Efficiency Works Offering 50% Business Bonus

Interested in making your business more energy efficient? Starting June 1, 2021, Efficiency Works Business is offering a 50% bonus on incentives for efficiency upgrades in the following retrofit categories: 

  • Food service 
  • Grocery 
  • Office & Appliance 
  • Building Envelope 
  • Cooling, 
  • VFDs 
  • Water 

To qualify for the bonus incentives, upgrades must be completed and submitted for payment by November 15, 2021.  

For more details please visit: https://efficiencyworks.org/business/rebates/ or directly contact David Suckling at 970-406-4251 or dsuckling@fcgov.com.  

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.    

  • 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 Recycling Assistance Program (WRAP) website or contact the Waste Reduction & Recycling team at WRR@fcgov.com

CSU Venture Development Programs Available Free

The College of Business Institute for Entrepreneurship’s Venture Development Platform gives you the resources you need to get your idea to market. All programs are free and offered virtually and/or in-person. 

  • Stage 1: Venture Validator - the starting blocks for your entrepreneurial venture. This cohort-based program takes you through all the steps to get your venture off the ground and figure out if there’s a real opportunity there. 
  • Stage 2: Venture Jumpstart -  The Venture Jumpstart is all about getting your venture to market. This is a six-week program where entrepreneurs come together twice per week to learn about – and take – the concrete steps needed to begin their business operations.  
  • Stage 3: Venture RAMS - After successful completion of Venture Validator and Venture Jumpstart, our ventures have the opportunity to become part of the Venture RAMS mentorship program.  

Have you checked out these Small Business Tax Credit Programs?
Did you know that the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) extends a number of critical tax benefits, particularly the Employee Retention Credit and Paid Leave Credit, to small businesses? 
Learn more

Things to Know & Upcoming Events
  • Skill Advance Colorado Training Reimbursement Grants available - Fiscal Year 2022 incentive levels maximum funding at around $1,200 – $1,400 per employee. 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
  • Restaurant Revitalization Fund now open for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19.  
  • Colorado Climber Loan Fund now providing eligible small businesses with working capital loans between $30,000 - $500,000.  
  • Power the Comeback Business Pledge - By taking the pledge, a business is indicating they are helping power Colorado’s comeback by committing to least one initiative. 
  • Free De-escalation Training for Businesses During COVID-19 – Watch videos now 

    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 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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