Archive for: September, 2014

Confidence index: Consumers less upbeat

What had been for four months a steadily increasing measure of consumer confidence in the United States has retreated on less upbeat assessments of labor and business conditions. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index fell more than eight points to 86 in September. Assessments of current conditions as well as short-term expectations […]

Economists: Small business conditions improving, but obstacles remain

Phil Castle, The Business Times While economic conditions are slowing improving for small businesses in the United States, obstacles continue to slow growth — among them government regulations and political uncertainty. “Things are heading up for small businesses, but the pace is too slow,” said Bill Dunkelberg, chief economist of the National Federation of Independent […]

Putting the work and force into the workforce center: After 16 years of bringing things together, administrator leaving

Sue Tuffin has served as administrator of the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction since the facility opened in 1998. Tuffin plans to step down at the end of September to work for the Center for Law and Social Policy, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that conducts research on and advocates for work force development, focusing especially on low-income populations. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Sue Tuffin has made a career out of bringing things together, in particular the myriad services offered at the Mesa County Workforce Center she’s run since the center opened in 1998. The center provides a range of services to people looking for employment, not to mention businesses looking for employees. […]

Grand Junction offices add to fast-growing operation for real estate firm

Phil Castle, The Business Times Todd Conklin poses the same question whenever he has to make a decision: Does this help agents sell more real estate? The answers have guided training, marketing and other support for agents, Conklin said. The answers also have guided in a broader sense an operation that ranks among the fastest-growing […]

Entrepreneur offers schools free use of video-editing software

Phil Castle, The Business Times A Grand Junction entrepreneur who’s developed video-editing software that combines powerful features with ease of operation believes his product has a lot to offer in the classroom. And he’s inviting schools to try it out. The first 100 Colorado schools that sign up for the initiative will receive free use […]

Choices make stress-free career possible

If you had to describe your life with just one word, chances are good you’d be tempted to say “stressful.” A July survey conducted by National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard School of Public Health found that more than 60 percent of Americans feel stressed and more than 25 percent  say […]

Kettlebells: Old device gains new following

Kettlebells might seem like a new fitness trend, but the concept is actually centuries old. This funny shaped weight resembles a cannonball with a handle and is often made of cast iron or steel. Kettlebells originated in Russia in the 1700s — although it wasn’t originally used for exercise, but rather for weighing crops. Kettlebells […]

Regulations put the scary back into haunted houses

Anyone who knows me well knows I love fall. The Grand Valley offers many of the things I grew up with in Michigan. We have crisp mornings. The fall colors in the mountains rival any I recall from my youth. Orchards abound, and therefore, so does cider! My favorite holiday — Thanksgiving — nears, bringing […]

Mixed economic news better than bad news

The latest labor estimates as well as the outlook for small businesses affirm once again the necessity of the well-worn wish for the one-armed economist. One the one hand, the monthly unemployment rate in Mesa County has slipped below 6 percent to its lowest level in almost six years. On the other hand, the local […]

Goodbye and good luck …

Anyone with even a passing familiarity with Sue Tuffin knows how she’s put the work and force into the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction. As the administer of the center since the facility opened in 1998, Tuffin has labored tirelessly and fearlessly to develop a remarkable one-stop shop that offers a wide range […]

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