Small Business

Thanks and Happy New Year!

I can’t believe that 2021 is almost over.  As I look back on this last year, and my first as President & CEO of the Fort Collins Area Chamber, I am blown away by the talents and investments that community members will make into our organization.  I have been humbled and honored to serve in this role the last year – mostly because of the people that I get to work with on a daily basis.  Today’s blog is a bit of a thank you letter to the many people who make our community what it is.

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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...

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Stay in Game Day Shape – Be a Business Cheerleader

Over the weekend I posted on my Facebook page that I was energized by the fact that I got to put on my CSU Ram gear on Game Day. Yes, my wardrobe is filled with green and gold—but there is something special about getting ready to cheer on your team (even if it is from your living room).

As I got ready for Game Day, I was struck by the fact that we all have a role in being a cheerleader and a fan of business during these uncertain times.

I’m so proud of the work that our economic partne...

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Thank You and Best Wishes

This is my last official communication to you as President & CEO of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce before I retire in a few days.

It has been a great honor for me to work with you over the past 17 ½ years on behalf of our business community and region. The community is better because of the efforts of the Chamber and because of your support.

I’ll spare you from my reminiscences! Instead, let me return to a theme I’ve repeatedly shared with you over the years: Thank God ...

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Small Businesses Finding a Way Forward

Yesterday a good article was published on the Harvard Business Review site with insights on small businesses and the COVID-19 crisis along with some recommendations. The article is titled A Way Forward for Small Businesses by Bartik, Bertrand, Cullen, Glaeser, Luca, and Stanton.

The article is worth a read and here are a few excerpts.

In detail the authors offer five recommendations for navigating the current crisis, but here’s the quick list:

Don’t rush your decisions, but do mak...

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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.


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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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