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Grassroots Organizations Collaborate to Vaccinate BIPOC in Larimer County

‘NoCo Gets Vaccinated’ provides COVID-19 vaccination information and services Larimer County, CO - ‘NoCo Gets Vaccinated’ is a grassroots effort between local community organizations, public health agencies, and partners to provide updated information and services for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community regarding COVID-19 vaccination. The initiative aims to build trust among the community while ensuring accessibility to vaccine supply for the Larimer County BIPOC...

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FRCC plans to return to in-person learning for fall semester.

It has been a year since the beginning of a global pandemic that has changed so much about the way we live our lives. I know that all of us—students, faculty, and staff—have been waiting for a return to life before the pandemic. I am excited to share that we are planning to be close to full capacity on campus for fall semester 2021. We will continue to offer Real-Time Remote and Online courses for those who prefer learning remotely. Student services will continue to be available both virtually...

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OEDIT: Phased rollout of Restaurant Revitalization Fund to begin in early April

A message from Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade The Restaurant Revitalization Fund, part of the American Rescue Plan Act, will provide $28.6 billion in grants to restaurants and bars in need. This fund will offer grants to hard-hit restaurants and bars, with restaurants able to apply for grants based on lost revenue. Five billion dollars of that total will be set aside expressly for businesses with 2019 gross receipts of less than $500,000. Funds may be used to...

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PPP deadline likely to be extended to May 31, 2021

According to the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, "the Senate passed the House version of a bill to extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline to May 31, 2021, and President Biden is expected to quickly sign this into law. With the current March 31 deadline quickly approaching, this extension will give Coloradans more time to submit their PPP loan application."

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Colorado’s COVID-19 Dial 3.0 released today

REMOTE, (March 23, 2021): As more Coloradans are eligible to get vaccinated and choose to do so, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has released the latest update to Colorado’s COVID-19 dial framework: Dial 3.0. The updated dial public health order goes into effect Wednesday, March 24. State officials expect that Dial 3.0 will remain in effect until mid-April, at which point the state plans to retire the dial and implement a new public health order that gives...

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COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Available

Food and restaurant workers are eligible to be vaccinated starting today in Phase 1B.4 of the Colorado Vaccine Distribution Plan. COVID vaccines are safe, effective, and free. Vaccination can help businesses continue operating smoothly during the pandemic by reducing absences and quarantines. The Johnson & Johnson 1-dose COVID vaccine will be available on Tuesday, 3/23, for eligible food and restaurant workers only. Individuals must schedule an appointment in order to be vaccinated. Please...

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SBA Prioritizes Smallest of Small Businesses in the Paycheck Protection Program

WASHINGTON – Building on a month of strong results, the Biden-Harris Administration and the U.S. Small Business Administration are taking steps with the Paycheck Protection Program to further promote equitable relief for America’s mom-and-pop businesses. The latest round of Paycheck Protection Program funding opened one month ago and already the Biden Administration has succeeded in making major improvements to the program’s implementation: For businesses with fewer than ten employees, the...

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Larimer County Moves to Level Yellow Saturday, February 6, 2021

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has released the COVID-19 Dial 2.0. The new dial will consequently move Larimer County from Level Orange to Level Yellow effective Saturday, February 6, 2021.  To view the changes for Larimer County residents & businesses, click here.  The Larimer County Health Department will be working with businesses to work through the new capacity limitations. Please contact the Health Department through one of these options: Call the...

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Personal Property Tax payment plan options for business owners

Larimer County Treasurer & Public Trustee Irene Josey is asking that business owners experiencing hardship paying their personal property taxes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reach out to the Treasurer's Office. The office may be able to help with payment plan options, please email lctreasurer@larimer.org or call 970-498-7020 to discuss payment plan options. Personal Property is generally known as portable or moveable items that are used for income production. Examples would be office...

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SBA Re-Opening Paycheck Protection Program to Small Lenders on Friday, January 15 and All Lenders on Tuesday, January 19

Lenders with $1 Billion or Less in Assets Will be Able to Submit First and Second Draw PPP Applications on Friday – Continuing Dedicated Access for Community-Based Lenders WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, will re-open the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9 am ET.  The portal will fully...

