Business Resources

The Chamber and the Pandemic Response

The Chamber has been sending a lot of information to you about specific loan programs and other resources to help you adapt to a pandemic world. It’s time for me to pull that together for a general overview.

Respond. In early March we started to pivot toward this threat. With the pending then subsequent mandatory government shutdowns in mid-March we were creating resources and communicating funding options to members:

We created an “Open for Business” page as a platform for area bu...

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The Face Mask Requirement

The City of Fort Collins and Larimer County have both mandated that businesses open to the public require employees, customers and others entering the business to wear a face covering. Estes Park has also put into place a similar ordinance.

We understand these orders have caused confusion, have been challenging to implement, and have put front line employees in a difficult position of trying to police these orders. One thing that may help: Both the City and the County have created signage tha...

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Partners Launch Small Business Relief Fund

The Chamber has teamed up with Bohemian Foundation, the City of Fort Collins, and Colorado Enterprise Fund to launch a $5 million Larimer County Small Business Recovery Fund.

Round 1 will include $2 million in lending capital seeded through a partnership made possible by Bohemian Foundation, the City of Fort Collins and Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce. Round 2 will follow shortly with the remaining $3 million in lending capital to be raised through regional collaboration with local foun...

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Chamber COVID-19 Response Activities

At the Chamber our COVID-19 response is focused in six broad categories.

Getting customers to your business. To flatten the trajectory of the spread of COVID-19, public officials have imposed various restrictions on business. In response, we created “Open for Business” on our website to post information about your hours and services. Submit your information by emailing jumland@fcchamber.org. We are promoting the site through social media and other communication platforms.
Business as...

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Accessing Money to Keep the Doors Open

As I get older, sometimes it is difficult to find the benefits of aging. One advantage, however, is perspective. If you live long enough, you do experience a lot of things. The current climate of virus-panic is difficult and will be for a while, but we will come out on the other side stronger. Americans always do.

In the meantime, there’s the important matter of protecting our health and trying to keep businesses afloat.

Regarding keeping your small company going, the U.S. Small Business...

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Resources for Members: Legislative Tracking, Coronavirus

Here are some timely resources.

First, with the state legislature underway, the Chamber’s state issues committee – the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance – is analyzing, tracking, and lobbying on bills. Click here for the NCLA 2020 bill tracker.

Second, the coronavirus is a big topic in the news. So far, the reports make it sound more like a bad flu season than anything to be unduly concerned about. The advice we are reading says to take the same personal precautions that you do ...

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New Year, New Overtime Pay Rules, Minimum Wage Increase

Starting a few days ago, new overtime pay rules went into effect.

On January 1, a new federal Labor Department rule requires employers to pay workers one-and-a-half times their hourly rate when they work more than 40 hours per week for those earning less than $35,568 per year. This is an increase from the previous threshold of $23,660.

Employers can apply contractual bonuses and commission payments to as much as 10 percent of the exempt threshold.

You can find more information about the...

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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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