For Fort Collins Business Feature: PAGEFIFTYFIVE

We celebrated Pride Month by highlighting PAGEFIFTYFIVE, a local creative making honest, witty and sometimes awkward greeting cards and paper goods. Read our interview with Owner Melissa Mike as she shares her passion of creative work and the Fort Collins community.

“This has always been top of my list for reasons why PAGEFIFTYFIVE and Makerfolk exist in the first place. There is no better feeling than being seen, heard, feeling safe and acknowledged in a community where you live, work or visit.“

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Sales Tax Relief for Bars, Restaurants, Caterers, and Mobile Food Retailers

House Bill 22-1406 allows qualifying retailers to claim a limited special deduction from state taxable sales under certain conditions and to retain and spend the resulting state sales tax. The deduction is available for sales made in July 2022, August 2022, and September 2022. This means the returns you will file in August 2022, September 2022, and October 2022. 

Eligible retailers are still required to collect all applicable state and state-administered local sales taxes, file returns on time, and pay all local sales taxes (in addition to state sales taxes in excess of the amount related to the special deduction).  The special deduction does not apply to any taxes imposed by any state-administered city, county, or special district. 

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Development Review Technical Assistance Mini Grant Program

We are excited to announce the launch of our new Technical Assistance Mini Grant Program! The Community Development & Neighborhood Services Department is awarding mini grants to small businesses and non-profits located in Fort Collins with 20 or fewer employees going through the Building or Development Review process to provide them with technical assistance. This funding is from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and is intended to help support our local business and non-profit community recovery from the effects of COVID-19.  

Each approved business can receive a maximum of $1,000 to $2,000 (depending on project type) for qualifying services. Mini grant funding may be spent on technical services such as project management, site planning, landscape design, civil/structural engineering, surveying, lighting design, architectural design, sprinkler design, environmental consultations, and fire/hazard consultations, etc. Please note that these mini grants cannot go towards City fees or building and infrastructure improvements. 

We are now accepting mini grant applications on a rolling basis. Funds will be distributed on a first come, first served basis for eligible Building and Development Review projects.

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Colorado Department of Treasury Presents New Retirement Savings Program for Private Sector Workers

The Colorado Secure Savings Program is a retirement program for private sector employers and their employees. 

Under the statute, employers with five or more employees, who have been in business for two or more years are required to either provide a private retirement plan to their employees OR, if they are unable to purchase a private plan, they will be required to enroll their employees in the Secure Savings Program at no cost to the employer. 

The goals of the Secure Savings Program is to close the retirement savings gap, improve benefit options for small businesses, and promote equitable opportunities to build wealth in Colorado. 

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Things to Know & Upcoming Events

    Upcoming Events: 

      July Workshops at the SBDC - 


      Essential Steps to Starting Your Business 

      Taking the first step to starting your business can be difficult! There are many questions that must be answered as a business owner when opening a new business and you want to be sure you are following ALL rules and regulations. 

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      Listening is hard: Become an effective listener to help your customers, partners, and employees feel heard. 

      This class will provide you strategies for effective listening at work and opportunities to practice each of these strategies in context so you feel comfortable applying these strategies in new situations. 

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      Improve Your Local SEO – a 6-Step Blueprint to Boost Your Local Search Rankings 

      This is an introductory webinar for small business owners or those tasked with marketing who want to learn the basics of local SEO and what it can do for their business.  

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      Check out for tools and resources created to help your business reopen safely and strongly while gaining support from loyal customers and community members.

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      222 Laporte Ave.
      Fort Collins, CO 80521