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SBA Re-Opens PPP to Community Financial Institutions First

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal today at 9 am ET. SBA is continuing its dedicated commitment to underserved small businesses and to addressing potential access to capital barriers by initially granting PPP access exclusively to community financial institutions (CFIs) that typically serve these concerns. When the PPP loan portal re-opened today, it initially...

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Free Online Restaurant Academy

Free Online Restaurant Academy

Do you wish you had all the systems in place to run a profitable restaurant? Want to learn new marketing strategies from experts in digital and social media marketing and much more? Based in Fort Collins, the Online Restaurant Academy has a combined 20+ years of restaurant experience and is committed to helping coach your restaurant through what NOT to do. They are offering a FREE online coaching mini-course designed to level up your restaurant business through proven planning and processing...

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Larimer County partners with area municipalities to distribute relief funds to eligible businesses

Eligible small businesses in Larimer County that have been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions might be eligible for a one-time relief payment program for their business. Larimer County is partnering with the City of Fort Collins, City of Loveland, and Town of Estes Park to serve as “Municipal Business Hubs” and ensure county-wide access to the program and opt into COVID-19 Small Business Relief Support through the Special Session Senate Bill 20B-001. Impacted small businesses include...

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Red level counties move to Orange level effective today

REMOTE, (Jan. 4, 2021): Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has allowed local public health agencies with counties in the Red level on the state’s dial to move to the Orange level, which went into effect at 12:00 a.m. today.  As always, counties can choose to continue to operate with more restrictive guidance. The state’s decision to move the counties simply provides greater flexibility for local jurisdictions. CDPHE notified counties of the decision last week. “Our goal is to...

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Larimer County Level Up Program Approved

Businesses can now apply to receive approval to operate at next level  LARIMER COUNTY, COLO. – December 23, 2020 – Larimer County’s “5 star” certified business variance program, locally known as the Level Up Program was approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Office at 12:47 p.m. on December 23, 2020. Businesses in Larimer County can now apply for and upon approval, inspection and certification, operate at the capacities one level above the overall county...

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“Level Up” aka “5 Star” Program in Larimer County Pre-Application Now Open

Last week Larimer County submitted for the “5 Star” certified business variance program, locally known as the Level Up Program. The 5 Star State Certification Program enables businesses that meet enhanced safety guidelines in qualifying counties to open at greater capacity. For this program to start in Larimer County, our application needs to be approved by the state and our regional COVID-19 case numbers need to continue to decline. The good news is that we expect to meet both of these...

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Larimer County Applies for “5 Star” Certified Business Variance Program

LARIMER COUNTY, COLO. – December 18, 2020 – Larimer County partners applied for the “5 star” certified business variance program, locally known as the Level Up Program with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Office on Friday. The Larimer County Level Up Program allows participating businesses who demonstrate compliance with public health guidelines and safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community to operate with capacity restrictions one...

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Larimer County Businesses Look to Be Part of Solution to Reopen Safely and Effectively

Larimer County’s move from Level Yellow to Level Red puts a considerable strain on businesses that are already significantly impacted by COVID-19. In response to this impact The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, the Loveland and Fort Collins Area Chambers of Commerce, the Cities of Loveland and Fort Collins, Towns of Estes Park, Windsor, Berthoud and Wellington continue to advocate for our businesses. Specifically, we have been researching programs nationally and within...

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NoCo Nosh offers Fort Collins Restaurants Free Sign Up & Zero Commission Rates

              FORT COLLINS, CO – The City of Fort Collins has launched a program to assist local restaurants and incentivize residents to support their favorite restaurants by partnering with NoCo Nosh, a local restaurant delivery service.As part of the program the city will pay the restaurant portion of the delivery fees eliminating the fees that restaurants typically pay for NoCo Nosh to take, process, and fulfill a takeout or delivery order on their...

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Larimer County to Move to Safer at Home Level Red of Colorado’s Dial

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has moved Larimer County from Safer at Home Level 2 (Yellow) to Level 4 (Red) on Colorado’s Dial. The Larimer County Board of Health has voted to support this transition to Level Red. The move is a result of rapidly increasing COVID-19 case counts, positivity rates across all age groups, and significant impacts to hospital utilization within Larimer County over the past several weeks. The Larimer County Health Department monitors...

