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 […]

Manage perceptions in the workplace

It’s been said that perception is reality. In the workplace, perceptions that aren’t managed become rumors, then gossip and then backbiting, which leads to destruction. Unmanaged perceptions become a reality that wasn’t intended. Since most people are uncomfortable providing direct feedback, we often don’t know how we’re perceived. That makes our reputation — how others […]

The recession is over, but nobody’s partying

It’s official: The Great Recession is over. Yippee. Now … does anyone actually feel as though the effects of the economic downturn have yet relented? Perhaps Bob Reece, president of Advanced Title Co. in Grand Junction and a long-time observer of the Grand Valley real estate industry, put it best. And I’ve since heard others […]

Educational effort deserved better introduction to media

There’s a distinction to be drawn between a new initiative to improve public education in Mesa County and the way in which the effort was brought to the attention of news media. The 500 Plan, an effort involving the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and Mesa County School District 51, seeks to recruit 500 […]