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#ForFortCollins Business Feature with Motherlove Herbal Company#

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In honor of Earth Day this April, we're highlighting Motherlove Herbal Company, a sustainability-focused business committed to the triple bottom line of supporting the planet and people while doing business. Read our interview with CEO Silencia Cox as she shares what it's like to be a B Corp company and how she has carried on her mother's legacy of Motherlove.

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#ForFortCollins Business Feature with Heritage & Bloom#

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We're celebrating Women's History Month by highlighting Heritage & Bloom, a local, woman-owned business. Read our interview with Owner & Founder Allison Song as she shares how she weaves her culture and heritage into her craft.

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#ForFortCollins Business Feature with Project Pizza#

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February is Black History Month and we're celebrating our local, black-owned businesses in Fort Collins. Check out the story of Chef & Founder Isaiah Ruffin of the Pizza Project, a food truck that cares about the food, environment, and giving back to the community.

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Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) Current Status Survey Results#

The City of Fort Collins Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP), funded by Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars and administered by the Economic Health Office, provided monetary relief to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provided funding to individual businesses to help offset the significant, temporary loss of revenue during this pandemic and to assist businesses in sustaining through impacts to their business from public health orders.

The City also participated in the Larimer County Small Business Relief Program, which was very similar to the SBAP program, but where the eligibility criteria were set by the State. Eligible industries included restaurants, bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries. Caterers, movie theaters and fitness/recreational sports centers.

The total number of distinct businesses that received one or both of the grants is 297.

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Resultados de la encuesta del Programa de Asistencia para Pequeñas Empresas

El programa de asistencia a pequeños negocios de la ciudad de Fort Collins (Small Business Assistance Program o SBAP por sus siglas en inglés), financiado por el programa de ayuda, asistencia y seguridad económica en respuesta al coronavirus (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security o CARES por sus siglas en inglés) y administrado por la Oficina de Bienestar Económico proporcionó asistencia económica a pequeños negocios que se vieron afectados por la pandemia por COVID-19. El programa proporcionó financiación a diferentes negocios para compensar la pérdida temporal de ganancias durante la pandemia y para ayudar a estos negocios a mantenerse a flote cuando se vieron afectados por diferentes órdenes de salud pública.

La ciudad también participó en el programa de asistencia a pequeños negocios del condado de Larimer (Larimer County Small Business Relief Program o SBR por sus siglas en inglés), un programa muy similar al programa SBAP, pero en el cual la elegibilidad para el mismo la establecía el estado. Industrias que se beneficiaron de dicho programa incluían restaurantes, bares, bodegas, cervecerías, servicios de catering, cines y centros recreativos/deportes.

El número total de negocios que recibieron una o ambas subvenciones es de 297.

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Northern Colorado Business Report#

The COVID-19 Pandemic and the associated disruptions in economic activity have had marked impacts on businesses across the country. In Northern Colorado, revenue data, derived from credit card transactions, reveal that small businesses experienced at least a 50 percent drop in revenues during March and April. Though revenues have recovered somewhat since the trough at the beginning of the Pandemic, they remain depressed at 20 to 40 percent of their pre-Pandemic level. As the Pandemic persists, many businesses continue struggling to survive.

The purpose of this research is to better understand Northern Colorado’s community of business owners, in particular businesses owned by BIPOC, women, and veterans, and how their businesses are positioned to weather the Pandemic.

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2021 Business Appreciation Celebration#

Take a mental health break with us at the 2021 Business Appreciation Celebration - Thursday, October 7, 2021

Join us on October 7, 2021, for the City of Fort Collins’ 2021 Business Appreciation Celebration as we gather virtually to speak on the topic of mental health and our business community. We believe healthy minds mean healthy business. Tune in to hear from special guest speaker, Marah Lidey, CEO & Co-Founder of the mental wellness app, Shine. The Shine app was named the best mental wellness app by Apple in 2020.

We will also be hearing the powerful stories of some of our very own Fort Collins businesses sharing how they were able to adapt and remain resilient even in the most difficult times. Featured stories include IOMEColorado CutzLa CocinaR Bar, and Woodward.

The event will be available in English and Spanish.

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Tómese un descanso de salud mental con nosotros en la Celebración de Apreciación a Nuestros Negocios 2021 - el jueves, 7 de octubre de 2021

Únase a nosotros el 7 de octubre de 2021 para la Celebración de Apreciación a Nuestros Negocios 2021 de la Ciudad de Fort Collins mientras nos reunimos virtualmente para hablar sobre el tema de la salud mental y nuestra comunidad empresarial. Creemos que mentes sanas significan negocios saludables. Sintonice para escuchar a la oradora invitada especial, Marah Lidey, CEO y cofundadora de la aplicación de bienestar mental, Shine. La aplicación Shine fue nombrada la mejor aplicación de bienestar mental por Apple en 2020.

También escucharemos las poderosas historias de algunas de nuestras propias empresas de Fort Collins compartiendo cómo fueron capaces de adaptarse y resistir incluso en los momentos más difíciles. Las historias destacadas incluyen IOME,  Colorado Cutz,  La Cocina,  R Bar y Woodward.

El evento estará disponible tanto en inglés como en español. 

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Fort Collins Business Survey#

The City's Economic Health Office conducted a scientific survey of Fort Collins businesses about the community's business climate, expansion plans and experience with City services.

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Fort Collins Small Business Survey#

The City's Economic Health Office surveyed Fort Collins small businesses to identify gaps, challenges, and opportunities experienced in the City's small business climate.

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Arts Market Survey Results Now Available#

Results of the Arts Market Survey, funded in part by the City of Fort Collins Economic Health Office, are now available. The City, Downtown Development Authority, and Bohemian Foundation engaged Artspace to assess the feasibility of an affordable housing development.

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City Joins With ACCION Colorado For Small Business Loan Opportunities#

The City of Fort Collins has joined with ACCION Colorado - the largest non-profit, small business lending network in the nation - to bring ACCION to Fort Collins this summer to assist small businesses that may not meet traditional lending requirements.

ACCION’s Denver-based bilingual staff specialize in lending to start-ups, low-to-moderate entrepreneurs and other potentially disadvantaged borrowers who may not “fit in the box” for conventional small business lenders. ACCION has partnered with the City and FVC MESH to provide in-person lending services from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 7 and 21, July 5 and 19 and August 2 and 16 at FVC MESH, 242 Linden St.

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Talent And Workforce: About Talent 2.0#

In 2014, the City evaluated current workforce and future needs as an essential part of a healthy economy. That effort has grown to a regional level: In 2017, the City will participate in a Talent 2.0 Regional Action Plan to address access, alignment and barriers to developing the first regional workforce action plan. Talent development is a team sport that requires public, private and educational institutions to work collaboratively to be successful. See the presentation from the February 2017 rollout.

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