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Larimer County moves to Level Red Starting November 24

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has moved Larimer County from Safer at Home Level 2 (Yellow) to Level 4 (Red) on Colorado’s Dial, effective Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. The Larimer County Board of Health has voted to support this transition to Level Red. The move is a result of rapidly increasing COVID-19 case counts, positivity rates across all age groups, and significant impacts to hospital utilization within Larimer County over the past several...

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COVID-19 TESTING at Good Day Pharmacy

NOW offering both a RAPID ANTIGEN test ($100) and a PCR (free) test.  Details are below- RAPID COVID TESTING  (Same day results) Good Day Pharmacy in Greeley is  NOW offering rapid COVID-19 tests.  Tests Are $100 And Provide Same Day Results. Patients MUST visit gooddaypharmacy.com to complete an eligibility assessment before the appointment Tests are by appointment only, and are also scheduled at gooddaypharmacy.com Results and receipt will be provided later that day A confirmatory COVID PCR...

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Free De-Escalation Training for Businesses Operating During COVID-19

Looking for resources on de-escalating tense situations at work? Want to provide team members with tools to navigate challenging scenarios around the mask mandate? Would you like to know what other businesses are doing to prevent tense situations from developing? Watch videos now! Capacitación gratuita sobre reducción de la tensión para negocios ¿Está buscando recursos para evitar situaciones tensas en el trabajo? ¿Quiere proporcionar a los miembros de su equipo herramientas para lidiar con...

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Larimer County Health Department issues an Emergency Public Health Order to help suppress the virus and maintain hospital capacity for care

In response to recent increases in COVID-19 case rates, test positivity and hospitalizations, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE) is implementing critical measures designed to slow the spread of the virus in Larimer County. The Emergency Public Health Order, which goes into effect at 11 p.m. Friday, November 13, 2020, requires the following changes for Larimer County residents and businesses: Restaurants: Indoor dining is limited to a maximum of eight people per...

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Free faculty-led workshops through CSU’s College of Business aim to prevent local business closures

Small businesses play a key role in supporting our local economies, employing 1.1 million workers in Colorado, nearly 50% of the workforce. But with COVID-19 stretching companies thin, their survival is increasingly on the line. Research indicates that three-quarters of businesses don’t have enough cash on hand to cover two months of expenses, a reserve that’s being put to the test as many small businesses revenue has cratered during the pandemic. No-cost workshops and additional resources...

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Larimer County to Move to Safer at Home Level 2 (Yellow)

Larimer County, CO - The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has ordered Larimer County to move from Safer at Home Level 1 (Blue) to Level 2 (Yellow) on Colorado’s Dial. The move is a result of rising COVID-19 case counts and positivity rates within Larimer County over the past several weeks. The Larimer County Health Department monitors case counts and positivity rates, along with hospitalization trends, to determine whether the spread of COVID-19 is rising. As of...

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City of Fort Collins Launches Next Round of Assistance Program for Food and Beverage Industry

The City of Fort Collins is inviting restaurants, bars, brewers, and other food & beverage businesses to apply for the Small Business Assistance Program Phase 3. The Small Business Assistance Program is a $1.8M financial assistance program through Coronavirus Relief Federal funds to provide relief to businesses and nonprofits that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The next phase of the program, which is specific to food & beverage businesses, will launch Wednesday, November...

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Colorado Winter Outdoor Grants Application

The Colorado Restaurant Foundation (“Foundation”) has established an emergency assistance program within the Foundation to assist Colorado restaurants affected by the Covid -19 crisis. This fund will be known as the Colorado Outdoor Winter Dining Grant Program (“the Program”).  The Program is designated for Colorado restaurants that have demonstrated financial need as defined by the Foundation’s Board of Directors in time of declared Covid-19 disaster. These guidelines generally outline the...

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Rising COVID-19 numbers jeopardize Larimer County’s Safer at Home Level 1 status

Larimer County Health Department issues an Emergency Public Health Order to help suppress the virus In response to recent increases in COVID-19 case rates, test positivity and hospitalizations, the Larimer County Health Department is implementing critical measures designed to slow the spread of the virus in Larimer County. The Emergency Public Health Order, which goes into effect at 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, requires the following changes for Larimer County residents and businesses:...

