Archive for: January, 2013

Energetic event offers educational opportunity

George Rossman Phil Castle, The Business Times George Rossman is never sure what will be the more educational venue at the annual event she organizes focusing on energy in Western Colorado — the forum or expo. While participants attend a series of presentations by experts at the forum, a lot of questions also are asked […]

Strive: New name, renewed mission

 Phil Castle, The Business Times  An organization that for nearly 50 years has provided a wide range of services to people facing physical and intellectual challenges has a new name leaders say better reflects a renewed sense of mission. “The name simply symbolizes the body of what we do,” said Jeff Nichols, chief executive officer […]

Index: Consumers start new year less confident

Consumers begin the new year less confident in business and labor conditions, according to the latest results of a monthly index tracking their outlook. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) slumped more than eight points to fall to 58.6 in January. Declines in each of the last two months erased all […]

Chamber awards recognize community service

An automotive museum, accounting firm, attorney and public relations officer are the latest winners of annual awards presented by the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. Allen Unique Autos was honored as Small Business of the Year. Dalby, Wendland & Co. was named Business of the Year. Betty Bechtel, a lawyer who’s worked with a […]

Local director among winners of economic development awards

The leader of Mesa County organization is among the winners in a new awards program honoring young economic development professionals. Kelly Flenniken, executive director of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership, received one of the 40 Under 40 awards from Development Counsellors International (DCI). DCI, a New York-based firm specializing in economic development and tourism marketing, […]

Colorado SBA director offers help in addressing small business problems

Phil Castle, The Business Times Greg Lopez knows he can’t personally solve every problem facing small businesses in Colorado. What the director of the Colorado District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration can do, though, is talk to those who could help. And the requests, complaints and suggestions he passes along are taken seriously, […]

Leading index signals growth in U.S.

A monthly index forecasting economic performance in the United States has increased, signalling growth in the year ahead. The Conference Board reported it Leading Economic Index (LEI) rose a half a percent to 93.9 in December. Separate measures of current and past performance also increased. “The latest data suggest that a pickup in domestic growth […]

Tips offer help during taxing season

Small business owners must understand how taxes affect them and their businesses. It’s important to claim the right tax deductions,  file properly and avoid audits. Here are a few tips, including some links to online resources offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration and other federal government sources, to help ease the burden of tax […]

Palisade hotel names director of sales

April Nichols has been promoted to director of sales at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade. Nichols brings to her new duties two years of experience running the catering department at the hotel and, before that, her work at Powderhorn Mountain Resort. Nichols succeeds Juliann Adams, who has become director of the Palisade Chamber of […]

Local photographers fare well in contest

Two Grand Junction photographers are among the top finishers in an annual contest showcasing the Colorado agriculture industry. Elena Dravez placed first in the agritourism category of the competition with her entry titled “Come Help Us at the Ranch, Dude!” Laurie Purcell was among the photographers receiving honorable mentions. Craig Hammes of Delta also received […]


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