Small Business Season with Whetstone Climbing

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Whetstone Climbing opened three years ago, becoming Northern Colorado’s largest climbing gym. Whetstone strives to connect the community through climbing and to create a space where all are welcome. Whether you’re just exploring the sport, looking to work on technique, or already advanced in climbing, they’ve got you covered with their 30,000+ square foot facility.

The gym offers climbing classes and personal coaching as well as group fitness classes, a training gym, and an in-house physical therapist. For the little climbers, Whetstone also offers children’s programs, camps, and party rentals.

Drop in for a climb or check out their membership program at

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Free Masks Available for Businesses

There are two opportunities for free masks for businesses and employees offered by Larimer County and the State of Colorado: 

  • The Larimer County Health & Environment is offering free limited high grade surgical masks to businesses that cannot offer remote work options for their employees. Please submit this form to request these masks.  
  • The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) will offer KN95 and surgical grade masks for free at public libraries and other community sites across the state that have agreed to be local redistribution points. Masks will be available at these locations after Jan. 19, 2022. 
Mask Request Form

Host an Intern this Summer

The Fast Track program at Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development helps high school seniors gain real-world work experience after graduation through a 250-hour summer internship. This is a great opportunity to mentor a young person that wants to gain experience in a new field of work. Also, all intern wages and workers' compensation costs are paid by Larimer County. For more information, contact Kate Durkin at 970-498-6082 or

Share your Feedback on the Fort Collins Recovery Plan

Although the community is undoubtedly still in the midst of pandemic response, the City of Fort Collins has begun to plan the road to recovery. To guide long-term efforts, the City is developing a Fort Collins Recovery Plan. 


We want to hear your feedback about the key themes and outcomes in the Draft Plan to ensure they accurately reflect what our community needs most to build back better. Share your comments and reactions to the draft plan here.

Take the Survey Here

Need Help with Bookkeeping? Check Out the Bookkeeping Help Center
The Front Range Community College Bookkeeping Program is offering free bookkeeping and QuickBooks Online assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners in collaboration with the Larimer Small Business Development Center and local professional bookkeepers and accountants.

All meetings are done remotely using Zoom and students are always supervised by professional bookkeepers or accountants. Bookkeepers and accountants are QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisors and Clients must use QuickBooks Online or be interested in starting QuickBooks Online.

If you are interested in receiving free bookkeeping services from the Bookkeeping Help Center or have additional questions, please email Erika Limbacher at  

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, January 27 at  2 p.m via Zoom. To help make this session as informative and helpful as possible, please submit your questions in advance.
    • Larimer Small Business Development Center Classes -
      • TAXES - Get Informed and Organized Now! - January 27, 2022

    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