What’s our financial IQ? 10 things entrepreneurs should know before starting ventures

Most of us have heard how important it is for young people to gain a measure of financial literacy as they approach their adult lives. Many online and classroom resources are dedicated to making this type of education available. But what about financial literacy for prospective small business owners? What should entrepreneurs be aware of […]

Rising small business index reflects recovery in Colorado

A monthly measure of economic conditions for small businesses in Colorado continues to rise, adding to the evidence a recovery is gaining traction. “Colorado’s painful recession during much of the past three years will give way to more solid performance over the balance of 2011 and especially in 2012. It’s about time,” said Jeff Thredgold, […]

Mesa County sales tax collections keep rising

Rising sales tax collections continue to reflect increased spending in Mesa County. According to a Mesa County report for March, sales tax collections totalled $2.58 million, a nearly 9 percent increase over the report for March 2010. Reports covering the first quarter of the year show the county collected a total of $13.72 million, almost […]

Mesa County commissioners select new administrator

A woman with a broad range of experience in city and state government positions is expected to begin work in July as the new Mesa County administrator. The county commissioners announced they’ve selected Chantal Unfug as administrator and she’s verbally accepted their offer. The announcement concludes the second of two job searches for a successor […]

Chef, beverage manager to headline Winefest demonstrations

An executive chef and beverage manager from a popular Boulder restaurant are among  the people who’ll present demonstrations at the upcoming Colorado Mountain Winefest in Palisade. Kevin Kidd, executive chef at SALT, and Evan Faber, beverage manager, will headline the chef demonstrations at the Winefest. SALT, a bistro-style neighborhood restaurant, opened in 2009. “Two of […]

Large solar array powers hardware outlet

A Grand Junction-based company has installed what it describes as the largest solar array in the region to power a retail operation. Syndicated Solar installed the array at Peach Tree True Value Hardware, 2963 North Ave. in Grand Junction. The 97-kilowatt photovoltaic array includes 396 panels and nine inverters. According to Syndicated Solar, the array […]

National firm acquires family owned operation

A national building materials supplier has acquired a 74-year-old Grand Junction business previously operated by three generations of the same family. ProBuild Holdings announced that it had acquired the assets of Harbert Lumber Co., including its operations along North Avenue in Grand Junction as well as its outlets in Aspen, Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs. […]

Index: Colorado business confidence on the rise

A quarterly measure of confidence among Colorado business leaders has climbed to its highest level in five years. The Leeds Business Confidence Index (LBCI) rose to 56.8 for the second quarter of 2011. That’s the highest level since the second quarter of 2006. While confidence in the state and national economies has leveled, expectations for […]