#ForFortCollins Small Business Feature - Joe's Upholstery

We've been talking with small businesses throughout Fort Collins to find out what makes them tick. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are featuring Joe's Upholstery.

What is the story behind Joe’s Auto Upholstery?  

My dad, Joe Cienfuegos, was a prisoner of war. [He was asked] what profession he wanted when he got out of the war camp, [and he said] auto-body work or upholstery... Within one year, my dad was ready to buy the business because he was making more than the owner of the shop. [One day] dad had a chance to buy the shop and he bought it, and that’s where it’s been for seventy years.  

How would you like the community to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? 

By recognizing the contribution that the Hispanic community brought and is bringing to the area.  Hard working people that come to prosper and that the only thing they are looking for is a better life.


Read His Full Story Here

Thank you for Making This Years Business Appreciation Celebration a Success!
On behalf of the Economic Health Office of the City of Fort Collins, we would like to thank everyone who contributed to this Business Appreciation Celebration. 
Check out some goodies from the event!
  • The video– check out this year’s video featuring five fantastic businesses listed above.  
  • Share your Kudos -  Tell a colleague they are doing a great job or let a friend know you've got their back. Download a set of kudos cards and share with someone today at https://forfortcollins.com/bac/. Our kudos to local artist, Emily Shirtz Graphic Design for creating these special downloads. 

Food Safety Works Class!

Presented by CSU Extension, Larimer County, Food Safety Works is a course that covers basic food safety practices. The program is designed for employees who are new to the retail food industry, or as a refresher for those who have been out of the industry for a while. This curriculum is NOT intended to prepare for Certified Food Protection Manager certification.

Topics Covered:

  • Preventing foodborne illness
  • Food temperature control
  • Personal hygiene
  • Preventing cross contamination
  • Preparing/serving food safely
  • Cleaning and sanitizing

October 18, 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM 

$20 Registration Fee

This class is held online using Zoom - details will be emailed after you register.

More Information

Check Out This Month's SBDC Workshops

Larimer County's SBDC wants to help you start, grow, and prosper through street-smart business education and assistance. 

Register for one of these workshops!

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Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Did you know that there are over 4 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the U.S., making them the fastest-growing segment of U.S. small businesses? Earlier this week, SBA Administrator Guzman, the fourth Latina Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the highest-ranking Latina serving in President Biden’s Cabinet, released a statement to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.

The SBA will also host an online panel discussion for Hispanic Heritage Month on October 14, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Additional details including the registration link will be available soon.

More Information 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 1-hour session on Thursday, October 28 at  2 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