A successful Business Retention & Expansion program, like we have here at the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, utilizes many different ways to provide additional value to each business contacted and the overall business climate for the area. A recent example of this can be found in the manufacturing industry. Many of our local manufacturers…

The Chamber Board will be engaged in an all-day planning session later this month. The recently completed membership survey and feedback from members will be a centerpiece as we look toward 2021 and how to promote economic growth and be a voice for business. But if 2020 has taught any of us anything it is…

By now, we all know that the year 2020 has gone less than planned. From the pandemic to social issues, business owners have seen operating conditions unlike any in recent memory. The Grand Junction Chamber’s most recent flash poll of small businesses completed in late August indicated that the top three fears of area business…

Manufacturing, the often-invisible pillar of our community, celebrates National Manufacturing Day on October 2nd. The celebration started by the Manufacturers Institute, helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders. As manufacturers seek to…

I don’t know about you but I’m tempted to turn off my television and turn on my voicemail for the month of October. Having a pandemic and economic crisis did not cause enough pain and suffering in 2020 apparently. We also have an election and a campaign season that is more divisive and polarizing than…

As we know, 2020 and the resulting pandemic has caused uncertainty and anxiety, not just for businesses, but their employees and customers as well. While some consumers chafe under conditions of wearing masks, others have simply stopped patronizing local businesses because they don’t feel safe and fear catching COVID-19. One month into the Mesa County…

No one thought a few short months ago that life would still be disrupted by the twin threats of an ongoing pandemic and economic chaos but there is no denying that 2020 will not end as solidly as it began. It is time though to focus forward on our opportunities for growth and recovery. For…

In March, we at the Grand Junction Chamber were increasingly aware of conversations and growing concerns surrounding a pandemic spreading in the East called COVID-19. As we evaluated the information, stayed up-to-date, and worked to continue to keep things as normal as possible, the announcement of a state-wide “Safe at Home” mandate quickly brought business-as-usual…

In September 2019, 22 up-and-coming leaders in our business community made the commitment to attend and complete our annual Mesa County Leadership Program. Consisting of 1 full-day class each month for the next 10 months, these participants learned details about our community including how we get our water, how our local government is setup, and…

The State of the Valley, the annual event where local government leaders provide an update the to the business community and answer questions was postponed from May to August 18th at 12:00 PM. While there was hope that the event could be held in person the reality is that with COVID cases continuing to rise, prudence…

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