A highlight of the Chamber Annual Banquet is the recognition of businesses and individuals who make a difference in our community. This year’s award winners include: Business of the Year Knowles Enterprises   Mike Knowles over the span of just ten years has built a business that employs 200 people in high paying jobs servicing…

The banquet is over and I want to thank everyone who was a part of the evening from our award winners to our casino dealers to the banquet planning committee.  I especially want to thank all of you who attended the event and participated in our auction to raise funds for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy…

Last month’s Future Workforce Committee meeting proved how valuable it is to have a collaborative group of individuals representing various sectors come together regularly to address workforce issues.  Many members are aware that the Future Workforce Committee helped launch the YEA! program and the Hire Me First program for middle and high school students. At…

The Chamber’s Energy and Economic Development Committee is making plans to coordinate a community presence at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in June.  The purpose of the effort is to help existing businesses interact with potential customers; visit manufacturing companies in attendance that may be growing and looking for additional locations and…

The second annual Western Colorado Manufacturing Summit will be held on April 15th at Two Rivers Convention Center.  The planning committee is assembling a strong line up of presenters on topics from workforce to an introduction to ISO, re-shoring to social media tools you can use for FREE to help identify customers. The Mesa County…

Get to know your fellow business neighbors!  The Chamber is hosting a New Member Showcase on Thursday, February 19th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Holiday Inn and Suites – Grand Junction Airport, sponsored by Telluride Ski and Golf, The Peaks Resort and Spa and the Hotel Telluride.  All of the businesses that…

On the third Wednesday of each month from 2:00 to 4:00 PM researchers from the Mesa County Library will be onsite at the Chamber to assist in developing lists of potential customers contact information.  That date in February is February 18th.  Not sure what your potential customers may look like or how best to market…

The Chamber Board recently adopted the 2015 Business Plan after soliciting input from members and other community stakeholders.  The goals and some key action steps are shown below: Goal 1:  Develop a skilled workforce by working collaboratively with education and industry partners Strategies include: Develop skilled employers who can successfully manage the multigenerational work environment…

Colorado Mesa University and its two-year division, Western Colorado Community College, will continue its innovative partnership with the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce to help local businesses assist employees in furthering their education. The Grand Junction Chamber Workforce Development Scholarship, equal to 25% of in-state tuition for up to six credit hours per semester,…

The 15 students in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy which started in mid-September have been hard at work gaining a basic understanding of business principles, developing business plans and getting ready to launch their new businesses. We wish to once again thank our major sponsors, City of Grand Junction, CAPCO, Home Loan and Investment, WPX and…

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