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So…that was SOME banquet, am I right!?! I want to thank all of you who attended and our sponsors for helping us start 2020 off in true samurai fashion here at the Chamber. It was simply amazing and would not have been possible without all of our great sponsors. I want to give a special…

Chamber members have spoken loud and clear that a lack of workforce is their major challenge via numerous surveys. One of the ways that the Chamber has responded is by convening workforce stakeholders to work collaboratively to address this business issue and avoid duplication of efforts. The Chamber’s CareerLink Committee is an umbrella entity that…

On January 31st, The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce gathered over 700 members, community leaders, and volunteers to celebrate the success our local business community had in 2019. During the event, the Chamber presented awards to the following at the 2020 Annual Banquet in recognition of their work in championing a stronger and healthier…

The Workforce Innovation Program (WIP) is a joint effort by the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, the Mesa County Workforce Center and The Business Incubator whose goal is to provide skills-based manufacturing training to both new job seekers and those already employed in manufacturing. WIP training consists of a no cost 12-week real-world skills-based…

The Colorado General Assembly convened on January 8th and the Chamber began weighing in on bills at their first meeting of 2020 on January 14th. This session, issues that affect employers and their ability to create and sustain jobs are front and center. This includes the anticipated unveiling of a paid family medical leave bill…

Chamber board and staff are often asked what a Chamber of Commerce does. In the case of the Grand Junction Area Chamber the answer is that we do what our members want us to do. Our mission of being the voice for business and promoting economic growth is predicated on the concept that being true…

I cannot tell you how honored I am to be the Chairman of the Chamber in 2020. We have a great organization with great members, a great board, a great staff…and a great plan for how to promote economic growth and be the voice for business this year! Based on research by the Western Association…

The Chamber Board elected 2020 leadership at their board meeting last month. The officers and members of the Executive Committee are:

According to Dr. Richard Wobbekind, head of the Business Research Division in the Leeds School of Business, Colorado University, any slow-down in economic growth in 2020 could be due to a lack of available workforce and a wait-and-see approach regarding the 2020 election. But there will still be growth. Over 150 attendees gathered to listen to…

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I cannot tell you how honored I am to be the Chairman of the Chamber in 2020. We have a great organization with great members, a great board, a great staff…and a great plan for how to promote economic growth and be the voice for business this year! Based on research by the Western Association…

According to Dr. Richard Wobbekind, head of the Business Research Division in the Leeds School of Business, Colorado University, any slow-down in economic growth in 2020 could be due to a lack of available workforce and a wait-and-see approach regarding the 2020 election. But there will still be growth. Over 150 attendees gathered to listen to…

The first quarterly general membership luncheon of 2020 will take place on March 16, 2020. We have tentatively made plans to request that a representative of the BLM headquarters staff join us for that luncheon to talk about the role and mission of the BLM and the enhanced presence of the agency in Grand Junction…

The outlook into 2020 for the Chamber’s Business Retention & Expansion program is extremely bright. Each week we are out in the community assessing the current business climate and addressing the needs of existing businesses all across the Grand Valley. Local business is the backbone of our community and does so much for our local…

Last month, the 2020 Class of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a Grand Junction Chamber program that serves as the catalytic spark for students as young as 11 to become entrepreneurs and champions their own professional development, welcomed their business mentors to class! Business mentors are an essential component of the YEA! program and crucial to…

There are 74 million people in the Baby Boomer generation and they are retiring at the rate of 10,000 employees per day. The generations coming after those Boomers can’t replace all of them and that means that there are simply not enough people to fill the open jobs in America. Employers will need to become “employers…

In 2020 the Chamber will have several committees to do the work outlined in the 2020 Business Plan. Any employee of a Chamber member is welcome to serve on committees that are accepting new members. Shown below are the committees with a short description of their work. CareerLinkCommittee is the umbrella committee for Workforce Development…

Its January and we all make New Year’s resolutions, a big one for people in business is getting more involved or connected with other businesses or the community and the things that affect you or your business. The Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce is a great way to do this. We give you many tools…

The Colorado General Assembly convenes on January 11th and the Chamber is gearing up to be the voice of business at the State Capitol in 2020. The Chamber Board adopted a set of legislative guidelines in December that will help guide the organization’s lobbying efforts under the dome. Our video conference series which offers real…

Rich Wobbekind, Dean of the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado will present his very popular annual Economic Outlook on Monday, December 16th, 12:00 PM at the Mesa County Workforce Center, during our last quarterly luncheon of the year. Wobbekind will be providing an economic outlook for the nation, the state and Mesa County…

Wait! Did I just type DECEMBER?!?! Wow, I guess the old saying that time flies when you are having fun is really true. And being Chairman of the Board has been fun this year…really! How could it not be with an outstanding board of directors, an awesome staff and meaningful work to make our economy…

Last month, 235 members, just over 17% of those asked, responded to the Chamber’s Annual Membership Survey. Their input was invaluable to the Chamber Board and Staff as the 2020 business plan development process got underway. There were no surprises when it came to what keeps our business community members up at night. Shortage of…

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