Last Wednesday evening 500+ people gathered at the Hilton for the Chamber’s Annual Dinner. It was great to hear the buzz in the room. People were so into visiting that it was hard to get the event started! And, it was great to see very worthy people honored for their contributions to the Chamber and community including outgoing Chair Yvonne Myers, outgoing Treasurer / Board Director Jason Ells, Allison Hines as Young Professional of the Year, Steve Tool as Volunteer of the Year and Karen Weitk...Read More
As you know from the update in today’s Chamber SmartBrief e-Weekly, the Chamber’s annual Moving Fort Collins Forward! campaign is over and was very successful. When the residual pledges and numbers finish coming in, campaign volunteers will have raised over $700,000 and recruited 100 new members in just 11 weeks. Very impressive!
But while we measure progress with numbers, what do they really mean?
First of all, as I’ve said in this space before, we don’t raise money for the sake o...Read More
The Chamber’s annual Moving Fort Collins Forward! campaign is in its final days. If you’re interested in sponsoring a program, event or initiative, there’s still time. Give Kim Medina on our team a call at 482-3751 x 104, and she’ll have one of our teams contact you. You can learn more about our key initiatives here (including our work to get I-25 widened) and sponsorship opportunities here.
As part of the campaign, we are also trying to grow our membership. We ...Read More
It's a beautiful fall in Northern Colorado. As I write this, it's a near perfect 71 degrees and sunny with the leaves in their full glory.As you know by now, the Colorado State University Board of Governors heard a report last week from CSU President Tony Frank about the status of fund raising for the proposed on-campus stadium. The Board approved Dr. Frank's recommendation to further study 4 options ranging from maintenance of the existing stadium to a public-private partnership to build the st...Read More
Whoever said there's no such thing as a free lunch never heard about "Fridays at the Chamber!"For the second summer in a row, on select Fridays at lunch, the Chamber does a cookout on its patio. The price is (drum roll please)....FREE! Yep, "Fridays at the Chamber" are free for Chamber members. And, there are no programs and presentations. The whole gathering consists of people enjoying hotdogs, hamburgers and watermelon while chatting with friends and meeting new people. The timing is flexib...Read More
Marijuana is a big topic in Colorado, as you well know. The Chamber opposed Amendment 64, which 'legalized' recreational pot use in the state. It's passage at the state level set up a conflict with the federal Controlled Substances Act.This legal ambiguity will eventually be resolved, but in the meantime, what about marijuana companies that may want to join the Chamber?In anticipation of that eventuality, we have adopted the following policy:
After a very successful 2013, which included helping retain Woodward in Fort Collins, the Chamber is focused on six top priorities for 2014:
Find candidates for 2015 City Council elections. Local government has a big impact on business. Having people on the Council at least willing to consider the impact of government policies on business and the economy is very important to the community’s wellbeing. Increase public advocacy of the Chamber’s Jobs Agenda. Th...Read More
I try not to use this space for self-promotional purposes like hawking Chamber events or glorifying the Chamber. Instead, I like to comment on issues or send you to resources that I think you'll find interesting and useful.
What follows might seem like a departure from that. However, since it's about helping your company be successful, I've relented. You see, it's all about you!
The results of a national survey of 2,000 adults were released last week. It found that being active in a local ...Read More
At the Chamber we field many questions every day from the public, visitors and businesses on a variety of topics.
For small companies in the greater Fort Collins region, the Chamber can be a great resource.
First, check out the "Small Business Resources" page on the Chamber's Web site. You'll find a "Fort Collins Business Resource Guide," information about starting a business, access to the City's Development Review Center, tax information and more.
Second, ask for guidance from the Ch...Read More
Chamber of commerce is one of the most recognizable names around and one of the most misunderstood. Everybody's heard the term "chamber of commerce" but when you ask people to describe what it is the answers are all over the place. So, what is a chamber of commerce and what is its role in the community?
The short version is that we are vocal champions of the community in general and particularly business.
The concept of business people working with each other out of mutual interest goes ba...Read More