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  • Mesa County jobless rate retreats
    par Phil Castle le 22/03/2019 à 4:57

    Phil Castle, The Business Times After topping a seasonal speed bump in January, labor indicators look to be headed toward another year of improvement in Mesa County. “February numbers looked really good, and I expect that to continue,”  said Curtis Englehart, director of the Mesa […]

  • Leading index signals continued growth, but at a slowing pace
    par The Business Times Staff le 21/03/2019 à 6:12

    A monthly index forecasting economic conditions in the United States has edged back up — signaling continued growth, but at what likely will be a slowing pace. The Conference Board reported its Leading Economic Index (LEI) rose two-tenths of a percent to 111.5 in February. The gain was the […]

  • Stem cell revolution: Plastic surgeon adds treatments to practice
    par Phil Castle le 20/03/2019 à 3:07

    Phil Castle, The Business Times Dr. William Merkel uses a variety of techniques in his plastic surgery practice to achieve what for many of his patients is a single goal — restoring a full and youthful appearance in their faces. But one technique could prove doubly useful, Merkel says, in not […]

  • Board opts to keep Community Hospital independent
    par Phil Castle le 20/03/2019 à 3:05

    Phil Castle, The Business Times Community Hospital faces challenges in refinancing debt and installing a new medical records system, but Chris Thomas believes the Grand Junction hospital can take on those challenges as an independent operation. What’s more, that independence gives the […]

  • Moving target: Company seeks to open Grand Junction franchise
    par Phil Castle le 20/03/2019 à 3:03

    Phil Castle, The Business Times Cheryl Ackley believes the Grand Valley constitutes a good market in which to open a moving services business. But Ackley is looking for the right person to purchase a Two Men and a Truck franchise. “We really want it to be a good fit,” said Ackley, a […]

  • Grand Junction council candidates discuss issues
    par Phil Castle le 20/03/2019 à 2:59

    Phil Castle, The Business Times Candidates running for election to the Grand Junction City Council emphasize public safety, infrastructure and quality of life in promoting a business environment that creates jobs. The candidates also cite access to city government and fostering transparency and […]

  • Trade group exec: Solar and energy storage to play big roles
    par Phil Castle le 20/03/2019 à 2:57

    Phil Castle, The Business Times Solar energy and energy storage technology can play a significant role in meeting a goal to generate all electricity in Colorado from renewable sources, according to the new leader of a trade association. Moreover, competitive markets will work better than mandates […]

  • Survey: Colorado employers relaxing drug testing policies
    par Phil Castle le 20/03/2019 à 2:55

    Phil Castle, The Business Times Colorado employers continue to test for drugs, but have relaxed some policies since the legalization of recreational marijuana sales in the state, according to the latest results of a survey. The results also reflect the effects of low unemployment rates and a tight […]

  • Economic summit set for April 19
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 2:54

    Registration is underway for an annual event that will address a range of issues associated with economic development in Western Colorado. The Grand Junction Economic Partnership has scheduled its economic summit for April 19 at Colorado Mesa University. The summit will coincide with an event […]

  • New bus service offers more connections
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 2:52

    New bus service connects the Grand Junction Regional Airport and Horizon Drive business district with Colorado Mesa University and the downtown. The free service — called the Dash — runs from 4:15 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Dash runs along an existing route of […]

  • Case study details how trucking firm reduced turnover
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 2:48

    A trucking company with operations in Grand Junction reduced turnover by nearly a third, according to a case study conducted by a company that helps motor carriers retain staff. Brady Trucking lowered turnover 31 percent while increasing its driver count 40 percent in 2018, according to Stay […]

  • Grants to fund park, playgrounds and planning
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 2:46

    Four grants worth a total of $780,000 will help fund park development, playgrounds and planning in Mesa County. Great Outdoors Colorado awarded the grants under a nearly 30-year-old program allocating proceeds from the state lottery for parks, wildlife and open spaces. The latest grants bring total […]

  • WalletHub ranks Colorado as fifth most innovative state
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 2:45

