From national organizations

Here are some resources you may find useful in learning about what is happening in the “local economy world” nationally.

BALLE – our national organization of business networks, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

2011 Independent Business Survey – Institute of Local Self-Reliance

Localism Index – New Rules Project

Independent We Stand – an organization of independent businesses & sponsors of the Indie Awards

Cutting Edge Capital – provides small and mid-sized businesses with the information, tools, and expertise they need to raise capital in a way that fits with their unique business model and long-term goals

New Economics Institute – working to effect a transition to a new economy—an economy that gives priority to supporting human well-being and Earth’s natural systems

Local agencies

These local organizations provide resourcees especially aimed at small businesses. Check them out!

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Larimer County Business & Enterprise

Poudre Library District , Business Librarians
plus Anne McDonald’s Blog

From City of Fort Collins

The City of Fort Collins does a lot for our business community. Here are some resources and links which will help get you started.

Climate Wise Program: The mission of ClimateWise is “To build and serve an active group of businesses and organizations that is committed to making Fort Collins a world-class community through climate protection, environmental stewardship and economic vitality.” We encourage your business to take part in ClimateWise.

Uniquely Fort Collins Cluster – report spring 2010

Doing Business with Local Vendors: Purchasing Policies

Entrepreneurial Support from City of Fort Collins, Economic Advisory Committee and the Economic Task Force of UniverCity Connections (UCC)

Economic Newsletter from City of Fort Collins Economic Health Program

Utilities’ Business Efficiency Program