Small Business

Celebrating Small Business

Last week we celebrated small business and honored some of the best in the area at the annual Small Business of the Year Award Breakfast.

Small businesspeople make the world go ‘round. Their passion to serve customers everyday means we have access to services and products we need. And, in the process of doing so they provide jobs, add to the tax base and give back to the community in innumerable ways.

For more on the importance of small business in our state and around the nation, check ...

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Crushing Family and Medical Leave Program Pushing through Legislature

As I write this on Tuesday afternoon, a bill is being discussed in a state legislative committee that would add a major new mandate on employers and employees.

Senate Bill 188, known as the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program or FAMLI. SB 188, would create a government-run employee leave program funded with a payroll tax on Colorado employers and employees. While paid leave is a desirable benefit, we do not support mandating an inflexible one-size-fits-all on Colorado employers.

Per...

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Webinar Tomorrow about New State Sales Tax Requirements

As you probably know by now, the State of Colorado is changing its regulations on sales tax collections and submissions effective December 1, 2018.

Previously, we have encouraged members to attend the Department of Revenue (DOR) seminars and webinars on the issue to get up to speed. Tomorrow the DOR is holding such a webinar. You can find more information by clicking here or just doing a search.

As a quick refresher, in June the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in South Dakota vs. Wayfair Inc. tha...

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First Half of 2017 Strong for the Chamber

Another Independence Day come and gone. I hope you had a great one with family and friends.

At the midpoint of the year, here’s a quick review of what we’ve accomplished at the Chamber.

Fix I-25. The Chamber continues to lead the lobbying effort to get the funds to widen I-25 between Highway 14 in Fort Collins and Highway 66 north of Longmont.

Assembled team – lobbyists, media relations firm, pollsters, business leaders in two counties
Northern Colorado leaders have helped se...

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Small Businesses Vital to Fort Collins Area

Last week the Chamber held its annual Small Business of the Year Awards Breakfast. While it’s an opportunity to recognize a small group of finalists, it’s also about celebrating free enterprise, individualism and courage.

Sure, that’s over-romanticizing small business because it ignores things like long hours, the challenges of wearing (too) many hats, vendor and supplier challenges, money pressures and everything other problem that goes with running your own business. Even so, when I t...

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Big Thanks for a Big Campaign

Nearby is a recap of the Chamber’s annual Moving Fort Collins Forward! Campaign.  I hope you’ll take a minute to read it.

I want to extend my personal thanks to all of the people who supported the campaign.  We had company CEOs agree to have teams in the campaign and Vice Chairs that lent their prestige.  The team captains and team members were unbelievable and fun to work with.  Our leaders were Yvonne Myers of Columbine Health and Chris Otto of EKS&H.  This dynamic duo led us t...

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Where Will Workers Come From?

Workforce, talent, labor, employees, team members, members. Whatever label companies use to describe the people that work for them, most area employers are having some challenges hiring qualified people. And it’s going to get more challenging.

The Chamber has teamed up with other organizations in the Fort Collins-Loveland area to develop the first-ever talent development plan. Partners include the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, the City of Loveland, United Way of Larimer County, the City of ...

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City must justify climate plan expenses

In my last column (July 3), I wrote about the risks of Fort Collins’ city leaders developing a two-year budget that undermines support for future tax measures.

I specifically mentioned the Keep Fort Collins Great sales tax that will expire in a few years and how adding big costs into the budget now for things like climate programs could make it hard later to convince voters that the city actually needs more revenue.

Before getting to my main points, let me clarify a couple of t...

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The Fine Line between Well-funded and Silver-Plated City Government

I want to return once again to the theme of funding for our local city government and its 2-year budgeting process, which is now underway.

At the outset, understand where the Chamber is coming from relative to local government:

The community is fortunate to have clean, well-led, well-run local government. Many places are not so lucky.
The Chamber supports properly funded local government. The business community wants good basic services like good streets and properly staffed police an...

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Less Government, Please

At a meeting this morning of the Chamber’s Red Carpet Committee I was asked what can be done about the issues of stagnant wages and unaffordable housing.

It’s a bit like being asked to tell the history of the world in a paragraph! Immensely hard to do, but possible.

The real short answer is that both issues would benefit from less local government bureaucracy. So, I want credit for answering a difficult question with one sentence! The longer answer could be much, much longer. I’ll sp...

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