Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade: This is the State of Colorado's main resource for guidance for COVID-19 announcements, programs, and information relevant to Colorado businesses. Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade runs the Colorado Business Support Hotline, which has ten state employees available by phone to help businesses in Colorado. The hotline is available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for small business owners to call with questions about how to apply: 303.860.5881. If the hotline is busy, you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disaster Recovery and Continuity Guide for Colorado Businesses: This working guide from the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network under the Disaster Relief Program offers structure and will direct you through the steps as you consider how to proceed post-disaster, as well as how to prepare for a possible threat or natural disaster. For a business to be able to recover from an emergency or natural disaster, planning is the first step. The sections that makeup business continuity planning are:
|Arvada Chamber of Commerce Resources: Visit this website to obtain updates, resources, and information on webinars regarding COVID-19 in the city of Arvada.|
|Arvada Safe and Open Campaign: The Arvada Resiliency Taskforce developed the Safe and Open campaign to help Arvada businesses communicate widely to the community a return to economic activity in accordance with public health and safety best-practices. The goal of this campaign is to offer a marketing opportunity and is not regulatory or punitive in nature. In support of the State of Colorado’s Safer-at-Home plan, the business community of Arvada stands ready to move towards a thriving economic environment once again, while protecting against the renewed spread of coronavirus.|
|Business Checklist- Guidance for Developing a COVID-19 Plan|
|Business FAQs Regarding Operations Under the Safer-At-Home Order|
|Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility: This CDC article lists everyday steps for cleaning, steps when someone is sick, and considerations for employers.|
|Colorado COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Fund: This relief fund was created in response to urgent food access and nutritional needs that are emerging in the community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications may be submitted by mutual aid groups, community cooperatives, non-profit organizations, membership organizations, for-profit organizations, schools, school districts, local governments, food producers or aggregators, business owners, or a combination of the above. Our goal is to be fast and flexible in this emergency response to community needs. To check if applications are being accepted at this time, and if your organization is eligible, visit this link.|
|Colorado COVID Relief Fund: Grants are available to nonprofit organizations, local government, school districts, and small businesses who are: serving areas of the state with limited nonprofit capacity and/or serving a community need resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. Through this fund, eligible community-based organizations across Colorado may receive a general operating grant of up to $25,000. Visit their website for more information.|
|Colorado #COVID19 Talent Network: Job Listings: Looking for open job positions? Or want to hire more employees to keep up with demand? This job list was originally geared towards the technology sector but has been expanding to include other sectors. If you have any comments or thoughts on other business sectors to include, please reach out to COtalentnetwork@googlegroups.com.|
|Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) COVID-19 Response Resources: The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) provides resources for businesses, communities, and partners.|
|Colorado Work-Share Program: The Work-Share Program is an alternative to laying off employees. It allows employees to keep working with fewer hours. Since they would be working fewer hours, they can also receive partial unemployment benefits from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.|
|Coronavirus Tax Relief for Businesses and Tax-Exempt Entities: Learn more about COVID-19 tax relief for businesses and tax-exempt entities by visiting this link.|
|COVID-19 Updates for Licensees, Consumers, and Professions: This website contains communications and updates from the Department of Regulatory Agencies Divisions regarding the impact of COVID-19 on our licensed industries and Colorado consumers. There are also guidelines and regulations related to different professions and how they should conduct business during COVID-19.|
|Denver SCORES: Business Mentoring Available: One of the most effective tools, Denver SCORES, offers customized mentoring built around your needs, schedule, and location. The 100 counselors in Denver SCORES are all active or retired corporate executives and entrepreneurs with experience in virtually every business sector. Mentoring sessions are free and confidential. To get connected with a mentor, call 303.844.3985 on any weekday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. After hours calls will be answered the next business day. Online applications can also be filled out on their website.|
|East Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Business Consulting: Visit their website to request an initial business consulting appointment.|
|Free and Immediate Security to Aid COVID-19 Impact and Response: Get a free security kit, security camera, and Kangaroo Complete premium service with professional monitoring for three months. The kit is designed for easy self-installation, and the system can be controlled and monitored through your smartphone. After three months, simply return the kit. Kangaroo will cover both outbound and return shipping. You will also have the option to continue the service, which is solely at your discretion. There is an $80 security deposit, that will be refunded once the equipment is returned to Kangaroo.|
|Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19: Recommended emergency planning strategies for employers to use from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Health and Human Services.|
|Guidance for Companies Encountering Issues with International Supply Chain Issues and Trade Restrictions: World Trade Center Denver, which is a Rocky Mountain-region focused international business network and services organization, is offering guidance to companies encountering issues with international supply chain issues and trade restrictions. The organization is available for one-on-one appointments and calls, which can be arranged by calling 1.833.ASK.WTCD (275-9823) or emailing askWTCD@wtcdenver.org. The organization is also offering a discount on its online trainings and webinars. World Trade Center Denver encourages companies to enter the code "remotelearning" to get 40% off through April 30.|
|Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19: This guidance is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace.|
|Healthy Food for Denver's Kids: Grant Opportunities: The Healthy Food for Denver’s Kids (HFDK) Commission, through Denver’s Department of Public Health and Environment, is excited to announce the first Request for Proposal (RFP) to support access to healthy food and food-based education for youth in Denver. The City will be investing in programs, projects, and activities for non-profits, agencies of government or Denver schools to improve childhood wellness. To check further eligibility requirements, please visit their website. Proposals are due by 11 p.m. (MT) on April 30.|
|Helping Displaced Workers Find Continued Work: To support retail entities, Retail Industry Leaders Associaton (RILA) has leveraged relationships with staffing services to provide retailers with options to help displaced workers.
