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Northern Colorado Business Report#

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#

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.

Registration information coming soon! Additional information about this free event can be found at:

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. 

¡La información de registro llegará pronto! Puede encontrar información adicional sobre este evento gratuito en:

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.

Read the 2018 Survey Results

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.

Read the 2018 Small Business Survey Results

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.

Read the Survey Results

City Joins With ACCION Colorado For Small Business Loan Opportunities#

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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