Biz buzz, Feb. 16, 2014



When it comes to local businesses being rated on Internet comparison sites, it’s clear that reputation goes a long way.

In that vein, local longtime auto repair shop Simpson Brothers Garage, 2510 Weslo Ave., is the recipient of a 2013 Super Service Award from Angie’s List.

The award honors excellence among service providers that maintain superior service ratings and reviews on the site. Companies that get the recognition are rated among the top 5 percent of qualifying businesses in their local categories.

“We work hard for everyone that walks through our door, and we really appreciate the recognition,” the company said of the award.

■ A business coach with the local Small Business Development Center, 2591 Legacy Way, won recognition from the governor for excellence in quality of counseling, contributions made, economic impact on clients, and years of service.

Jeff Parker retired after 28 years as a commercial banker in Grand Junction, 25 with Wells Fargo.

“My primary job responsibility was managing business banking relationships, serving customers,” Parker said. “My emphasis was in lending to small and mid-sized business in industries such as service, retail, manufacturing and construction.”

Parker is working for High Performance Consulting Inc., a small Grand Junction firm founded to provide profitability analysis for community banks throughout the country.

Julie Morey, director of the Small Business Development Center, nominated Parker for the honor. 

“Jeff is reliable, optimistic, consistently receives strong evaluations from clients, and is always willing to share his expertise with the staff. He participates in our networking activities and makes referrals to our programs when he’s out in the community.”

The award ceremony took place at the Governor’s Mansion on Feb. 10. This is the second time in three years a business incubator center coach received this top award.

“I feel that if we can help individuals in some way through their process of starting or growing a business, then the time we spend with them is well worth it,” Parker said.

Mesa Theater and Lounge confirmed Friday it will not open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday nights unless a show is booked, a spokesman for the theater said.

Instead, the theater will keep regular hours at 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, according to the theater’s website.

Grand Valley Books, 350 Main St., hosts a reading, book signing and discussion at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday with Charlie Quimby, author of “Monument Road.” Those who missed the November launch of his first novel should come meet him and chat about the characters, location, plot and creative process that make up this locally focused story. Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome to purchase a copy of “Monument Road” or bring their own previously purchased copy to be signed. Free parking is always available downtown after 4:30 p.m.

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