CodeGeek started out as a local company wanting to make a great, local impact in the digital space. Over the course of the past 15+ years, we’ve had the pleasure of expanding that impact worldwide, but we always keep in mind our roots and our investment in and responsibility for the local Fort Collins community.
There is more to us than just website design and development. We hope that our presence in Fort Collins helps make this a better place to live for everyone. And one way we do that is by partnering with others who share this higher purpose of giving back.
Read below to learn more about how we remain involved and engaged in our local community.
In 2008, CodeGeek Founder and CEO Ron Zasadzinski, co-founded the Fort Collins Internet Pros (FCIP) Meetup with marketing professional Laurie Macomber and developer Debbie Campbell. Our CodeGeek team continues to organize FCIP, which connects local web professionals, such as designers, programmers, and marketers.
The topics alternate between technology and marketing topics, and we have brought in speakers from around and beyond the Fort Collins area to discuss solopreneurship, responsive images, user experience, various software platforms, behavioral hiring practices, and more. Through FCIP, freelancers have teamed up to collaborate on projects, agencies have found quality employees to hire, and business owners have found web development and design partners.
In addition, FCIP partners with local businesses to host these meetups and has been an event partner with the local chapter of the Colorado American Marketing Association. FCIP also has brought together two locally-invested businesses as sponsors: DataSplice and Warehouse Twenty One.
WordCamp offers local conferences around the country for anyone who currently or desires to work with WordPress—designers, developers, marketers, small business owners and more. CodeGeek employees regularly attend the Denver-based conference to continue learning and expanding our skill sets. And in 2016, we combined our professional development with service by volunteering at that year’s conference.
CodeGeek is a proud sponsor and presenting partner during Fort Collins Startup Week. Led by local entrepreneurs and hosted in amazing spaces all over town, this annual event is a free, five-day celebration of the Fort Collins community that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship.
“You are a big part of why we are putting this week together. I think your commitment to your community, as I have experienced it through the years, sets you apart from most here and elsewhere.” — Andrew Schneider, organizer of Fort Collins Startup Week
CodeGeek is a proud sponsor of Fort Collins Comic Con, which brings together fans of all sorts of interests, the local business community, local artists, and fandom experts. Proceeds from this geektastic event, which premiered in 2015, benefit the Poudre River Public Library District.
Fort Collins Pond Hockey League (FCPHL) started in 1992 on a local pond in Fort Collins. Even though the pond is part of the city’s natural areas, the maintenance and organization is strictly done by volunteers with no assistance from the city. CodeGeek supports the league by donating website development time, and our CEO and Founder Ron Zasadzinski also regularly takes to the ice.
As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, the FCPHL provides pond hockey in its truest form: outside and free of charge. It’s goal is to build community by having different people of different backgrounds coming together to enjoy outdoor recreation and have a sense of ownership in the maintenance of the pond for the greater good. The FCPHL also raises funds to teach underprivileged kids the great game of hockey and help individual hockey players and their families in times of need.
CodeGeek is full of hockey lovers, so we are also a proud corporate sponsor of the Fort Collins Adult Hockey Association (FCAHA). FCAHA helps bring the great sport of hockey to Fort Collins, pulling together 20-30 local teams per year and keeping Edora Pool and Ice Center busy during the hockey season. FCAHA is a drafted league, which makes it one of less than 5% of drafted leagues in the country.
Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic (FCCR) is a “Limited Admission, Adoption Guarantee Shelter.” This means they need to limit how many cats and kittens they take in due to space and financial restrictions, but they guarantee that every feline they rescue will be put up for adoption or will stay with them until it finds its forever home.
CodeGeek is a proud sponsor of Fort Collins Cat Rescue and its annual gala Whiskers ‘N’ Wags Jubilee. In addition, a few of our team members have spent time volunteering at the shelter, and some of our furry companions once called FCCR their home.
Also in 2008, Ron Zasadzinski co-founded the Social Media Round Table with Laurie Macomber. Our CodeGeek team continued to organize this bi-monthly peer-to-peer discussion through March of 2018, which brought together social media professionals and those using social media as part of their business strategies. This group, now called the Digital Marketing Round Table, still continues to meet in various locations around Old Town to help support the local economy, all the while discussing and debating effective (or not effective) social media strategies and the latest trends and techniques.
Our friends at simplyHR, LLC in Fort Collins created Define the Line, a comic book to address sexual harassment in the workplace. As official backers of their Kickstarter, we are excited and honored to have been a part of making this new, game-changing training tool a reality.