Celebrate Black Business Month
August is Black Business Month and we want to celebrate and support Black-owned businesses in our community. Saja Butler opened Urban Monk Studios in Fort Collins 12 years ago. She instructs a variety of music lessons, including banjo, guitar, ukulele, and vocals.

The CSU Black/African American Cultural Center has also curated a list of Black-owned businesses throughout the region that you can support every day.

Q: Why do you think it’s important for our community to celebrate Black Business Month? 

It's important for Fort Collins to recognize that there are Black businesses in town because of the town demographic. In a mostly white town, minority businesses aren't recognized or even known. It's important in 2020 and beyond to show that we are represented, contribute to the local economy, and are a thriving part of our community. Fort Collins is needing this showcase of diversity. It's supposedly an "open-minded" town, so let's promote what makes it so.

Read Saja's full interview here

Free De-escalation Training for Businesses During COVID-19
The training will include a moderated panel featuring several local business owners that have demonstrated excellent customer communications and conflict management during the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel discussion is open to all Fort Collins businesses that may be experiencing increased issues with customer compliance and general conflict due to the new public health orders in response to COVID-19.

Participants are encouraged to listen and ask questions during the discussion. The panel discussion will also be recorded. Spanish translation is available for this event.

More information about registration to come!

Reputation Management 101 for Your Business
Ever wonder how to respond to unfriendly online comments and reviews? It is especially important to maintain your business' reputation now more than ever! Old Town Media, a local Fort Collins marketing agency, shares what excellent reputation management means for your business in this quick marketing video.

Be sure to check back for more video tips for your business!
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Things to Know
  • Get Counted! Take the 2020 Census to help our community receive proper federal resources and funding.
  • Energize Colorado Gap Fund and CLIMBER Loan program coming: Learn more & sign up for updates here.
Upcoming Events:
  • Looking to chat about Business Funding Resources? PPP Forgiveness? EIDL?
    • The Larimer Small Business Development Center and Loveland Business Development Center Directors will be hosting experts from their Funding Resources Group on August 27th at 9:00 am via Zoom. 
  • Need Answers to Questions that Impact Your Business? Chat with Larimer’s Health Department
    • All businesses are invited to join us on Thursday, August 27th, at 2:00 pm via Zoom. To help make this session as informative and helpful as possible, please submit your questions in advance 

Sign up for weekly updates from the City of Fort Collins Emergency Preparedness and Security COVID-19 newsletter at fcgov.com/eps/coronavirus

Check out ForFortCollins.com for tools and resources created to help your business reopen safely and strongly while gaining support from loyal customers and community members.

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222 Laporte Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80521