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.

Christmas a time for gifts both elaborate and simple

A childhood memory haunts me like the Ghost of Christmas Past. I was maybe 5 years old, snuggled into bed on Christmas eve and  — of course — wide awake. I recall with clarity a loud thump on the roof just above my upstairs bedroom. It sounded like a heavy object landed there. A sleigh […]

Economic forecast for Mesa County ‘extremely positive’

Phil Castle, The Business Times The economic outlook for Mesa County remains positive with a robust real estate market, growing diversification and unique development opportunities. Statewide, the economy is expected to continue expanding in 2019, but at a moderating pace, according to the latest results of an annual forecast compiled by the University of Colorado […]

Collaborative effort: Newly formed team helps clients manage money

A group called the Monument Wealth Team includes, clockwise from top left, Bob Tesch, Robb Parsons, Angela Johnson and Doug May. The group takes a collaborative approach to helping clients manage money in offering a range of services from WealthSource Partners, The Private Bank at Timberline and Two Rivers Trust Co.

Phil Castle, The Business Times A banker has joined with financial advisors and trust officers to bring a collaborative approach to helping clients manage money. “We’re the only team in town that can supply everything we can do,” said Angela Johnson, who joined Timberline Bank in Grand Junction to help expand services for high net […]

Zones add to incentives for economic development

Phil Castle, The Business Times Federal legislation offering tax breaks adds to the incentives to relocate or start businesses in Mesa County, according to the director of an economic development organization. Plus, the creation of so-called opportunity zones coincides with growing interest in Mesa County among developers and investors, said Robin Brown, executive director of […]

Real estate market finishing strong in 2018

Phil Castle, The Business Times While there’s almost a month left, 2018 will go down as another year of increasing real estate sales in Mesa County. Industry observers expect the trend to continue in 2019, although a combination of factors could slow the pace of growth. Annette Miller, senior vice president of Heritage Title, said […]

Why early to rise really can make you wealthy and wise

If you don’t mind a personal question, tell me: What time do you wake up? Are you early to rise, eager to get more done before 9 a.m. than most people do all day? Or do you prefer to ease into mornings, repeatedly whacking the snooze button as if you were chopping wood? Personally speaking, […]

ProStar announces transaction to go public

Phil Castle, The Business Times A local software company is moving toward becoming what its founder believes will be the first publicly traded company with headquarters in Grand Junction. The move is also expected to draw additional attention to the growing technology sector in the Grand Valley, said Page Tucker, president and chief executive officer […]

New kind of cutting edge: Surgeon builds practice through minimally invasive techniques

Dr. Brad Case operates Valley Surgical, Aesthetics & Vein Care in Grand Junction, combining his training and experience as a surgeon with minimally invasive technology and techniques. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Brad Case has worked as a surgeon for more than 25 years, but finds himself on a new and different kind of cutting edge. He’s built his practice by offering minimally invasive technology and techniques he says not only deliver better results, but also subject patients to less trauma and […]

Conference speaker: Markets await for creative efforts

T.K. Coleman, director of entrepreneurial education with the Foundation for Economic Education and cofounder of the Praxis educational program, delivers the keynote presentation at a Grand Junction conference for nearly 200 high school students. Coleman challenged students to change the world through their creativity. (Photo courtesy Elaine Matthews)

Phil Castle, The Business Times T.K. Coleman believes people who act on their dreams and tap their creativity will not only find a market for their ideas, but also could end up changing the world. “You are not here to find your place. You are here to make your space,” Coleman said during a conference […]

Mesa County jobless rate holds steady

Phil Castle, The Business Times Even as statistics reflect a steady labor market in Mesa County, Curtis Englehart gleans from first-hand observation what he considers gradual improvement. “It just seems like there’s a lot of confidence right now in the labor market,” said Englehart, director of the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction. According […]


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