Mesa County real estate outlook encouraging

Phil Castle, The Business Times Although low inventories continue to slow residential sales, Lynn Thompson remains encouraged by what he sees in the Mesa County real estate market. Higher prices offer more money for sellers even as lower interest rates offer more purchasing power for buyers. Meanwhile, commercial activity continues to bolster the market, said […]

While it’s the thought that counts, beware thoughtlessness

What, do you suppose, will be the most popular gifts this holiday season? Reviewing what’s hot and what’s not has become something of a journalistic tradition — as much a part of the holidays as fruitcake and, I contend, about as necessary. Should herd mentality play a role in what ought to be a thoughtful […]

SBA-backed lending approaches $17 million in Mesa County

Phil Castle, The Business Times The dollar volume of loans issued in Mesa County under a federal small business financing program nearly tripled during the 2019 fiscal year. According to the Colorado District Office of the U.S Small Business Administration, 28 loans worth a combined $16,564,700 were issued under the SBA 7(a) guarantee program. Another […]

Mesa County jobless rate drops to record low

Phil Castle, The Business Times The monthly unemployment rate in Mesa County has dropped to its lowest level on record — an indication of improving economic conditions, but also a tight labor market that makes it difficult for employers to fill job openings. “Employers are having a hard time trying to find people. It’s pretty […]

Fins are in: Capco adds to growing operation

Fins are in: Capco adds to growing operation

Phil Castle, The Business Times A tour of the new manufacturing operation at Capco takes visitors through a process that involves robotic welders, computerized testing stations and a powder coating facility. The end result: bomb fin assemblies stacked just so on pallets and ready for shipment. From his perspective as chief executive officer of Capco, […]

Business groups back Grand Junction ballot measure

Phil Castle, The Business Times A question on the November ballot asking voters permission to increase debt to fund transportation projects in Grand Junction is an important one for business groups supporting the measure. “It’s a business issue for us. But it’s also about building a community,” said Diane Schwenke, president and chief executive officer […]

Big goals and good habits both contribute to success

My goals for the Business Times remain pretty much the same for every issue. Tell engaging stories. Illustrate those stories with compelling photographs. Edit copy and design pages in a way that makes the paper easy to read. The overarching goal also remains unchanged: provide information that adds value to the lives of readers and, […]

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