Stories written by Phil Castle

Phil Castle is editor of the Grand Valley Business Times, a twice-monthly business journal published in Grand Junction. Castle brings to his duties nearly 30 years of experience in editorial management positions with Western Colorado newspapers. In addition, his free-lance work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Washington Post. He holds a bachelor's degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University.

Regional effort under way to expand Work Ready program

Phil Castle, The Business Times Mesa County remains the first and only certified Work Ready Community in Colorado. But that could soon change. Efforts are underway to expand the program in other West Slope counties, said Curtis Englehart, director of the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction. That means tools will be available on […]

Are entrepreneurs born or made? Nature vs. nurture debate rages on

I’ve long wondered what makes entrepreneurs tick. What clockworks empower them to recognize opportunities, motivate them to succeed and enable them to endure risk? It’s a curiosity that’s yet to be satisfied after 20 years of interviewing entrepreneurs and reporting on their ventures. Entrepreneurs are no more similar than snowflakes. Individuality constitutes one of the […]

Why can’t elected leaders be more like business leaders?

Why can’t our elected leaders be more like business leaders? It’s a question I’ve repeatedly pondered — every time, in fact, another election ballot comes in the mail. I suspect other voters wonder the same thing. I know candidates tout their business credentials, sometimes justifiably so and sometimes not. Let me acknowledge a couple of […]

Her pet project: Workplace wellness

Anna Stout, executive director of the Roice-Hurst Humane Society, spends some time with one of the dogs at the Grand Junction animal shelter and adoption center. Stout has received recognition for efforts to care for the people who care for pets. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Anna Stout believes it’s essential to care for the people who care for the animals at the Roice-Humane Society in Grand Junction. The well-being of employees correlates with the well-being of the cats and dogs housed there. “It’s not just a perk,” says Stout, executive director of the animal shelter […]

SCL Health acquires orthopedic practice

Dr. Brian Davidson constantly looks for ways to improve health care and patient satisfaction while also lowering costs. The president of St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction believes he’s found one way in the acquisition of the largest orthopedic practice in Western Colorado. “It was a natural move on both our parts,” he said. […]

Young entrepreneurs recommend instructional program

Phil Castle, The Business Times At just 12-years-old, Nick Silzell has learned something about business most entrepreneurs don’t discover until they’re much older. “Definitely, it’s not as easy as you think.” Still, Silzell touts an instructional program designed to turn students like him into budding CEOs. “It just teaches you what it’s going to be […]

Researcher advocates for other uses for coal

Phil Castle, The Business Times Coal isn’t just for burning in power plants, according to a Utah college professor researching other uses. Coal also can serve as the raw material for a variety of products, including strong and lightweight carbon composites that could be used in automobiles and aircraft. “What I’m proposing is a shift […]

Real estate activity picks up

Phil Castle, The Business Times Real estate activity picked up in Mesa County in August with double-digit proportional increases in the number of transactions and dollar volume. The pace could slow as inventories of existing homes shrink and prices and interest rates rise. But the latest numbers still reflect what industry observers consider a healthy […]

Exciting times in Fruita: Combination of factors encourage upbeat outlook

Jennifer Seal, executive director of the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce, and MIke Bennett, Fruita city manager, discuss a combination of factors promoting business and economic growth in the small town. Those factors include expanding businesses, new businesses and a growing reputation for Fruita as an outdoor recreation mecca. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times There’s a location in Fruita where the economic forces at work in the small town converge. Crews erect the steel frame of a 70,000-square-foot building that will double the available space for a growing energy industry manufacturer. Nearby, a newly opened business operates a unique venture in a wakeboard park […]

4-H programs praised for building business skills

More than 230 animals were sold at the latest 4-H livestock auction, fetching a total of more than $500,000. (Photo courtesy Mickie Fisher-Rogers)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Mickie Fisher-Rogers believes everything she really needs to know about running a business she learned raising livestock in 4-H programs. That includes accounting, marketing and, especially, the value of hard work. “All those things made a big difference in my life,” said Fisher-Rogers, owner and mortgage broker of Grand Valley […]


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