COVID-19 Community Resources

Have your employees been impacted by the pandemic? Looking for resources to share with those needing support? 

United Way's 211 Call Center connects community members impacted by COVID-19 to resources for food, medical, mental health, unemployment, utilities/rent assistance and more. 

Dial 211 or 970-407-7066 or 1-866-485-0211 now to connect with resources. 

Additionally, the City has created a community resource brochure with additional resources for those impacted by the pandemic. The brochure is also available in Spanish.

View Brochure

Chipper's Lanes is #ForFortCollins!

We’re highlighting Chipper’s Lanes as our #ForFortCollins Feature. Chipper’s Lanes is a local favorite in the region with two Fort Collins locations and others around Northern Colorado. 

“The pandemic hit a lot of businesses hard and ours was no exception. However, the kindness we have seen from our community truly has been uplifting. We continue leading our teams to create the fun, clean, local entertainment that you and yours truly deserve for years to come. Visit us soon, we’ve missed you all, and above else, remember to play local!” – Matt Hoeven, Owner 

Be sure to follow Chipper’s Lanes on Facebook & Instagram

Interested in having your small business featured? Please email Jillian Fresa at jfresa@fcgov.com.  

Read Chipper's full story

Fort Collins Local Lending Co.

To ensure the economic vitality of the Fort Collins area, the Fort Collins Local Lending Co. provides short-term, low-interest loans and hands-on support to local business and real estate owners so they can invest in property improvements that will revitalize our community for years to come. 

Eligible Uses include: 

  • Building Infrastructure/Stabilization 
  • Exterior Renovation 
  • Façade Renovation 
  • Interior Renovation 
  • Landscaping & Exterior Beautification  
  • Real Estate Acquisition 
    Learn more about the Fort Collins Local Lending Co.

    Meet Peggy Lyle, Larimer Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Consultant

    A native of Santa Fe, Peggy Lyle is passionate about the arts and creative approaches to business and communications. With 20+ years of event production, marketing, and programming experience for the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District, Downtown Fort Collins Business Association, and the Fort Collins Musicians Association, she has aided countless musicians, performers, galleries, artists, nonprofits, and small businesses to success. Peggy works to translate “business” to creatives and “creative” to business owners. 

     
    Consulting Expertise Includes: 

    • General Creative Business Support/Planning 
    • Communications 
    • Media Relations 
    • Event Planning 
    • Marketing Strategies 
    • Promotional Tactics 
    • Brand Strategy/Establishment 

    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
    • NoCo COVID-19 Business Survey (Spring 2021 Survey) – Economic Development Organizations and Chambers of Commerce in Larimer and Weld County are working together to collect information to better serve our business community in our response and recovery efforts. 
    • Free De-escalation Training for Businesses During COVID-19 – Watch videos now 
    • Payroll Protection Program (PPP) will close May 21, 2021. If funds are used and documented properly by the business they can be forgiven, more details about loan forgiveness can be found here.  
    • Colorado COVID Legal Relief offers FREE legal aid to Colorado small businesses facing challenges due to COVID19. The webpage is available in Spanish.   
    • Personal Property Tax payment plan options for Larimer County Businesses – The Larimer County Treasurer office may be able to help with payment plan options, please email lctreasurer@larimer.org  or call 970-498-7020 to discuss payment plan options 
    • Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) Updates allow PPP Loan borrowers to amend their payroll tax filings for 2020 and claim refunds (refunds could be as much as $5,000 per employee). ERTC is now extended through June 30, 2021 and increased the benefit to as much as $14,000 per employee.  
    • Unemployment Insurance Hotline offered by the Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development 970-498-6600 or https://www.larimer.org/ewd 
    • Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Application Portal remains temporarily suspended - When a reopening date is determined by the SBA, updates will be provided in advance so applicants have time to prepare. Applicants may continue to register for a new account. 

      Upcoming Events: 

      • Business Q&A with Larimer’s Health Department - All businesses are invited to join us on Thursday, April 15, 2021, 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.

      Economic Health Office
      222 Laporte Ave.
      Fort Collins, CO 80521