Business Resources

Major New Tool to Find Employees

The Northern Colorado Talent 2.0 Coalition launched a major new talent portal last week called Work in Northern Colorado (

Members of the coalition include the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, Loveland Chamber of Commerce, City of Loveland Economic Development Department, City of Fort Collins Economic Health Department, Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development Department, One NoCo Economic Development, and United Way of Larimer County.

The web...

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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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Ramping Up Talent Recruitment and Development

Nearly every employer in Northern Colorado has challenges finding the talent they need. The problem is not unique to us; it’s a state and national issue, as well.

The areas of the country with a coordinated strategic talent-workforce development plan will be OK. Those that don’t will be talent exporters.

In that light, it was very encouraging to see the workforce development boards of Weld and Larimer counties meet jointly during the last week of February. To my knowledge, it’s the f...

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7 Ways Employers Can Support Older Workers

One of the topics being discussed as part of the Fort Collins-Loveland Talent 2.0 Regional Workforce Strategy is how to retain and support older workers and transfer knowledge to their successors.

A recent story on by Nancy Collamer addresses this issue. It is titled “7 Ways Employers Can Support Older Workers and Job Seekers.”

The full story is a quick read and worth taking time for. Here are her 7 suggestions:

Advertise job openings in newspapers in addition to online...

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May: Broadband issue not ready for the ballot

This week the Fort Collins City Council will decide whether to refer a measure to the November ballot to establish a new publicly owned telecom utility to provide municipal broadband. But even after two years of work and study, there are still important questions that have not been answered.

However, let’s first start with some things most people would agree on: Fast and affordable access to the internet is desirable; a conne...

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Chamber and Partners Rollout Talent Development Plan

History was made this morning. Nearly 100 people gathered at the Embassy Suites to receive a briefing on and copies of the first-ever talent development plan for the Fort Collins-Loveland area.

When I talk with businesspeople in Northern Colorado two topics always come up: I-25 and workforce. Regarding the latter, the common message is that many local employers have challenges filling some positions. And they ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. As Baby Boomers continue to retire, the challenge will b...

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I-25, Workforce & More

One of my duties is to represent the Chamber publicly at various events, sometimes as a speaker. This morning I spoke to 150 Re/Max real estate agents and brokers at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown. (As an aside, this is a great venue, if you are not familiar with it, worth a date night with your significant other.)

The main topic was the status of I-25, but we also talked about workforce development, how the area chambers of commerce work together, business retention and expans...

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2016 Will Be Big Road Construction Year

While winter is certainly not over, recent warm temperatures got me thinking about the upcoming construction season, especially road construction

Last year was a doozy and this year promises to be its equal. In 2015, between the state, county and city transportation departments some of the biggest projects included:

Replacement of the Poudre River bridge on Mulberry near Riverside
Rebuilding the Horsetooth-Timberline intersection
North College improvements
Improvements to College Av...

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Resources for Your Small Business

Should I open a business here or somewhere else? Do I have potential customers in this market? I think I'd like to expand my company but is that a good idea?

Even if you are a seasoned small business owner, your 'gut' will only take you so far. Sometimes there's no substitute for hard data.

A couple of weeks ago the U.S. Census Bureau introduced the Census Business Builder, which is a suite of services that you can customize to generate demographic and economic reports for geographic areas...

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9 Things Local Business Leaders are Thinking About

Recently, I completed a round of small group and individual discussions with business leaders in Fort Collins to determine what was on their minds relative to the community. Here’s a list of some of the more frequently mentioned issues:

Are we competitive as a community? Successful businesspeople are successful because they take a clear-eyed look at facts and act on them. When applying that to the community, it’s not always clear how we’re doing. City ...

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