Mesa County sales tax collections on the rise

Sales tax collections continue to rise in Mesa County, an indication of increased retail activity. Mesa County collected more than $3.1 million in sales taxes in September. That’s an increase of nearly $238,000 and 8.2 percent over the same month last year. The county collected almost $300,000 in use taxes in September 2019 — nearly […]

Cybersecurity event planned

Registration is under way for a free dine-and-learn event offering information about how to identify and address cybersecurity risks in business. The event is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Factory coworking space at 750 Main St. in downtown Grand Junction. The event will offer networking, a light dinner and presentations […]

Colorado ranks 17th in state business tax comparison

Colorado ranks 17th among the 50 states in the latest comparison of how tax systems affect businesses. Colorado fared well in the comparison for lower corporate, individual and property taxes, but less so for sales taxes and unemployment insurance. The Tax Foundation — a nonprofit, nonpartisan tax research organization based in Washington, D.C. — compiles […]

Insurance licensing test sites open on West Slope

Seven new testing sites for insurance licensing have opened in rural areas of Colorado, including locations on the Western Slope. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis praised the opening of the new sites. “It is critical that our state expands access to ensure there are more resources available to better serve our rural communities,” Polis said. “As […]

Grants to help fund West Slope tourism marketing

Two grants will help fund efforts to market off-peak season tourism as well as arts and culture in Western Colorado. The Colorado Tourism Office awarded two grants worth a total of $35,000 to the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce and its partners. One grant for $10,000 will fund a Ouray County off-peak season marketing campaign […]

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 […]

Mill tailings cleanup passes 10 million ton milestone

A project to move and store a massive pile of uranium mill tailings along the Colorado River near Moab, Utah, has passed another milestone. The Department of Energy reported that 10 million tons of tailings have been moved from Moab and shipped 30 miles to a disposal site near Crescent Junction, Utah. That’s more than […]