Apply for the 2022 Sustainability Leadership Program

The Sustainable Living Association is accepting applications for the 2022 Sustainability Leadership Program. This virtual training program is available to participants across Colorado.

The Sustainability Leadership Program brings together individuals and teams for an eight-month course focused on leadership development and the triple bottom line of social, environmental and economic responsibility.Participants meet virtually every Thursday from 9:30-11am, March 24th - October 6th.  Tuition is $950 and you can apply here to be considered for the next cohort.  The program is limited to 20 participants and applications are due no later than February 21st. Leadership development is present throughout this program with a focus on networking, collaboration, and compassion. We combine these skills with a broader understanding of sustainability so that individuals will become change makers for businesses, non- profits, and governments to tackle the larger challenges of sustainability. 

Host a CSU Student with a Micro-Internship
A Micro-Internship is a short-term project that can typically be completed within 5-40 hours and is due within a few days to a few weeks. These projects require no on-boarding, are paid 1099 and can be completed by a college student with minimal instruction. This is a great way to finish projects you have been meaning to get to, it is also a great way introduce your company to students and see if there is a potential fit for future opportunities and ultimately, it is a great way to support students.
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Want to know more about how to work with CSU and utilize micro-internships to help get some of your projects down?  On March 8 (12:30-1:30 MST) CSU's Business School will be hosting a presentation for audiences, external to CSU (employers, alumni, donors) to learn more about this unique tool. 

Register Here

2022 NoCo Black Business Event
Queen's Legacy Foundation & EASSY ACCESS Entertainment are collaborating to bring the best Black-owned business under one roof in Northern Colorado. Feature your premium products and services and allow NOCO to experience first hand why they should #buyblack!

Have a Big Idea? Test it with the Venture Validator!

Your next BIG opportunity is here! Venture Validator Cohort 17:  February 7th - 14th, 2022

Wondering if your current idea is worth your time? Not sure where to test or confirm that your idea is worth pursuing?Stop going in circles! The Venture Validator is a free program designed to help community members, CSU staff and students validate their design and empower them to work towards their vision.  If you or someone you know is curious about starting a business, but you have no idea where to start. The Venture Validator is the perfect first step. Experienced CSU faculty will be leading this program; offering knowledge, mentorship, personalized support and tools to help you start creating a successful business.Cohort 17 of the Venture Validator begins February 7th; reserve your spot now to move closer to making your business idea a reality! 

Register Here!

Larimer County Mask Order Ends February 12

The Larimer County Department of Health & Environment (LCDHE) would like us to share with the business community that due to improving COVID-19 conditions they have announced that the mask order will expire on February 11, 2022 at 11:59 pm. Such a timeline allows for the Omicron wave to further retreat and gives families, local businesses, and schools time to prepare for the transition. In their press release, health officials are asking residents to be kind and patient in local businesses, noting that some might choose to continue to require masks in their facilities. 

As of February 12, 2022, businesses are no longer required to post signage requiring masks. The Health Department has made signs available here for those who would like to encourage masks in their facilities. The Health Department thanks the business community for their ongoing patience and partnership. Questions and comments can be sent to LCDHE 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, February 24 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

    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