Community

The “Why” to Our Work

We celebrated the many landscaping companies that are a part of the Fort Collins Area Chamber in my last blog—but missed one of these great partners.  If you are faced with the same challenges I was --missing a green thumb and trying to do it yourself -- please consider making contact with one or more of these amazing companies. And a very special shout out to Zak George Landscaping, the team that keeps the Fort Collins Area Chamber looking great!

In other news, I had the great fortune to ...

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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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Time to Act

Sunshine, outdoor patios and summer break have been taking over my mind the last week or so.  It is so exciting to see people out and about, supporting our businesses and celebrating a return to the new normal.  I hope that you and your family are also enjoying all that summer has to offer.

But I also need to take over a small bit of your brain to think about action in the name of business.  We have a number of opportunities that are circulating throughout the community that are in need of...

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Businesses and Community Members Have a Crucial Role in Increasing COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Larimer County

Your Chamber continues to work with the Larimer County Health Department encouraging our community to take part in our Drive to 65. Here is a message from our county’s health director with more ways we can help strengthen our economy.

Businesses and Community Members Have a Crucial Role in Increasing COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Larimer County
By: Larimer County Public Health Director Tom Gonzales, MPH, REHS.

In Larimer County, cases of COVID-19 have significantly decreased in recent week...

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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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Chamber Endorsements – Ballot Issues

Sound policy, consistency and predictability help businesses thrive. That’s why the Fort Collins Area Chamber examines policy issues in depth and takes a stand to protect the interests of businesses and their employees. This year, we are taking a stance on one critical ballot issue.  Below is what you need to know about this ballot issue and why it matters to the business community.

Proposed Citizen-Initiated Ordinance
(relating to the former Hughes Stadium property)

The Chamber is rec...

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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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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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Level Up — Bringing Out the Best Community Stalwarts

Your Chamber has been a key advocate and co-creator of the Larimer County Level Up program. Launched on December 23, the program is a creative grass-roots effort to keep Larimer County residents safe and businesses functioning during the ongoing pandemic.

The Level Up Program provides businesses with the opportunity to voluntarily apply current best practices, become certified by the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment and then be allowed to open more fully than the current CO...

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