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Tech and rec provides powerful combination

Erica Witherspoon personifies what could become an important trend for economic development in the Grand Valley: tech-savvy entrepreneurs who want to live in a place where they also can pursue their passions for outdoor recreation. Witherspoon — a technology consultant who worked for Amazon, Microsoft and Nintendo in the Seattle area  — settled in the […]

Sausage making in review: The good, bad and ugly

It’s been said nobody’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session. That’s not entirely facetious here in Colorado given the sausage making that sometimes occurs under the golden dome in Denver. Still, no less an expert critic than Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper proclaimed the latest legislative session as one of […]

Thank heavens for young entrepreneurs

One of the best things about working at a business newspaper is the opportunity to talk with entrepreneurs about their ventures. But it’s especially rewarding — as well as refreshing and reassuring — to meet with young entrepreneurs. Congratulations are in order for the students who graduated from the latest class of the Young Entrepreneurs […]

Connect the dots for an encouraging picture

The latest indicators offer an opportunity to once again attempt to connect the dots and, hopefully, complete a picture of the Grand Valley economy. For the most part, that picture is more encouraging. Additional information is available elsewhere in this issue of the Business Times, but a quick review here is in order: One of […]

Honoring entrepreneurial excellence

Congratulations to Jack Hays, the latest winner of the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award bestowed as part of Entrepreneurship Day at Colorado Mesa University. Hays personifies the successful entrepreneur in his remarkable work in turning Western Pump & Dredge from a one-man startup into an enterprise with a staff of 500 and annual revenues of $100 […]

Labor conditions and confidence improve

There’s encouraging news in the latest labor estimates for Mesa County as well as the most recent results of a quarterly survey of Colorado business leaders. The Mesa County unemployment rate dropped a half point to 5.3 percent in February, a welcome change of fortune after the usual spike in joblessness in January. What’s more, […]

Entrepreneurs both dreams and doers

There are dreamers and there are doers. Occasionally, there are those who are both dreamers and doers. It’s an important combination in successful entrepreneurs who develop better products and services and take advantage of opportunities few others recognize. Ron Allred constitutes a prime example of a dreamer and doer as the dentist turned developer who […]

From perspiration comes inspiration

It’s been written here before and undoubtedly will be again. Nonetheless, the statement deserves repeating. The best part about publishing a business journal is telling stories about hard-working entrepreneurs and the remarkable things they do not only with their businesses, but also for the communities in which they live. Every issue of the Business Times […]

Sausage factory ruins another good business measure

A famous quote attributed to German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck perhaps best describes the legislative process. “Laws are like sausages,” Bismarck supposedly said. “It’s better not to see them being made.” Imagine then, the gruesome spectacles that must occur under the gold dome of the Colorado Capitol, where the process grinds even the most common-sense […]

Research offers some good news

There’s some good news in the results of research conducted by an associate professor at Oregon State University. Not surprisingly, a healthy sex life at home boosts employee satisfaction and engagement at work. The implications could turn “Not tonight dear, I have a headache” into “For sure tonight, dear, I have an important presentation tomorrow.” […]


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