Workforce center director hailed as friend of entrepreneurs

Sue Tuffin

Sue Tuffin enjoys nothing more than combining separate components into one whole.

And that’s just what Tuffin did in helping to to establish the Mesa County Workforce Center and in the process bring a variety of programs offered by an assortment of agencies under one roof in Grand Junction.

For those efforts and others, Tuffin was recognized as a Friend of Entrepreneurs during Entrepreneurship Day activities at Mesa State College in Grand Junction.

Tuffin serves as director of the Mesa County Work Force Center as well as economic development for Mesa County. The center offers a range of services to people looking for jobs as well as to businesses looking for employees. The mission of the center, she said, is to help both constituencies while developing a stable and skilled labor force.

Chris Reddin, director of the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction, said the workforce center has been a partner in offering scholarships to participants in entrepreneurial training programs. While the incubator center offers general courses on business topics, the workforce center offers more specific training.

Tuffin said the recession and high unemployment in Mesa County has presented challenges. “We’re beginning to see more jobs listed. But we need far more jobs than are open, we know that.”

But she hopes the center and its various programs will help meet those challenges.

“One of my favorite things is to take things and put them together.”