Category archives for: Editorials

And the survey says … less regulation, please

The results of a national survey confirm what small business owners think about government regulations. What most owners think is there are an increasing number of regulations that are costly and difficult with which to comply and, in the end, offer little or no value to consumers. Here’s the bottom line, so to speak: Nearly […]

Business going well? Hug a tourist

According to the latest results of an economic analysis, Grand Valley business owners and managers can thank tourists for at least a portion of their sales. The exact portion depends, of course, on the business. Hotels and motels, for example, rely nearly entirely on tourists. But restaurants and retailers also can attribute revenue to tourism […]

The CMU effect: A lot of economic blessings to count

here are those who regard economic impact studies with suspicion — sometimes justifiably so — the benefits of this industry sector or that event are inflated. But the analysis conducted every two years of the economic effects of Colorado Mesa University in Western Colorado is, if anything, conservative in quantifying the role of CMU. And […]

Great expectations

It’s only natural to want to start a new year with an optimistic outlook. What’s the alternative? Who wants to endure an ulcer-inducing 12 months of expecting the worst and sitting around and waiting for fears to materialize? Nonetheless, Grand Valley business leaders seem particularly upbeat in their expectations for 2017 — to the point, […]

The price of Christmas and a real reason for the season

There’s no shortage, it seems, of indicators and indexes that track various aspects of the economy — from unemployment rates to tax collections and consumer confidence to real estate sales. Just in time for the holidays, here’s the latest results of yet another measure that tracks labor costs and commodity prices, not to mention the […]

Success stories highlight practices worth emulating

It might sound like a broken record, but the point bears repeating. One of the best benefits of reporting success stories is the examples those stories provide for  business owners and managers. Such stories are not only entertaining, but also instructional in showcasing practices and ideas that can be emulated. Two stories in this very […]

High-tech efforts worth attention

ProStar Geocorp has been a frequent subject of stories in the Business Times this year, but for good reason. The Grand Junction company was among the first to participate in the Rural Jump-Start Program while nearly simultaneously securing a $250,000 grant from the Advanced Industries Accelerator Program. ProStar also made news for working with Microsoft […]

There’s a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? No doubt family and friends top the list, along with good health, a home in which to live and ample food to eat. It’s likely the opportunity to work and make a living constitutes a source for gratitude as well. And don’t take for granted the blessings of […]

Enterprise goes on regardless of election results

Every two years, the timing seems to work out just perfectly — perfect in a sarcastic sense that actually means terrible. Once again, an issue of the Business Times goes to press on election day. If everything goes according to schedule, the paper will be printed long before polls close. Consequently, it’s a bit difficult […]

Well done, good and faithful servant

It’s the paper before the election, and I’m not talking politics. That’s because something more important happened beyond pontificating about who our next anti-freedom “leader” will be. (OK, I got one in, and Mom would smile and be proud.) The rest of this column will be all about the woman who gave me life, who […]

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