Archive for: February, 2012

Industry still energizes solar pioneer

Virgil Boggess owns Atlasta Solar Center, a Grand Junction business he started 33 years ago. Boggess recently received a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to the solar energy industry in Colorado. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Virgil Boggess remains every bit as passionate about solar energy these days as he was when he started out in a nascent industry 33 years ago. If anything, he’s more excited about the financial incentives, technological developments and changing attitudes that have made solar energy systems increasingly popular to a growing market. Even as the […]

Consumer confidence seesaws back upward

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has seesawed back up on more upbeat assessments of business and labor conditions. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) advanced more than nine points to 70.8 in January. The CCI gained a total of almost 24 points in November and December before losing nearly four […]

Dream on, but with a good night’s sleep

When did sleep become such an important health issue facing so many people? I don’t remember a time as a child when I couldn’t sleep. I do remember not wanting to go to bed, like most children, but actually climbing in bed and not being ABLE to sleep – it didn’t happen. I didn’t lay […]

Life was tough, then I became a commercial real estate broker

What is the one business that, if you work in that business, you are expected to not only to provide expert advice, but that advice will normally be given out for free? Yes, you guessed it, real estate sales and leasing. We constantly provide free advice to property owners and tenants, primarily in the hopes […]

SBA administrator remains focused on helping businesses

Phil Castle, The Business Times: Daniel Hannaher has been helping small businesses since he was a child working at his family’s office furniture dealership in North Dakota. Of course, the role is considerably different today for Hannaher, who’s in charge of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in a six-state region that includes Colorado. Still, […]

State of the county: prospects improving

Phil Castle, The Business Times: Having served during some of the best and subsequently worst of economic times in Mesa County, Craig Meis says he’s heartened by indications conditions are slowly improving again. “As a community, we have cause for optimism,” said Meis, a Mesa County commissioner since 2005. Sales tax revenues have increased even […]

Business puts a lid on it

Phil Castle, The Business Times: Brad Stieg keeps an old photograph of his grandmother standing next to long shelves stocked with food she’d canned in glass jars. Stieg said his grandmother was a stickler for correctly processing foods and wouldn’t use inferior canning lids — even if her son had invented them. It’s a testament, […]

Free sale tax classes planned for Grand Junction

The City of Grand Junction and Colorado Department of Revenue will present two free sales tax classes. The first class is set for 10 a.m. Feb. 29 at the City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St. The class will cover tax licenses, sales tax rates, use tax requirements and available resources. The second class is […]

Agritourism workshop scheduled

Registration remains open through Feb. 29 for a workshop that will offer Colorado farmers and ranchers information about agritourism opportunities for their operations. The workshop is set for March 3 at the  El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Colorado Springs. The event will include sessions on available resources, liability, marketing and price development […]

Going green helps businesses make green

Green dry cleaners. Green car washes. Green puppy food. Green wall paints. Green is everywhere. It’s taught in the first grade. It’s at the center of many corporate manufacturing and marketing policies. And whether you believe in climate change or still have doubts, consumers demand green. Adopting environmentally friendly and energy efficient business practices provides […]


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