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…

In a year of uncertainty, many things have been cancelled, postponed, or forgotten. Not the Mesa County Leadership Program. Starting its 29th year, applications for this class came early and fast, creating a high demand and waitlist for participation. Industries from banking and real estate to non-profit and public services are represented by our newest…

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…

September is national Workforce Development Month and to celebrate, workforce partners throughout Mesa County will be hosting a month full of workforce events. This month will highlight the innovative workforce development programs throughout Mesa County that are the result of the collaborative efforts of the Mesa County Workforce Center, School District 51, the Grand Junction…

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…

ow more than ever it is imperative to have a highly skilled and committed workforce. In times like we are facing currently investing in your human capital has never been more important. The Workforce Innovation Project (WIP) is an innovative collaboration between The Business Incubator Center, Mesa County Workforce Center and The Grand Junction Chamber…

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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