Archive for: June, 2018

Chain reaction: Cycling firm plans Grand Junction facility

From left, Danie van Wyk, Brad Stieg and Dewet Marais look over a shipment of Squirt bicycle chain lubricant at a storage area at the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction. The South Africa-based company plans to open a facility in the Grand Valley to manufacture and distribute its various cycling and endurance sports products. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times An avid mountain biker, Dewet Marais can tell the difference in the types of lubricants used on the chain of his bike — not only in the way his bike performs, but also the sound it makes. A wet lubricant that combines with dirt or sand to form a sort […]

Be a contagion for life

New information was released about the steady increase in suicides across our country, and I know we’re all concerned. There are many great suicide awareness campaigns and prevention methods deployed in Colorado. And yet, my observation is we’re not making a consistent dent in these numbers. In fact, suicide is almost becoming a “thing” and […]

With planning, vacations can still be fitness-friendly

Vacations, long car trips and busy schedules can all lead to major disruptions in our fitness routines. Whether traveling by car or plane, staying in hotels or with family, you can keep fitness a part of each day. Here are a few tips to help make your vacations more fitness-friendly: Sitting in a car for […]

While investing in real estate, beware rules of thumb

“I’m looking for a solid single-tenant, NNN investment property at a 10 cap.”  “You know what they say, location, location, location.”  “Buy and hold.  There’s never a good reason to sell.”  “I buy only in the foreclosure market. That’s where the deals are.”  “If you don’t have 35 percent down, don’t buy investment real estate.” […]

Estate taxes no longer a focus of planning

Maybe I’ve been doing this work far too long. A short 43 years ago, estate planning — estate tax planning in particular —  was a focus for many clients. In 1975, the highest estate tax rate was 77 percent for estate transfers in excess of $10 million. The amount exempt from estate taxes was $60,000 […]

Manage polarities to address challenges

How many times have you encountered a situation that feels like “whack a mole” or the movie “Groundhog Day?” Recurring problems might not be what they seem. Managing what Barry Johnson describes as “polarities” could offer not only insights, but also strategies to better deal with challenges that arise. Johnson starts with a question: Is […]

Buying a business offers higher returns, but also presents pitfalls

Business ownership constitutes an attractive prospect for people looking for not only profitability, but also flexibility. Many entrepreneurs and investors focus on creating wealth through startup ventures or such investments as bonds, real estate or stocks. They all offer benefits and risks. But buying an existing business — whether you’re paying with cash or using […]

Does fear of change limit your happiness and success?

Change remains a reality of business, whether we want it or not. Business environments, economies, team dynamics and technology all change. So, for that matter, does the weather and relationships. Life is all about change. And if we habitually resist change, we limit the potential of all that’s available to us personally and professionally. Many […]

Here comes the sun — and so should precautions

Even from almost 93 million miles away, the sun inspires awe. It produces just the right amount of energy for plants, animals and humans to survive; holds our planet in a secure orbit; and instills joy in our hearts as we open our blinds, walk in the park or enjoy a beach vacation. As is […]

Lighting firm relocating operation to Grand Valley

An agricultural lighting company has announced plans to relocate operations to the Grand Valley as the firm joins in efforts to evaluate the use of ultraviolet lights in hemp production. Violet Gro, a spinoff of Violet Defense Group based in Florida, will move to the Grand Valley. The company has joined with Colorado Hemp Solutions, […]

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