This year, we will be celebrating TEN years of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!). Close to 90 businesses have been launched over the past 9 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…

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…

It wasn’t all that long ago that a career centers’ main focus on college campuses was to assist students with resumes, help them draft a cover letter and work through mock interviews. Although those are important tools for a student’s toolbox, the question on every student’s mind come graduation is “now what?” True to form,…

Last month, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy student/CEOs met with an investor panel in a “shark tank” like experience to pitch their ideas and ask for seed capital. Eight students were awarded a cumulative total of $7500 to start their enterprises. The students/CEOs will now launch their businesses and participate in a trade show on May…

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…

This past year has put a spotlight on the variety of ways that “healthcare” can impact your business. The pandemic has made employee health a critical part of keeping your businesses running. It wasn’t just the efforts to prevent virus spread that our employers had to balance, but also the mental fatigue of the uncertain…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has put business leaders in the challenging and unenviable position of making decisions about how to best support employees and the community at large as we navigate through the seemingly arbitrary and ever-changing business, regulatory, and public health landscape. Our local health care facilities are the site of protests against vaccination mandates…

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