The road ahead: Forecast calls for recovery

The road ahead: Forecast calls for recovery

Phil Castle, The Business Times While a pandemic sidetracked business and economic growth in Mesa County, the area is recovering. The prognosis for 2022 is mostly upbeat. “The overall health isn’t bad,” says Rich Wobbekind, senior economist at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Higher commodity and natural gas […]

Game changer: Entrepreneur defines benefits of sports

Game changer: Entrepreneur defines benefits of sports

Phil Castle, The Business Times There’s more than fun to games. Jennifer Stoll makes it her business to quantify just how much more. Stoll believes it’s important to recognize the role of sports in generating billions of dollars in direct and indirect spending, building tax bases and contributing to economic development. That’s not to mention […]

Health care family affair for three generations at Community Hospital

Health care family affair for three generations at Community Hospital

Phil Castle, The Business Times Growing up the son and grandson of doctors, Ryan O’Dell never doubted he’d one day join in the family business. Now that he’s returned to the Grand Valley, he’s the third generation of physicians to care for patients at Community Hospital in Grand Junction. The 34-year-old O’Dell joined Surgical Associates […]

Ordinary Fellow brings new winery to Palisade

Ordinary Fellow brings new winery to Palisade

Phil Castle, The Business Times Ben Parsons named his latest winery after a pub in his native England. The Ordinary Fellow doesn’t seem to apply to Parsons or his extraordinary efforts that have changed the Colorado wine industry. After kickstarting both a fast-growing urban winery and the equally fast-growing trend of canned wines, Parsons has […]

There’s no place like new home for IT firm

There’s no place like new home for IT firm

Phil Castle, The Business Times Mark Swain has endured four moves in 20 years, each time to a larger location to accommodate his growing information technology services firm. The last move was the most challenging, he said, in renovating a building in the midst of a pandemic. Swain swears he’ll never move again. But with […]

Lending support: HR firm expands services

Lending support: HR firm expands services

Phil Castle, The Business Times Ed Krey recounts the comments he’s heard from business owners to whom he’s provided human resources services. If only they’d taken advantage of those services earlier, their experiences running their ventures would have been different. It’s a response Krey says he not only appreciates but also one that goes to […]