Power the Comeback Business Pledge

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is launching the Power the Comeback business pledge, website, and toolkit to support Colorado businesses and their frontline workers. These new tools come at a pivotal time with the vaccine now available to anyone over the age of 12 and as we head into the start of a busy summer in Colorado.   

Find the pledge and additional resources at www.bizpledgeco.com 

By taking the pledge, a business is indicating they are helping power Colorado’s comeback by committing to least one initiative below: 

  • Commit to posting ample signage about safe COVID-19 behaviors, mask rules for those who are unvaccinated, employee rights, and any precautions needed if exposed to COVID-19. 
  • Schedule a vaccine event/promotion for customers/patrons. 

Once a business signs the pledge, they will receive access to the Power the Comeback business toolkit via email. If you have any questions about the tool kit, contact kristen.petittstewart@state.co.us.  

For proactive business outreach resources to use in your area, visit the Power the Comeback Business Outreach tool kit

Funding Available to Train Your Staff: Skill Advance Colorado

The Skill Advance program offers State funding through the Colorado First & Existing Industry job training reimbursement grants to strengthen business competitiveness and improve employment opportunities. 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 (CF) Job Training Program provides funds for net new hire training and focuses on businesses relocating to or expanding within Colorado and who are in need of training workers with the skills necessary to increase productivity and wages and to reduce their need for public support.  

The Existing Industry (EI) Job Training Program provides funding for incumbent worker training and supports established Colorado businesses with adapting to new technology and preventing layoffs.  

Fiscal Year 2022 incentive levels per learner maximum funding (averaged across each training plan): CF - $1,400, EI - $1,200. The application period opens July 1, 2021-March 31, 2022. 

To schedule an informational meeting with the Front Range Community College Colorado First & Existing Industry Grant Administrator, Erin Fink Smith, please contact her at erin.smith@frontrange.edu

Learn more

Local Black Business to participate in the Juneteenth Celebration

Heart & Sol of Loveland is hosting Northern Colorado’s Juneteenth Celebration.  

Heart and Sol is hoping to recruit more black-owned businesses across the region to participate in the celebration.  

Event details:  

Attend Loveland's first Juneteenth event to learn more about it's historical significance and join the celebration! There will be live music, presentations, community resources and booths to highlight local Black owned businesses. 

  • When: Saturday, June 19, 2021  
  • Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
  • Where: The Foote Lagoon, 500 E. 3rd Street Loveland, CO 80537 

Host a booth or sponsor the event by contacting Celina Foote lovelandheartandsol.secretary@gmail.com 

Learn more

Things to Know & Upcoming Events

    Upcoming Events: 

    • 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 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 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