    Colorado ranks fifth overall in an analysis of the most and least innovative states. WalletHub, a personal finance website, based the ranking on an analysis of the innovation environments and human capitals in the 50 states and District of Columbia. A total of 24 indicators were considered in the […]

  • Stories offer healthy endings in inspiring change
    par Rebecca Weitzel le 20/03/2019 à 2:44

    If you don’t have a workplace wellness program, imagine for a moment you do. Your coordinator decides to run a campaign about the importance of exercise and good nutrition in preventing diabetes and give away exercise and food journals to support healthy behaviors. Now, consider the following […]

  • Address internal barriers to business and succeed
    par Marcus Straub le 20/03/2019 à 2:43

    Internal barriers or blockages to business success come in many forms: ineffective hiring practices, bad management, poor on-boarding and training, lack of teamwork, a negative culture and team members whose lack of desire and negative attitudes prevent them from performing at consistently high […]

  • Conference to offer help keeping up with changing employment laws
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 2:42

    For employers handling day-to-day employment issues, it might seem like the only constant is change. Consider, for example, three bills under consideration in the Colorado Legislature that would dramatically alter how employers handle hiring, compensation and paid leave. One measure would require […]

  • Economic outlook: Growing or slowing
    par Dale Beede le 20/03/2019 à 2:41

    Recent economic updates point to a local economy that’s growing, yet slowing in terms of the number of real estate transactions and consumers’ willingness to spend. What does this mean for the future for our region?  Let’s look at some factors that could affect us. First, […]

  • Get moving with cardio exercises
    par Paula Reece le 20/03/2019 à 2:40

    It’s no secret: To keep healthy, we must move every day.  Movement strengthens our muscles — including our heart. Did you know the heart is the only muscle that never stops working? Learning what cardiovascular exercise is and why it’s important is the first step. From there, […]

  • How Colorado fares in a taxing comparison
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 2:39

    Tax Freedom Day is coming. Unfortunately, that’s not a celebration during which federal, state and local taxes are suspended for the day and taxpayers could feel what it’s like, if only momentarily, to have that particular burden lifted from their shoulders. Rather, Tax Freedom Day is […]

  • Government has a way to pay for everything — and it’s us
    par Craig Hall le 20/03/2019 à 2:38

    In other words, government loves asking us to vote to approve other people’s wants through media-based propaganda onslaughts trying to show these things as must-haves. And when we don’t, the government forces us at the barrel of a gun to pay for these select wants anyway, just because a […]

  • Advice from a journalist: Don’t mess with stress
    par Phil Castle le 20/03/2019 à 2:03

    Stress constitutes something of an occupational hazard for journalists, an affliction that varies in severity depending on how much work must be completed and how quickly. During those precious carefree moments after one deadline has passed and the next deadline poses only a distant threat, stress […]

  • Mesa County businesses to get $2 million in Pinnacol dividends
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 1:59

    Mesa County businesses will receive a total of nearly $2 million, a portion of the latest general dividends returned by Pinnacol Assurance to its workers’ compensation insurance policyholders. Pinnacol Assurance plans to distribute a total of $70 million to 52,000 employers across Colorado. […]

  • Real estate professional opens HomeStart franchise
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 1:59

    Brian Marincic has purchased the rights for a HomeSmart International  franchise in Grand Junction. Marincic plans to serve agents and clients throughout Western Colorado from the HomeSmart Realty Partners office at 804 Grand Ave., Suite 6, in Grand Junction. Marincic joined HomeSmart […]

  • New company connects customers with outdoors
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 1:57

    A newly opened company connects customers with the outdoors by offering camper, ATV and motorcycle rentals as well as camper delivery and set up services and guided dirt bike tours. Andy Hanks operates RockyTrax from his home and ranch in Glade Park. He said his goal is to inspire in others his […]

  • Staff firming honored for performance
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 1:56

    Express Employment Professionals in Western Colorado has earned recognition for its performance. The Grand Junction and Montrose offices received the Circle of Excellence Award at the Express Employment Professionals international leadership conference in Texas. The award honors the top performing […]

  • West Slope companies compete in Tech Madness Bracket
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 1:55

