Grand Junction apartment vacancy rate retreats

Phil Castle, The Business Times The apartment vacancy rate has dropped in Grand Junction, but remains higher than in many other metropolitan areas of Colorado, according to the latest results of a quarterly survey of rental markets across the state. The average monthly rent also dropped during the third quarter in Grand Junction, although the […]

Leading index forecasts faster growth in 2014

A monthly index forecasting economic performance in the United States continues to rise, signaling faster growth in 2014. Challenges loom, however, including slow job growth, weak consumer demand and the prospect for more federal budget battles. The Conference Board reported that its Leading Economic Index rose two-tenths of a percent to 97.5 in October. With […]

Consumers less upbeat heading into the holidays

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has retreated to its lowest level in seven months, a discouraging trend for retailers at the beginning of the holiday shopping season. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index dropped two points to 70.4 in November. With declines in each of the last three months, the index […]

Downtown store promotes local shopping

Crystal Books and Gifts in downtown Grand Junction will promote the sale of books, CDs and crafts produced by local authors, musicians and artisans during a special event set for Nov. 30. The shop local promotion is planned as part of the annual Small Business Saturday observance in what’s billed as an event that’s doubly […]

BREAKING NEWS: Mesa County jobless rate drops to a nearly five-year low

Phil Castle, The Business Times The monthly unemployment rate in Mesa County has tumbled to its lowest level in nearly five years as an increase in seasonal hiring puts more people to work. According to the latest estimates from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate in Mesa County fell […]

Customer service makes Clifton hotel best of the Best Westerns

Phil Castle, The Business Times It’s not the spacious lobby with the gas fireplace and leather furniture that brings guests back to the Best Western Grande River Inn and Suites in Clifton. It’s not the indoor swimming pool, exercise room or even the meticulously landscape courtyard, either. According to owner and general manager Karen Nielson, […]

Ham for the holidays: Store reopens just in time

Phil Castle, The Business Times An entrepreneur who operates two other HoneyBaked Ham franchises in Colorado has reopened the Grand Junction store — and just in time for the holidays, when the bulk of sales occur. Mike Dunlap reopened the HoneyBaked Ham at 2464 U.S. Highway 6 & 50. The previous franchisee had closed the […]

Health care exec to oversee workers’ comp provider

An executive who has worked in the health care and insurance industries has been hired as president and chief executive office of Pinnacol Assurance, which provides workers’ compensation insurance to about 55,000 Colorado businesses. Philip Kalin was selected as a finalist for the position in October and is scheduled to start working Nov. 27. “Phil […]

Public relations firm opens Montrose office

Sue Rose has brought her public relations firm to Montrose, offering communications services to Western Colorado businesses. Rose has operated Rose Public Relations for 13 years, serving the architecture, construction and manufacturing industries. “I’m thrilled to be on the Western Slope,” Rose said. “Rose PR has served the Denver, Chicago and Boston markets over the […]

Grand Junction lawmaker wins MADD legislative award

State Sen. Steve King, a Republican from Grand Junction, is among the winners of annual awards presented by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). King and State Reps. Rhonda Fields, Bob Gardner, Libby Szabo and Dave Young were named 2013 legislative champions. “MADD congratulates these lawmakers for their commitment to improve Colorado’s drunk driving law, author […]

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