Meet Kim Fisher, Larimer Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Consultant

Kim Fisher is the Chief Strategist at Vision Catalyst. With over 30 years-experience as a Nonprofit executive, she specializes in creating and implementing infrastructure for nonprofit start-ups. Kim does everything from completing the nonprofit application requirements, to setting up and managing the finances, to board development and strategic planning.    
She has worked at the director level in all areas of nonprofit management, but her favorite role was serving as the CEO of Arms of Love International where she took a struggling organization and created stability in international programs and finances. Kim loves the nations, and her extensive experience in both domestic and international organizations gives her a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities of the nonprofit adventure.

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Funding to Train Your Staff: Skill Advance Colorado

Transforming Colorado’s workforce through customized training, the Skill Advance program offers State funding for Colorado First and Existing Industry customized job training reimbursement grants. Colorado First and Existing Industry grants are jointly administered by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) and are locally administered by participating community colleges.  

The Colorado First customized training grant program provides funds for net new hire training and focuses on businesses relocating to or expanding in Colorado and in need of trained workers with the skills necessary to increase their productivity, to increase their wages, and to reduce their need for public support.  

The Existing Industry customized training program provides funding for incumbent worker training and supports established Colorado businesses with adapting to new technology and preventing layoffs.

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Help the Drive to 65

Studies show that the spread of COVID-19 slows dramatically once 65% of eligible residents are vaccinated, getting us closer to lifting COVID-19 related guidelines and back to enjoying everyday activities.  

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. 

  • Businesses may request an on-site mobile vaccine clinic to come to their workplace. Fill out the request form here: 
  • Colorado's Governor Polis announced this week the Colorado Comeback Cash promotion - an incentive program operated in conjunction with the Colorado Lottery to get Coloradans vaccinated for COVID. 
    • Per the terms of this promotion, vaccinated Coloradans would be eligible to win one of several $1 million prizes, but only if their vaccination record has been entered in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS).  
    • At this point in time, Northern Colorado veterans who have been vaccinated through the VA - either at the Loveland Clinic, the Fort Collins Clinic, or who have traveled up to Cheyene - DO NOT have their information entered into CIIS. Veterans can send their vaccination record to and note that they received their COVID vaccination as part of the federal VA program.  Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) will route the record for entry into CIIS. 

      What does the new Community Recycling Ordinance mean for your business?

      Did you know the Community Recycling Ordinance comes into effect on June 30, 2021? This means 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.  

      Have more questions?  The City’s Waste Recycling & Reduction Team will be hosting three Q&A sessions. In each session, our team will address your questions and offer business owners and multifamily property managers a brief overview of the Ordinance, present resources about our recycling assistance program, and share information about variances and compliance.    

      • Monday, June 07, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. – Q&A Session 2 – Register here   
      • Friday, June 18, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. – Q&A Session 3 – Register here   

        Questions about recycling best practices and support for getting started? Visit the Waste Reduction & Recycling Assistance Program (WRAP) website or contact the Waste Reduction & Recycling team at 

        Things to Know & Upcoming Events

          Upcoming Events: 

          • Business Q&A with Larimer’s Health Department - All businesses are invited to join the County on the fourth Thursday of each month. Join the June 24, 2021 session 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

          Check out 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