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Her pet project: Workplace wellness

Anna Stout, executive director of the Roice-Hurst Humane Society, spends some time with one of the dogs at the Grand Junction animal shelter and adoption center. Stout has received recognition for efforts to care for the people who care for pets. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Anna Stout believes it’s essential to care for the people who care for the animals at the Roice-Humane Society in Grand Junction. The well-being of employees correlates with the well-being of the cats and dogs housed there. “It’s not just a perk,” says Stout, executive director of the animal shelter […]

Exciting times in Fruita: Combination of factors encourage upbeat outlook

Jennifer Seal, executive director of the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce, and MIke Bennett, Fruita city manager, discuss a combination of factors promoting business and economic growth in the small town. Those factors include expanding businesses, new businesses and a growing reputation for Fruita as an outdoor recreation mecca. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times There’s a location in Fruita where the economic forces at work in the small town converge. Crews erect the steel frame of a 70,000-square-foot building that will double the available space for a growing energy industry manufacturer. Nearby, a newly opened business operates a unique venture in a wakeboard park […]

4-H programs praised for building business skills

More than 230 animals were sold at the latest 4-H livestock auction, fetching a total of more than $500,000. (Photo courtesy Mickie Fisher-Rogers)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Mickie Fisher-Rogers believes everything she really needs to know about running a business she learned raising livestock in 4-H programs. That includes accounting, marketing and, especially, the value of hard work. “All those things made a big difference in my life,” said Fisher-Rogers, owner and mortgage broker of Grand Valley […]

Business on the move: Lower costs and higher quality of life bring firms to Grand Valley

Gene Fourney, president and chief executive officer of InteractiveWest and TechnologyWest, operates his business out of the Factory coworking space in downtown Grand Junction. Fourney says he moved from Denver late last year to take advantage of what he says are lower rental rates and less traffic as well as a higher quality of life. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Gene Fourney was growing disenchanted with Denver — the increasing traffic congestion in general and rising cost of housing in particular. “The rental situation in Denver was the last straw.” Fourney decided to move to Grand Junction late last year and bring along his internet marketing and web development firm. […]

Life as a trip adviser: Career to continue in consulting role

Barbara Bowman takes in the views from the Devils Kitchen picnic area in the Colorado National Monument, just one of the attractions she’s promoted during her lengthy career in the travel and tourism industry. Bowman has retired from Visit Grand Junction, but expects to continue to work with organizations and businesses as a consultant. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Barbara Bowman has seen the views from the Devils Kitchen picnic area in the Colorado National Monument a thousand times. A slick rock canyon opens nearby, the bottom clogged with a jumble of boulders. The Grand Valley lies in the distance, the Bookcliffs and Grand Mesa delineating the horizon. Taking […]

All in the family: Residency program brings doctors to West Slope

From left, Drs. Christopher Taggart, Andrew Jones and Christopher Meinzen discuss the family medicine residency program at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction. Meinzen is among the latest graduates of the program and works as a hospitalist at St. Mary’s. Since 1979, the program has brought about half of primary care physicians to Mesa County. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Christopher Meinzen applied to family medicine residency programs across the country, but was accepted to what he says was his first choice — the program offered at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction. Three years later, Meinzen has started the next phase of his career at St. Mary’s as […]

Chain reaction: Cycling firm plans Grand Junction facility

From left, Danie van Wyk, Brad Stieg and Dewet Marais look over a shipment of Squirt bicycle chain lubricant at a storage area at the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction. The South Africa-based company plans to open a facility in the Grand Valley to manufacture and distribute its various cycling and endurance sports products. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times An avid mountain biker, Dewet Marais can tell the difference in the types of lubricants used on the chain of his bike — not only in the way his bike performs, but also the sound it makes. A wet lubricant that combines with dirt or sand to form a sort […]

Journey to recovery: Surgeon gains new perspectives from adversity

Dr. Kennan Vance has returned to his orthopedic surgery and sports medicine practice at Community Hospital in Grand Junction following a lengthy recovery from injuries he sustained in an accident on the Colorado National Monument. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Kennan Vance understands why his patients sometimes grow discouraged when their progress slows. Vance feels their pain because he’s endured pain of his own following a horrific bicycle accident, a succession of surgeries and more than a year of rehabilitation. While Vance reassures his patients they’ll eventually feel better, he […]

Bigger glass: Improving conditions encourage a more upbeat outlook

Economic indicators as well as anecdotal accounts have Grand Valley business leaders seeing the proverbial glass as not only half full, but also getting bigger. Moreover, their expectations for the second half of 2018 are for more of the same. (Business Times illustration by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Diane Schwenke considers a lot of factors in tracking business conditions in the Grand Valley, among them labor estimates, tax collections and housing starts. But Schwenke also considers the anecdotal information she gathers from the business owners and managers with which she talks nearly every day and what she hears […]

Young entrepreneur makes the case for a better pillowcase

Nick Silzell, a 12-year-old student at East Middle School in Grand Junction, also serves as chief executive officer of Sleepy Sheepy. His business makes pillowcases fabricated from bamboo fiber that offer hot and cold sides. Silzell is the first participant in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy in Grand Junction to qualify for the finals of the national YEA competition. He won the people’s choice award and $20,000 in college scholarships for his efforts. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle

Phil Castle, The Business Times Nick Silzell was frustrated — nearly to the point of giving up on his ambitions to create a new product and launch a business, not to mention continue participating in an instructional program for young entrepreneurs. The 12-year-old Grand Junction boy says he learned a lesson in the process about […]


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