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Northern Colorado Regional Economic Development Partners Release COVID-19 Response and Recovery Map

The Northern Colorado Regional Economic Development Initiative (NoCo REDI) has released a roadmap outlining the central intersections of the public and private sectors and their partnerships to share the way the region is working together to reignite our economy. The map serves as a visual representation highlighting the alignment of resources and mitigation work implemented in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19. “The established relationships that existed prior to COVID-19 gave us...

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Free, Anonymous and Confidential COVID-19 Support Line Available to Larimer County Residents (970) 221-5551

SummitStone Health Partners recently received a grant from FEMA to expand mental health resources in Larimer County due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The counseling and resource support line is available free of charge to anyone who may be impacted by COVID-19. Services provided by the grant, which is called Colorado Spirit, can now be accessed 24/7 through the Health District of Northern Larimer County‘s long-standing Connections line at (970) 221-5551. “This support line provides a safe,...

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Application Process Now Open for Loveland Business Rent and Mortgage Relief Program

An estimated 100 Loveland businesses could benefit from a $550,000 rent relief fund established by the City of Loveland Economic Development Department to provide pandemic-related rent and mortgage aid. The City’s local economic recovery efforts, developed through careful consultation with local businesses to cope with COVID-19 economic impact, now include the Loveland Business Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (LBRMP). The program will provide rent payments directly to a landlord or, in the...

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Free De-escalation Training for Businesses Operating During COVID-19 – Capacitación Gratuita Sobre Reducción De La Tensión Para Negocios

A moderated panel on Wednesday, September 16 at 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. will feature several local business owners that will be covering topics including: Real-life scenarios of customer compliance and general conflict due to new public health orders, such as the face covering mandate Best practices of excellent customer communications and conflict management Participants are encouraged to ask questions. The discussion will be recorded. Register here: https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/CcB3S8 Spanish...

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The City of Fort Collins Small Business Assistance Program coming Tuesday, September 8th!

The City is launching a financial assistance program with CARES Act funds to distribute a total of $1.5 million to businesses by end of year. This assistance of up to $7,500 per business will not have to be repaid. The application will be available Tuesday, September 8 through Wednesday, September 23. ¡Próximamente! Solicite El Programa De Asistencia Para Pequeños Negocios La ciudad de Fort Collins está lanzando un programa de asistencia financiera a través de los fondos de CARES Act para...

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Testing for COVID-19

UCHealth provides two types of COVID-19 tests: a nasal swab (PCR) test, which detects the presence of the COVID-19 virus in the nasal passages, and a blood test which looks for COVID-19 antibodies. The nasal swab test is recommended only for those currently experiencing symptoms. Your medical provider may order a test for you, then you can visit any testing location without an appointment. Or, you can use My Health Connection (free patient portal) to schedule an appointment at any location....

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Early Childhood Council of Larimer County (ECCLC) Launches Local Child Care Referral System

Do your employees need child care? More than 65% of Larimer County children have both parents in the workforce. This makes access to affordable child care more essential than ever, especially as employers work to recruit and retain a qualified workforce. The Early Childhood Council of Larimer County is proud to announce the release of a new, free tool for families to find and access child care in our community. Larimer Child Care Connect portal allows parents to search for care options near...

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Gap Fund Application Goes Live August 31st!

Energize Colorado, alongside the State of Colorado and the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, announce that applications for grants and loans through the Energize Colorado Gap Fund will open on Monday, August 31, 2020. Small businesses with fewer than 25 full-time employees can apply for support through a mixture of grants and loans, up to a maximum of $15,000 in grants and $20,000 in loans for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance. Learn More About the Application...

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Larimer Recovery Collaborative: Pandemic Resident Impact Survey

The Larimer Recovery Collaborative is looking to get more detailed information from community members about the key impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please tell us how you and your family have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. What are your needs? Click or tap here to take the survey. Your feedback is valuable.

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This Week: Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development Promoting Virtual Hiring Events

The Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development is promoting Virtual Hiring Events this week. You can learn more about each position by using the job order number and looking it up in Connecting Colorado. To learn more about each of these events and to register for one or all click here Here is what the schedule looks like: Tuesday, August 18th from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM: Goodwill Industries     Goodwill is hiring Donation Site Attendants (Job Order #8466081 ) And Sales Associates (Job...

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Looking for School-Age Childcare Options?

