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 […]

Sporting chance: Commission director brings experience to new duties

Sporting chance: Commission director brings experience to new duties

Phil Castle, The Business Times Renee Wheelock has some experience in managing sports events — from nurturing relationships with those involved to coordinating volunteer efforts to handling logistics. Wheelock worked a total of nearly six years as community relations manager and then director of the Ride the Rockies and Pedal the Plains bicycle tours through […]

Chamber: Developing efforts pay off

Chamber: Developing efforts pay off

Phil Castle, The Business Times C.J. Rhyne has worked for more than four years to promote economic development in the Grand Valley and discovered in the process one thing can and often does lead to another. Rhyne cites as an example how demand for a facility to transfer shipping containers and other freight between rail […]

Young entrepreneurs get down to business

Young entrepreneurs get down to business

Phil Castle, The Business Times Toly Chinn wanted to keep his bicycle from getting scratched. Jordan Smith wanted to charge her cell phone at night without worrying about the threat of fire. Zoie Whitesides and Lillian Bittle enjoy cooking. There are as many origin stories behind their ventures as there are students in the latest […]

Caring effort: Entrepreneur awarded for excellence

Caring effort: Entrepreneur awarded for excellence

Phil Castle, The Business Times Jenna Noem describes entrepreneurial success as a two-step process: “Find something you’re passionate about, then you just do it better than anyone else.” There still a lot of small stuff to which to attend, of course. But for Noem, the big picture remains the big thing. She makes a convincing […]

A place in the sun: Solar center marks 40 years in business

A place in the sun: Solar center marks 40 years in business

Phil Castle, The Business Times A Grand Junction solar energy company marks its 40th year in business at what a co-owner considers an unprecedented time for customers to purchase systems. “This is the best time in history to buy solar,” said Darin Carei, co-owner of Atlasta Solar Center. The price of photovoltaic systems has dropped […]

Efforts under way to support couple-preneurs

Efforts under way to support couple-preneurs

Phil Castle, The Business Times Marc and Alowetta Terrien have worked together for 13 of their 35 years of marriage. Life as what the Terriens call couple-preneurs requires commitment to not only their business, but also their relationship, Marc says. “That’s a lot of all in.” The Terriens say business is better and their lives […]

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