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On Tuesday, our Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) class had the opportunity to hear and receive guidance from some of our local business leaders at the 11th Annual CEO Roundtable, held at the Eureka McConnell Science Museum. YEA! turns students as young as 11 into the CEOs of their very own businesses, developing the skills necessary…

On Tuesday, the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce had the honor of hosting Colorado Governor Jared Polis for an exclusive address at the Riverside Education Centers, highlighting key points from his recent State of the State address and providing a special focus on opportunities and challenges for the Western Slope. This special event convened…

Last week, the inaugural Mesa County Workforce Summit convened local partners and business leaders to address the most presssing issues employers face across our Valley through shared education and exploration. Covering topics including retention, recruitment, benefits, upskilling and talent cultivation, the Summit showcased the active collaborative efforts, resources and opportunities available that can offer solutions…

As we embark on another legislative session shaping the business landscape in our beautiful state of Colorado, the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce remains steadfast in our commitment to champion the interests of our local business community. In the fast-paced 120 days of decision-making, it is imperative that we, as a collective voice for…

THERE’S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN: CDLE RELEASES COMPS #39 Another year, another COMPS (i.e., Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards) Order. The minimum wage is now identified as $14.42 per hour. The salary-threshold amount for exempt employees is set at $55,000.00. Next year, that amount will be adjusted based on Colorado inflation. Despite there…

Celebrating the successes of local businesses and economy in 2023 and looking forward to a promising future in 2024 were the central takeaways at Grand Junction Chamber’s Economic Outlook on Monday at Colorado Mesa University.   Attendees gathered to hear from keynote speaker, Dr. Richard Wobbekind, Senior Economist and Director of the Business Research Division…

Business of the Year (25 employees or less) - Country Elegance Florist

Nominations are now OPEN to recognize our shining stars within the business community! Business of the Year Nomination Submit your nominations by January 19, 2024 Awards Available in 2 Categories: Less than 25 Employees Over 25 Employees The Business of the Year nominees are esteemed for their exceptional qualities that not only contribute to a…

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An exciting study on The Economic Impact of Non-Profits in Mesa County published last month by Colorado Mesa University in partnership with local non-profits including the Business Incubator Center, Hilltop, Roice-Hurst Humane Society, United Way and Western Colorado Community Foundation underscores how nonprofits undoubtedly contribute to the overall sustainability, resiliency and prosperity of the regional…

The Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce was proud to work closely with the Economic Development Council of Colorado during their recent DRIVE | LEAD | SUCCEED Annual Conference to organize tours to spotlight the economic diversity across the Grand Valley for visiting economic development professionals from Colorado. The first tour, hosted in collaboration with the Palisade…

On Wednesday, November 1st, The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual health summit at Colorado Mesa University, featuring discussions of some of the most important past, present, and future issues within the healthcare industry as it relates to businesses. Katie Mahoney, Vice President of Health Policy for the US Chamber of Commerce,…

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Take a moment and reach out to say hello to these fellow local businesses. CARS / Colorado Autobody & Reconditioning Specialists LLC. 472 28 1/2 Rd Grand Junction, CO 81501-5128 John Fetzko – (970) 241-2258 Carslikenew.com Auto Body / Collision Repair Colorado Craft Coffee and Beer House 1144 N 12th St Grand Junction, CO 81501-7641…

Investing in the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce (GJACC) during periods of economic uncertainty holds profound strategic significance for our local businesses and our community at large. Investments impact our ability to work hard representing you while providing valuable resources that strengthen your knowledge and ability to thrive. Below are just a few of…

The Grand Valley is home to some of the most innovative and impactful manufacturing sites across the country and the world, and continuing to recognize and support the contributions these businesses make to our community has never been more important. As one of the largest local industries employing thousands of workers, and providing products to…

As we embrace the spirit of community and collaboration, October is a month of double celebration for us – Mav Month and Manufacturing Month. First and foremost, we are thrilled to announce our unwavering support for Colorado Mesa University (CMU) throughout the month of October as we celebrate Mav Month. CMU plays an integral role…

This past year our CareerLink committee has been hard at work finding solutions for our workforce development needs around the Grand Valley. The members of this committee are our partners at the Fruita and Palisade Chambers of Commerce, the Mesa County Workforce Center, School District 51, Colorado Mesa University and CMU Tech, as well as…

Public schools are the cornerstone of our future workforce. They are not just institutions of learning; they are the breeding grounds of talent, innovation, and the skilled workforce that our communities and economies depend on. The quality of education provided in public schools directly influences the knowledge, skills, and abilities of our students as they…

Winners of the 2023 Bestslope NextGEN Award

In today’s rapidly evolving job market, communities face the challenge of retaining their young talent. As young professionals seek diverse opportunities and experiences, many cities and towns grapple with a “brain drain” effect, losing their brightest prospects to larger urban centers. However, the Grand Junction Area Chamber in partnership with the Young Professionals Network of…

The world is a small place. In a matter of hours, those of us living on the West Slope can be in a foreign country. Likewise, products made in the Grand Valley are exported daily to international markets. Supply chains help bring raw materials from foreign lands to Colorado to be fabricated into cutting edge…

The keynote speaker takes the stage at the YP Summit

As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of our local economy, it is our privilege to share with you why workforce development has emerged as a key priority for our Chamber of Commerce. It is a subject that touches the heart of our community, our businesses, and a thriving economic climate. Workforce development is not just…

Take a moment and reach out to say hello to these fellow local businesses. Amadika Aesthetics 3070 I-70 Business Loop, Ste B2 Grand Junction, CO 81504-4446 Amber Scott – (970) 683-8798 www.amadikaaesthetics.com Health and Beauty Bank of the West – Clifton 3201 F Rd Clifton, CO 81520-7432 Omar G. Campos – (970) 242-6642 Banks &…

happy volunteers packing food in donation boxes

At their core, nonprofits are driven by a noble purpose and deliver essential services and resources our community, but they also help bridge gaps in government and private sector efforts. Their dedication to promoting the common good, empowering individuals, and fostering economic growth contributes significantly to the overall vitality and resilience of our local economy…

This upcoming fall will be the 11th year of our local YEA! program here at the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. We are recruiting middle and high school students who are looking to build valuable life skills for their futures! YEA! is a 26-week academic program that will be meeting starting in early October…

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