Tax Freedom Day comes earlier in Colorado

Coloradans will work two days fewer this year than last to earn enough money to pay their taxes, according to the latest results of an annual analysis of income and tax statistics. Taxpayers nationwide won’t be quite as fortunate and will have to work three more days in 2011 than they did in 2010. Tax […]

Colorado business index rises as job prospects improve

A monthly measure of business conditions in Colorado continues to rise even as prospects for job growth improve. The Business Conditions Index rose 2.5 points in March to 59.6 on stronger readings for new orders, production and sales. “Our surveys over the past several months indicate that the region will add another 60,000 jobs by […]

U.S. payroll gains continue as jobless rate edges down

U.S. payrolls continued to grow in March as the unemployment rate edged down to its lowest level in two years. According to the latest Department of Labor estimates, nonfarm payrolls increased 216,000 and the monthly unemployment rate slipped a tenth of a percent to 8.8 percent. That’s the lowest jobless rate since March 2009. Labor […]

Changes Underway at Local Chamber Offices

Here’s a preview of a breaking story that will appear in the next edition of The Business Times. The full story will be available on April 7 when the print edition hits the news stands, and online later that day. Efforts are under way to hire executive directoras at both the Fruita and Palisade chambers of […]

Palisade entrepreneur named president-elect of international trade group

Scott Fasken, vice president of Colorado Document Security in Palisade, has been elected president-elect of the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID). Fasken was elected during the national convention of NAID, an international trade association for companies providing information destruction services. Fasken will assume the presidency in 2012, becoming the first person from a rural […]

Confidence index tumbles on less upbeat expectations

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has dropped on far less optimistic expectations for business and labor conditions over the next six months. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index fell nearly nine points to 63.4 in March. While consumers’ assessments of current conditions improved, a measure of their short-term outlook tumbled more […]

Chamber board endorses city council candidates

The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has endorsed candidates in two of three city council races in the municipal election. In the only contested race, the chamber board endorsed John Ballagh in his bid for election to an at-large seat on the council. Jim Doody, Aaron Norris, Jacob Richards and Joshua […]

Women entrepreneurs overcome barriers to achieve success

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” The words of Eleanor Roosevelt undoubtedly sound familiar to the instincts of many Americans who’ve persevered against the economic challenges of the last three years, but perhaps none more so than women entrepreneurs. Roosevelt also wrote, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience […]