From April 1st to June 30th the Chamber was heavily engaged in helping create a stronger economy and being the voice of local business. Activities ranged from workforce development to business advocacy to aligning economic development efforts around an existing economic powerhouse that is also integral to workforce development. Highlights of the past three months…

Community Businesses: Stronger Together Looking back on what the Chamber has accomplished during the first half of 2017, one thing is abundantly clear: our business community is stronger TOGETHER.  The Chamber—and indeed the broader business community in our area—are overwhelmingly composed of locally owned small businesses. Our business owners are justifiably proud of what they…

As of the deadline for the print of this newsletter, there was still no verdict in the trial challenging the Grand Valley Drainage District fees and the harm it inflicts on businesses.  The Chamber and Mesa County sued the Grand Valley Drainage District over the charges, which both entities believe are an attempt to circumvent…

After hearing from the business community multiple ideas of how we can work together to reach a college enrollment of 15,000 students and a community support base of 5,000 people, leadership at the Chamber and Colorado Mesa University have formed the following committees and established initial priorities. They are: STUDENT RECRUITMENT John Marshall (CMU) and…

The Chamber offers an online powerhouse of information that is available to small business owners when they need it 24/7.  Resources for Business is the one stop shop for government compliance information and forms, starting a business checklists, online marketing tips and much more.  Over 4,200 unique users took advantage of this resource, offered by…

The Chamber’s popular series of energy briefings, sponsored by WBS Coatings, will resume in September with a robust line up of presenters and topics. Exact dates and presenters will be confirmed as fall approaches but you may want to tentatively mark your calendars for the following: September 13th – Jordan Cove Update October 11th – Partnerships…

The following companies recently invested in the Chamber, demonstrating strong support of the Chamber’s efforts to drive the region’s economy. Advance Auto Parts 2893 North Ave Grand Junction, CO 81501 Jerry Dudley (970) 462-4020 www.advanceautoparts.com Automotive: Parts Alpha Dog Systems LLC Andrea Gatley (970) 639-0629 www.alphadogsystems.com Computer: Consultants/Network Services/System Designers The Colorado Health Foundation 1780…

Another election? Didn’t we just have one or three? The answer is yes and for voters in Grand Junction the last election was just a short three months ago. However, we have another election day, November 7th is on the horizon with some significant races in the offing that will impact business. Three of the…

The Chamber Board adopted a new guiding principle in April to reflect our organization’s long-term commitment to CMU 20,000, an effort to rally 5,000 community supporters around growing Colorado Mesa University to 15,000 students. With an economic impact of over $450 million annually, today CMU could be even more impactful as it grows by strengthening…

As this newsletter is being printed, parties on both sides of the dispute regarding the Grand Valley Drainage District levying of a fee on all residents and businesses within its boundaries are preparing for trial. Judge Timbreza on May 17th, executed a court order denying the GVDD request and the Chamber/Mesa County response and request…

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