Out-of-state markets beckon for Colorado coal

It might be occasionally swept under the rug in the midst of discussions about natural gas and alternative forms of energy, but coal still constitutes the major source of fuel for electrical generation in the United States. And the worldwide appetite for coal will likely ensure that mines in Colorado continue to operate during the […]

Event showcases energy industry

The energy industry is a heavy hitter when it comes to economic impact in Western Colorado, but industry representatives aren’t always easily accessible to the general public. That scenario changes during the annual Energy Forum and Expo, set for Feb. 25 at Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction. The event, which mixes seminars conducted […]

Whose Business Is It?

Whose Business Is It?

The controversy over operation of a grill at a city owned golf course in Grand Junction has renewed the debate among business and community leaders over what services government should — and shouldn’t — provide. While local government has grown in scope and helped several organizations survive into the second decade of the 21st century, […]

Business use of social media keeps evolving

Business use of social media keeps evolving

When the horse was replaced by the horseless carriage, there undoubtedly was hand wringing over whether or not the world would ever be the same. Would people no longer walk, ride bicycles or even ride horses? The world certainly changed. But in 2011, people still walk, ride bikes — and, yes, they even ride horses. […]

Personal interaction still an important part of doing business

Television didn’t eliminate demand for radio any more than FM radio replaced the AM band or video rentals wiped out movie theaters. And so far, social media hasn’t yet eliminated organizations that bring people together face to face for a meal or a cup of coffee. Personal networking remains alive and well and an important […]

Service clubs: Good connections, good causes

Local chapters of international service organizations offer opportunities to both long-time members of the Grand Valley and newcomers to the area. Whether the motivation is a desire for business contacts, community service or friendship, membership can produce fruit in all three areas over time. “The main purpose should be to give back to the community,” […]

Club serves up interesting fare with dinner presentations

For people looking to join an organization that offers interesting programs, there’s one group that does so without asking members to join activities that cut into their spare time. While board members recruit guest speakers, everyone else in the Bookcliff Knife and Fork Club is required only to pay annual dues and for dinners they […]

New state lawmaker from Grand Junction offers entrepreneurial view

New state lawmaker from Grand Junction offers entrepreneurial view

As an entrepreneur, Ray Scott knows businesses must adapt to changing market conditions. Scott has substantially changed the operations of his own Grand Junction companies over the years. A firm that initially provided equipment to the energy industry now sells natural gas fireplaces for hotels and high-end homes. When business for his warehousing company fell […]

Budget, redistricting on agenda

Budget, redistricting on agenda

The budget and redistricting likely will take up a lot of time during the legislative session in Colorado. But two Mesa County lawmakers also hope to reduce fees and taxes that affect businesses. Laura Bradford, a Republican from Collbran serving her second term in House District 55, said she hopes the Legislature will reverse course […]