Fort Collins Small Business Recovery Grants

As part of pandemic recovery efforts, the City of Fort Collins is launching the Small Business Grants program to help our local small business community address impacts of the COVID-19 health crisis.  

Eligible small businesses include those with less than 50 employees, revenue is less than $500K along with solopreneurs, artists and musicians.  

Two rounds of funding will be made available to businesses. Round 1 will be open to businesses on August 1 and closes August 30. Round 2 will be open to businesses on October 3 and closes October 31. 

Small Business Grants will be made in increments of up to $2,500 for Workforce & Talent Retention, up to $5,000 for Technical Assistance, and up to $7,500 for Stabilization. For a maximum total of $10,000 per business applicant. 

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The City Wants to Hear from Downtown Businesses about General Improvements Funds!

The GID requests your input on how to spend GID funds over the next five years. A survey link where you can share your thoughts and ideas is below. We request that surveys be completed by August 22, 2022.

GID Survey

Delivery Fees? Share this on your Socials!
Do your customers know that when they order takeout, not all third-party delivery services support local businesses equally?

We put together some tips in this video so you can share with your own customers the best ways to support your business.
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Things to Know & Upcoming Events
  • Colorado Climber Loan Fundnow providing eligible small businesses with working capital loans between $30,000 - $500,000.   
  • WorkLife Partnership’s Small Dollar Loans Programis an efficient, cost-effective, low-risk alternative to payroll advances and employee loan programs. 
  • Skill Advance Colorado Job Training Grant helps businesses and nonprofits create customized job training for employees through industry customized job training reimbursement grants. 
  • OEDIT Business Foundations Technical Assistance Grant Program provides technical assistance and small grants to Colorado small businesses to help businesses legally establish themselves.
  • COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Payments were automatically deferred for 30 months from the date of the Note. SBA began approving COVID EIDL applications in Spring 2020. This means we are rapidly approaching the end of the deferment period for those early loans. Business Owners should start preparing to make payments. 
  • Hire A Veteran - Hiring candidates who fit your job needs can be difficult, but have you ever considered targeting your search to veterans? Veteran job seekers are frequently overlooked and underrepresented, but are often the strongest of candidates already highly specialized in many areas. Receive a Tax Credit: The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is available when hiring qualified veterans and can reduce employer federal tax liability by as much as $2,400 to $9,600 per new hire. 

    Upcoming Events: 

       
      Bare Minimum Digital Marketing 

      Contrary to popular opinion, your business does not HAVE to be on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, have an email list AND a YouTube channel. Digital marketing can easily get overwhelming – let’s tackle what it means for your business and formulate an actionable plan! 

      August 17. 2022 

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      Protecting Your Creativity

      Intellectual Property…patents, trademarks and copyrights, is not just for rocket scientists; it is for artists, musicians, creative people, and businesses big and small, technical and non-technical. In this fast-paced session you will learn the tricks you can use at little or no cost to protect your creativity in harsh business environments. 

      August 24, 2022

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      3 Ways Financial Information Can Make Your Business Thrive

      This course will improve your capability to read financial statements (primarily Balance Sheet and Income Statement). It is intended for small business owners and their bookkeepers who want to gain new or additional insights into their business financial performance. 

      August 31, 2022

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      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.

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