Yes, itâ€™s an emergency in more ways than one
July 23rd, 2021
The headline last week said it all: â€œGrand Lake declares crisis.â€A crisis, that is, in the realm of workforce housing because businesses in Grand Lake and the rest of the county are either closing...
We came to work, stayed to play
June 25th, 2021
Itâ€™s the oldest saw for many employees in the business up here: â€˜I came for winter but I stayed for the summer.â€™Which could easily be expanded in general for many workers here: â€˜I came to work...
What to do when itâ€™s just too busy
June 11th, 2021
The business and tourism prognosticators from across the country are saying it loud and clear: This summer will be very busy and most businesses wonâ€™t be able staff-up or expand to handle the increa...
On the five Cs of borrowing money
June 1st, 2021
So you want to borrow money from a bank or financial institution . . .My friend and associate Anita Cameron, the director of business lending for the Northwest Loan Fund, likes to emphasize what she c...
Well-informed weigh in on housing, employment issues
May 7th, 2021
The response to my column two weeks ago about the crisis Grand County is experiencing in housing and employment has been strong.In that column I basically said that the high cost of housing and the un...
The excruciating employee and housing crunch in Grand
April 23rd, 2021
Itâ€™s beginning to look like Grand Countyâ€™s economy is going to open up from many of the COVID restrictions that have been in place for the last year.But there are two restrictions to our economy t...
Granby and Grand get real estate boost
March 26th, 2021
Granby has made a mark in the realm of national real estate market recognition, thanks to a top-10 ranking in â€œThe Best 10 Places to Buy a Winter Vacation Homeâ€ as tallied by Vacasa.Forbes magazin...
How art and culture can be critical for re-starting our economy
February 26th, 2021
In the last nine years of working with aspiring entrepreneurs in Grand County Iâ€™ve discovered that one area where Grand County is seeing lots of activity is in the realm of arts and culture.The pand...
What to do about those mask-hating customers
January 28th, 2021
Sadly, Iâ€™m hearing it more frequently than I expected.Local retail stores, restaurants, coffee shops and other businesses that deal with the public during these COVID times are seeing more and more ...
On a yearâ€™s curious work of Developing local businesses
January 8th, 2021
The last year has surely been quizzical for business development in Grand County.Quizzical because while there were many difficult and unfortunate challenges for small businesses and small business st...
Can businesses capitalize on the fire?
December 20th, 2020
While itâ€™s difficult for me to see a way to make hey from the dire economic impacts of COVID-19, I can see some opportunity in the probable response to the East Troublesome Fire.Yes, I think there w...
Hard economic truth about COVID-19 in Grand
October 16th, 2020
Many of my clients across the county are asking: When will the COVID-19 disruption end?Of course, I canâ€™t predict the future accurately. All I can do is make some educated guesses. But my educated g...