Archive for: February, 2018

Do personal issues damage customer service?

There’s a tremendous amount of crossover between the personal and professional lives of people. Team members spend a lot of time and energy on the job rehashing — mentally and verbally — the unresolved and troubling personal challenges they face. More often than you might realize, this situation leads to reduced productivity and efficiency, bad […]

Size does matter: Small businesses play big role in promoting wellness

Good things come in small packages — including small businesses. Small businesses, typically defined as those having 500 or fewer employees, represent 98 percent of businesses in Colorado and 99 percent of businesses nationwide. Moreover, small businesses employ roughly half of the workforce. According to studies conducted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses […]

Confidence index climbs to highest level since 2000

A monthly measure of confidence has climbed to its highest level in more than 17 years on more upbeat assessments of business and labor conditions. The Conference Board reported its Consumer Confidence Index rose 6.5 points to 130.8 in February with increases in components tracking assessments of current conditions and expectations for the near future. […]

Award honors energy industry pioneer

Larry Kent, a senior district manager with Halliburton, has been honored for his contributions to the energy industry in Western Colorado. The West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association presented Kent with its Pioneer of the Piceance Award during its annual meeting in Grand Junction. Kent was honored for his role in natural gas development […]

Futurist: Technology changing jobs and industries

Technology will eliminate some jobs, but create new ones and in the process require that businesses and people adapt, according to futurist who founded a Colorado networking firm and think tank. Thomas Frey described the ways in which technology could affect businesses during a presentation in Denver hosted by Vectra Bank Colorado and the Metro […]

Retired executive and DU chancellor E-Day speaker

A business executive who also served as a university chancellor will share his experiences during an annual event celebrating entrepreneurship. Daniel Ritchie is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at Entrepreneurship Day events in Grand Junction and Montrose. The Grand Junction event is set for noon April 4 in the Meyer Ballroom of the University […]

Entrepreneur steamed up to kill weeds

Phil Castle, The Business Times John Hager offers what he considers the perfect option for controlling weeds, one that’s instantly lethal for weeds, yet completely safe for people, pets and other landscaping. “I can drink what I’m using,” Hager said. That’s because Hager is using hot water — steam, actually. Hager and his wife, Connie, […]

Pharmaceutical group representative offers prescription for awareness

Phil Castle, The Business Times While consumers tend to focus on the price of prescription medications, Dana Malick wants them to consider other aspects of the pharmaceutical industry. Drug companies set what are called list prices for medications, but a number of factors related to a complex supply change affect what people pay for prescriptions […]

High-flying director: Airport executive excited about possibilities

Angela Padalecki oversees the operation of the Grand Junction Regional Airport as executive director. Padalecki started in the position Jan. 8 and brings to her duties experience in aviation as well as economics. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Angela Padalecki remembers well a trip to Grand Junction and the exhilaration she felt about a new phase in her life and all the possibilities the future held. She recently returned under far different circumstances, but says she felt the same way. “It was the same sense of excitement.” Padalecki […]

Leading index signals more growth ahead

An index forecasting economic conditions in the United States continues to rise, signaling growth through at least the first half of the year. The Conference Board reported its Leading Economic Index increased 1 percent to 108.1 in January. Separate measures of current and past conditions also edged up. “The U.S. LEI accelerated further in January […]


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