Business Resources

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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Coping with Street Construction

Good news, bad news. The good news is that Fort Collins has a lot of money to put towards street maintenance and construction projects. The bad news is that it can be hard to get around town and your business can be harmed if access is cut off.Here are a few things you can do. Be patient. The new and improved street, bridge, or sidewalk will be great when it’s done. The price of being inconvenienced somewhat will be worth it in the long run.   Stay informed. The City has a good websi...

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Helping Business Recover from the High Park Fire

The High Park Fire is out and the recovery is underway. One of the unknowns is how many businesses were impacted by the fire. When comparing notes recently with a Larimer County official, we speculated that dozens of businesses - many of them home-based - were destroyed or damaged by the fire. But, nobody knows the exact number or even a good approximate number.

If you or someone you know lost their business, let us know. Email me at or call 970 482-3751 x 102. Read More

Crowdfunding Seminar This Friday

Crowdfunding" is a relatively new term that describes the ability of small investors to pool financial resources to invest in an enterprise and is enabled by the internet. Crowdfunding was part of the JOBS Act, which President Obama signed into law in April.

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet was a key proponent of the crowdfunding provision. Senator Bennet is holding a seminar on crowdfunding at the Rocky Mountain Innosphere, 320 East Vine Drive in Fort Collins, this Friday, June 29, 10:30 a...

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