Energy forecast: Natural gas likely to play a bigger role

Less than three years ago, natural gas prices were rising as concerns mounted supplies would run short by the end of the century. Continued dependence on oil also raised fears and gasoline topped $4 a gallon in the summer of 2008. Now, in late 2010, prices for natural gas and gasoline have dropped. The price […]

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 […]