Fruita chamber names new executive director

Frank Ladd, former president and chief executive officer of the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce, has been hired as executive director of the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce. Ladd is expected to begin working at the Fruita chamber Dec. 15. Ladd will be responsible for a range of duties, including membership outreach, event planning and […]

Waxing eloquent: Entrepreneur develops facial hair care products

Phil Castle, The Business Times Jesse Lanci searched high and low for a product that would help him groom his mustache. The Grand Junction man finally found what he was looking for right under his nose in a product he developed himself. Now the inventive entrepreneur hopes to sell others on his all-natural mustache wax […]

Confidence index reflects a little less cheer

The last monthly measure of consumer confidence before the holiday shopping season reflects a little less cheer, although expectations for increased sales persist. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index declined more than five points to 88.7 in November on less upbeat assessments of current business and labor conditions and less optimistic expectations […]

Mesa County jobless rate drops

Phil Castle, The Business Times The monthly unemployment rate in Mesa County continues to retreat as increasingly confident employers step up hiring. “I think there’s a sense there’s a little more optimism among employers,” said Suzie Miller, manager of business services at the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction. According to the latest estimates […]

CMU names marketing director

Kimberly Williams has joined Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction as executive director of marketing. Williams manages marketing, public relations and publication projects for CMU. She succeeds Rick Taggart, a former corporate executive who had served as director of marketing since 2010. Taggart retired, although he plans to continue to teach at the university. Williams […]

Leading index forecasts U.S. growth

A monthly index forecasting economic performance in the United States continues to increase, signaling growth through the holiday season and into next year. The Conference Board reported that its Leading Economic Index rose nine-tenths of a percent to 105.2 in October. The index has increased 4 percent over the past six months, a faster pace […]

CMU club members fare well at national conference

Members of an entrepreneurs club at Colorado Mesa University were among the winners at the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization conference in Florida. A total of more than 1,400 students from 200 member colleges and universities attended the conference. Georgann Jouflas, a professor who serves as the advisor for the CMU E Club,  won first place for […]

Real estate firm honors best-selling agents

Lori Enriquez and Melanie Heiden were honored as the best-selling agents during  October at Heiden Homes Realty and Associates in Grand Junction. Enriquez had the most sales during the month. Heiden had the most new listings. Enriquez brings to her duties experience as owner of both a real estate company and restaurant. Heiden worked in […]

Health club names new head trainer

Bobby Brown has been named head trainer at Crossroads Fitness in Grand Junction. Brown manages an expanded fitness training staff at Crossroads Fitness as well as creates new fitness programs and educates staff and health club members. Brown holds an associate’s degree from Vatterott College and also taught courses there in exercise physiology, nutrition and […]

President of petroleum marketer joins bank board

Paul Brown has been elected to the board of directors of Sturm Financial Group, parent company of ANB Bank. “With his extensive expertise in strategic planning, management consultation and business development, Paul is an excellent addition to our board,” said Koger Propst, president of Sturm Financial Group and ANB Bank. “Paul has brought a wealth […]

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