Last month, the 2020 Class of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a Grand Junction Chamber program that serves as the catalytic spark for students as young as 11 to become entrepreneurs and champions their own professional development, welcomed their business mentors to class! Business mentors are an essential component of the YEA! program and crucial to…

There are 74 million people in the Baby Boomer generation and they are retiring at the rate of 10,000 employees per day. The generations coming after those Boomers can’t replace all of them and that means that there are simply not enough people to fill the open jobs in America. Employers will need to become “employers…

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…

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