NFIB index: Small business owners more optimistic

A monthly measure of optimism among small business owners has increased on more upbeat expectations for capital outlays, inventories and sales. The National Federation of Independent Business reported its Small Business Optimism Index rose six-tenths of a point to 102.4 in October. A lack of labor remains a problem, however, said William Dunkelberg, chief economist […]

Tourism promoter awarded for her efforts

A woman who’s spent nearly three decades promoting the attractions of Western Colorado to tourists around the world has been awarded for her efforts. Barbara Bowman won the 2019 Colorado Tourism Office Board Chairman’s Award, one of the highest honors bestowed to those who work in the tourism industry in the state. Bowman worked for […]

Colorado gets $108 million share of energy revenue

More than $108 million was disbursed to Colorado during the 2019 fiscal year, the latest revenues from energy production on federal land in the state. The money was part of a total of more than $2.44 billion disbursed to 35 states by the Interior Department Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR). Another $1.14 billion was […]

Apartment development planned for Grand Junction

Construction is expected to soon begin on a Grand Junction apartment complex that will offer nearly 200 units. The Railyard at Rimrock will be built south of the Rimrock Marketplace with leasing scheduled to begin in the summer. Perry Reid Properties, a multifamily property development and management firm based in Nebraska, will develop the complex […]

Psychiatric hospital offers walk-in crisis services

A Grand Junction psychiatric hospital now offers walk-in mental health and addiction crisis services. Services are available at the West Springs Hospital at 515 28 3/4 Road. Services are available daily around the clock with the exception of between 4 and 5 a.m. Assistance also can be arranged by calling the West Springs Hospital assessment […]

Observance highlights apprenticeship programs

A proclamation declaring November Colorado Apprenticeship Month is designed to draw attention to programs that help employees hone skills while earning paychecks. “Apprenticeships give people of all ages an opportunity to hone existing skills and gain new ones,” said Joe Barela, executive director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. “As we prepare for […]

SBA observance honors veterans

The U.S. Small Business Administration honors the accomplishments of veterans and their spouses, including those who start and grow businesses. Dan Nordberg, the administrator of a  six-state SBA region that includes Colorado, said veteran-owned businesses remain a driving force in the economy. “Nearly 10 percent of all American businesses today are owned by a veteran, […]

Results available from West Slope well water survey

Results are available online from a new voluntary survey of private drinking water quality on the Western Slope conducted through a partnership involving Delta County, the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Centers for Disease Control. People can review the results through an interactive online map created by Holly Miller as part of her […]

SBA publication: Small firms big business

Small firms collectively constitute big business in the United States, according to newly updated government statistics. A variety of statistics are compiled in the latest version of a publication from the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy titled “Frequently Asked Questions About Small Business.” The publication is available online from the SBA Office of […]

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