Good Morning,

...and Happy Valentine's Day!

We're sensing lots of love for the Grand Valley at the moment. Last week, renowned local restaurateur Josh Niernberg was named to the prestigious FIVE list of chefs, an honor typically only bestowed upon Denver area chefs. This week, Fruita's Hot Tomato and Powderhorn Mountain Resort were selected among over 100 businesses in the Rocky Mountain region as finalists for The Wright award, honoring them as innovators and leaders in the outdoor space.

Speaking of innovators, we were excited to hear that the GJ Makerspace, part of the Business Incubator Center, has outgrown demand and will be expanding its facilities. In a short time frame, the Makerspace has been instrumental in getting several entrepreneurs off the ground here in the Grand Valley.

Catch up on these stories and more here - or just scroll down for more news and events!

Robin Brown
GJEP Executive Director
Jump-Start Companies Unite!
Last month was the two-year anniversary of the Rural Jump-Start Tax Credit program and we're excited to note that 11 companies have already been able to take advantage of this benefit in Mesa County - adding jobs and capital to our region with their innovative companies.

We want to ensure that these companies - as well as several companies in the pipeline - continue to prosper in the Grand Valley. That is why we are starting regular Jump-Start meet-ups, inviting all program participants to attend to gain additional skills, network and learn from each other and valuable members of our business community.

If you are a participant in Jump-Start Mesa County, we'll be reaching out to you shortly with more information.

If you are interested to learn more about Jump-Start Mesa County, email us .
Mark Your Calendar...

Date: March 8, 2018
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.
Location: Mesa County Business Center, 512 29 ½ Road, Grand Junction CO 81504

In collaboration with the Colorado Community College System and other statewide partners, the Colorado Workforce Development Council and Mesa County Workforce Center invite you to participate in a regional conversation to determine the most critical gaps and opportunities we as a state can address to ensure the success of cybersecurity and business operations occupations in Colorado.

Two forums will be held in Grand Junction on March 8. Please register here .
Job Announcements*
Town Administrator, Palisade
The Town of Palisade is accepting applications for a new Town Administrator through February 23. Learn more about the position here.

Executive Positions, Bonsai Design, Grand Junction
Bonsai Design, a world-class aerial adventure course provider, is currently hiring for several open positions. View and apply here.

*GJEP will occasionally post local job openings per request of our valued partners and investors.
Welcome New Investors!
Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties and Cherry Creek Mortgage recently joined GJEP as investors. Thank you for your support!
Thank You to All Our Investors and Partners 
Abstract & Title | ANB Bank | Armstrong Consultants | B&B Electric, Inc. | Bank of the San Juans | Bank of the West | Colorado Mesa University | Colorado PERA | Conquest Development | Dalby, Wendland & Co | Elam Construction | EmTech, Inc. | Family Health West | Grand Junction Pipe & Supply | Hope West | HUB International | Land Title Guarantee Company | Mesa Mall | Networks Unlimited | ProSpace | RE/MAX 4000, Inc. | Rocky Mountain Sanitation| United Companies | Vectra Bank | Whitewater Building Material
Advance Title Company |All Metals Welding | Alternative Board | Autopaychecks | Baldwin & Associates | Bechtel & Santo | Bellco Credit Union | Benges | Bighorn Consulting | Bonsai Designs | Bray & CO | Canyon Electric | CAV's LLC | Cendera Funding | Century Link | Chamberlin Architects | Charity Meinhart Design | Cherry Creek Mortgage | Ciavonne, Roberts & Associates, Inc. | Coldwell Banker | Colorado National Bank | Colorado West Insurance | CPC Solutions | Cranium 360 | Denny Granum | DT Swiss | Dover Real Estate Group | E & E Door and Window | Eagle Strategies | EC Electric | EIS Solutions | Express Employement Professionals | FBL & L Inc | Grand Junction Crystler Dodge Jeep Ram | Griff Larson Laiche & Wright | High Country Orchards | Home Care of the Grand Valley | Home Loan | Hoskin, Farina & Kampf | JG Management Systems | Joe Reed | John Williams | Kaine & Burke, PC | Mesa Moving & Storage | Mind Springs Health | Monument Health | Moody Insurance Company | Mountain Racing Products | Office Outfitters & Planning | Overhead Door | Powderhorn Mountain Resort | Prostar Geocorp | Refrigeration Hardware Supply | Rider & Quesenberry | River City Consultants | Scott & Lori McInnis/The Western Way | Servpro | Shear, Inc | Soronen, Donley & Patterson | Sun King Management Corp. |Taco Bell | Tillman & Pat Bishop | Timberline Bank | Trijay Ltd. | Wells Fargo Home Mortgage | Western Orthopedics & Sports Medicine | Wren Industries