As the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors prepares for their annual planning session there is a key question that will be asked this year in terms of our role and mission. Are we a “3C” Chamber? According to the Western Association of Chamber Executives, the most effective Chambers are those that…

As many local employers have experienced, finding qualified early career talent is increasingly expensive, competitive, and time-consuming. Through CareerWise Colorado, employers gain access to early-career talent that can be shaped into loyal, skilled employees who generate positive ROI, rejuvenate company culture, and develop a long-term, sustainable talent pipeline for hard-to-fill roles. From advanced manufacturing to…

Over the past six years, the Grand Junction Young Entrepreneurs Academy has helped over 60 students launch and run their own real businesses. From bakeries to technology, the variety of businesses created has expanded each year. As we gear up for our seventh class, we caught up with four of our past YEA! Graduates to…

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…

For the past two years, Congress has passed a bipartisan resolution declaring September as National Workforce Development month and will likely do so again once they are called back into session after the summer recess. Closer to home, the Chamber and its valued partners in workforce development have chosen to shine a spotlight on all…

In a survey sent to GJACC members in September of 2018, healthcare costs tied as the top concern for businesses related to workforce issues. In collaboration with Kim Bimestefer, Executive Director for the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Chamber is excited to be discussing a variety of topics (see below) covering the…

New apprentices participated in CareerWise Bootcamp Training on June 10-11 with excellent participation from apprentices, as well as business and community partners. Returning apprentices also polished up their professional skills at Rebootcamp on June 11. Apprentices took part in the information packed Bootcamp and Rebootcamp programs, covering a wide range of topics to gear them…

The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with CMU’s Career Services and Alumni Association to host an informational presentation on internships. The interactive presentation will cover helpful topics that apply to any organization, regardless of the level of experience hosting internships: •Getting the most out of an internship program •Highlights of a…

How many of us in middle or high school ever considered owning and/or running a business? Heck, how many of us are willing to consider it even now? As we help our students discover the multitude of careers that may be available to them, we often overlook the opportunities that come from being an entrepreneur…

Economic Development Week will be celebrated the week of May 6th-11th throughout the country including here in Grand Junction and Mesa County. Created by the International Economic Development Council, an organization of 5,000 professional practitioners, in 2016 the aim of this week is to draw attention to economic development and those who work diligently to…

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