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Crushing Family and Medical Leave Program Pushing through Legislature

As I write this on Tuesday afternoon, a bill is being discussed in a state legislative committee that would add a major new mandate on employers and employees.

Senate Bill 188, known as the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program or FAMLI. SB 188, would create a government-run employee leave program funded with a payroll tax on Colorado employers and employees. While paid leave is a desirable benefit, we do not support mandating an inflexible one-size-fits-all on Colorado employers.

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The State of Business in Northern Colorado

On Friday, the Chamber hosted its first Issues Over Easy event at the Fort Collins Marriott.

We had over 60 business people in attendance to learn about current issues impacting business growth and community.

I gave a presentation on the State of the Business, we introduced Chamber endorsed candidates for City Council and concluded with a briefing on the Chamber’s Livability Agenda for 2019.

Special thanks Fusion Tech Media for the support and sponsorship of this inaugural event....

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Webinar Tomorrow about New State Sales Tax Requirements

As you probably know by now, the State of Colorado is changing its regulations on sales tax collections and submissions effective December 1, 2018.

Previously, we have encouraged members to attend the Department of Revenue (DOR) seminars and webinars on the issue to get up to speed. Tomorrow the DOR is holding such a webinar. You can find more information by clicking here or just doing a search.

As a quick refresher, in June the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in South Dakota vs. Wayfair Inc. tha...

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Small Business of the Year Annual Breakfast May 24, 7:30 AM, Drake Centre

Plan to join us on Thursday, May 24 at the Small Business of the Year Annual Breakfast. It will be at the Drake Centre, 802 W. Drake Rd.

The Chamber started this event in 2012 with the intention of celebrating all the small enterprises in the area and recognizing a small group of worthy companies.

In doing, we celebrate the wonderful things that characterize small businesspeople including courage, innovation, self-initiated and independent.

Ask people why they started their businesses a...

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Dear Santa, Northern Colorado needs your help!

Dear Santa,

Hey, looking forward to seeing you shortly! I always enjoy time with you, even your "be a little nicer to government" lectures.

So here’s my list. Like last year, there’s nothing on it for me. I’m actually "divesting stranded assets," i.e., getting rid of junk from closets and the basement. But there are others in need, so maybe you can help.

Start with Colorado ...

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Retail Alive and Well…Just Different

One might conclude that physical retail in America is on its way to the dinosaur graveyard based on the frequent stories in the popular press. Toys “R” Us has filed for bankruptcy. Many of the big department stores are struggling. Online giant Amazon bought Whole Foods.

Credit reporter Pat Ferrier for a good story in last Sunday’s Fort Collins Coloradoan that put a local face on the changing landscape of retail (“Three local centers adapt to changes in different ways”, September 24)...

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Fleeing to Colorado

The debate about the proper role of government in our lives seems eternal. It comes up all the time and largely (all kinds of caveats here!) defines the competing philosophies of the major political parties.

From the Chamber perspective, we understand the vital role of government and believe it needs to be appropriately resourced. At the local level, where it’s easier to gauge government’s impact, businesses depend on good police and fire protection, good streets and other services.

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Half-century Later, I-25 is Same Size

A month ago I posted an entry about I-25 and highway funding in Colorado. These days I spend a lot of time on this issue. Occasionally other duties languish a bit, but the economic risks and payoffs related to I-25 are high so it’s the best use of my time for the foreseeable future.

While more optimistic than I have been over the last several years, getting a transportation funding bill passed this legislative session is still a long shot. The two political parties have been careful not to ...

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Time for less talk, more movement on Colorado highways

North Interstate 25 has been a frequent topic in my columns in recent years. Congestion on the interstate is a daily irritation and the subject of conversations around dinner tables and water coolers — and Twitter, Facebook and every other social media outlet — in Northern Colorado.

Starting with the positive first, three significant projects totaling more than $270 million are underway on the most congested part of I-25, namely the section between Loveland and Colorado Highway 14 in For...

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Where Will Workers Come From?

Workforce, talent, labor, employees, team members, members. Whatever label companies use to describe the people that work for them, most area employers are having some challenges hiring qualified people. And it’s going to get more challenging.

The Chamber has teamed up with other organizations in the Fort Collins-Loveland area to develop the first-ever talent development plan. Partners include the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, the City of Loveland, United Way of Larimer County, the City of ...

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