Index: Small business owners more upbeat

A monthly measure of optimism among small business owners continues to increase, reflecting more upbeat expectations for not only the economy and sales, but also capital outlays and hiring. “Small business owners are demonstrating a continued confidence in the strength of the economy and are betting capital spending dollars on it,” said Bill Dunkelberg, chief […]

Grand Junction company completes project with 130-foot indoor waterfall

A Grand Junction-based company has completed a project featuring what’s billed as the world’s largest indoor waterfall. The new Jewel retail and entertainment complex at the Changi Airport in Singapore includes the HSBC Rain Vortex, a waterfall that tumbles more than 130 feet. The project represents several more milestones for Reynolds Polymer Technology, which engineers […]

St. Mary’s Hospital announces leadership transition

Brian Davidson, an anesthesiologist who realized his aspiration to become both a doctor and hospital administrator, plans to step down as president of St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction. Bryan Johnson, chief operating officer at St. Mary’s, will serve as interim president starting June 15. Davidson stated in a news release he plans to […]

Business still makes the cut: Customer service remains in style after 50 years

Business still makes the cut: Customer service remains in style after 50 years

Phil Castle, The Business Times April Harrison has seen hairstyles come and go and come back again — from those feathered locks made famous by Farrah Fawcett in the 1970s to Jennifer Aniston’s quintessential 1990s layered look dubbed, simply, the Rachel. What hasn’t changed over that time, Harrison says, is the fun, friendly and professional […]

Apprenticeships develop careers and work force

Apprenticeships develop careers and work force

Phil Castle, The Business Times Will Jessop initially decided to participate in an apprenticeship program because he thought the experience would look good on a college admission application. What Jessop discovered over the course of the following two years was he enjoyed working on computer software at ProStar Geocorp in Grand Junction — and was […]

Competing protections raise workplace issues

Phil Castle, The Business Times Employers that set and enforce standards for professionalism in the workplace are better positioned to deal with conflicts between employees with protected statuses. “It just needs to be constantly reinforced,” said Melanie Daly, a staff attorney with the Employers Council. Daly was among the speakers scheduled to lead presentations as […]

Catering firm offers fare with a tasteful difference

Phil Castle, The Business Times Jacqueline and Jose Calvillo pay close attention to the ingredients that go into the food they prepare for their catering business. That includes fresh tomatoes and jalapenos and the roasted chilis used to make traditional New Mexico-style cuisine. “You can taste the difference,” Jose said. The couple operates Mesa Feliz […]

Analysis: Monumental spending $23.7 million

Visitors to the Colorado National Monument spent an estimated $23.7 million in Grand Junction and other nearby communities in 2018, in turn contributing to a total economic effect that approached $29 million, according to the latest results of an annual analysis conducted by the National Park Service. The economic effects of visits to national parks, […]

Grand Valley tax collections on the rise

Tax collections have increased in the Grand Valley, an indication of more activity in the retail and hospitality sectors. Combined sales and use tax collections for the City of Grand Junction edged up a half a percent in April. Mesa County reported a 6.7 percent increase. Lodging tax collections on hotel and motel stays in […]

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