Pilots and climbers and jocks, oh my: What businesses can learn from overachievers

If nothing else, I’ve learned over the past 20 years successful entrepreneurs have a lot to teach business owners and managers. It’s why I remain hell-bent as editor of the Business Times to report stories about entrepreneurs, the needs they recognize in the marketplace and innovative ways they go about meeting those needs. For one […]

Heart and vascular center opens at St. Mary’s

Phil Castle, The Business Times Dr. Chris Hampson advises those who ask him about where to go for specialized medical care to stay close to home whenever possible. “Local care is better care,” said Hampson, a vascular and interventional radiologist in Grand Junction. With the opening of a heart and vascular center at St. Mary’s […]

Sporting chance: Commission director brings experience to new duties

Sporting chance: Commission director brings experience to new duties

Phil Castle, The Business Times Renee Wheelock has some experience in managing sports events — from nurturing relationships with those involved to coordinating volunteer efforts to handling logistics. Wheelock worked a total of nearly six years as community relations manager and then director of the Ride the Rockies and Pedal the Plains bicycle tours through […]

Techstars Startup Week coming to Grand Junction

Phil Castle, The Business Times Mara Hardy hopes an upcoming event in Grand Junction will foster collaboration that in turn promotes entrepreneurial endeavors in Western Colorado. If nothing else, Hardy hopes the inaugural Techstars Startup Week West Slope makes clear the value of what’s billed as a sort of meeting of entrepreneurial minds — “that […]

State and local economic outlook “optimistic”

Phil Castle, The Business Times Continued growth in payrolls and population combined with mostly upbeat projections for most industry sectors bode well for Colorado and Grand Junction. “Overall, it’s a pretty optimistic outlook for the Colorado economy and Grand Junction economy,” said Alison Felix, an economist who serves as a vice president and Denver branch […]

U.S. economy remains strong, but slowing

Phil Castle, The Business Times Economic growth likely will continue in the United States, but slow to a more sustainable pace. “U.S. economic activity remains strong, but is slowing,” said Willem Van Zandweghe, an economist and assistant vice president with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Van Zandweghe offered an update on the U.S. […]

Care provider advocates for aging portion of population

Phil Castle, The Business Times Dave McKendry foresees an aging population less in terms of what others have described as a “tsunami” and more in terms of an “evening out” of young and old. Seniors need help, though, whether that’s through the services McKendry’s business provides, more age-friendly policies or less bias. “It’s about us […]

Mesa County update: Jobless rate drops as labor force grows

Phil Castle, The Business Times The monthly unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in nearly a year in Mesa County even as the labor force continues to grow. It’s a combination that reflects improving conditions, said Curtis Englehart, director of the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction. “Those two are really good […]