Small business is the job engine in America and employs the vast majority of the workforce in rural areas. “Thea Chase has spent her career helping small businesses be successful. She understands the challenges and opportunities they face and can effectively communicate with the business community to represent them in the state legislature. I served on the Business Incubator Center Board and worked with Thea to start the Mesa County Manufacturers Council. I have been Thea's mentor and friend for the past 25 years and have the utmost confidence Thea will make an outstanding State Legislator and will represent her district and the business community well.” Allen Munro, CEO Munro Companies, http://www.munropump.com.
The economy in Western Colorado continues to shift as opportunities and challenges arise. Chase led the Business Incubator Center (BIC) in Grand Junction from 1993-2006. BIC as well as the Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) were created after the massive disruption of Black Sunday in 1982, where 30% of the population left, foreclosures and bankruptcy were commonplace. The busts have not been as severe since, but the challenges and opportunities remain. The environmental services sector is one of those bright spots in the regional economy. Herman Lucero, CEO and founder of HRL Compliance started his business at BIC during Thea’s tenure. “BIC provided an excellent place to start and launch my company. We have grown to 40 employees and primarily service the oil and gas industry throughout western Colorado. Thea worked with HRL as well as hundreds of other companies during their launch. She understands what it takes to make business work and I feel she will be an excellent representative for SD54.” http://www.hrlcomp.com/.
Our main street businesses provide the identity of place and small-town atmosphere we appreciate in rural Colorado. These businesses have faced the challenges of competition from big box stores and online shopping. For the past 28 years, Mary Lincoln, Founder of Slice O Life Bakery has weathered these challenges through product and distribution innovation and basically being the best bakery, anyone has ever been to! “I have known Thea for 25 years. She has supported our business and the business community in Palisade and the west slope with enthusiasm and dedication. She understands the challenges Main Street businesses face and I trust her to serve us well in the state legislature.” https://www.facebook.com/Slice-O-Life-Bakery.
Whether manufacturing, services or retail, Chase gets the nod to serve HD54 based on her 25 years of experience working with rural Colorado’s job creators. For more information and to get involved visit https://www.chaseforcolorado.com/.