Business Resources

Thank Heaven for Green Thumbs

My sister Robyn and I were inspired to do some yard work over the holiday weekend. We’ve enjoyed visiting the Gardens on Spring Creek and seeing their delightful displays and we’ve been delinquent in moving the truck load of mulch created by City of Fort Collins from the spring storms from our driveway to the yard. Add to that a Saturday free of other commitments, and yard work moves to the top of the to do list.

I’m happy to report that we were successful in moving about a third of the...

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Trolls

I’ve been thinking a lot about trolls the last three weeks.  And I don’t mean those cute, fuzzy trolls that sing and dance in the movies. I’m talking about the online, anonymous individuals that post intentionally inflammatory, rude, or upsetting statements to elicit strong emotional responses in people or to steer the conversation off-topic.

Unfortunately, we saw a tremendous amount of trolling to push a specific agenda during the 2021 City of Fort Collins elections.  As a self-descr...

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Northern Colorado COVID-19 Business Survey

As organizations that work closely with businesses on a daily basis, we want to understand the challenges your business continues to face in 2021.

We previously used results from regional and organizational surveys during this pandemic to help catalyze, design and mobilize funding tools, such as local loan funds and other local government or chamber of commerce responses, including some tax deferment, rebate and micro-grant programs.

We are collecting this information to better serve our b...

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Champion for Business

We’ve had a busy week working as a champion for business.  We hope that you will take advantage of the great opportunities that we have that can help you grow, prosper and be successful!

Join us as we #MarchOn2021! Our Annual Celebration looks very different this year as a 30-minute online event, but we will continue to celebrate the success of the Fort Collins Chamber and the business community.  We invite you to join us as we recognize individuals that have impacted our organization a...

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NoCoInspire – Creating Workforce Pipelines

Your Fort Collins Area Chamber has been acutely focused on aligning, attracting and retaining talent as part of our work with Northern Colorado Prospers (NCP).  Employers have long shared with us concerns about the ability to create a talent pipeline and we took those concerns to heart in supporting the creation of NoCoInspire.org

NoCoInspire.org is a a one-stop, online shop for business to access internships, apprenticeships and more work-based learning opportunities. The Chamber and NCP pr...

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Beyond My Bubble

As the Fort Collins Area Chamber Executive Vice President, and now as it’s CEO, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to sit in on very interesting conversations.  I’m a person that is incredibly curious, so miscellaneous data is always welcome to come my way.  Today I thought I would share some of the data points that have come across my desk this week that might be beyond your typical bubble of information….

The SBA opened up another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) fundi...

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Co-Creation on Steroids

I had the tremendous pleasure of serving on a panel during the BizWest Economic Forecast today. The panel included economic developers from across the northern Colorado region and provided an opportunity for all of us to do some story telling about the incredible collaborative environment that we have been functioning in the last 12 months.

Chris Wood did a great job leading the panel through consideration of several issues including:

Regionalism and the integration of economic developme...

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Community Leaders Inspire Change Leadership

Many of our readers are very well acquainted with Leadership Fort Collins, our signature program established in 1981 that is designed to broaden participant knowledge of the community while enhancing leadership skills, encouraging contribution to the betterment of the Fort Collins community, increasing the strength and effectiveness of community leaders, equipping participants to respond to the current and future challenges of the community and to provide opportunities for direct contact with in...

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Stay in Game Day Shape – Be a Business Cheerleader

Over the weekend I posted on my Facebook page that I was energized by the fact that I got to put on my CSU Ram gear on Game Day. Yes, my wardrobe is filled with green and gold—but there is something special about getting ready to cheer on your team (even if it is from your living room).

As I got ready for Game Day, I was struck by the fact that we all have a role in being a cheerleader and a fan of business during these uncertain times.

I’m so proud of the work that our economic partne...

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State Rolls Out New Funding Program for Small Business

As small businesses continue to rebound from the economic shutdown, another funding program introduced on Monday is providing $25M in small business loans and grants to boost small business enterprises.

Energize Colorado, alongside the State of Colorado and the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, are now accepting applications for grants and loans through the Energize Colorado Gap Fund.

Small businesses with fewer than 25 full-time employees can apply for support through a mixture of ...

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