United Way’s Small Business Recovery Fund To Distribute $234,000 to Eight Estes Park Area Small Businesses

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Accepting Applications for 2nd Funding Round for Flood Relief Through Friday, Feb. 21st


United Way of Larimer County today announced the awarding of the first round of funding from its Small Business Recovery Fund (SBRF). Eight small businesses located in Estes Park and Drake will receive a total of $234,000 in grants to help them recover from the impact of the September 2013 flood.


The SBRF is a collaborative community initiative that provides urgently needed financial aid to small businesses in Larimer County that were affected by the devastating floods of September 2013. The initiative is a partnership with Blue Ocean Enterprises and the Richardson Foundation, with major support provided by Bohemian Foundation.


“The pressure this will relieve is beyond description,” said Kathleen George, owner of Rustic Mountain Charm in Estes Park. “We have such hope for the future of Rustic Mountain Charm, as well as our other quality neighbors downtown, and being awarded this grant will enable us to continue our business plan.”


“We are now able to look optimistically at tomorrow rather than dreading today,” added Charley L. Dickey IV, accountant for Rustic Mountain Charm.


The following Larimer County small businesses were awarded grants in the first round of funding:


Business Name Location Grant Amount
Mama Rose’s Estes Park $25,000.00
Baldpate Inn Estes Park $29,000.00
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery Estes Park $30,000.00
Poppy’s Pizza and Grill Estes Park $50,000.00
The Egg and I Estes Park $30,000.00
Rustic Mountain Charm, Inc Estes Park $30,000.00
Solitude Management Estes Park $35,000.00
The Chapel of the Interlude, Inc Drake   $5,000.00
TOTAL $234,000.00


Larimer County small businesses affected by the September 2013 flood are encouraged to apply for the second round of SBRF funding. The application deadline for the second round is Friday, February 21st, close of business. Additional information, including eligibility criteria and application materials, is available at www.UnitedWayofLarimerCounty.org. Grants are subject to available funding and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.


Questions about eligibility or the application process may be directed to the Small Business Recovery Fund Administrator at 970.407.7014 or sbrfadmin@uwaylc.org. Additional application deadlines will be posted when available, as funding allows.


Contributions are still being accepted for the SBRF, providing an opportunity for businesses to support other businesses that were affected by the flood. The Richardson Foundation and Blue Ocean Enterprises established a dollar-for-dollar corporate fundraising challenge match of up to $500,000. Bohemian Foundation initiated and seeded the Fund with $250,000. Additional contributions have come from OtterBox, First National Bank, SupportEstesPark.com, Estes Valley Partners for Commerce, Woodward, and Kaiser Permanente, yet more than $100,000 remains to be raised for the dollar-for-dollar corporate fundraising challenge match.


“Small businesses are critical to the stability of the local economy, and we encourage the business community to continue to support recovery efforts,” said Kurt Hoeven, CEO of Blue Ocean Holdings LLC. “We would love to see 100 or more companies contribute $1,000 each to meet the challenge match goal and help more businesses get the recovery support they need.”


All donations to the fund are tax-deductible through United Way of Larimer County. To learn more about how your company can make a donation, contact Gordan Thibedeau, President and CEO of United Way of Larimer County, at 970.407.7000.


For additional information, click here to visit the Small Business Recovery Fund page.


Media inquiries can be directed to:

United Way of Larimer County
Kate Hagdorn
(970) 407-7008
Blue Ocean Enterprises
Bridget Richards
(303) 881-1724





Headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo., Blue Ocean Enterprises was founded in 2011 by OtterBox Founder and Chairman Curt Richardson and his wife, Nancy, to provide business mentoring, accounting, legal, information technology, real estate, and human relations services to its affiliated companies.


Its affiliate, Blue Ocean Holdings, LLC, is an investment management company that commits capital to promising businesses and strategically invests in commercial real estate. Blue Ocean Holdings currently invests in many Fort Collins-area businesses that employ more than 1,000 people and owns more than 400,000 square feet of commercial property. For more information, click here.


The Richardson Foundation was established in 2013 by Curt and Nancy Richardson to make a significant community impact, inspire change, and improve lives through outreach programs that support youth and education.



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