Some reasons to be thankful during the holiday season

Happy days have yet to return in earnest to the Grand Valley. Yet, there’s a sense that if conditions aren’t getting substantially better, they’re not getting significantly worse, either. So in joining in an attitude of gratitude for the holiday season, here are a few things for which business owners and managers can remain thankful: […]

Sittin’ on the dock of the bay, wastin’ time

These are not only the lyrics to a classic song by Otis Redding, they’re also the new job description for park rangers at Highline State Park. And this is not news to my fellow Craig — Meis that is, who brought to light the crime wave sweeping our Colorado lakes and rivers: 14-year old Hell’s […]

2010 election results mixed

Voters made some big decisions in the mid-term elections. But those decisions weren’t limited to Congress, governors or state and local lawmakers. The people also weighed in directly through ballot questions. So, what were some key outcomes in these instances of direct democracy? The big news from a small business perspective was that voters in […]

Craig Hall Column

It had to happen sooner or later, as all members of the media have to deal with at some point. And in our first case, it comes from an unusual entity, one that we’ve been supportive of and have run literally hundreds of stories for over the years. The Business Times has been accused of […]

A world-class education and the chamber forum

The Grand Valley Business Times has found no one questioning the good intentions of the efforts of the Grand Junction Forum, a group of 12 community leaders charged by the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce to examine ways to improve the local economy. A series of meetings over about three years produced the 500 […]

Why can’t Johnny read?

You might recognize the play on words from the old school fix-up initiative: “Why Johnny Can’t Read.” I have my own opinions as to why Johnny can’t, but that’s a subject for another column. For the purposes of this column, the little Johnny in question is our Johnny, as in Salazar. Although I must admit […]

Lending levels reflect ongoing uncertainty

The declining level of financing activity backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration in Mesa County reflects the ongoing uncertainty business owners face in running their ventures. Even with fee waivers and increased guarantee levels, the dollar volume of SBA-backed loans fell in Mesa County during the 2010 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30. The […]

Grand Junction conference to address HR issues

An upcoming conference in Grand Junction will cover a number of topics related to human resource management. The Western Colorado Human Resource Association has scheduled its fall conference for 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St. Admission to the full conference is $159 for WCHRA members, $179 […]

Limitations sharpen focus on what’s important

I recall that as a young man, I was always dealing with what I perceived as limitations imposed on me by myself or others. It seemed to me others were simply creating obstacles even as I thought I could do anything I wanted to. It took me a long time to gain an understanding and […]