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Doing business in Fort Collins

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Location, demographics, and quality of life are just a few reasons that make Fort Collins a great place to run a business.

Economic Health of the City of Fort Collins

Learn more about the Economic Health of the City of Fort Collins, its major accomplishments and upcoming goals and projects.

2012 Economic Health Overview.

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Business Success Stories from City's 2014 Business Appreciation Breakfast

See brief video clips on the City's YouTube channel of Fort Collins businesses highlighted at the City's second annual Business Appreciation Breakfast on May 21:

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Join the "By Colorado" Campaign

Branding can be tough for small companies, but a new state program is meant to help leverage the state’s well known cachet for homegrown and large Colorado based businesses alike.

Companies that join the “By Colorado” state brand licensing program can obtain logos and royalty free licensing for marketing their brands. The “By Colorado” state brand licensing program is designed to give Colorado companies an extra push that will help with increased sales and strengthened brand loyalty, said Teri Cavanagh, director of the “By Colorado” campaign, who works in collaboration with Aaron Kennedy, Chief Marketing Officer for the state.

“We are working hard to establish connections with companies across the state, and are counting on businesses to spread the word so we can sign new companies and really being to make our collective voice heard.” said Teri Cavanagh, director of the “By Colorado” campaign. The initiative has set aggressive goals for new company recruitments.

According to state officials, 92 percent of state residents say they would buy more Colorado products if they were identified as being from Colorado. 

How to Sign Up for “By Colorado”

Five state logos have been created to distinguish you as a Colorado producer and direct customers to your goods and services. The licensing program is free and joining is easy:

Go to

Click on “USE THE BRAND” right from the home page

Click on “Apply to use the brand here” at the top of the following page

Fill out the application and submit the form. 

Shop Fort Collins

On the local front, in Fort Collins, the City works closely with its partners to promote all area businesses through a “Shop Fort Collins” campaign. The educational campaign is designed to raise community awareness about keeping sales- and use-tax dollars here to fund such important community services as fire and police. 

Joining the City in the “Shop Fort Collins” campaign are the Foothills Mall, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, Front Range Village, Fort Collins Marketplace, the Downtown Business Association, the Fort Collins Conventions and Visitors Bureau and Be Local.

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Working with the City of Fort Collins

The City of Fort Collins has a centralized Purchasing Division responsible for the procurement of goods and services in excess of $2000. The City always welcomes new vendors to join its list of quality suppliers for goods and services.

Related Information:

Economic Newsletter
City Sales and Use Tax License Office
215 North Mason Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Phone: 970.221.6780
Economic Health
City Hall West
300 LaPorte Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Josh Birks
Economic Health Director
Phone: 970.221.6324
Purchasing Department
215 N. Mason
Fort Collins, CO 80522
Phone: 970.221.6775