National Small Business Development Week is September 13-17

To support our business community, the Loveland Business Development Center and Larimer SBDC are partnering to bring you some amazing events to grow your skills as a business owner, connect with other entrepreneurs and access business resources that are here to support YOU! – attend one or attend them all!"

Check Out The Events!

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!

We Want to Hear From You and Your Employees on Recovery!

The pandemic has brought serious challenges to our community, impacting virtually every aspect of our lives. As we develop our Recovery Plan, we want to hear your ideas about what a vibrant and resilient recovery looks like for our community. Share your ideas at  

  • Take the Survey: Tell us your ideas for a resilient and vibrant recovery. 
  • Dive Deeper: Join us for a community conversation to talk about recovery and share your ideas.  
  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021 5:30 p.m. - Virtually via Zoom - Sign Up 

Healthcare - Are You Reviewing Your Hiring Process?

If you’re struggling to fill positions make sure you have the most up-to-date wage information. Right now, wages for entry-level healthcare positions are changing in Northern Colorado…

Some average wages for experienced workers include:

  • Home Health Aide: $19.77/h
  • Patient Service Representative: $23.91/h
  • Certified Nursing Assistant: $19.51/h
  • Phlebotomist: $24.00/h
  • Medical Assistant: $23.41/h
  • Medical Secretary: $25.47/h

Tell Your Story:  Make sure to highlight the benefits of working in healthcare in your job postings and in interviews. Entry-level healthcare positions provide opportunities for advancement, job growth, and  great job satisfaction.

Don’t assume a candidate knows what it’s like to work for your business. Promote your health, vacation, and retirement benefits, your investment into their future education, as well as your team-oriented culture.  

Get connected, Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development can help you hire the best people.

Help Prevent Future COVID Mutations by Getting Vaccinated!

72% of Larimer County residents ages 16+ and 71% of residents 12+ have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine! 

Let’s keep driving! 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. 

September 7th - 10th, 2021, Community clinics will be offering various vaccines for appointments and walk-ins. Schedule an appointment or plan a visit and support your community!

Find a Community Clinic Near You

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.
    • Join us for a community conversation to talk about recovery and share your ideas. Sign up here to attend our recovery session on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Virtually via Zoom 

    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