 10 […]

Second Del Taco location to open Feb. 6.

A second Del Taco restaurant in Grand Junction is scheduled to open Feb. 6. A grand opening at the newly constructed restaurant, located at 2878 North Ave., is set for midnight and will continue into the early morning hours of Feb. 6. The location is the second in Grand Junction for franchisee H.B. Mason, who […]

Enstrom Candies earns key food safety certification

Enstrom Candies has earned a key food safety certification that will help the company expand wholesale production. The company’s production facility in Grand Junction has earned a Safe Quality Food certification at Level 3, the highest level and one that requires a hazard analysis and critical control point-based food quality plan. The SQF certification, benchmarked […]

Furnishing help at workforce center saves taxpayers money

Phil Castle, The Business Times A Grand Junction business helped orchestrate an effort to refurbish office furniture for the new Mesa County Workforce Center, saving taxpayers a hefty chunk of money in the process. “I turned out nice. I think it was good for everyone,” said Duncan Rowley, president and chief executive officer of Office Outfitters […]

Mesa County jobless rate remains at four-year low

Phil Castle, The Business Times It’s official: 2013 ended with the monthly unemployment rate in Mesa County at its lowest level in nearly four years. The question now, though, is whether 2014 will begin with a higher jobless rate and, if so, how much higher. If history repeats itself, the rate will move higher, said Suzie […]

Index: Consumer confidence “back on track”

Consumer confidence appears to be “back on track,” according to the latest results of a monthly index tracking the outlook for business and labor conditions. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index advanced more than three points to 80.7 in January. Measures of both current assessments and expectations increased. “Consumers’ assessment of the […]

Workforce center manager sees potential in new building

  Phil Castle, The Business Times When Suzie Miller looks around the newly constructed building that soon will house the Mesa County Workforce Center,  all she sees is potential. The expansive lobby and nearby resource room and classrooms will offer ample space to help people find jobs. And bringing various facilties and services under one roof […]

Travel bureau awarded for website marketing

Phil Castle, The Business Times The Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau has earned what’s considered the Oscar of the travel industry for its website. The VCB and Miles, the firm that developed and maintains the website, received a Magellan Award in an annual program conducted by Travel Weekly, a publication that serves the travel industry. […]

Travel and tourism outlook improving for Grand Valley

Phil Castle, The Business Times Debbie Kovalik believes the new normal for the travel and tourism industry in the Grand Valley soon will look like the old normal, meaning more visitors and more business for hotels, restaurants and retailers. “It’s better than it has been, and that’s exciting,” said Kovalik, director of the economic, convention and […]


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