United Way to Distribute $592,981 Through 2nd Round of Small Business Recovery Fund Grants

Blue Ocean
Richardson Foundation Master

Flood Recovery Grants Awarded to Twenty Estes Park Area Small Businesses


United Way of Larimer County announced the awarding of the second round of grant funding from its Small Business Recovery Fund (SBRF). Twenty small businesses located in Estes Park and the Big Thompson Canyon will receive a total of $592,981 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, with the ultimate goal of restoring vibrancy to the local business community and retaining local jobs. The initiative is a partnership with Blue Ocean Enterprises and the Richardson Foundation, with major support provided by Bohemian Foundation.


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


Business Name Location Grant Amount
Bob and Tony’s Pizza Estes Park


Cabin Fever of Estes Park Estes Park


Colorado Cherry Company Loveland


Estes Park Dairy Queen Estes Park


Fall River Jewelry Estes Park


Fall River Lodge Estes Park


Glen Haven General Store Glen Haven


Kind Coffee Estes Park


Mary’s Lake Lodge Estes Park


Molly B Restaurant Estes Park


Pepper’s Mexican Grill Estes Park


Range Property Management Estes Park


Real West Old Time Portraits Estes Park


River Forks Inn Restaurant and Stage Stop Drake


Silver Moon Inn Estes Park


The Evergreens on Fall River Estes Park


The Maxwell Inn Estes Park


The Spruce House Estes Park


The White Orchid Estes Park


Wild Rose Restaurant Estes Park





The first round of SBRF grants was awarded to eight Estes Park area small businesses in early February 2014. (Click here to see the full list of small businesses who received funding in the first round.)  In total, United Way’s SBRF has awarded $826,981 in flood recovery grants to 28 small businesses through the first two funding rounds.


Approximately $375,000 remains in the SBRF for a third round of grant funding. Larimer County small businesses affected by the September 2013 flood are encouraged to apply. Applications for the third round of grant funding must be received by Friday, April 11th, 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


The Richardson Foundation and Blue Ocean Enterprises established a dollar-for-dollar corporate fundraising challenge match of up to $500,000 for the SBRF. 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.


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
(970) 494-5413





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.



United Way of Larimer County is committed to reducing poverty and increasing prosperity so that all people in Larimer County have the opportunity for a better life. We bring together people and organizations from all across the community to drive lasting change in the areas of Education, Income, and Health – the building blocks for a good quality of life. Working together, we can do great things and change Larimer County for good. We invite you to join us. Click here for more information.

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