Fort Collins

Voodoo and Potpourri

“My wife called down from upstairs with a question: ‘Do you ever get a shooting pain across your body, like someone’s got a voodoo doll of you and they’re stabbing you?’

Sounding concerned, I replied, ‘No….’

She responded, ‘How about now?’”

Ha! That’s pretty funny! Somebody sent this to me recently, and I had a good laugh.

Maybe it’s not all that funny, maybe I just needed to laugh, but it worked.

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Election Day is fi...

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Thoughts on the Economic Impact to the Fort Collins Area of the Shutdown

The Board of Directors of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce held its first-ever virtual Board Retreat yesterday. A lot of topics were covered including reopening businesses and rebuilding the economy. Here are observations I shared with directors about how the public health shutdown will economically impact the greater Fort Collins area:

Lack of vaccine = a cautious public = reduced economic activity = slower economic recovery (a Nike swoosh instead of a “V” recovery). An 80% ec...

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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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We are All in this Together, Six Feet Apart

Dear Members,

You all continue to impress me with your humanity, engagement and perseverance during a very difficult time. Our Chamber team has tried to reach all of you via email and phone. Those we’ve been able to talk with are appreciative of the personal contact and the chance to visit with a friendly voice. Same with us. The stay-at-home order is isolating, and we miss being with you in person.

The abruptness of the economic shutdown of business by government has left everyone scram...

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Valerie Arnold

On Saturday one of our friends and active members, Valerie Arnold, died from cancer. She lit up every room she entered. An attorney who became a realtor, she was a former

Assistant Attorney General and counsel to Colorado Division of Real Estate. With the Chamber, Valerie was active with the Red Carpet Committee, the annual Moving Fort Collins Forward! campaign, and served on the Local Legislative Affairs Committee.

In the community Valerie served on the Board of Citizens for a Sustain...

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Curt Richardson: ‘Failure is Just a Change of Plans’

Last Thursday evening, Curt Richardson was honored by BizWest with the Bravo! Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony at the Embassy Suites.

It was a fun evening overall with a Master Class of successful area entrepreneurs answering audience questions, finalists of the Innovation Quotient Awards Innovation Challenge pitching their ideas, then the Bravo! Awards honorees being recognized.

It was all great, but Curt was especially fun to listen to because of his rags to riches s...

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“Fixing” Problems by Making Things Worse?

A month ago, I wrote a post titled “It’s a Crisis!” in which I poked fun at the special pleaders routinely parading up to the microphone at City Council meetings asking for official government sanction to address various so-called crises.

I declared if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, then offered my own market-based perspective on how to deal with the housing affordability ‘crisis’ in our fair city, which included:

Liberalize the over-restrictive 3-unrelated ordinance. Whe...

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IT’S A CRISIS!!

Hardly a week goes by without a group or individual appearing before the Fort Collins City Council to declare some crisis that needs formal city action and sanction.

Some are worth considering, while others are radical, disruptive, and expensive special interest pleadings. I’d like to say the latter are dismissed out-of-hand, but, unfortunately, sometimes common sense is not in residence at City Hall.

But, hey, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!

So for my contribution to the ‘cr...

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Find Your Job Candidates

Since we launched Work In Northern Colorado a couple of months ago, over 2,500 job listings have been posted on the site.

Your job postings on Indeed.com automatically post to the Work In Northern Colorado site.

Next up is a full-blown marketing campaign to promote the site. A marketing team from our site developer will spend time in Northern Colorado next week focused on how to best tell our story. They’ll be meeting with employers and residents about the virtues of living and working h...

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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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