Growing Your Business

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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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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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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7 Ways Employers Can Support Older Workers

One of the topics being discussed as part of the Fort Collins-Loveland Talent 2.0 Regional Workforce Strategy is how to retain and support older workers and transfer knowledge to their successors.

A recent story on by Nancy Collamer addresses this issue. It is titled “7 Ways Employers Can Support Older Workers and Job Seekers.”

The full story is a quick read and worth taking time for. Here are her 7 suggestions:

Advertise job openings in newspapers in addition to online...

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We’re making progress on I-25 funding in Northern Colorado

We continue to make important progress in funding expansion of north Interstate 25.

Last week the Colorado Transportation Commission announced an additional $200 million for north I-25. The money is contingent upon the award of a $95 million federal freight corridor grant being applied for by the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization.

If it comes through, it would be applied to widen a segm...

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Making Our Future

This morning I had an interesting conversation with a member who owns a manufacturing business. He came in to talk about the future of the region and how the various communities and economic development-type organizations in the area work together to promote Northern Colorado.

During our discussion, he made a point similar to one that I’ve made in the past: it’s great to be us, meaning Northern Colorado. Our robust economy is reflected in employment statistics. At 2.6% Colorado has the lo...

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Leaders Step Up with Money to Tackle Big Issues

In March I told you about Northern Colorado Prospers, a major new initiative of the Chamber’s designed to tackle some of the region’s biggest challenges.

Northern Colorado Prospers is a 5-year key strategic initiative campaign with four goals:

Fix North I-25. This means lobbying to secure the ~$1.5 billion necessary to widen the interstate to 3 lanes each way between Longmont and Fort Collins.
Align, attract and retain talent. We rank 7th in the nation in under-employment yet many...

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Seven Ways to Grow Your Business

In an era when technology rules, it's easy to forget the fundaments. You might be able to grow your business by using a variety of social media and social networking tools. Business consultant and #1 best selling author Tony Rubleski says, "I'm often asked by new and existing business owners for a simple, inexpensive way to increase their local visibility and marketing efforts to produce more opportunities and sales. Without a doubt, I always ask a stunningly simple question, Are you a member of...

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