This fall, we will celebrate TEN years of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!). Close to 90 businesses have been launched over the past nine years through this program and the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce (GJACC) – this calls for celebration! GJACC saw a tremendous opportunity a decade ago and jumped at the chance…

Thinking of starting a new business? Have an existing business you’re wanting to grow? How about a class on digital marketing or financial bookkeeping? Not sure if you can afford to hire that first employee? The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is your one stop shop for resources and support. At the SBDC we divide…

Being a Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce (GJACC) member has many meanings and typically ranges from business to business. As we have connected with members throughout the years we have found there are common denominators that keep our members involved and engaged. Your investment in the GJACC can affect your business positively in many…

Have you ever heard of the WorkKeys assessments? If not, I’m sure you are familiar with ACT, the company which provides standardized tests for college admissions. WorkKeys tests from ACT are essentially the standardized tests that show if individuals have the foundational skills needed for entering the workforce. A National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is…

Arguably the largest bottleneck and most challenging aspect when running a business is hiring and retaining a skilled workforce. With our current, difficult employment atmosphere and increasing technology needs within business, this gap is widening further. The Chamber, in partnership with The Business Incubator Center and Mesa County Workforce Center, are excited to continuing collaborating…

Might as well get this out of the way in the first column: I’m an engineer, which pretty much means you should downgrade your expectations for eloquent speaking at the upcoming 2022 membership meetings. Hopefully you will know what you are in for. That is the bad news. The good news is that I am…

Nominations are OPEN! Annual Grand Junction Chamber Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year Awards Every year the Grand Junction Chamber celebrates members of our community with three, honorable awards – Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year. These awards allow the opportunity for local community members to nominate deserving businesses…

How is it December already? Wow! Traditionally the December Chairman column focuses on the Chamber’s noteworthy accomplishments over the past year. There were many in 2021, and I will get to them shortly… But first, I want to congratulate the business community for surviving 2021. A year ago, we figured if we could just get to…

He’s BAAACK! Perennial favorite, Dr. Richard L. Wobbekind, Director of the Business Research Division and Associate Dean for MBA and Enterprise Programs at the University of Colorado Boulder will provide an economic outlook for the nation, state, and Mesa County on Monday, December 13th starting at 12pm at Colorado Mesa University, South Ballroom. Our thanks…

Grand Junction is home to many innovative and unique businesses recognized for their outstanding achievements in their industries. Having a community of businesses all striving to be unique, community-oriented, innovative, and resourceful results in a healthy commerce climate and well served, happy customers. The Grand Junction Chamber recognizes the importance of small, local businesses and…

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