Grand Junction, Colorado (April 18, 2023) —
The Grand Junction Economic Partnership is proud to showcase our community’s Colorado Companies to Watch Finalists. Four local companies have been selected for the Colorado Companies to Watch awards program that recognizes growing businesses that are making immense strides in the Colorado economy: JFS LLC, Lada Cube, Sauvage Spectrum, and Lyttle’s Fleet & Maintenance.
JFS LLC provides consulting, accounting services and assistance in sourcing alternative funding. Kelly Johnston opened JFS in 2016 and serves small businesses throughout the region. Johnston has steadily grown JFS over the past few years with several local employees and supplemental staff overseas. JFS continues to support local businesses, and Johnston and her team speak at events in partnership with Colorado Mesa University to improve financial literacy and support business growth.
Lada Cube produces an environmentally friendly reusable product that prevents continual material construction waste that traditional demolitions and remodels leave behind. They provide innovative, customizable, and sustainable architectural walls providing customers with limitless possibilities to change the design and size of their structure. The company added three new primary jobs in 2022 and will hire 13 additional roles within the next year.
Sauvage Spectrum is based in Palisade and is reimagining the wine industry. They provide over 26 varietals of hand-harvested, still, and sparkling wines at their industrial warehouse winery and vineyard. The company was formed in 2019 with a vision to create a new breed of estate winery and has continued to grow with its 100% Colorado estate-grown and bottled wines.
And finally, Lyttle’s Fleet Maintenance offers full-service maintenance and vehicle up-fitting for commercial vehicles. The company expanded into the Grand Junction area in 2021 after being approved for the Rural Jump-Start Tax Credit Program. They work with major vehicle manufacturers, including GM, Ford, and Chrysler, receiving unfinished trucks and installing truck beds and finishing work to fleet vehicles. Since expanding into the Grand Junction area, they have added six new primary jobs.
Second-stage companies such as these play an integral role in our community’s economic vitality as they drive growth, employment, and capital investment. “GJEP is excited to see these Grand Junction companies recognized as Colorado Companies to Watch. Their success is a great example of how companies can grow and thrive in our community!” stated Executive Director Curtis Englehart.
The Grand Junction Economic Partnership is proud to partner with Colorado Companies to Watch to highlight businesses making immense strides in our community.
“Colorado Companies to Watch is successful because of our partnerships with the statewide Economic Development & Supporting Partner Communities.” said Kim Woodworth, CCTW’s 2023 Board Chair “As a result, we are thrilled that so many outstanding businesses from across the state are being named Finalists for their contributions to local economies through job creation, capital investment and innovation within their industries.”
These three Grand Junction companies will be recognized and showcased in front of an audience of more than 300 people at The Finalist Expo & Reception, which also features a forum of keynote speakers and networking opportunities. The event takes place April 27th, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center.
Since 2009, Colorado Companies to Watch has honored the critical, yet often overlooked, second-stage companies from across the state for their undeniable impact on our communities. For more information about Colorado Companies to Watch and the other finalists, please visit http://www.coloradocompaniestowatch.org.
Selena Sanchez – Director of Marketing & Communications
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