Business Resources

The Chamber: Where We Stand

A key role of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce is to communicate the values and positions of the business community to government officials.

This matters because policymakers are being pushed and pulled by a multitude of interest groups and agendas. And, to a large degree, they are captives to their own backgrounds and many of them have no business experience. Though it’s difficult to agree on a common set of values and positions, it’s worth doing to offer some guidance in the de...

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Continuing Thought Leader Speaker Series with Dan Heath

We are just a few days away from the 2019 Thought Leader Speaker Series. This signature event brings in nationally renowned authors, influencers and other leaders to share insights that will change the way you do business. This year, New York Times best-selling author, Dan Heath, returns to town, to speak of his latest book, The Power of Moments.

Here are the top reasons to attend the 2019 event:

Interact with one of America’s top business thinkers
Self- and/or professional developm...

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Nationally-Renowned Speaker Coming to Fort Collins

Here’s your deal of the year. On the morning of May 10, best-selling author Dan Heath will be at the Hilton in Fort Collins. Books he has co-authored with his brother, Chip, include: The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact; Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work; Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard; and Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. Mr. Heath is a senior fellow at Duke University’s Center for the Advancement ...

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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 (www.WorkInNorthernColorado.com).

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 Forbes.com 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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