The Chamber, in close collaboration with the Mesa County Enterprise Zone, applied for and received approval for a new COVID-19 related small business grant program that will be funded through donations. Those donating will be eligible for State of Colorado tax credits through the Enterprise Zone. Under those rules, for all cash donations the tax…

The Chamber has been a strong advocate for beginning the process of reopening businesses that have been shuttered or severely limited due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We have confidence in our Mesa County Health Department and the plan they have established to go slow with and monitor the situation….

  How it came about? The initial inspiration for the Caring for Our Home Community originated as a phone call between a local non-profit and a local business owner, just checking in. The “idea” however came out of a collaboration of businesses and non-profits involved in the evolution of this fund. Results of a highly…

Is anyone else besides me truly glad that April is behind us? That was a month that felt like a year! The good news is that as of this writing Mesa County has been largely spared from the pandemic known as COVID-19. The bad news is that our economy has suffered and will continue to…

On March 23, 2020, the Grand Junction City Council approved Emergency Ordinance #4912. This Emergency Ordinance, a response to the COVID-19 emergency, will provide for an emergency refund and/or referral of sales, lodging, and use taxes collected in February 2020 which were paid to the City in March 2020. “I think it sends a clear…

The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Fruita & Palisade Chamber of Commerce’s, are proud to announce the new CATALYST | CONVENER | CHAMPION – Webinar Series. Focused on issues facing business owners, employees, and the community, these helpful webinars will be held bi-weekly and are complimentary to attend. Hear from…

Many of our businesses are in need of help navigating measures to assist their employees and continue business  operations. This issue of the newsletter is filled with information on programs available to you along  with links to webinars the Chamber will be presenting later this week. We hope our timely deployment of the data and…

I’ve been a member of the Grand Junction Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee for a long time…longer than I’ve been on the board actually. And as we meet at 7:00 AM every other Tuesday this winter to discuss and cuss about bills being introduced and moving through the Colorado General Assembly, I am reminded once again…

Being strong advocates for business was cited by 40% of the Chamber’s membership in the 2019 annual survey as the top priority for the Chamber. This time of year, the organization is particularly focused on reaching out to policy makers in Denver and in Washington D.C. to ensure that local small businesses have a voice…

When the Chamber took a lead role in organizing a political issues committee (The Tax You Don’t Pay) and developing a campaign to increase the lodging tax along with the Visit Grand Junction Advisory Board in 2018, it was focused on economic development. More funding for destination marketing would result in more visitors and more…

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