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Trade group: Ski business up for January and February

Colorado ski resorts reported increased business during January and February, according to the latest numbers from a trade association. Colorado Ski Country USA reported that skier visits to its 22 member resorts edged up 1 percent for January and February compared to the same two-month span last year. One skier visit represents a person participating […]

Chef promises benefit feast “fit for the gods”

Wayne Smith promises a feast “fit for the gods” at an annual benefit showcasing food, wine and spirits. Smith will lead a team of culinary instructors who will prepare a VIP luncheon at Edesia, set for April 2 at the Wine Country Inn, located at 777 Grande River Drive in Palisade. The VIP luncheon is […]

Go Code Colorado competition set for Grand Junction

Grand Junction will serve as one of five cities in Colorado hosting an annual business startup competition. In Grand Junction, the Go Code Colorado event is set for April 7 to 9 at the Factory, a new co-working space located at 750 Main St. The Factory, Launch West CO and Business Incubator Center will host […]

Mesa County job fair set for March 21

The Mesa County Workforce Center has scheduled its Jump Start Job Fair for March 21. The annual event is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 512 29 1/2 Road in Grand Junction. The first 30 minutes of the fair will be open only to military veterans. A total of more than […]

Leading index climbs to its highest level in more than a decade

An index forecasting economic performance in the United States has climbed to its highest level in more than a decade. The Conference Board reported that its Leading Economic Index rose six-tenths of a percent to 126.2 in February. With gains in each of the last six months, the index has advanced 2.3 percent over that […]

Small Business Optimism Index slips, but still near high

An index tracking optimism among small business owners has slipped, but remains near its highest level. The National Federation of Indendent Business reported that its Small Business Optimism Index fell six-tenths of a point in February. But at 105.3, the index remains above 105 for a third straight month. “Although optimism remains high, growth is […]

Mesa County jobless rate spikes, but hiring activity picking up

Phil Castle, The Business Times While the Mesa County unemployment rate spiked again in January, increased hiring activity since then buoys the outlook for the coming year. “I’m still a little bit optimistic looking at our job orders,” said Curtis Englehart, director of the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction. According to the latest […]

U.S. payrolls grow 235,000 in February

Job growth accelerated in the United States in February with an estimated gain of 235,000 jobs spread out among a variety of industry sectors. The unemployment rate slipped a tenth to 4.7 percent, while hourly earnings continued to increase. According to the latest Labor Department report, nonfarm payrolls increased 235,000 in February. Initial estimates for […]

Subscription-based farm a growing venture

Mark Beckner and Shauna Rhyne are surrounded by lettuce, herbs and other crops growing inside a greenhouse at Rooted Gypsy Farms in Grand Junction. Mark and Sara Becker own the operation, while Rhyne serves as a manager. The subscription-based farm delivers boxes of vegetables, eggs and meats to Grand Valley customers each week.

Phil Castle, The Business Times Mark Beckner wanted to find out whether or not he could develop a viable business out of a small farm. The answer, it appears, is yes. Taking advantage of both the growing demand for locally sourced foods and growing popularity of food delivery services, Beckner and his wife, Sara, have […]

Mesa County first Work Ready Community in state

Phil Castle, The Business Times Mesa County is home to the first Work Ready Community in Colorado, earning certification under a program streamlining the process of connecting businesses looking for employees and applicants looking for jobs. “It’s a really big deal,” said Curtis Englehart, director of the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction. The […]


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