    Two West Slope companies were selected to participate in what’s billed as a Tech Madness Bracket pitting 16 Colorado startups. ProStar Geocorp in Grand Junction and Proximity Space based in Montrose both prevailed in their first-round matchups in the competition organized by Coloradoinno, an […]

  • CMU business group plans benefit golf tournament
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 1:54

    Registration is underway for an annual benefit golf tournament organized by the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda at Colorado Mesa University. The FBLA-PBL Golf Tournament is set for April 12 at Adobe Creek Golf Course in Fruita. Check-in will begin at noon, with tee off at 1 p.m. […]

  • Vendors sought for honeybee festival
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 1:54

    Registration remains open through April 6 for vendors who want to participate in the Palisade International Honeybee Festival. The 11th version of the annual event is scheduled for April 13 along a couple of blocks where Main and Third streets intersect at the Town Plaza. “We still have space […]

  • Martin Mortuary joins in effort to lay veterans to rest
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 1:53

    Martin Mortuary in Grand Junction will participate in a program offering memorial services to veterans whose remains have been unclaimed. A memorial service is set for 9 a.m. March 21 at Martin Mortuary at 550 North Ave., followed by internment with military honors at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery […]

  • Welding and fabrication business finalist for ethics award
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 1:52

    All Metals Welding & Fabrication in Grand Junction was among the finalists for annual awards honoring Colorado companies. All Metals Welding & Fabrication was a finalist for Most Ethical Manufacturer in the Made In Colorado awards program conducted by ColoradoBiz magazine. Located at 1707 […]

  • Wellness at Family Health West offers cancer survivor exercise
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 1:52

    Wellness at Family Health West in Fruita offers an exercise program for cancer survivors. The program includes a personal assessment by an exercise physiologist to determine abilities and goals, an individual exercise program and group exercise classes in a supportive environment. The program is […]

  • Companies honored for expansive efforts
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 1:51

    The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce has honored seven Grand Valley companies for expansions involving a total of more $8 million in capital investments and 77 new jobs. Capco was honored for investing $5 million and creating 45 jobs. Wine Country Inn invested $2.2 million and created four […]

  • Junior Service League schedules Vino El Vino
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 1:50

    The Junior Service League of Grand Junction has scheduled the U.S. Bank Viva el Vino fund-raiser. The annual event — which pairs food with wines — is set for 6 to 9 p.m. April 27  in the Colorado Mesa University Center. The event also will feature classical guitarist Javier de Los […]

  • Mesa County commissioner among women in energy award winners
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 1:50

    Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese is among 40 women in Colorado recognized for their roles in the energy industry. Pugliese and the others will be honored by the Denver Business Journal at the Top Women in Energy awards celebration set for April 23 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado […]

  • Client support specialist joins financial firm
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 1:47

    Autumn Schultz has joined RoseCap Financial in Grand Junction as client support specialist. Schultz assists clients with personal information as well as website access and navigation and also answers the phone. She brings to her duties more than 15 years of experience in customer service and […]

  • Grand Valley residents appointed to ag commission
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 1:46

    Kathryn Bedell of Grand Junction has been appointed to the Colorado Agricultural Commission. Brant Harrison of Palisade has been reappointed. The commission formulates policy for the Colorado Department of Agriculture and makes recommendations to the governor and state legislature. […]

  • Real estate business honors best-selling agents
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 1:45

    Marlene Brunet, Cindy Castaneda, Toni Heiden, Jon Nash and Kathy Tomkins were recognized as the top-performing agents for February at Weichert Realtors-Heiden Homes Realty in Grand Junction. Heiden and Tomkins tied for the highest sales volume for the month. Castaneda had the most new listings. […]

  • Real estate firm announces addition to team
    par The Business Times Staff le 20/03/2019 à 1:43

    Erinn Adams has joined Keller Williams Colorado West Realty in Grand Junction. Adams brings to her duties experience in real estate, building relationships with her clients and providing personalized services that help them achieve their goals. She said her philosophy is to offer every client the […]

  • Fare fund-raiser to offer taste of Creole cuisine
    par The Business Times Staff le 13/03/2019 à 4:19

