#ForFortCollins Small Business Feature - Black Sparrow Media
We've been talking with small businesses throughout Fort Collins to find out what makes them tick. In celebration of Black Business Month, we are featuring Black Sparrow Media. 

Jamal Page, the creative director and founder of Black Sparrow Media, started the company four years ago intent on creating and telling stories that change lives. As a strong proponent of proper representation on screen, he has set out in hopes of giving more people the amazing experience that is seeing people like them accurately portrayed in a show or movie. Check out some of his work here on Youtube

For more content, be sure to follow Black Sparrow Media on Facebook and Instagram!
Read The Full Interview Here!

Register for this Year's Business Appreciation Celebration

Take a mental health break with us at 3pm on October 7, 2021, for the City of Fort Collins’ 2021 Business Appreciation Celebration as we gather virtually to speak on the topic of mental health and our business community. We believe healthy minds mean healthy business.  

Tune in to hear from special guest speaker, Marah Lidey, CEO & Co-Founder of the mental wellness app, Shine. The Shine app was named the best mental wellness app by Apple in 2020. 

We will also be hearing the powerful stories of some of our very own Fort Collins businesses sharing how they were able to adapt and remain resilient even in the most difficult times. Featured stories include IOME, Colorado Cutz, La Cocina, R Bar, and Woodward

Registration for this free event is OPEN NOW! For more information, visit the BAC webpage.

The event will be available in English and Spanish.

Register Here!

Take Advantage of Classes at the Larimer Small Business Development Center

  • Essential Steps to Starting Your Business
    • Tuesday, September 7, 2021 1pm - 3pm
  • Components of Soulful Sales Conversation
    • Friday, September 10, 2021 2pm – 4pm
  • The 9 steps of Buying or Selling a Business
    • Wednesday, September 22, 2021 10am - 11:30am 
  • Instagram for Small Business
    • Friday, September 24, 2021 1pm - 3pm
Register Today!

Attend the NOCOM Trade Show and Job Fair!

NOCOM has partnered up with Larimer County and partners to offer a job fair in the afternoon of the trade show, Thursday, September 23, 2021 2PM-4PM.  Veterans Preference will be at 1:30PM. Exhibitors invite your HR/Hiring Manager to meet with job seekers looking to work in manufacturing. A $450 booth purchase is required to participate in the job fair, but there is not an additional cost to participate once a booth has been purchased. See job fair webpage on how sign up and participate.

Workforce centers we encourage you to invite job seekers that are interested in working in the thriving industry of manufacturing. 

Click here to see other upcoming NOCOM events. 

Register to Attend Here!

For Fort Collins - Check Out the Resource Page!
From free SBDC instructional videos to a list of community organizations and partners, For Fort Collins has tons of resources available to help you run your business!

Looking for resources on de-escalating tense situations at work? Want to provide team members with tools to navigate challenging scenarios around the mask mandate? Would you like to know what other businesses are doing to prevent tense situations from developing? Visit trainingresourcesforyou.com to access not only a recording of the Business Leader Panel (sponsored by the City Fort Collins) but also a series of micro-training videos that you can share with your organization’s employees to help develop skills in the area of de-escalation.
See More Resources Here!

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 September 23, 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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    222 Laporte Ave.
    Fort Collins, CO 80521