“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…

Wow! Is it 2019 already? Hard as it is to believe, a new year is starting and with a new year comes new opportunities. I am honored to serve as your Chairman of the Board and frankly relieved that I have such a great team in the Chamber Board of Directors and staff to aid me…

What is the Chamber good for? We often get asked that question by businesses contemplating becoming members. Primary research conducted at the direction of the Western Association of Chamber Executives several years ago demonstrated that businesses look to their local chambers of commerce to engage in five key areas aimed at helping their individual businesses…

In 2019 the Chamber will have several committees to do the work outlined in the 2019 Business Plan. Any employee of a Chamber member is welcome to serve on committees that are accepting new members. Shown below are the In 2019 the Chamber will have several committees to do the work outlined in the 2019…

According to Dr. Richard Wobbekind, head of the Business Research Division in the Leeds School of Business, Colorado University, “The Mesa County economy is performing extremely well.” Insights into why the economy is stronger and what the economy may look like in 2019 were presented at the Chamber’s Annual Economic Outlook luncheon in December. With…

We are ready, are you? Mesa County became the first county in the state of Colorado to be certified a Work Ready Community by utilizing the Work Keys Assessment tool to determine the skill levels of our emerging and transitioning workforce along with our unemployed. This certification needs to be reapplied for every two years…

A collaboration between the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and the Mesa County Workforce Center was recognized by the Colorado Workforce Development Council and Colorado Department of Labor with a special recognition award for Excellence in Apprenticeships. Through a collaborative, the organizations have teamed up to tackle workforce development needs in Mesa County. The…

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