Put Your Idea to the Test!

The Institute for Entrepreneurship is running their 16th Cohort of Venture Validator next week! The best part about it, you can now attend in-person or online. 

The Validator is a two-week program that is completely free to join! It is open to all creatives, design thinkers, business owners, and anyone who wants to test if their idea has what it takes. This is a space where aspiring entrepreneurs meet twice a week for two weeks to test out their new business concepts with the support of seasoned mentors and coaches.

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Small Business Season with the Louise Cutler Studio

Louise Cutler is an artist of many mediums and styles. Her skills range from working in pastel, oil, acrylic, clay, gliding to mixed media. She considers herself a multimedia, multicultural artist. Louise loves to create people, faces, and the clothed human form.

Louise’s work was recently selected to be in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in London. Her work was selected out of thousands of art submitted globally. The exhibition runs from September 22, 2021 – January 2, 2022, in London. 

Be sure to follow the Louise Cutler Fine Art Studio on Facebook and Instagram.

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Last Chance to Give Transportation Feedback!

The North Front Range MPO has launched LINKNoCo, a future-focused study to advance a network of transit corridors with the greatest potential to support premium transit in Northern Colorado. Premium transit refers to a level of transit service that goes above and beyond local bus service and can even include rail.

Premium transit planning in Northern Colorado has historically focused on connecting North Front Range communities to Denver and Boulder. As the population of the North Front Range grows, it’s increasingly important to develop a transit system that can accommodate growth within the region.

LINKNoCo is focused on connecting communities within the North Front Range to build a robust regional transit network.

Thank you for your input today. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete and is open through November 9, 2021.

Take The Survey Here

Disproportionately Impacted Business Grant

The Disproportionately Impacted Business Grant provides funding to Colorado businesses that were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and did not receive meaningful access to federal loans and grants.

Businesses will receive a minimum of $1,500 and a maximum of $10,000. This grant is intended to cover expenses that have not been covered by other federal funding.

We will host 3 webinars throughout November to provide information about the program. Please find more information here as we schedule the webinars. 

Learn More Here!

Last Chance! State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (FRF) Accepting Applications

The Larimer County Board of County Commissioners has allocated $1.5 million in State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (FRF) resources to be made available to help the community with immediate needs related to COVID-19. The funds are allocated to three broad categories, which include:

  • Health Needs related to COVID-19 recovery or prevention
  • Economic Impacts of the pandemic, including those for individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations
  • Infrastructure - specifically related to drinking water, sewer improvements and broadband access.

Community groups, nonprofits, businesses, and special districts are encouraged to apply for these grants. The grant application period opens Oct. 20, 2001, and the deadline to apply for these grants is Nov. 12, 2021.

Consideration of projects under this program will prioritize immediate needs caused by or designed to alleviate the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, and to apply for funding, visit the County's FRF portal here.

Apply 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, November 18 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