These two observances well worth … observing

Every day, week and month brings an observance to mark, albeit some more significant than others. Let’s not debate, for example, the merits of International Talk Like a Pirate Day — which happens to fall on Sept. 19 for those looking forward to shivering their timbers. Nonetheless, there are two observances worth, well, observing that […]

Let tax freedom ring

Relieved to have filed your income tax forms for another year — or at least filed for the extension that provides a reprieve? That’s a rhetorical question, of course. Who isn’t relieved to complete the onerous task of figuring how much is owed Uncle Sam and his ilk in Denver  — or worse still, sending […]

How Colorado fares in a taxing comparison

Tax Freedom Day is coming. Unfortunately, that’s not a celebration during which federal, state and local taxes are suspended for the day and taxpayers could feel what it’s like, if only momentarily, to have that particular burden lifted from their shoulders. Rather, Tax Freedom Day is the day in which the average taxpayer has finally […]

Tech sector coverage illustrates big picture

One of the benefits of reading a business journal — or editing one, for that matter — is the interrelatedness that becomes apparent. It’s clear one story is associated with another. Connect the proverbial dots and a bigger and more enlightening picture emerges. This issue of the Business Times constitutes no exception with three stories […]

Tracking or contributing, CMU economic news good

Colorado Mesa University not only tracks regional indicators of economic performance, but also contributes substantially itself to the Western Colorado economy. The news on both counts is encouraging. Stories in this issue of the Business Times report on an economic forecast forum conducted at CMU in Grand Junction as well as the latest results of […]

It’s a taxing time of year

’Tis the season. Tax filing season, that is. Between now and April 15, the work will continue to sort through records, do the math and fill out forms. According to one estimate, business taxpayers spend an average of 24 hours completing federal income tax returns — a total that includes record keeping, tax planning and […]

Grand Valley no Silicon Valley, but tech sector growing

The Grand Valley might not rival Silicon Valley in terms of the overall economic output of innovative technology companies. But there’s ample anecdotal evidence of a growing tech sector locally involved in work unrivaled anywhere in California — or elsewhere, for that matter. By evidence, consider if nothing else the increasing number of stories published […]

Resolved to do better in 2019? Here are five tips to help

What’s your resolution for 2019? What’s your business resolution, that is? What do you hope to accomplish at work during the coming year? Most business owners and managers just naturally strive to do better in one fashion or another: to better manage employees and processes, provide better products and services to customers and ultimately make […]

2019 report forecasts days merry and bright

Christmas comes early in the latest version of an annual forecast characterizing the business and economic outlook for Mesa County in 2019 as not just positive, but “extremely positive.” That’s the verbatim summary of a section on Mesa County in the 2019 Colorado Business Economic Outlook compiled by the research division of the Leeds School […]