Trying to run a small business can present many challenges, but a new organization has been formed with the goal of looking out for the best interest of local businesses.
For many business owners, day to day operations are enough to keep them busy. Many don't have time to research new policies or ballot proposals that could affect them, but the Western Colorado Business Alliance is now here to help.
A new organization is teaming with the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce to keep the public informed. The Western Colorado Business Alliance wants everyone to stay in the know about policies that can impact the overall business climate.
"You know, we have our own board. We have our own charter. We have our own legal status… so we're hoping to be our own separate entity working with the chamber to promote and educate the public (for) all of the election and election type processes of the area”, says Michael Anton, President of the Western Colorado Business Alliance.
Since the alliance is still new and getting started, its encouraging people to get in contact and get involved.
"I think firstly, (what) we're looking for is right now we're going to have an educational forum. I believe it's slated for somewhere around December 7th, next month obviously and hopefully we're going to invite key individuals around the community to that process and possibly becoming involved", explained Anton.
Already, local downtown business owners we talked to say the new alliance is a good way keep people up to speed.
"I think it's important that the businesses would be informed of what's going on in different policies that may be passed that would affect us and to have a resource where we can learn more about that. in a forum we can sit in would be very helpful", says Megan Reinertsen, owner of Colorado baby.
Chris brown, of Brown Cycles Bike Shop, says that sometimes it's difficult to be heard as a small business owner. He hopes the alliance will be that voice.
"Anytime there's a voice from the business community that can be heard outside up at the state house and stuff, that's always a great idea no matter who's doing it. We’re just so busy in our own shops trying to get things done. We don't have time to study all these issues and chase after all that stuff", says Brown.
The Western Colorado Business Alliance is for all businesses across the Western Slope. It encourages people to get involved and become educated on the issues. For more information you can contact the chamber at 242-3214.