Mesa County jobless rate holds steady

The Mesa County unemployment rate remains little changed with a seasonal slowdown offsetting gains in some industry sectors. “We’re just kind of going into a lull,” said Suzie Miller, an employment specialist with the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction. According to the latest estimates from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), […]

Making money saving lives: Grand Valley firm sets sights on both goals in bringing unique medical device to market

Matt Mayer foresees huge markets potentially worth billions of dollars for a unique medical device he’s helped develop. But he’s equally excited about another opportunity: reducing the risk of blood clots that kill hundreds of thousands of people in the United States each year. “When you can save lives, that’s pretty cool,” says Mayer, president […]

Colorado business group seeks input on lobbying

The answers to five questions posed to members of a small business advocacy organization in Colorado will determine how the group lobbies during the upcoming legislative session. The questions deal with a range of issues, among them health care, immigration and taxes. Tony Gagliardi, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in […]

Advice to good ol’ boys and girls: network

It’s easy to connect with a pronounced network of good ol’ boys and girls in the Grand Valley: volunteer for community service. But business owners and managers who do so had better be more interested in doing good than doing well and in making friends rather than sales. “Do it for the right reason,” said […]

Williams sells Piceance facilities to subsidiary

Williams continues to transfer ownership of natural gas gathering and processing facilities in Western Colorado to a subsidiary partnership that’s become a leading provider of those services. Williams plans to sell four gas treatment facilities and about 150 miles of pipeline to Williams Partners, a master limited partnership of which Williams owns about 77 percent. […]

Eclectic car collection rolls into new venue

Misty Allen walks along what’s got to be one of the most eclectic group of automobiles ever parked in a single row. On one end of the long row sits a pair of sleek gold Dodge Viper sports cars, on the other end two 1966 Ford Mustangs customized for performers Sonny and Cher. In between […]

SBA-backed lending levels fall in Mesa County

The dollar volume of loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration continued to declined in Mesa County during the 2010 fiscal year even as lending activity elsewhere in Colorado rebounded. Some business owners took advantage of fee waivers and higher loan guarantee levels to obtain SBA-backed financing — benefits extended under recently enacted federal […]

Mesa County jobless rate drops to lowest level in four months

Phil Castle Business Times The Mesa County unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in four months even as labor demand continues to increase. “On a snapshot basis, it’s a much improved picture,” said David Porfirio, manager of business services at the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction. According to the latest estimates […]