November is Colorado Apprenticeship Appreciation Month! Apprenticeships remain a very important resource for businesses, job seekers and students alike. The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with various organizations to provide robust apprenticeship opportunities in the Grand Valley. As many local employers have experienced, finding qualified early career talent is increasingly…

November marks National Entrepreneurship Month throughout our nation. In celebration of this, we are excited for an opportunity to recognize the movers and shakers, the individuals who took that leap into paving their own path toward success – the entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs have long been a part of our community and have helped build Mesa County…

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses and communities across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to taking this one step further and supporting Small Business Season. We are…

The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes how crucial workforce development is throughout the whole year and the community at large. Workforce development leads to prosperous employees, businesses, and local communities. By training and upskilling our workforce, businesses can enjoy happier staff, lower turnover, and exciting growth opportunities. This also helps to support growth…

As you have all probably figured out by now the focus of this newsletter is on workforce development since September is Workforce month. The Chamber has made workforce development a key goal of our 2022 business plan…and with good reason. It is the number one issue identified by our members as keeping them awake at…

The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Mesa University, and the Grand Junction Economic Partnership continue to work alongside each other to help connect graduating college students to career opportunities and resources throughout the Grand Valley through CMU Career Services and the Grand Junction Career Passport Program. The Passport Program launched in Fall 2021…

This fall, we will celebrate TEN years of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!). Close to 90 businesses have been launched over the past nine 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 chance…

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…

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