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…

At the 2019 YEA! Investor Panel held on March 27th Toly Chinn, CEO of Colorado Bike Armor (COBA) was named the 2019 Grand Junction Area Chamber’s Saunders’s Scholar. Toly and his family will be attending the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Semi-Final Competition in Rochester, NY the first week of May to compete for up to…

In today’s tight labor market, unfortunately businesses have positions going unfilled for months at a time as hiring managers across a wide spectrum of industry are finding that traditional methods of recruiting skilled talent have become pricey and unsustainable. As a result, an old idea is becoming new once again: apprenticeship is taking root across…

“Business led and student focused” is the motto of CareerWise Colorado as it seeks to place multi-year apprenticeship opportunities before students in School District 51 and across the state. The Chamber was one of the major supporters of this effort when Grand Junction was identified as a pilot site three years ago so it is…

The Workforce Innovation Program is a collaborative effort amongst a few of our Economic Development Partners. We at the Grand Junction Chamber along with partners from the Mesa County Workforce Center, Grand Junction Business Incubator and GJ Makerspace have developed a short-term training and upskilling program for manufacturers across the valley. The aim of the…

Starting and Maintaining an Effective Internship Program 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…

  Just as many of you take the time at year end to analyze your business and plan for improvements in the new year, the Chamber Board of Directors did a deep dive based on member feed back of what we do well, what we need to do better and how to offer real value for the investment you…

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