Bear Biz News

New Street Sign on 11th Avenue

Greeley, CO—November 5, 2012—Thanks to the 6000 student signatures collected the past two years, 11th Avenue running through campus is now Bear Boulevard. The City of Greeley has installed signage indicating the new designation. Through the program formerly known as Operation Bear Aware, students signed up at local businesses to reach the 6000 sign-up goal.

Now in its third year, Bear Biz participating businesses offer discounts to UNC students who present their student ID. Current students can learn about participating businesses and the discounts they offer by visiting the website or liking bearbizgreeley on Facebook and following us on Twitter. Posters listing all participating businesses will be up around campus later this month. Watch for new businesses coming into the program. Students can also suggest restaurants or stores they’d like to see in the program by calling Kim Barbour at the Greeley Chamber of Commerce, 970-352-3566.

Bear Biz is a collaborative effort between the City of Greeley, the University of Northern Colorado, Downtown Development Authority and Greeley Chamber of Commerce.

Operation Bear Aware changes name—Bear Biz kicks off official campaign

Deb BeBoutez, City of Greeley
Kim Barbour, Greeley Chamber of Commerce

(Tuesday, July 31, 2012)—Operation Bear Aware has evolved to a new name—BEAR BIZ, but the mission is the same—helping UNC students discover Greeley businesses.

Bear Biz is sponsored by the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley Chamber of Commerce, City of Greeley and Greeley Downtown Development Authority.

This free program is offered to Greeley businesses that provide a discount especially for UNC students and display provided UNC promotional materials to welcome students to the community.

Businesses participating in the program will be included in Bear Biz marketing materials which include on campus advertisements, direct communication with students via their newsletter, ongoing promotions via FourSquare, our QR code, Facebook, Twitter and our website—

To join, businesses must complete a registration form, submit it to Kim Barbour at Greeley Chamber of Commerce at or fax it to 970-352-3572 by Friday, August 10, 2012. Businesses must indicate their special offer on the registration form.