Value of the Chamber

Advocacy Support for Business

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce has long been a business advocate, attending every City Council meeting, standing up on key issues and sharing a pragmatic view point. We make sure you have a seat at the table and a well-versed voice in the conversations that matter most is important.

We are excited that our first Advocacy Newsletter landed in members email boxes yesterday with the intention to keep you updated on issues impacting business, ways to contact your elected officials and ...

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Get Your Green On

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a Colorado State fan.  I wear green on fan Friday, my sister and I have season tickets for Volleyball, Football and Basketball and we travel—a lot.  We’ve been following various CSU teams as they play in other communities for a couple of decades.  We are headed to Iowa for the football game this weekend.

These trips to other college-based towns have always been a great opportunity to see and learn about new ideas and different ways of creating comm...

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Time to Pause and Reflect

It’s wonderful to have an occasional rainy day in the middle of summer.  As someone who grew up on the eastern plains of Colorado, I always appreciate moisture coming from the sky!  Rainy days inspire me to pause and reflect, even in the hustle of everyday demands.  Below is a catch-all of today’s observations.

Hats off to Chamber member and long-time volunteer Carrie Gillis! Carrie is the Real Estate Manager for a grouping of businesses here in northern Colorado and was inducted int...

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Trolls

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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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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Beyond My Bubble

As the Fort Collins Area Chamber Executive Vice President, and now as it’s CEO, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to sit in on very interesting conversations.  I’m a person that is incredibly curious, so miscellaneous data is always welcome to come my way.  Today I thought I would share some of the data points that have come across my desk this week that might be beyond your typical bubble of information….

The SBA opened up another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) fundi...

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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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Hello From Your New President & CEO

Happy New Year from the Fort Collins Area Chamber to all of our business partners!  As an organization, we are excited to kick off 2021 and, as an individual, I am thrilled to be taking on the role of President & CEO at the Fort Collins Area Chamber.

My name is Ann Hutchison and I took on the reigns at the Chamber on January 1.  I am happy to say that many of you reading this blog already know me.  For those that I haven’t met yet, I look forward to connecting with you soon.

A lit...

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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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Ann Hutchison, the Executive Committee, and Moving Fort Collins Forward

As members, you’ve probably seen the news about the Chamber’s Executive Vice President Ann Hutchison being promoted to President & CEO effective January 1. A big congratulations to Ann! She will bring new energy and ideas to the Chamber while providing continuity and stability during the pandemic recovery and economic rebuilding. I hope you extend to her and the Chamber the high level of help and support you provided to me.

A big thank you to the Chamber Executive Committee for the ex...

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