Larimer Level Up Now In Level Blue - Update March 3, 2021

Larimer County’s “5 Star” certified business variance program, locally known as the Level Up Program has been approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Office.    

March 3, 2021 Update: With at least 70% of all Coloradans aged 70+ vaccinated, Level Up Certified Businesses can move to the next dial level, Level Blue

The County is still accepting applications for the Level Up Program. The application process is long, so the County has provided the components that are required for submission here. All these will need to be submitted, incomplete applications will be returned for completion and not reviewed.  

Questions about this process? Email or call us at 970-498-5500 (M-F 9-4:30).

Relief Available for Businesses Impacted by Fires

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future. 
Deadline to apply for physical damage is April 26, 2021.  
Please contact the Larimer Small Business Development Center for assistance accessing and applying for SBA relief.

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Order In & Help Out on Takeout Tuesdays

Encourage customers to support local eateries like yours on Takeout Tuesdays. It can be anything from swinging by a food truck for lunch, grabbing a latte and pastry, or getting a meal delivered for the entire family. 

In partnership with the City, Nosh is offering any Fort Collins Restaurants free sign up and lower commission rates. Nosh is a food delivery service locally owned by Northern Colorado restaurants working together to keep food delivery economically sustainable, focus on customer service, and keep local dollars in NoCo. 

Meet Tiffany Helton, Larimer Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Consultant

Tiffany Helton was recently named one of the two Top Consultants of the Year at the Larimer Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Tiffany has worked in the restaurant industry for over 20 years. She is the co-founder of the STUFT burger bar restaurants and Lonesome Buck Breweries.  

Consulting Expertise Includes: 

  • Restaurants/Food Products 
  • Product Development 
  • Pricing Structure 
  • Sales 
  • Sales Management 

The Larimer SBDC offers FREE 1x1 consulting with over 40 experienced business consultants that can assist with any of your business needs.

Connect with a Larimer SBDC Consultant Today

Things to Know & Upcoming Events

    Upcoming Events: 

    • PIVOT Larimer County Applications Now Open – The Pivot program is a 4-week workshop series. Each session is taught by the College of Business faculty, and helps business owners and managers develop a new path forward for their business.  
      • Upcoming Pivot Jumpstart Cohort 4: 
        • March 26 - April 16, 2021 
        • Friday’s from 12:30pm – 5:00pm 
        • Apply now: 
    • Business Q&A with Larimer’s Health Department - All businesses are invited to join us on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 2:00 pm via Zoom. To help make this session as informative and helpful as possible, please submit your questions in advance

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