The Grand Valley region celebrates Economic Development Week May 8-13. Economic Development Week was created by The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in commemoration of its 90-year anniversary as the largest professional membership organization for economic developers. Economic developers are charged with generating economic growth, creating better jobs for residents and facilitating an improved quality…

April 30-May 6, 2017 is Small Business Week, this is a time to celebrate and support small business and the impact that they have on our communities, partnering with the Business Incubator, Downtown Development Authority, Palisade and Fruita Chambers of Commerce we will be “Floating Across the Valley”. May 1st and 2nd we will be…

Autumn Henderson, CEO of In A Pinch Products is the Grand Junction Area Chamber Saunders’s Scholar for 2017. She and her mother will be attending the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Semi-Final Competition in Rochester, NY the first week in May to compete for up to $50,000 of scholarship funding. Autumn is a freshman in high…

Anyone interested in participating in the next Mesa County Leadership Class which begins in early September is urged to submit their applications soon. The deadline is May 31st and the class is limited to 20 individuals. Those chosen for the class will spend about one day a month in various community settings learning about what…

The fourth class of the Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy will graduate on May 9th, 6:00 PM at Chez Lena, at WCCC and members are invited to attend and cheer on these newly minted small business owners aged 11 to 18. None of this would have been possible without the tremendous outpouring of support from the…

High School students looking for a Career Exploration Opportunity can take part in the Hire Me First class offered at Western Colorado Community College, starting on June 5, 2017. Designed to take students on a journey of career exploration, workplace skill development and job place immersion that will put them first when it comes to…

On Wednesday, May 3rd the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a panel of experts from various Chamber Member Businesses to discuss ADA compliance, as well as the mass filings of ADA litigation, and what they mean for your business. The seminar will start at 7:30 AM, at the Chamber office. Contact…

John Harpole, Mercator Energy, is no stranger to regular attendees of the Chamber’s Energy Briefing series. He has presented on several issues over time and on April 12th, 12:00 PM at the DoubleTree Hotel he will provide an update on the natural gas markets and current state of LNG exports.  Harpole, Mercator’s founder and owner, managed natural gas purchasing requirements for General Electric facilities located throughout the United…

The first quarter of 2017 is history and it is time to review what progress has been made on implementing the strategies of the Chamber’s 2017 Business Plan. Highlights include: Recruiting companies and students to participate in a pilot apprenticeship program for high school students through collaboration with CareerWise Colorado and local workforce development partners…

This year Mother Nature appears to have forgotten that “April showers bring May flowers,” as we seem to have skipped straight from winter into late spring weather. It’s only the middle of March as I write this, yet trees are budding and flowers are blooming all over the Grand Valley. Regardless of when it comes,…

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