Take advantage of classes at the Larimer Small Business Development Center
Here are some upcoming classes available at the Larimer County Small Business Development Center! Check out the website to find more!
Essential Steps to Starting Your Business
  • Wednesday, December 01, 2021, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • $20
[Webinar] Make Your Website Work For You
  • Thursday, December 02, 2021, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM MST
  • $FREE
Check Out More Workshops Here

Small Business Season with The Blue Moose Art Gallery

Be sure to follow the Blue Moose Art Gallery on Facebook & Instagram.

After only four years in business, [The Blue Moose Art Gallery] won “Best Art Gallery, NOCO 2020,” and are nominated in three categories in 2021 – Best Art Gallery, Best Gift Store, and Best Local Artist. [They are] the only art gallery in Fort Collins that offers over 15 adult art classes in a variety of mediums every month. The Blue Moose Art Gallery promotes students in a variety of ways including inviting student artists to display their art in the gallery at no cost, partner with local high schools for fundraisers, and hold student art shows to benefit their art program. 

Interestingly, [they're] comprised of 21 owners who come from all walks of life and share management of the gallery. Our ownership model is unique in that our owners are not employees, but volunteers. Marge Corcoran, artist and part owner of the Blue Moose Art Gallery, accepted the proclamation of the beginning of the Fort Collins "Small Business Season" last week, on behalf of all the small businesses in Fort Collins.

Read more about the Blue Moose Art Gallery here!

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Attend the Good Business Colorado Mini-Summit

In this interactive business mini-summit, you will:

  • Network with other businesses in Fort Collins.

  • Meet Good Business Colorado and learn how members benefit from its statewide small business advocacy and other offerings.

  • Discover new economic recovery options from the American Rescue Plan and the Colorado Recovery Plan.

  • Discuss how Colorado’s new climate action legislation impacts you and whether there is an economic case for climate change action.

  • Inform policy-makers ahead of the 2022 legislative session.

Join us for a morning and we’ll help make your voice count!

Breakfast, coffee, and tea will be provided for free.

Register Here!

Join Us in Showing You Are #ForFortCollins this Holiday Season!

This winter, For Fort Collins wants to encourage you to take the pledge to support local and promote community recovery for what makes Fort Collins special. When you make even just one purchase from a local small business, you’re supporting your friends and neighbors.

Let's support our Fort Collins businesses and their employees so we can ensure they stay open and thriving. Take the pledge at SupportLocal.ForFortCollins.com

Food Safety Works Class 

Food Safety Works is a course covering 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

Monday, December 6, 2pm-5pm

Monday, January 17, 10am-1pm 

$20 Registration Fee

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

Northern Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce Upcoming!
Come and learn about Northern Colorado's upcoming Latino Chamber of Commerce! All Latino-owned businesses are invited to join us as we explore the development of this chamber, and strive to promote the interests of all latino businesses. We will have pizza & drinks!

Tuesday, December, 7th
6:00 - 8:00 PM

LCRM Hearing Room
200 W Oak St
Fort Collins, CO 80538

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