There are numerous providers of staffing services potentially available to RILA members, that can be viewed by visiting this link. Staffing firms’ services and areas of operations vary so RILA members should choose the staffing firm that meets their company’s business needs.
|How to Rescue Main Street from Coronavirus Before It’s Too Late: This article from the Economic Innovation Group discusses different strategies on how small businesses are working to keep their doors open in the age of COVID-19.|
|Information and Resources Related to COVID-19 for Workers and Employers: The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has a variety of resources for workers and resources for employers who are impacted by the coronavirus.|
|Information on Disinfectants That Fight COVID-19: On January 29, EPA activated its Emerging Viral Pathogens Guidance for Antimicrobial Pesticides in response to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).|
|Law Firm, Hall & Estill, Provides Business-Specific Policy and Legislative Updates: These updates include laws passed by Congress and how they affect businesses. These bills have an impact on payroll, taxes, and additional essential business concerns.|
|List of Critical Businesses in Colorado: Unsure if your business is considered critical? Check this list of critical industries and see what it means for your business.|
|Mi Casa Resource Center Business Pathways: The Women’s Business Center at Mi Casa Resource Center supports entrepreneurs through all stages of business development, helping them explore, launch, and grow their business through bilingual consulting, in-depth training, and a variety of business-related workshops and resources. The team not only focuses on the business but also on the business owner, providing wrap-around support services to address potential barriers to success.|
|National Small Business Town Hall: Every week, Inc. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will team up for a virtual National Small Business Town Hall to help small business owners alike navigate the programs that are available to them.|
|Paid Sick Leave - Who Gets It During Coronavirus: Many of America’s nearly 159 million workers will get access to some paid time off if they or their families are affected by the coronavirus, but there are loopholes.|
Restaurant Owner Help Hotline: Seated has launched a hotline for restaurant owners to get advice from finance and law experts in the hospitality industry. Visit this link to get more information and to schedule a phone appointment.
|SBA Hotline: The Small Business Administration is offering a hotline for business owners. For immediate assistance, call 303.860.5881. They're offering free, one-hour, confidential, and one-on-one consulting. To answer your questions and assist you with your EIDL application, call 303.460.1032 and a consultant will get back to you within 24-hours.|
|Strategies and Policies of the World's Largest Companies: This piece from Gallup recommends how to do business in the age of COVID-19 related to crisis management, communications, technology, and well-being.|
|Virtual Receptionist Resource and Mail Services: To assist small businesses during this time, Intelligent Office-Westminster is offering Virtual Receptionist services at no cost and with no obligation to new customers. This includes 200 phone calls per month answered live, screened, assisted, and forwarded to any number through the end of May. The ability to complete all setup remotely and have you operational in 24 and 48 hours. For any companies needing more than 200 calls per month, we are offering that service at 50% discount.
Additionally, if your office has been closed, we are offering mail service at a special price of $49/month. This service provides you with: A professional address (not a PO Box). Sorting ability·so when mail or a package arrives, we will notify you daily of the sender and you have the ability to request that we either scan or forward the mail to you
We do fall within the essential business classification and expect to be open throughout the crisis. Please contact our office at 720.274.7300 with any additional questions.
|WeFunder - Investment Crowdfunding for Businesses: WeFunder, an investment crowdfunding platform, launched a Coronavirus Crisis program enabling small businesses to crowdfund $20,000 to $1 million from supporters. To start raising money for your business, visit this link:|
|Westminster Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resources: Provides updates on events and virtual programs that are happening through the Chamber.|
|Westminster Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar: Find out about local happenings in Westminster. From Shop Local promotions to Virtual Job Fair Dates, Education opportunities via online live videos with topics such as family & work, virtual meetings, e-commerce, stress management, social media, physical activity, and regular contests.|
|Westminster Chamber Virtual Job Fair: In need of more employees, during the age of COVID-19, to keep up with customer demand? Or want to give employees that have been displaced a resource to find an open position? The Westminster Chamber of Commerce is holding a virtual job fair on April 2.|
|What Employers Need to Know About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Forbes explains the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, and the Emergency Expansion of Family Medical Leave to Provide Benefits to Employees Whose Child’s School or Place of Care Has Closed.|