Archive for: October, 2011

Grand Valley Power names new manager

A lawyer who’s worked for a Texas electrical cooperative for more than a decade is expected to take over next year as the new general manager of Grand Valley Power. Thomas Walch has been hired as executive vice president and general manager of the Grand Junction-based not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative. Walch succeeds Jack Broughton, who […]

Industry veteran new president of American National Bank

An executive with more than 30 years of industry experience has been hired as the new president of American National Bank. Koger Propst oversees a bank that operates a total of 36 locations in Colorado and Wyoming, including locations on the Western Slope and in Grand Junction. “We are extremely pleased to have Koger join our […]

Certified Development Companies actually do have “skin in the game”

To the editor: A recent guest column in the Business Times concerning the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 504 loan program requires both rebuttal and correction. SBA 504 loans are designed to provide small- and medium-sized businesses access to long-term capital for the purchase of owner-occupied commercial real estate and capital intensive equipment and machinery. […]

Fast-growing grocer plans Grand Junction store

A Colorado-based chain of grocery stores that’s quickly expanded by selling natural and organic products at competitive prices has announced plans to open an outlet in Grand Junction. Sunflower Farmers Market expects to open a 28,000 square-foot store in the Rimrock Crossing Shopping Center next fall. Sage Horner, vice president of merchandising and marketing for […]

Argument for what’s certain: regulations hurting economy

It’s clear the Barack Obama White House ranks as one of the most activist regulatory administrations in history. Consequently, it’s not surprising the administration argues that regulatory costs and uncertainty aren’t hurting the economy. Jan Eberly, assistant treasury secretary on economic policy, recently tried to make the case for an-all-is-well position on regulation in a […]

Play ball: Lease agreement clears the way for minor league baseball

A minor league baseball team is expected to begin playing in Grand Junction in June following the approval of a lease agreement to use Suplizio Field. The Grand Junction City Council approved the lease agreement that will accommodate the Grand Junction Rockies, a minor league team of the Colorado Rockies. The Pioneer League team previously […]

Systematic changes needed to fix broken loan program

Access to capital is vital to the success of small businesses. Without it, small business can’t grow in a way that helps them create or retain jobs, both of which are critical to the economic recovery of our state. Yet, providing small businesses with loans they can’t repay doesn’t help the business or the economy. […]

Proactive process: New director plans more aggressive approach to economic development

Kelly Flenniken, Grand Junction Economic Partnership

Kelly Flenniken brings a new title and a new role to a new approach to economic development. As executive director of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership, Flenniken will oversee efforts to leverage local business connections in proactively developing leads for new and expanding companies. “We’re going to be more aggressive going forward,” she says. Flenniken […]

Grand Valley restaurant reinvented

Cinnamon Grill

Opie Johnson has helped reinvent a Grand Junction restaurant, turning what was a franchise diner into a unique operation that serves fare with a thoroughly local flavor. “We’re the absolute epitome of a local eatery,” says Johnson, general manager of Cinnamon Grill. Formerly a Black Bear Diner, the restaurant has dropped the franchise and its […]

State legislator earns award from housing group

A Mesa County state legislator and businesswoman has earned recognition for her support of mortgage lending and foreclosure counseling services legislation. Housing Colorado presented State Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran, with its 2011 Legislator of the Year award. Housing Colorado offers affordable housing education, information and advocacy. 


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