At the Chamber Annual Banquet late last month the Chamber recognized the following for the efforts to build a stronger community; Business of the Year Startek Startek opened its doors locally in 1999 and today employs over 700 people, an increase of 150 in 2017 due to their implementing service contracts with health insurance carriers…

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is accepting applications for the Governor’s Healthy Small Business Award for 2017. Applications will be accepted from small businesses with fewer than 500 employees until Friday, December 15, 2017. The award will honor one small business statewide making great strides supporting the health and wellness…

At the September board meeting your directors ratified the following slate of candidates for service on the Board of Directors beginning in January of 2018.  They are: Kimberly Clemmer Clemmer Welding, LLC Jerome Gonzales JG Management Systems Mark Miller Ed Bozarth Chevrolet & Buick, Inc. Chris Thomas Community Hospital Janie VanWinkle VanWinkle Ranch Vance Wagner…

The Grand Junction Area ED Partners received a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2017 project in the category of Economic Development Week. This marks the second year in a row that the efforts of ED Partners have been recognized by the International Economic Development Council, a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic…

Our Young Entrepreneurs Academy students will be putting on a Trade Show on Thursday, April 27, 2017, from 4-6 PM at Office Max, 925 Independent Avenue. These middle and high school students started the program in October and are now the CEO’s of their own companies . . . get to know them and let…

The Grand Junction Area Chamber with the support of Home Loan Insurance and Nationwide is looking to “up our game” when it comes to showing business support for this national tournament that has been bringing visitors and dollars from across the country to our community for 60 years. We are seeking “business boosters” that are…

Mesa County recently became the first and so far, only county in the State of Colorado to receive ACT Workforce Ready Certification. The foundation of a community’s certification is based at the county level—across the current, transitioning, and emerging workforce—on individuals earning and employers recognizing the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™. The ACT NCRC is…

The Summer Youth Employment and Enrichment Fair was held on March 16, 2017 at Grand Junction High School.  It was the 5th year of the event, and there were 32 businesses and organizations that offered enrichment activities for elementary and middle school students, and employment opportunities for high school students.  The Fair was a huge…

One election cycle has just concluded but another has already begun. The City of Grand Junction general election will take place on April 4th with mail ballots distributed in mid-March. There will be four of the seven city council seats decided along with two ballot issues. The Chamber has slated a Candidate Forum for city…

The Chamber’s last Quarterly Membership meeting of 2016 featured Dr. Richard L. Wobbekind, Director of the Business Research Division and Associate Dean for MBA and Enterprise Programs at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He provided insights and thoughts about what might lay ahead for businesses in Colorado and on the Western Slope.  If you missed the luncheon,…

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