Entrepreneurial journey: Director wants center to offer help along the way

Entrepreneurial journey: Director wants center to offer help along the way

Phil Castle, The Business Times Jeff Engell has been on an entrepreneurial journey. He launched a consulting firm that served businesses and governments around the world. Now he works to help other entrepreneurs along their journeys.  While Engell hopes their first stop will be at the Small Business Development Center in Grand Junction, he says […]

Filling jobs her job: Staffing franchise owner marks 15 years in business

Filling jobs her job: Staffing franchise owner marks 15 years in business

Phil Castle, The Business Times Nina Anderson believes it’s her job to fill jobs — to help companies find good employees and employees find good companies. And she loves her job. Since opening an Express Employment Professionals franchise in Grand Junction in 2007, Anderson estimates her staffing agency has played a role in putting nearly […]

Fearless for business: Chamber executive to retire after nearly 33-year tenure

Fearless for business: Chamber executive to retire after nearly 33-year tenure

Phil Castle, The Business Times Diane Schwenke jokes about how her daughter once distilled her job description down to two activities: attending meetings and talking on the phone. Schwenke doesn’t deny she’s spent a good portion of her nearly 33 years as president and chief executive officer of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce […]

High-flying venture: West Star expanding operations

High-flying venture: West Star expanding operations

Phil Castle, The Business Times Even with more than 300,000 square feet of facilities at the Grand Junction Regional Airport, space is at a premium at West Star Aviation. Airplanes are packed into hangars like sardines — albeit sleek, jet-powered ones. It’s a function of growing demand for the maintenance, repair and overhaul services offered […]

When things go wrong: Firm analyzes accidents.

When things go wrong: Firm analyzes accidents.

Phil Castle, The Business Times Stanley Stoll oversees a company that’s analyzed some of the most notorious tragedies in history — the car accident that killed Princess Diana, the crash of Air France Flight 447 and the collapse of two walkways in a Kansas City hotel. But Knott Laboratory also has worked on a variety […]

Thinking inside the box: Packaging firm relocates to Grand Junction

Thinking inside the box: Packaging firm relocates to Grand Junction

Phil Castle, The Business Times Like any skilled business executive, Donna Peterson thinks outside the box, pondering different ways of doing things to improve operations and increase sales. Like any skilled business executive, Donna Peterson thinks outside the box, pondering different ways of doing things to improve operations and increase sales. But as managing partner […]

Food bank doubles down on efforts with new center

Food bank doubles down on efforts with new center

Phil Castle, The Business Times A Grand Junction facility is scheduled to open in August that will help meet a growing need to distribute food to people experiencing hunger in Western Colorado. At nearly twice the size of the existing facility, the warehouse and distribution center is expected to enable Food Bank of the Rockies […]

Construction firm builds safer spaces

Construction firm builds safer spaces

Phil Castle, The Business Times Lori Siegesmund runs a construction company that offers a range of services — everything from framing and insulation to drywall and specialty ceilings. But she’s especially excited about a new service that not only further diversifies the operation, but also helps customers with unique needs. “This empowers people to make […]

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