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.

Peek performance: Business leaders share outlook for 2017

While they don’t rely on a crystal ball, Grand Valley business leaders base their optimistic outlook for 2017 on what they expect will be generally improving business and labor conditions and prospects for new and expanding operations. (Business Times photo illustration by Phil Castle/crystal ball courtesy Crystal Books and Gifts)

Phil Castle, The Business Times      The outlook for the year ahead depends on who you ask. But if there’s a consensus among business leaders in the Grand Valley, it’s that they’re optimistic. Moreover, they’re ready to drop the cautiously part of their assessment. “I’m really optimistic,” says Dale Beede, a broker associate with Coldwell […]

NFIB director: Old issues likely to arise in new session

Phil Castle, The Business Times Tony Gagliardi expects a productive session at the Colorado Legislature in lobbying for measures that will benefit small businesses. But the state director of the National Federation of Independent Business also plans to play plenty of defense in coming months to oppose various measures. Many of the issues likely will […]

Mesa County real estate sales top $1 billion

Phil Castle, The Business Times Annual real estate sales in Mesa County have topped the billion dollar mark for the first time in eight years. While rising interest rates could have an effect, the outlook for continued growth in the Grand Valley market in 2017 remains upbeat. “I think it could be another good year,” […]

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 […]

Tax collection slump at an end? Trend could be changing

Phil Castle, The Business Times A change in sales tax collections in Mesa County has one official more hopeful what’s been a downward trend for the key economic indicator has reversed course. “I do believe we’re moving in the right direction,” said Jodi Romero, financial operations director for the City of Grand Junction. The city reported […]

Mesa County jobless rate trending down

Phil Castle, The Business Times The monthly unemployment rate in Mesa County has retreated to its lowest level in more than two years, raising hopes for even better labor conditions in 2017. “I think we’re definitely on the right track,” said Curtis Englehart, director of the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction. According to […]

Economist: Mesa County returning to growth and normality

Phil Castle, The Business Times While the Mesa County economy hasn’t yet returned to pre-recession levels, indicators reflect improving conditions, according to an economist long involved with compiling a statewide forecast. “Overall, you’re getting back to some growth and normality,” said Richard Wobbekind, executive director of the business research division of the Leeds School of […]

Page brings end to success story in closing jewelry store

Peggy Page, owner of Page-Parsons Jewelers, plans to soon close the downtown Grand Junction store. Page says she’s anxious to spend more time with family after working for more than 50 years in the business her parents, Mancel and Anna Page, purchased in 1964. While long retail hours have taken a toll, Page says she’ll miss her customers. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Peggy Page expects she’ll most miss her customers and time spent not only helping them select jewelry for special occasions and celebrating with them the best of times, but also commiserating with and even praying for them during the worst of times. “We just really care about them,” says Page, […]

Reinventing the wheel: This Susan not so lazy

Phil Castle, The Business Times A better mousetrap? Fahgettaboudit. What this country really needs is a good lazy Susan. Nearly every kitchen includes a corner cabinet inside which can be found rotating circular shelves typically filled with seldom-used containers of spices. But few people actually like lazy Susans or ever put all that space to […]

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