Bank executive comes full circle with latest role

Vance Wagner has come full circle in his 18-year career with American National Bank. Wagner joined what was at the time Mesa National Bank in 1993 when Bill Sisson convinced him to manage operations in Glenwood Springs. Wagner now works out of Sisson’s former office in downtown Grand Junction as the new regional president for […]

Helping businesses helps people with disabilities

Jeff Nichols oversees an organization that provides a wide range of services to Mesa County residents with physical and intellectual disabilities. In addition to helping clients, though, Mesa Developmental Services helps Grand Valley businesses through programs that provide janitorial, landscaping and production services. MDS also helps businesses find employees to fill what often are high-turnover […]

President of investment firm: Recovery to continue in 2011

Doug May expects economic recovery to gain traction during 2011 even as consumers and business owners regain confidence and stock prices rise. While U.S. payrolls will grow, the gains won’t be enough to substantially pull down unemployment rates, however. “Things are better. But if you’re looking for a job, you probably don’t feel it,” said […]

New facility offers indoor venue for sports of all sorts

When demand for storage space at his Grand Junction warehouse dropped off dramatically, Ray Scott found another use for part of the operation. He constructed an indoor sports facility with a soccer field and batting cages. Demand of a different sort has quickly increased since Skyline Sports opened in January — this time from soccer, […]

Resolved to save energy? Options abound to cut costs as well as improve productivity

Business owners and managers resolved to improve the energy efficiency of their operations this year likely will have a lot of options from which to choose. Replacing incandescent lighting, sealing leaks and repairing ductwork rank among the easiest ways to improve energy efficiency and offer some of the fastest returns on investment. Still, that’s just […]

New Wells Fargo exec relishes regional role

Yanus Nelson has a strategy for increasing market share for Wells Fargo Bank in Western Colorado and that’s to “outlocal” the other national banks and “outnational” the local banks. Nelson believes Wells Fargo is well-positioned to compete by offering services tailored to meet the unique needs of individual customers along with the resources of one […]

Chairwoman: Chamber to play important role in 2011

Lois Dunn expects some sectors of the Grand Valley economy to improve during 2011. But overall, she suspects this year likely will look a lot like last year. Regardless of what happens, Dunn said the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce offers services that will help businesses get through. As the new chairwoman of the […]

New state lawmaker from Grand Junction offers entrepreneurial view

New state lawmaker from Grand Junction offers entrepreneurial view

As an entrepreneur, Ray Scott knows businesses must adapt to changing market conditions. Scott has substantially changed the operations of his own Grand Junction companies over the years. A firm that initially provided equipment to the energy industry now sells natural gas fireplaces for hotels and high-end homes. When business for his warehousing company fell […]

Budget, redistricting on agenda

Budget, redistricting on agenda

The budget and redistricting likely will take up a lot of time during the legislative session in Colorado. But two Mesa County lawmakers also hope to reduce fees and taxes that affect businesses. Laura Bradford, a Republican from Collbran serving her second term in House District 55, said she hopes the Legislature will reverse course […]