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Students pitch ideas at E-Day competition

Phil Castle, The Business Times Three Colorado Mesa University students have come up with an idea they believe will save time, money and lives in a hand sanitizing system for hospitals and other health care facilities. Kordale Bator presented the winning pitch for the idea in the finals of an elevator pitch competition conducted as […]

Life in the serial aisle: Starting ventures an adventure for entrepreneur

Andy Kelley oversees Terra Surface Logging Systems, a Grand Junction company that supplies gas detection and recording equipment used in drilling natural gas and oil wells. Kelley, a serial entrepreneur who’s operated a succession of ventures, was recognized for his efforts in receiving the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Andy Kelley initially aspired to become a television repairman. But in his first job out of college, he went to work instead in the energy services industry. It was a path that led Kelley to a career as a serial entrepreneur. He bought the first company for which he worked. […]

U.S. job growth slows, jobless rate holds steady

Job growth in the United States retreated to its slowest pace in six months while the unemployment rate remained unchanged for a sixth straight month. According to the latest Labor Department estimates, nonfarm payrolls increased 103,000 in March. That’s the smallest gain since September, but the 90th consecutive month for increases.The jobless rate held steady […]

Mesa County real estate activity accelerates

Phil Castle, The Business Times Real estate activity continues to accelerate in Mesa County, surging by one measure to its biggest proportional gain in 24 years. “It’s very healthy out there,” said Robert Bray, chief executive officer of Bray Real Estate in Grand Junction. Annette Miller, senior vice president of Heritage Title Co. in Grand […]

The moral of the stories: Entrepreneurs change the world

Phil Castle, The Business Times Daniel Ritchie has worked as a business executive and university chancellor and joined in a variety of philanthropic efforts over the course of his long and varied career. Still, he’s more likely to play supporting rather than leading roles in the stories he tells about entrepreneurship. Like the story about […]

Index: Colorado business leaders more upbeat

Colorado business leaders are increasingly confident with improving expectations for most measures tracked by a quarterly survey. The Leeds Business Confidence Index rose 1.8 points to 61.3 for the second quarter. The index has increased the last two quarters but remains 2.1 points below the reading for the second quarter of 2017. Readings above 50 […]

What beagles can teach us about how to run a business

Is this a column about beagles or businesses? Perhaps both. I ponder this after enduring what everyone who’s ever cared for a pet dreads: saying goodbye to an aged, but beloved companion. In my case, it was a beagle who’s official American Kennel Association title was Walnut Manor Isabella, but always seemed content to respond […]

Bank of the San Juans announces new market president, retirement

Jennifer Landini has been appointed regional market president of Bank of the San Juans. Landini succeeds Steve Irion, who retired after 34 years in the banking industry, 28 of those in Grand Junction. Landini oversees three bank locations in Grand Junction and one each in Craig, Meeker, Oak Creek, Rangely and Steamboat Springs. She brings […]

Consumer Confidence Index retreats

A measure of consumer confidence has retreated from a nearly 18-year high on less upbeat assessments of business conditions but continues to signal growth. The Conference Board reported its Consumer Confidence Index fell to 127.7 in March. That’s down 2.3 points from 130 in February, the highest reading since the index stood at 132.6 in […]

Fare event to salute all things Italian

An annual benefit event showcasing food, wine and spirits will salute all things Italian. Michael Rodgers, executive chef of Maggiano’s Little Italy at the Denver Pavilions, will prepare a special menu for the VIP luncheon at Edesia, scheduled for April 8 at the Wine Country Inn, located at 777 Grande River Drive in Palisade. The […]


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