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Beat burnout: Coach helps entrepreneurs take care of business — and themselves.

Nikole Stanfield operates Intuition Coaching and helps entrepreneurs to identify and resolve problems associated with burnout. In taking care of business, entrepreneurs must also take care of themselves, Stanfield says. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Nikole Stanfield was not only tired, but also tired of feeling tired. Stanfield took a week off from her digital marketing business in Western Colorado, thinking she could regain some of her energy and motivation. That didn’t help, either.  “At the end of the week, I was more tired than […]

Defying imagination: Reynolds Polymer builds awareness of unique operations

Work continues on an acrylic tunnel under construction at Reynolds Polymer Technology in Grand Junction. The company manufactures a variety of products for aquariums, swimming pools and architectural features. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times From its nondescript exterior, the building housing Reynolds Polymer Technolgy doesn’t appear extraordinary  — a large manufacturing facility by Grand Junction standards, perhaps, but nothing special. The inside tells a far different story. That’s where executives with the company say dreams come true. Workers construct and polish the massive acrylic […]

The Bray way: Executive honored for ethical leadership

Robert Bray, chief executive officer of Bray Real Estate in Grand Junction, is among the latest winners of national awards recognizing business leaders for practicing high standards of ethics and exerting a positive influence. Bray, who has worked 44 years for the business his grandfather launched in 1946, promotes what he calls the “Bray way” — a company culture emphasizing family and community as well as integrity in doing the right thing. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle

Phil Castle, The Business Times Robert Bray jots notes to himself as encouragement to achieve personal goals — to improve his organizational and public speaking skills, among other things. Bray has kept one of the notes near the desk in his office for more than four years. The one-sentence note reads: “I’m going to make […]

Heavy lifting: Former businessman enjoys record efforts

Kevin Triplett has won a variety of medals at powerlifting competitions, including a first place medal from the recent Olympia Invitational in Las Vegas. Triplett set a world record for his age and weight classes with a bench press of 512.6 pounds. Triplett also has operated a business and sees similarities in setting goals, following plans and working hard.(Business Times photos by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Kevin Triplett has built muscles and businesses and sees some similarities between the two processes. Success depends on setting goals and following plans, but also remaining flexible when unexpected changes arise. More than anything, it requires heavy lifting literal and proverbial, Triplett said. “Rules like that apply to both of […]

FREE education: Foundation promotes understanding of economics and business

Phyllis Hunsinger, founder and president of the Freedom & Responsibility Education Enterprise Foundation, interacts with students at Caprock Academy in Grand Junction. The foundation educates local middle and high school students about free enterprise, trade, economics and financial literacy. (Photo courtesy Elaine Matthews)

Phil Castle, The Business Times John Miller opened the brown paper sack and discovered a pair of socks. He wasn’t thrilled. But he wasn’t that disappointed, either. Consequently, Miller didn’t trade his socks even as other students in the class at Caprock Academy in Grand Junction frantically hawked the odd assortment of wares they’d found […]

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 […]


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