December 2022 Business Expansion Awards

Expanding your business is a significant milestone. It signifies growth, increased market reach, and the pursuit of new opportunities. However, expanding a business is not merely about extending its physical presence or enlarging its customer base – it also involves investing in your local community. This investment goes beyond financial contributions and holds substantial value for both the business and the community.

When a business expands, new avenues for economic development are created. It creates job opportunities, which leads to reduced unemployment rates and an improved standard of living. As the business grows, it typically requires additional manpower, which directly benefits the local workforce. Hiring local employees strengthens the community by providing them with stable income, promoting self-sufficiency, and reducing dependence on government assistance programs. In the Grand Junction Area, changes like these have been notable over the past few years.

When your business invests in the community, it fosters a symbiotic relationship. The success of the business becomes intertwined with the prosperity of the community. As the business flourishes, it generates more revenue, taxes, and resources, which can then be reinvested into local infrastructure. This leads to improved public facilities such as schools, parks, healthcare centers, and transportation systems. Consequently, the quality of life for community members improves, attracting more people to the area and stimulating further economic growth. This is one of the reasons that the Western Slope has become such a great place to live, attracting new residents from all over the rest of the state and country.

Investing in the community also enhances a business’s reputation and brand image. Consumers today are increasingly conscious of the values and social impact of the companies they engage with. When a business demonstrates a genuine commitment to the well-being of the community, it builds trust and loyalty among its customer base. This positive brand perception can translate into increased customer retention, new customer acquisition, and overall business growth. Investing in the community also attracts talented individuals who share the same values, leading to a more engaged and motivated workforce.

Businesses that actively engage with our community also gain valuable insights and feedback. By establishing strong ties with residents, organizations can better understand their needs, preferences, and challenges. This knowledge enables businesses to tailor their products and services accordingly, ensuring they remain relevant and responsive to the community’s evolving demands. Customer feedback and local market intelligence obtained through community involvement can serve as a competitive advantage, enabling businesses to stay ahead of their competitors.

Expanding a business goes beyond physical growth and market expansion. It involves investing in our community and creating a mutually beneficial relationship. By creating job opportunities, improving infrastructure, and fostering trust, businesses can contribute to the prosperity and well-being of our community. This investment yields economic, strategic, and reputational benefits, enabling businesses to thrive while making a positive impact on the society they serve. Ultimately, the value of investing in the community extends far beyond financial returns, shaping a brighter and more sustainable future for everyone.

Is your business expanding OR do you know of a local business who recently added new jobs / made a capital investment in our community? Let us celebrate this accomplishment! Every quarter, the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce highlights local businesses that have made business expansions over the last year. This includes adding new employees, capital investments, and more! Join us at the next Quarterly Membership luncheon and let us recognize your business for the growth experienced so far in 2023. Your business will have an opportunity to speak about the increased efforts you are experiencing. Don’t miss the opportunity to share your business success among your fellow Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce members. Contact Robert Hammes at to be included in our Business Expansion awards at the Quarterly Membership Luncheon on June 12th at Colorado Mesa University.

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