Posts tagged as: April-07-2011

What’s our financial IQ? 10 things entrepreneurs should know before starting ventures

Most of us have heard how important it is for young people to gain a measure of financial literacy as they approach their adult lives. Many online and classroom resources are dedicated to making this type of education available. But what about financial literacy for prospective small business owners? What should entrepreneurs be aware of […]

Rising small business index reflects recovery in Colorado

A monthly measure of economic conditions for small businesses in Colorado continues to rise, adding to the evidence a recovery is gaining traction. “Colorado’s painful recession during much of the past three years will give way to more solid performance over the balance of 2011 and especially in 2012. It’s about time,” said Jeff Thredgold, […]

Mesa County sales tax collections keep rising

Rising sales tax collections continue to reflect increased spending in Mesa County. According to a Mesa County report for March, sales tax collections totalled $2.58 million, a nearly 9 percent increase over the report for March 2010. Reports covering the first quarter of the year show the county collected a total of $13.72 million, almost […]

Anatomy of a downturn: Business owner details effects of building slump

Gordon Harbert has faced a series of difficult decisions in the aftermath of a dramatic downturn in the construction industry. Harbert laid off employees, closed a store and ultimately sold the building materials business his family started in Grand Junction more than 70 years ago. While the housing market eventually will recover, the effects of […]

Mesa County commissioners select new administrator

A woman with a broad range of experience in city and state government positions is expected to begin work in July as the new Mesa County administrator. The county commissioners announced they’ve selected Chantal Unfug as administrator and she’s verbally accepted their offer. The announcement concludes the second of two job searches for a successor […]

Chef, beverage manager to headline Winefest demonstrations

An executive chef and beverage manager from a popular Boulder restaurant are among  the people who’ll present demonstrations at the upcoming Colorado Mountain Winefest in Palisade. Kevin Kidd, executive chef at SALT, and Evan Faber, beverage manager, will headline the chef demonstrations at the Winefest. SALT, a bistro-style neighborhood restaurant, opened in 2009. “Two of […]

Large solar array powers hardware outlet

A Grand Junction-based company has installed what it describes as the largest solar array in the region to power a retail operation. Syndicated Solar installed the array at Peach Tree True Value Hardware, 2963 North Ave. in Grand Junction. The 97-kilowatt photovoltaic array includes 396 panels and nine inverters. According to Syndicated Solar, the array […]

Water conservation a cooperative effort

To the editor: First of all, I want to thank the Business Times for their March 23 issue on water. Maintaining the quality and quantity of water will truly be one of the most important issues we face worldwide in the coming years, and educating our citizens about water issues is extremely important. I do […]

Small business optimism index more in line with recession than recovery

A monthly measure of optimism among small business owners has retreated despite some improving prospects for hiring. The National Federation of Independent Business reported that its Index of Small Business Optimism fell 2.6 points in March to 91.9. The lower reading remains more in line with recession than recovery. The index is based on the […]

Western Colorado tourism dodges hit to tourism income as Congress averts a federal shutdown

When Congress approved a measure to keep the federal government operating beyond Friday, the owner of a Grand Valley river rafting company probably breathed a sigh of relief. As of midday Friday, April 8, the feds had informed companies that they would be barred from rafting public rivers if a federal closure happened Saturday morning. […]

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