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Colorado ranks first for ease of doing Internet business

Colorado is the easiest state in which to conduct Internet business, according to  the results of a new analysis by a trade association. Colorado ranks first overall in the Ease of Doing Internet Business Index compiled by the Internet Association. Modeled after the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index, the Internet Association analysis takes […]

Report: Arts contribute $17.3 million to Grand Junction economy

Arts and cultural organizations and their events contribute a total of $17.3 million a year to the Grand Junction economy, according to the latest analysis of the sector. In the process, arts and culture supports the equivalent of 512 full-time jobs, creates $12.9 million in household income and generates $1.4 million in local and state […]

Changes brewing: Kannah Creek returns to its roots

Bernadette and Jim Jeffryes, co-owners of Kannah Creek Brewing and the Edgewater Brewery, also work there as business manager and head brewer, respectively. The Grand Junction company plans to scale back on its distribution of craft beers to focus on the local market and a local operation that includes three restaurants. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times It’s not so much the owners of Kannah Creek Brewing are headed back to the drawing board. Rather, they’re returning to their roots. Bernadette Jeffryes, a co-owner who works as business manager of the Grand Junction company, describes the changes yet another way. “We decided let’s kind of get local […]

Industry report: Rec big business in Colorado

Outdoor recreation generates $28 billion in consumer spending a year and supports 229,000 jobs in Colorado, according to an analysis by a trade association for the outdoor industry. Outdoor recreation also generates $9.7 million in wages and salaries as well as $2 billion in state and local tax revenue each year in Colorado, according to […]

Venture out to help businesses offer wellness programs

Phil Castle, The Business Times Rebecca Weitzel and Skip Hudson have seen the benefits of wellness programs in the workplace, chief among them healthier, happier and ultimately more engaged employees. While wellness programs typically have been implemented by large corporations and organizations, Weitzel and Hudson have launched a venture to offer those programs to small […]

Community Hospital earns bariatric designation

Community Hospital in Grand Junction has been designated as a bariatric center of excellence for meeting national standards for its surgical weight loss  program and other services for patients suffering from severe obesity. Dr. Andrew Morse, director of metabolic and bariatric surgery, said the bariatric surgery center at Community Hospital has been accredited under the […]

Grand Valley hospitals collaborate to offer transitional care

Phil Castle, The Business Times Two Grand Valley hospitals have joined in a collaborative effort to treat so-called transitional patients who no longer require intensive care, but still need rehabilitation and other services. Construction is under way on a $4.5 million expansion at Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center in Fruita that will add nine […]

Despite gains, Mesa County lags behind other metro areas in Colorado

Despite lower unemployment rates and higher housing prices, Mesa County continues to lag behind other metropolitan areas of Colorado in various measures of economic performance, according to a midyear report prepared at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Statewide, the Colorado economy continues to outpace the United States with larger increases in employment, personal income […]

Aug. 8 event to offer information about apprenticeship program

An upcoming event in Grand Junction will offer information about an apprenticeship program in the manufacturing industry. The free event is set for 3 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 512 29 1/2 Road. No reservations are required. Call 248-0871 for more information. “This apprenticeship program is an amazing opportunity […]

U.S. payroll gains top 200,000 for second straight month

Payroll gains have topped 200,000 for a second consecutive month as job growth continues in the United States. According to Labor Department estimates, nonfarm payrolls grew 209,000 in July with hiring spread across a number of industry sectors. That follows an even bigger increase of 231,000 in June. The unemployment rate edged down a tenth […]


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