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Entrepreneurial dream comes true

Jack Hays runs Resource West, a Grand Junction company that manufactures and sells a line of water evaporators Hays developed. The operation also includes such diverse products as above-ground storage tanks and industrial fans. Hays recently was recognized for his efforts in his selection for the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times      Jack Hays knew he wanted to run his own business when he was still in grade school and selling stuff to his classmates. While it took a lot of time and hard work, Hays eventually realized his entrepreneurial dreams. These days, Hays operates a venture selling wastewater evaporators […]

40 years of fare effort pays off at Dos Hombres

Spike Howard, one of three founders of Dos Hombres, continues to oversee the operations of the Mexican restaurant in Clifton. Even after 40 years, Howard still works nearly every day. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Spike Howard recalls his first year in the restaurant business and how his family started out with no money or experience, but lots of energy. More than 40 years later, Howard still works nearly every day. While he’s got more money and savvy, he still brings lots of energy to […]

Old and new combine as owner builds on legacy

Jake Sigle oversees the Dos Hombres location in the Redlands. He purchased the restaurant in 2015 after working there for more than a decade. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Jake Sigle finds himself in what he considers an enviable position in operating a restaurant that not only caters to a loyal following in serving their favorite foods, but also offers new dishes to entice new customers. Sigle expects that combination of something old and something new to work well […]

Just add water: Fun park to make big splash with new attraction

This image shows what the new Coconut Cove water attraction at Bananas Fun Park in Grand Junction will look like. The attraction will tower 50-feet tall and include more than 50 features, including a 10,000-gallon tipping bucket. (Photo courtesy Bananas Fun Park)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Chris Burns believes he’s come up with a cool way to turn hot weather into a competitive advantage at his Grand Junction entertainment center: just add water. In fact, Burns expects to make a big splash — figuratively and literally — in opening the largest water attraction in the region […]

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 […]

Prescription for change: Health summit planned

Efforts by President Donald Trump and Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could bring
more changes to health insurance. A summit in Grand Junction will offer information about what those changes might look like. (Business Times photo illustration by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Diane Schwenke says health insurance comes up in almost every conversation she has with business owners and managers, whether it’s at networking events, committee meetings or other functions of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. While employers want to provide insurance, many can’t afford the rising premiums. Meanwhile, plans […]

Tourist attraction: Travel business big in Mesa County

Scenic sunsets are among the reasons the Colorado National Monument remains the most popular tourism attraction in Mesa County. Wineries, restaurants and shopping outlets rank among the top activities, too, according to the results of the latest analysis of the travel industry in Mesa County. (Photo courtesy Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau)

Phil Castle, The Business Times       More than 5,500 jobs and nearly $140 million in annual wages can be attributed to tourism in Mesa County, according to t he latest analysis of the economic effects of the travel industry. Those are important numbers in an area that’s yet to fully rebound from the recession, […]

The game’s afoot: Firm finds niche in competitive environment

The father-and-son team of Stephen, left, and Robert Madsen operate SynapticSwitch. The Grand Junction company provides a range of game development services and also creates its own games. SynapticSwitch recently moved its offices to ProStar Geocorp to help the firm offer its geospatial information software and services in three dimensions. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Robert and Stephen Madsen live the dream of avid game developers in creating their own products and bringing them to market. But the father-and-son team also take a practical approach to their Grand Junction studio and have remained in business by providing services to clients to help them create games as […]

Peek performance: Business leaders share outlook for 2017

While they don’t rely on a crystal ball, Grand Valley business leaders base their optimistic outlook for 2017 on what they expect will be generally improving business and labor conditions and prospects for new and expanding operations. (Business Times photo illustration by Phil Castle/crystal ball courtesy Crystal Books and Gifts)

Phil Castle, The Business Times      The outlook for the year ahead depends on who you ask. But if there’s a consensus among business leaders in the Grand Valley, it’s that they’re optimistic. Moreover, they’re ready to drop the cautiously part of their assessment. “I’m really optimistic,” says Dale Beede, a broker associate with Coldwell […]

Hurd mentality: give back

Jeffrey Hurd, a partner in the Grand Junction law firm of Beckner & Hurd, continues his involvement with the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce in a new role as chairman of the chamber board. Before going to law school, Hurd worked for the Grand Junction chamber for two years running its government affairs program. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times        Jeffrey Hurd expects to draw upon a lot of his experiences during his upcoming term as chairman of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, including his work as a lawyer. But Hurd brings another perspective to the role: He worked for the chamber […]


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