Professional Development

What Northern Colorado is doing to attract talented workforce

Finding talent continues to be one of the top two topics among business people in the Fort Collins area, with Interstate 25 being the other.

In February, a coalition of Larimer County business associations, government entities and the United Way presented a workforce plan titled Talent 2.0 Regional Workforce Strategy, Fort Collins-Loveland Metro Area. The partners included the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, city of For...

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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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Resources for Your Small Business

Should I open a business here or somewhere else? Do I have potential customers in this market? I think I'd like to expand my company but is that a good idea?

Even if you are a seasoned small business owner, your 'gut' will only take you so far. Sometimes there's no substitute for hard data.

A couple of weeks ago the U.S. Census Bureau introduced the Census Business Builder, which is a suite of services that you can customize to generate demographic and economic reports for geographic areas...

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Successful Moving Fort Collins Forward! Campaign Buys Impact and Quality

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...

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Winners and Losers as Baby Boomers Retire

Last month the Chamber hosted Mark Lautman, author of the book When the Boomers Bail. I wrote about the book in a previous post, which you can find here. It was an interesting opportunity to hear first-hand from an expert on community economics and workforce / demographic changes.The very short version is that communities will be engaged in talent wars to find enough people with the skills for local employers. There will be winner and loser as companies cast their recruitmen...

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Great by Choice

Last Wednesday the community experienced one of those rare cultural events that will impact the community for years to come. That morning 1,050 people gathered at the Lincoln Center to see best-selling author Jim Collins. The audience included people from small businesses, large companies, area nonprofits, city and county government, law enforcement, and the school district.I don't remember the last time I was at an event with the CEO's of the leading companies in town, the ...

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Jim Collins, Tomorrow – Only 80 Tickets Remain

There are only 80 tickets remaining for tomorrow's event with best-selling author Jim Collins. Collins will be presenting at the Lincoln Center 9:30 - Noon. The auditorium seats 1,180 people so we are nearing sellout. If you want to attend, call 970-482-3746 or go online

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Less than 200 Tickets Remain for Jim Collins

As you know from previous communications from the Chamber, we are hosting best-selling author Jim Collins at the Lincoln Center on the morning of Wednesday April 16. Over 900 tickets are gone, only 200 remain.So, this is currently the hottest ticket in town. Members can get tickets for only $99, non-members for $150. You can purchase tickets online at

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Before we announce this to the public, we wanted to give you a ‘heads up’ that we are arranging an appearance in Fort Collins by best-selling author Jim Collins this spring. Details are still being finalized, but Collins is scheduled to speak the morning of Wednesday April 16.Among his many books are Built to Last; Good to Great; and Great by Choice.The Chamber is still seeking sponsors for this event. If you are interested in doing so, please contact Ann Hutchis...

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Learn from New York Times Best-Selling Author

"In our fiercely competitive world, those who separate themselves from the pack define the interests of others and work tirelessly to help them advance." So says Tommy Spaulding, best-selling author of It's Not Just Who Your Know: Transform Your Life (and Your Organization) by Turning Colleagues and Contacts into Lasting, Genuine Relationships.

The Chamber is bringing Spaulding to Fort Collins to speak on October 18. The event will be at the newly renovated Lincoln Center. Previous best-selli...

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