Welcome to 2022. Your Chamber is excited about all the opportunity that lays ahead for business and our community, despite the tremendous sense of loss that we are all experiencing as a result of the Marshall Fire. I’m giving up my Blog space this week to reprint the tremendous BizWest column by my friend and colleague John Tayer, President and CEO of the Boulder Chamber. We have offered our support and assistance to John and the other Chamber leaders across the Northwest Chamber Allianc...Read More
The Chamber has had a long tradition of this space being dedicated to a “list of thanks” each Thanksgiving week. To stick with tradition, here goes…
I’m so thankful for the team at the Chamber. Our small band of advocates has been working all the way through the pandemic and beyond to serve our members and the community. They are the smile you get at the front door, the “canary in the coal mine” at City Council meetings, the connector you meet at Red Carpet and so much more....Read More
It’s been an interesting couple of weeks here at the Chamber. I’ve been invited to join several conversations related to moratoriums and mandates and wanted to share a few perspectives with our membership.
What is a mandate and how do we feel about that here at the Chamber? Our good friend Merriam-Webster (the dictionary folks) defines mandate as “to officially require (something): make (something) mandatory.” Separately, a moratorium is defined as “a waiting period set by an au...Read More
Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a Colorado State fan. I wear green on fan Friday, my sister and I have season tickets for Volleyball, Football and Basketball and we travel—a lot. We’ve been following various CSU teams as they play in other communities for a couple of decades. We are headed to Iowa for the football game this weekend.
These trips to other college-based towns have always been a great opportunity to see and learn about new ideas and different ways of creating comm...Read More
It’s wonderful to have an occasional rainy day in the middle of summer. As someone who grew up on the eastern plains of Colorado, I always appreciate moisture coming from the sky! Rainy days inspire me to pause and reflect, even in the hustle of everyday demands. Below is a catch-all of today’s observations.
Hats off to Chamber member and long-time volunteer Carrie Gillis! Carrie is the Real Estate Manager for a grouping of businesses here in northern Colorado and was inducted int...Read More
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 ...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More