Archive for: February, 2017

Leading index signals continued growth

An index forecasting economic performance in the United States has increased, signaling what could be accelerating growth in the months ahead. The Conference Board reported that its Leading Economic Index rose six-tenths of a percent to 125.5 in January. Separate measures of current and past economic conditions also increased. “The U.S. Leading Economic Index increased […]

Mesa County United Way campaign tops $900,000

Businesses and organizations were recognized for their roles in a campaign that raised more than $900,000 for United Way of Mesa County. As of Feb. 15, the latest campaign had raised $913,646. That’s more than 91 percent of the $1 million goal announced at the beginning of the effort and 5 percent more than what […]

New SBA administrator expects to draw on entrepreneurial experience

The new leader of a federal agency that helps small businesses expects to draw on her own entrepreneurial experiences, including her work as executive of both a wrestling entertainment company and venture promoting leadership opportunities for women. The U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s nomination of Linda McMahon as 25th administrator of the U.S. Small […]

West Slope summit to offer information about health insurance

Phil Castle, The Business Times Diane Schwenke said health insurance comes up in almost every conversation she has with business owners and managers, whether it’s at networking events, committee meetings or other functions of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. While employers want to provide insurance, many can’t afford the rising premiums. Meanwhile, plans […]

CMU panel discussion to address energy development

A panel discussion about energy development is planned for Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. The discussion is set for 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 24 in room 213 of the Colorado Mesa University Center. The event is free and open to the public. For reservations, send an e-mail to The Unconventional Energy Center […]

Lodging tax collections decline

A measure of hotel and motel stays in Grand Junction has decreased for a third straight month. The Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau reported that $66,884 in lodging taxes were collected in January. That’s $685 or 1 percent less than was collected during the same month last year. January collections reflect hotel and motel […]

Small Business Optimism Index remains at 12-year high

A monthly measure of optimism among small business owners continues to increase, suggesting a post-election surge could have staying power. The National Federation of Independent Business reported that its Small Business Optimism Index edged up a tenth of a point to 105.9 in January. That adds to a gain of 7.4 in December, the largest […]

Open house set for apprenticeship program

An open house is scheduled for Feb. 16 to offer information about a youth apprenticeship program. The event is set for 4 to 6 p.m. at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 512 29 1/2 Road in Grand Junction. The event is open to high school students, their parents and employers interested in CareerWise Colorado. The […]

Energy official: Market and policy factors bode well for sector

Phil Castle, The Business Times Christopher Guith cites three factors that bode well for the energy industry — increasing global demand, rising commodity prices and especially a more receptive political environment. And what bodes well for the energy industry bodes well for Western Colorado and the Grand Valley, said Guith, senior vice president of policy […]

Downtown store plans free presentation on nutrition

Crystal Books and Gifts in Grand Junction has scheduled a free presentation on genetic-based nutrition for 1 p.m. Feb. 19 at the store, 439 Main St. Alexander Gilmore will discuss how nutrition can compensate for genetic weaknesses and in turn promote disease prevention and improved health. For more information about upcoming events at Crystal Books […]


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