The Early Childhood Council of Larimer County (ECCLC) has created a list of childcare providers to help connect families to a variety of out-of-school care options. Please note that this list was created as a courtesy, and the ECCLC has not verified the information provided by any of these programs/individuals. Families are responsible for verifying the quality, licensing status, or other needed information when choosing care for their children. If you have existing lists that you'd like added...

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PSD Update Regarding Remote Education Start of School

With PSD’s shift to remote education through at least Oct. 16, staff are finalizing plans for the start of the year. Our priorities are building strong connections with students, creating the conditions for learning and growth in any environment, and supporting students’ social and emotional needs as they return to remote learning. We will continue to share information with you over the coming weeks and thank you for your patience as we all prepare to start a school year unlike any other...

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Front Range Community College Fall 2020 Course Offerings

We understand that making the choice to continue your education can be difficult given the flexibility you need in order to adapt to the ongoing effects of COVID-19. With your safety and success in mind, we have developed course delivery types to enable you to pursue your educational goals this fall. Now, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our faculty, we’re ready to share detailed meeting time and location information for every course section that is available this fall. We have...

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CSU President Joyce McConnell Issues Statement about Mitigating Risk of Transmission of COVID-19 during Fall Semester

Dear Friends in the Fort Collins Community, As the President of Colorado State University, I take seriously my responsibility to CSU faculty, staff, students and their families, and the Fort Collins community. That’s why I am sharing the University’s plans for fall semester with you. Each year, I look forward to August and the start of the fall semester, but this year the annual return of students to Fort Collins and Colorado State University will look much different and will reflect our “new...

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Larimer County Provides Variance Update

Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE) has been notified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that Larimer County’s variance will remain in place. Cases of COVID-19 have stabilized over the past two weeks, and the goal is to reduce the rate of cases. Monitoring the case count and other indicators will continue for the next few weeks to determine if the positive case rate remains stable. It is always LCDHE’s intent to keep businesses open. A spike in...

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Congressman Joe Neguse Launches Virtual Job and Resource Fair to Help Coloradans Amidst COVID-19

Washington D.C.—Today, Congressman Joe Neguse announced the launch of his first-ever virtual job and resource fair to assist Coloradans navigating new unemployment and the job search process amidst COVID-19. More than 30 million Americans across the country have applied for unemployment since the onset of the virus, many experiencing shocking and unexpected unemployment due to the economic impacts of the virus. As workers navigate the new economic moment, Congressman Neguse’s office is hoping...

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#KeepNoCoOpen

The Fort Collins business community is filled with an amazing cross-section of small, medium and large businesses providing products and services that all citizens need and desire. And citizens, alongside business, have a major stake in the ongoing success of our business community. We are inviting every business and citizen to help Keep NOCO Open. Unless a sudden spike in local pandemic case numbers can be stemmed or reversed, Larimer County businesses could lose the benefits of a variance...

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Area Chambers Launch Call to Action on July 22 at 12:30 p.m.

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce and Loveland Chamber of Commerce present a Call to Action to Keep NoCo Open. The entire business community is invited to join the call to action on Wednesday, July 22 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. by dialing 970-236-7768. Larimer County is at risk of losing its variance to COVID-19 health orders if we are unable to slow the spread of COVID-19. Business simply can not afford to see a roll-back or closure. Join this call to learn about the variance...

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Larimer County Cases Rise, Variance Could Be Revoked

Larimer County, CO --- Larimer County Public Health has been notified in writing by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that the uptick in daily case counts in Larimer County has put the variance at risk. Many of these cases are connected to fourth of July gatherings. Larimer County is required to create a mitigation plan to show how the county will decrease and stabilize case counts. This plan must be completed by Monday and requires strong community enforcement and...

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Governor Polis Announces Statewide Mask Order

THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2020 DENVER - Governor Jared Polis today announced a Statewide mask order, directing Coloradans to wear a face covering while indoors. This Executive Order goes into effect at midnight tonight. The Governor also provided an update on the State’s response to COVID-19. “Wearing a mask is an easy and highly effective way to significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19. The more we wear masks, the safer we will be and the stronger our economy will grow,” said Governor Jared...

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Deadline for PPP Loan Applications is Tuesday

The deadline to apply for the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) is this upcoming Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The program still has funds available. The online Lender Match can help businesses locate a lender who can process your PPP loan. The SBA also has a PPP tool to review application requirements. More Information

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