Small Business Recognition Month
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The month of May is national small business month. Experts say more small businesses are coming to Grand Junction which is helping create a better economy.
Tim Silkey, a local small business man and navy veteran, decided to create not one, but three small businesses to keep him busy.
"People starting their own business is a good thing, it encourages growth in the area," said Silkey.
"There continues to be an infusion of small businesses into our community," said Leif Johnson, membership and marketing director with the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce.
Silkey's main business is SilkRose, which employees eight people. The business includes transporting packages to various businesses and homes for FedEx ground.
"I started off where I was delivering all the time, and now it's grown. It went from one route to four routes," said Silkey.
The company delivers nearly 500 packages a day.
"It's good to have a lot of small businesses around town. It helps provide jobs for the economy, and it helps people have a choice of where they want to do their business," said Silkey.
The Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce agrees that small businesses help out the economy.
"Small businesses are huge; they are really the backbone of most any community. They make up probably 80 percent of our membership. These are businesses of 10 employees or less," said Johnson.
Though Grand Junction has seen hard economic times, officials with the chamber say by creating a healthy regulatory environment, the valley will continue to flourish.