Biz Buzz, Oct. 8, 2017

Grand Junction’s OfficeMax store, 925 Independent Ave., will close its doors for good Nov. 18 and is having clearance sales until the store’s final day.

The store is affixed with a large “closing sale” sign and the surrounding sidewalks are filled with yard signs promoting the sale of the store’s remaining stock of office supplies.

OfficeMax was purchased by Office Depot in 2013. Office Depot, which closed 400 stores in the first half of 2016, announced in August last year it would close 300 more stores in the next three years to cut annual costs by $250 million by the end of 2018.

■ The Grand Junction Area Economic Development Partners received an award in September from the International Economic Development Council for its May economic development week.

The organization was awarded a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2017 project in the category of Economic Development Week. During Economic Development Week, a campaign was launched to let the businesses and community at-large know what the partnership has done and will continue to do for the community.

The International Economic Development Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization serving economic developers and has more than 5,000 members. It is the largest organization of its kind. The award was presented to Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Diane Schwenke Sept. 19 in Toronto.

The campaign for the award included videos highlighting community leaders involved in joint economic development efforts, including the development of Las Colonias Business Park, an appreciation barbecue for small businesses and a billboard highlighting resources of existing business growth.

Kitty Nicholason with KN Design Group and business partner Jeff Steele with Scream Graphics moved into a new location earlier this year at 1227 N. 23rd St., Suite 101.

The two moved in April from their location at 2500 North Ave.

Nicholason is a graphic designer and is the former art director of GV Magazine. Most recently, she helped with the production of the new Spoke and Blossom magazine.

Steele is the publisher of Grand Valley Live, a magazine focused on the local music scene.

Nicholason said she will be offering free and discounted services to business owners on North Avenue to help with the street’s name change to University Boulevard.

SGM, an engineering and surveying solutions company, is expanding its Grand Junction office and with new employees that will strengthen its local civil engineering, GIS and commissioning capabilities.

SGM is a multidisciplinary engineering, surveying and consulting firm with more than 90 employees. Headquartered in Glenwood Springs, it also has offices in Grand Junction, Gunnison, Aspen, Meeker, Salida and Durango and does a wide range of engineering and surveying projects.

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