Archive for: July, 2017

Entries sought for fair wine competition

Entries will be accepted through Aug. 7 for an annual commercial and hobby wine judging competition conducted as part of the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. The commercial wine division is open to any wine produced anywhere in the world, as long as the wine is distributed in commercial quantity at the time of the […]

Making businesses a hit a matter of good pitches

As editor of a business journal, I’m in a unique position to observe the juxtaposition of two immutable circumstances. Most businesses have compelling stories to tell. Few businesses tell their stories well. Allow me to state that a bit more precisely: Few businesses pitch their stories well in their efforts to publicize information through the […]

Solutions to health care issues are non-political, not D.C.-based

My last column on my experience with the health care system in our valley garnered more than the normal number of responses, and a couple of them caught my attention. They also show the disparate ways people want the issue addressed. For this column, I’ll offer a general replay to the first. And if Congress […]

At last, a Grand Valley where seldom is heard a discouraging word

The numbers are in for the first half of 2017 — and they’re impressive not only individually, but also collectively. As the cover story in this very issue reports, that bodes well for businesses in Mesa County. There were year-over-year increases in sales, use and lodging tax collections, a measure of what consumers, businesses and […]

Take some comfort in your health club choice

Going to familiar places, doing things that come easy and spending time with loved ones and friends with which you can be yourself all constitute important forms of comfort. But what about your health club? Do you feel comfortable there, too? Walking into a health club or gym for the first time can be intimidating. […]

Traditional retail not dying, just changing

Retail trends are changing quickly in the United States and abroad. Many older shoppers have discovered what millennials already figured out: It’s easier to shop online in the privacy of your home than drive to a retail store, travel the aisles in search of your targeted product and then wait in line to buy that […]

Wellness efforts help in keeping good employees

There’s a quote attributed to insurance broker and best-selling author Elmer G. Leterman: “There is only one thing better than making a new friend, and that is keeping an old one.” The same concept is reflected in a widely embraced business adage: It costs more to attract a new customer than keep an existing one. […]

Survey results reflect support for Colorado ag industry

Colorado consumers believe agriculture is important not only for supplying food, but also maintaining the quality of life in the state, according to the results of a survey exploring public perceptions about the industry. While 77 percent of consumers responding to the survey said agriculture supplies food at a reasonable price, 90 percent said agriculture […]

Colorado ranks 13th among best states in which to start a business

Colorado comes in 13th in an online ranking of the best states in which to start a business. Colorado fared well in the analysis for its labor market and access to capital, but less well in other criteria evaluated by, a website that provides advice, information and other resources to small businesses. Using public […]

Outdoor rec office names deputy director

Janette Heung, a senior management consultant who’s also pursued her passion for mountain climbing, has been named deputy director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. “Janette is joining us at an exciting time with record growth for our outdoor recreation industry. And she’s just the person to help take us to the next level,” […]


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