Utilities Pandemic Assistance

Are you behind on your utility bills due to hardship related to the pandemic?

If you or your business are behind on your bill from Fort Collins Utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for financial assistance. Fort Collins Utilities has received $469,000 from Platte River Power Authority and $381,550 from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to directly support our customers in need.

  • Apply early. Funds are limited, and applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Small Business Season with Jerry's Artarama

Be sure to follow Jerry’s Artarama Fort Collins on Facebook & Instagram.

Jerry’s Artarama Fort Collins is family-owned and operated by the Williams family. The Williams have lived in Colorado their entire lives and are descendants of pioneers who homesteaded in Colorado.

For over 21 years, Jerry’s Artarama has provided Fort Collins artists with a unique opportunity to find world class artist materials at reasonable prices. The art retailer sells an extensive selection of art supplies for novice artists to the professionals. Jerry’s Artarama is uniquely different from other arts and crafts stores as they strive to offer new and proprietary products to artists, art educators and all who appreciate creative materials. 

Be sure to visit Jerry’s Artarama located at 3524 S. Mason Street for all your crafting & gifting needs this holiday season!

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Skills-based Recruitment and Hiring

Elevate Training is pleased to offer the "Skillful Talent Series," a four-part curriculum that shares tips, tools, and strategies for finding great employees.

Skillful 101: Skills-based Job Postings and Recruitment Strategies

Want to be competitive in today's talent marketplace? This session shows you where to find top talent and how to get them hired.

Skillful 102: Skills-based Applicant Screening and Interviewing 

Is your hiring process screening out highly qualified candidates for wrong reasons. Here are tips and tools to find top talent.

Skillful 103: Skills-based Candidate Selection and Onboarding 

Employers and jobseekers seek the same thing - the right fit. Make great hiring decisions and bring them on board to stay for the long term. 

Skillful 104: Skills-based Employee Retention 

Employee turnover is costly. Engaging your employees is the solution. This workshop focuses on how to bring out the best in your team.

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Vaccine Boosters Recommended

Booster doses are now recommended for all fully vaccinated adults age 18 and older in Colorado. People who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine should receive a booster at least 2 months after they received their first dose and people who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines should receive a booster at least 6 months after their 2nd dose. 

 

COVID-19 vaccination is now approved for everyone age 5 years and older in the United States for the prevention of COVID-19. The Pfizer vaccine is now available for individuals 5-11. 

 

Make an appointment here. If all slots are full, please check back soon.

Enforcement of Larimer County's Mask Order
Public Health Order requiring face coverings to be worn in Public Indoor Spaces within Larimer County took effect October 20 and will continue until Larimer County has met all four required metrics (below) that constitute a “medium” risk score level.

The following actions expected of Businesses
    • Businesses must post signage that clearly explains that masks are required when entering and while inside the facility.
    • To the greatest extent possible, employees should monitor those coming into the facility and ask those not wearing masks to do so. It is never the expectation that employees become confrontational with customers. It is the expectation that Larimer County residents will be kind to our local businesses and employees. We encourage those who can't wear masks to use the local pick-up and delivery options when possible.
To see recommendations and more information regarding enforcement of mask order, click here. 

Helping Underrepresented Small Businesses Thrive
As small businesses continue to feel the impact of the pandemic, many still need support keep their doors open. To back underrepresented small business owners as they navigate the pandemic and plan for long-term success and resilience, American Express is partnering with Main Street America to launch a $1.65M year-round program called
 Inclusive Backing. Part of American Express’ Backing Small initiative, the program will provide hundreds of underrepresented small businesses with financial support as well as other resources to address their critical needs and challenges.

More than 250 grants of $5,000 each will be awarded in four cycles over 12 months to small business owners in older or historic commercial districts across the country, with priority given to businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. In partnership with Disability:IN and National ACE Foundation, the first grant cycle will provide grants to both small business owners with disabilities and/or those who identify as Asian, Asian American and/or Pacific Islander. Applications are now open.  Apply here by 11:59pm CT on Nov. 29. 
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Things to Know & Upcoming Events
  • The Larimer County Emergency Rent & Utility Assistance (ERAP) funds can help individuals stay in their homes by paying back rent and utilities, and more. 
  • WorkLife Partnership’s Small Dollar Loans Program is an efficient, cost-effective, low-risk alternative to payroll advances and employee loan programs. 
  • Colorado Climber Loan Fund now providing eligible small businesses with working capital loans between $30,000 - $500,000.  
  • Free De-escalation Training for Businesses During COVID-19 – Watch videos now 
  • Small Business Tax Credit Programare available 
  • Skill Advance Colorado Training Reimbursement Grants available - around $1,200 – $1,400 per employee. The application period opens July 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022. 
  • Request Onsite COVID Vaccine clinic - If you're interested in hosting an onsite vaccination clinic for your employees or for the general public at your business or facility, please send a request to the Larimer County Department of Health & Environment. There is no charge, and the Health Department coordinates staffing, logistics, and vaccine supplies.
  • Colorado 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. 

    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, December 16 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