Celebrate American-Asian Pacific Islander (APPI) Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (APPI) Heritage Month and we want to celebrate and support our APPI business owners in Fort Collins. Check out our interview with Reena Duwal, owner of Tararine Thai Cuisine. Be sure to follow Tararine on Facebook and Instagram.  

Can you tell us about how you got started in this industry? 

My love of cooking for others began at home. In Nepali culture, it is a tradition to get together and eat. And this is for every single meal, whether it is a daily dinner or a big festival gathering. After moving to the US, I got inspired to share that piece of my culture. Back in Nepal, we have large gatherings in our community, we invite friends, family, neighbors, I cooked for everybody, and I loved every second of it. Cooking for others is something that is ingrained in my DNA.  

Why do you think it’s important for our community to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month? 

I think a lack of communication creates division. When minorities aren’t sharing their stories, or aren’t getting the platform to share their stories, assumptions are made about them and their cultures. But celebrations like AAPI Heritage Month presents an opportunity to share and highlight our culture, our stories, to finally be able to talk to other communities and welcome them to our beautiful and diverse traditions, food, and customs. Establishing that connection and forming relationships is how we spread love and create safe spaces and become compassionate enough to listen to each other.

Read Reena’s full story

Colorado Jumpstart Incentive for Unemployed Coloradans Who Return to Work

Governor Jared Polis signed an Executive Order on May 19, 2021 creating a new monetary incentive program to support unemployed Coloradans as they return to work full time. Under the Colorado Jumpstart incentive program, unemployed individuals are eligible to receive an incentive of up to $1,600 to support the transition into full-time work. 

Eligible claimants who return to work between May 16 - May 29, 2021 can receive a Colorado Jumpstart Bonus of $1,600. Eligible claimants who return to work between May 30 - June 26, 2021 can receive a Colorado Jumpstart Bonus of $1,200. The Colorado Jumpstart Bonus is taxable and will be taxed at the percentage a claimant has previously selected. 

To apply, log into your MyUI+ account or call 303-536-5615. 

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Fort Collins Virtual Job Fair May 17 - June 7

Visit Fort Collins and Larimer County Economic & Workforce Development are hosting a Fort Collins Virtual Hospitality & Restaurant Job Fair. Hotels, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses are encouraged to register.  

Please contact Andrew Minor at aminor@larimer.org or 970-498-6083 with questions.  

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Sign up to have a Mobile Vaccine Clinic at your business

Businesses may request an on-site mobile vaccine clinic to come to their workplace. Fill out the request form here: https://form.jotform.com/211374714104042  

Every person who gets the vaccine helps stop COVID-19 from spreading, helping our community stay healthy and our businesses thriving. Do your part and get vaccinated today at any of the dozens of locations available throughout Northern Colorado. 

Things to Know & Upcoming Events

    Upcoming Events: 

    • PIVOT Larimer County - Applications Open - With changing customer habits and new health expectations, many businesses need to ‘pivot’ their business model to adapt to the changing times. In response, CSU’s College of Business is providing free training to Larimer County businesses on how to ‘pivot’ their business and develop a long-term resiliency plan.  
      • Upcoming Pivot Jumpstart Cohort: 
        • Each Friday June 4 - June 25, 2021 from 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
    • Community Recycling Ordinance Q&A Sessions - The new ordinance goes into effect on June 30, 2021 and means that all waste haulers in Fort Collins will be required to charge customers for baseline recycling service, including commercial and multi-family locations for the first time.
      • Monday, June 07, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. – Q&A Session – Register here  
      • Friday, June 18, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. – Q&A Session – Register here 
    • Business Q&A with Larimer’s Health Department - All businesses are invited to join us on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. 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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