Archive for: December, 2016

New Year’s wish for 2017: I hope your find your hope

I know that sounds like an odd headline after eight years of one president’s version of hope and in comparing that to the coming four years of the next president’s version of hope. But that’s the problem of putting our hope in other humans. I’m here to tell you it’s wrong if you rely on […]

Hurd mentality: give back

Jeffrey Hurd, a partner in the Grand Junction law firm of Beckner & Hurd, continues his involvement with the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce in a new role as chairman of the chamber board. Before going to law school, Hurd worked for the Grand Junction chamber for two years running its government affairs program. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times        Jeffrey Hurd expects to draw upon a lot of his experiences during his upcoming term as chairman of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, including his work as a lawyer. But Hurd brings another perspective to the role: He worked for the chamber […]

Real estate firm an entrepreneurial dream come true

Phil Castle, The Business Times Two months after opening a real estate firm in a building with her name on the sign out front, Amy Rogers sometimes struggles to realize her entrepreneurial dream has come true. “It’s almost like I have to pinch myself.” At the same time, though, Roger said she’s not about to […]

Despite slip, lodging tax collections outpace last year

While lodging tax collections slipped in Grand Junction in November, they continue to outpace last year and signal increased business for the local hospitality sector. The Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau reported that $117,055 in lodging taxes were collected in November. That’s $2,658 or about 2.2 percent less than what was collected during the […]

Damaging wine grape pest confirmed in Mesa County

Officials with the Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado State University are working with a vineyard owner to contain and eradicate the pest even as surveying continues to assess the scope of the infestation. “Hopefully, we’ve caught this quickly enough to protect Colorado’s grape crop,” said Laura Pottorff, a nursery and phytosanitary program manager with […]

DDA allocates funds for downtown police

Two Grand Junction police officers will be deployed downtown next year as part of a collaborative effort to increase the police presence there. The Downtown Development Authority board of directors voted to divert a portion of sales tax revenues to pay for two officers who’ll be dedicated to working downtown. The downtown officers are expected […]

Discounted bus passes available to veterans

Grand Valley Transit has implemented a program offering a 50 percent discount to veterans on all fixed-route passes for local bus service. The program is a collaborative effort of Grand Valley Transit as well as Mesa County Veteran Services provided through Aging and Disability Resources of Colorado and the regional office of Veterans Affairs in […]

Former deputy ag secretary among Colorado forum speakers

A former deputy secretary of agriculture is among the featured speakers scheduled to appear at an upcoming agricultural forum in Colorado. The Governor’s Forum of Colorado Agriculture also will feature presentations by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Colorado State University President Tony Frank and Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown. Krysta Harden, a former deputy secretary […]

Don’t slip slide away: Take steps to prevent workplace accidents

You can learn a lot by watching videos of adorably tuxedoed penguins — and not just about how to dress for your next formal holiday party. If you watch closely, you’ll see their straight-backed, wide, flat-footed walking pattern offers a good model for how to move gracefully on snow and ice and in turn help […]

Avoid hurdles during busy retail season

’Tis the season to be jolly, not broke. Many small retailers earn 25 percent or more of annual revenues during the Christmas shopping season. Consequently, stagnant holiday sales can trigger a death spiral in the coming year. The Small Business Administration has compiled a list of six hurdles small retailers face during the holiday shopping […]


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