Arvada Chamber Announces Family Friendly Workplace Certification Program

January 25, 2024

By Tess McShane, Director of Housing & Childcare

In collaboration with Healthlinks, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to introduce the Family Friendly Workplace Certification Program! This innovative initiative aims to address workforce challenges by assisting Arvada regional businesses in attracting top talent.

This program involves three phases of certification. First, businesses complete an organizational survey on their family-friendly policies and practices and receives a customized evaluation. Then, businesses receive 1:1 consultation and resources, including employer toolkits, and trainings, to support and strengthen their family-friendly policies and practices. Finally, program businesses join a cohort of varying sizes and sectors to connect quarterly to learn about best practices and share updates.

Five local businesses have signed on for a pilot program to help spearhead this transformative initiative.

Participating Businesses:

Arvada Rent-Alls
One of the region’s largest independent rental centers and the state of Colorado’s largest STIHL dealers.

Among the region’s largest manufacturers specializing in the custom design and production of turbomachinery, cryogenic, defense, and energy.

Family Tree Inc.
A local non-profit supporting individuals and families experiencing abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness.

Footers Catering
The region’s premier full-service catering company serving the metro area and Front Range.

On Tap Credit Union
A regional credit union serving over 20,000 members in the Arvada region and beyond.

“Getting recognized for being a Family Friendly Workplace shows our commitment to caring for employees inside and outside of work. Everyone has their responsibilities and lives outside the Barber-Nichols building and it’s important for us to not only recognize this but support it. Ultimately when you can spend time to recharge with your family and care for them then it makes showing up to work each day that much easier” 


What are the Benefits of a Family Friendly Workplace?

  • Employee satisfaction and retention.
    Promotes work-life balance, increasing job satisfaction and retention. 
  • Attracting top talent.
    Appeals to skilled professionals seeking family-friendly workplaces.
  • Increased productivity.
    Supports focused and engaged employees through flexible work arrangements.
  • Positive company culture.
    Fosters a sense of belonging, teamwork, and overall job satisfaction.
  • Reduced stress and burnout.
    Family-friendly policies mitigate stress, lower burnout, and maintain workforce health.

“As a second-generation family-owned business and heart-led leaders in the event industry, it’s very important to us that we create a great place to work for our employees. That includes making sure we value people for more than the job they do, understanding their family situations, and learning about how we can best support them both their personal and professional lives. Thank you to the Chamber for your expertise in starting this initiative!” 

Footers Catering

Interested in learning more about becoming a Certified Family-Friendly Workplace? Take the first step towards a more inclusive and thriving workplace. Email Tess McShane at


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