What are your plans for the future? Please take a moment to complete the COVID-19 Business Survey

Now that the vaccine is available to the general population and recovery is underway, we'd like to understand your plans for the future. Your input is important for local and regional decision making around policies, activities and investments that are needed for the region’s economic recovery.  Please take 10 minutes to tell us about the near-term expectations for your business and what assistance may be needed for your business and the Northern Colorado economy to fully recover. 

All survey responses are confidential. Aggregate responses from previous surveys are available online.

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East Mulberry Annexation Q&A Sessions

The City of Fort Collins is beginning an effort to update the East Mulberry Plan, which was first created in 2002. While this will include annexation planning and policy work, the plan will need to be updated even if annexation does not occur. The E Mulberry Project team is at the very beginning of the process and we are planning for two Q&A sessions to kick off the public engagement effort. All interested residents, businesses, and landowners are encouraged to participate in the creation of an updated vision.  

Two virtual question and answer sessions are being held on April 29, 2021: 

  • 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Business-focused Q&A
  • 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Resident-focused Q&A

Questions will be solicited online via the project webpage: www.fcgov.com/eastmulberry and meeting links will also be posted before the event. Simultaneous language translation will be available in Spanish and the sessions will be recorded. Each meeting will begin with an introductory presentation. Questions submitted online will be grouped by category and presented to City staff by the meeting’s moderator. The moderator will then open up the meeting for other questions. If your question is not answered, there will be several ways to follow up with staff, including “office hours,” phone calls or by email. A summary of each event will be posted on the webpage within a week as will recordings of each of the meetings. 

Everyone is encouraged to attend. Representatives from several City departments will be available to answer questions. City departments who will be present to answer questions include Streets, Stormwater, Light & Power, Police Services, Neighborhood Services, Code Enforcement, Sales Tax and other members of City leadership. 

3 Things to Know about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)
  1. Get the program details such as eligibility, funding amount, allowable use of funds and more. If you haven’t already, sign up for RRF email updates.
  2. Prepare. Currently, SBA is not accepting applications for RRF. However, you can prepare your application by reviewing the sample applicationprogram guide and cross-program eligibility chart on SBA COVID-19 relief options. You will be able to apply through SBA-recognized Point of Sale Restaurant Partners or directly via SBA in a forthcoming online application portal. Registration with SAM.gov is not required. DUNS or CAGE identifiers are also not required. 
  3. Know when to apply. The official application launch date will be announced shortly. Ahead of the application launch and over the next two weeks, the SBA will establish a seven-day pilot period for the RRF application portal and conduct extensive outreach and training on how to apply, application requirements and where to apply. Participants in this pilot will be randomly selected from existing PPP borrowers in priority groups for RRF and will not receive funds until the application portal is open to the public. Following the pilot, the application portal will be opened to the public. For the first 21 days that the program is open, the SBA will prioritize reviewing applications from small businesses owned by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Following the 21-day period, all eligible applicants are encouraged to submit applications.
Prepare & learn more about RRF

    Net Zero Cities April 27-28, 2021

    From energy to waste, an increasing number of cities are seeking to achieve aggressive sustainability-related goals. But what does it mean to be “net-zero?” This event will unpack what it means for cities and counties and the reason behind the movement, as well as address implications for the private sector and the regional population at large. 

    Net Zero Cities, presented by BizWest, will be conducted virtually in 2021, as large in-person gatherings remain impossible during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 virtual event features 8 sessions and over 25 speakers, including remarks from Governor Jared Polis, who will outline his vision for Colorado of being 100 percent powered by renewable energy by 2040. 

    Early-bird ticket fees, available through April 20, are $19.97. General admission ticket fees, available after April 20, are $29.97. Save $5 off either ticket price by using the promo code 2021NZCPROMO. BizWest subscribers save an additional $5. 

    Net Zero Cities will be held April 27-28, 2021 from 7:30 a.m to 12:00 p.m. each day. For more information, or to register, visit the event website at: https://events.bizwest.com/net-zero-cities/ 

    Things to Know & Upcoming Events
    • 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.  
    • EIDL applicants can send a request for reevaluation of a Targeted EIDL Advance application that was declined – Applicants should follow these instructions when requesting a reevaluation: 
      • Send an email to TargetedAdvanceReevaluation@sba.gov  
      • Use the subject line “Reevaluation Request for [insert your 10-digit application number]” 
      • In the body of the email, include identifying information for the application such as application number, business name, business address, business owner name(s) and phone number
      • Important: Include an explanation and any documentation that addresses the reason for the decline, if available. SBA will contact applicants if additional documentation is required to complete the review.
    • 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. 
    • 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 

      Upcoming Events: 

      • Business Q&A with Larimer’s Health Department - All businesses are invited to join us on Thursday, April 22, 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.

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      222 Laporte Ave.
      Fort Collins, CO 80521