Grand Valley companies make listing of top minority owned firms

Two Grand Junction companies remain on the latest version of an annual listing of the top 50 minority owned businesses in Colorado.

JG Management Systems moved from 22nd to 19th on the list, while Rocky Mountain Sanitation moved from 35th to 30th.

Colorado Biz Magazine has compiled the list for 16 years to recognize successful companies owned by minority and women entrepreneurs. The annual listing takes into annual gross revenues, staffing and years in business.

JG Management Systems offers a range of assessment, engineering and planning services, mostly to government agencies.

Jerome Gonzales founded the fast-growing consulting firm in 2001. Gonzales also was selected as the U.S. Small Business Administration Minority Small Business Champion of the Year for 2010 in Colorado and was among 10 finalists for the SBA National Minority Small Business Person of the Year.

JGMS employs 60 full-time employees who work out of locations across the United States.

Gonzales measures success in terms of not only doing well, but also doing good in nurturing employees and giving back to the community.

Rocky Mountain Sanitation offers a range of waste management services to the residential, commercial and construction sectors.

Lisa and Loren Mullen founded the company in 1997 with two trucks and one employee. Today, the company operates 16 trucks and employs 20 in serving 10,000 customers. The company has grown 55 percent over the past three years and recently expanded its operations by moving into a new facility and adding more trucks and drivers.

Lisa Mullen, a woman entrepreneur in a predominantly male industry, said the latest listing constitutes a testament to her company’s consistent growth over the past five years. “This award is the culmination of the hard work and persistence of our employees to continually focus on bringing value to our customers,” she said.