Energy Star shines bright: Demand increasing for energy efficient home construction

Mike Moran Business Times Energy Star construction is gaining momentum as builders take advantage of increasing demand for more energy efficient homes and buyers take advantage of the savings and tax credits. Bonnie Petersen is one such builder who says that investment in Energy Star construction is speculative for builders during an economic downturn, but […]

Making connections: Online directory focuses on Grand Valley businesses

Phil Castle Business Times Martin Duarte offers a testimony to the benefits of listing a company in a new online business directory. Within days of adding Premier Signs & Neon to FindItLocalNow.com, the Grand Junction sign company was hired to install signs at a hotel. The response was greater and faster than Duarte, the owner […]

New videoconference system offers clear advantages

Mike Moran Business Times In 2010, it probably comes as no surprise that companies use video screens and Internet connections to replace face-to-face meetings with clients thousands of miles away. But at a time of quickly evolving technologies and rising consumer expectations, just any old videoconferencing system won’t suffice for every operation. “As far as trying […]

Good investment advice: While predictions vary, focus remains on individual goals and risk tolerance

Mike Moran Business Times The best news for investment firms in recent months might be the simple pronouncement the recession is over. At least that’s the word from the Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research, which declared the Great Recession ended in June 2009. For some investment analysts, the pronouncement […]

Colorado wine industry matures

Naomi Shepherd-Smith recalls a time when the fledgling Colorado wine industry was something of a novelty and some tourists were more interested in taking home a bottle with a Colorado label than drinking what was inside. But like the fine wines its produces, the industry since has matured, says Shepherd-Smith, manager and co-owner of Grande […]

Winefest to showcase record 56 wineries

One measure of the growing wine industry in Colorado is the number of wineries featured at the Colorado Mountain Winefest. This year, 56 wineries plan to participant, the most ever in the 19-year history of the event. That makes the upcoming festival a bigger celebration by yet another standard, says Sarah Catlin, executive director of […]