President Bush is honoring the achievements of small business this week
and he is praising the willingness of small business owners to take risks for a better life.
20 years ago, Crossroads Fitness Center was about to go out of business,
before Dale Reece and his wife
decided to take a chance and buy the business.
Now two decades later,
the business is booming. Crossroads has grown to have two locations, with a third, an all women gym, opening soon.
Small businesses, like crossroads,
make up a majority of the businesses in the Grand Valley and they are vital to a healthy local economy. Small local business provides the majority of jobs both here in Mesa County, and nationwide.
Small businesses in Mesa County are a major reason unemployment is at a five year low.
The unemployment rate fell to 4.2 % in February.