Back on January 1st when I took over as Chairman of the Chamber, no one could have anticipated what the first half of 2021 would look like. As we enter the second half of the year, I am proud of all that our Chamber has accomplished, supporting the business community to not just recover but…

The need cuts across just about all income levels as Mesa County faces a housing crunch that is large and growing.  Employers routinely tell staff of difficulties their relocating employees face in acquiring a home.  Some have even resorted to buying rental/transitional units for new workers and their families. Grand Junction recently completed a Housing…

As we move into summer, while we still have challenges, we have a lot to celebrate. Let’s celebrate all of the graduations (including our very own Mesa County Leadership Class). Let’s celebrate School District 51 and Colorado Mesa University for successfully completing a year of in-person learning. Let’s celebrate the return of JUCO, Country Jam…

We at the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce (GJACC) proudly declare our goal to “represent business and promote economic growth” in our mission statement. To ensure we are always moving forward towards that mission, the work isn’t always sexy and sometimes it can be just downright dirty! In the words of famous “Dirty Jobs”…

What a difference a few short weeks can make! In my January column, I assured you that we would get back to in person networking as soon as it was safe to do so. That time has come! Today, as I write this, we’ve seen over 26,000 vaccinations administered and daily case counts falling to…

In 2017 the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce recognized a gigantic need in our community for a shipping and logistics facility. It was a need heard far and wide in the community over a number of years. A strategic partnership with the Grand Junction Chamber was quickly forged and Rocky Mountain Rail & Storage…

Not so long-ago chambers of commerce were viewed by some as socializing bodies where business people come together to network. Although still a valuable networking venue, our Chamber has always strived to be much more for our members. This past year has shown stark examples where we advocated for businesses (particularly through the Five Star…

Advocating for the local business community is a strength and core competency for the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. It is also a member expectation with 34% of respondents to the latest general membership survey indicating that they belonged to our organization because they wanted a strong partner to advocate for businesses. It also ranked…

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) turns students, as young as 11, into the CEOs of their very own businesses, developing the skills necessary to be successful members of the future workforce. Throughout the program students are encouraged to think critically and come up with creative solutions to problems, skills that are essential for entrepreneurs and…

During one of our employment law webinars last month a participant used the Zoom chat box to bemoan the fact that the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act is going to negatively impact all businesses and nonprofits in the state with employees. And he was right…it will. The Chamber lobbied heavily to stop or amend…

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