    An upcoming benefit event showcasing food, wine and spirits will offer a taste of Creole cuisine. Dave Kassera, executive chef at the Wine Country Inn, will recreate dishes from iconic New Orleans restaurants as part of Edesia. The event is scheduled for April 7 at the Wine Country Inn, 777 Grande […]

  • United Way campaign tops $920,000
    par The Business Times Staff le 13/03/2019 à 4:17

    Businesses and organizations were recognized for their roles in a campaign that raised more than $900,000 for United Way of Mesa County. As of March 6, the campaign had raised $923,627. That’s more than 92 percent of the $1 million goal announced at the beginning of the latest fund-raising […]

  • Index: Small business owners more upbeat
    par The Business Times Staff le 12/03/2019 à 9:08

    A monthly measure of optimism among small business owners has edged up on more upbeat expectations for an improving economy but also reflects the challenges in filling job openings. The National Federation of Independent Business reported its Small Business Optimism Index rose a half point to 101.7 […]

  • Mesa County jobless rate spikes
    par Phil Castle le 11/03/2019 à 6:24

    Phil Castle, The Business Times The monthly unemployment rate in Mesa County spiked in January even higher than Curtis Englehart expected. But a growing labor force and fewer claims for unemployment benefits offer more encouraging signs. “I think we’re still in a pretty good […]

  • U.S. payroll growth slows to 20,000 for February
    par The Business Times Staff le 08/03/2019 à 9:41

    Payrolls continue to grow in the United States, but at a far slower pace in February, according to the latest labor estimates. Nonfarm payrolls increased 20,000 and the unemployment rate declined two-tenths of point to 3.8 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. The February gain was the […]

  • Real estate firm honors best-selling agent
    par The Business Times Staff le 05/03/2019 à 11:31

    Cynthia Castaneda was honored as the top-performing agent for January at Weichert Realtors-Heiden Homes Realty in Grand Junction. Castaneda posted the highest dollar volume in sales and also had the most closings and new listings for the month. She’s worked as a real estate agent for 12 […]

  • Real estate agents join Coldwell Banker
    par The Business Times Staff le 05/03/2019 à 11:30

    Serena Goering, Sarah Maybury and Jason Snider have joined Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties as independent agents working out of Grand Junction office. Goering works with the Shafer Team. Keith Everitt, managing director of Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties in Grand Junction, said he was […]

  • Community Hospital receives Healthy Business Leader designation
    par The Business Times Staff le 05/03/2019 à 11:28

    Community Hospital in Grand Junction has been recognized as a Health Links Certified Healthy Business Leader, a designation that reflects efforts to foster a workplace culture of health and safety. “We are extremely proud to have earned this certification for the third year in a row and plan […]

  • CMU grad turned entrepreneur E-Day speaker
    par The Business Times Staff le 05/03/2019 à 11:27

    A graduate of Colorado Mesa University who went on to help launch a fast-growing company providing time tracking and reporting software will share his experiences at an annual event celebrating entrepreneurship. Matt Rissell, the co-founder of TSheets, will deliver the keynote presentation at […]

  • Help available to those affected by dementia
    par Phil Castle le 05/03/2019 à 11:24

    Phil Castle, The Business Times Joni Karp knows from personal experience the toll dementia takes not only on people afflicted with the disease, but also the people who care for them. Karp has worked in facilities and provided in-home care. Moreover, she cared for her mother. Patients need services […]

  • Program intended to improve workforce development by degrees
    par Phil Castle le 05/03/2019 à 11:22

    Phil Castle, The Business Times Given the challenges of recruiting qualified employees, Jessica Smith says she’s eager to join in efforts to help fill the workforce pipeline in Mesa County. Smith, vice president of human resources at Reynolds Polymer Technology, was among those participating […]

  • “Connector” focusing on tech sector
    par Phil Castle le 05/03/2019 à 11:20

    Phil Castle, The Business Times Mara Hardy has worked for most of her career at the intersections of different interests, pulling together people with dissimilar backgrounds, agendas and objectives for collaborative endeavors. It’s not surprising, then, Hardy describes her latest role as […]

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