Resources

Adams County Economic Development Survey
Alternatives to Laying Off Your EmployeesVisit the website to see if your business qualifies for the Work-Share Program. They will process your application within one week of receiving it.
Blue Ink Design - Sell Gift Cards to Generate Revenue: Are you interested in selling gift cards online to supplement your current business income? Email Adam Bundy at BlueInk Design for more details. Available to businesses in Thornton through the City of Thornton Economic Development Department.
CDC Printable Coronavirus ResourcesThe following print-only materials are developed to support COVID-19 recommendations. From cloth face-covering solutions, to how to protect yourself from others, to signage for a storefront and handwashing reminders; find a number of different printable options here. All materials are free for download. They may be printed on a standard office printer, or you may use a commercial printer.
Colorado #COVID19 Talent Network: Job ListingsLooking 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 COVID-19 Testing Information: The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment has helpful information if an employee feels that they should be tested for COVID-19 or is exhibiting symptoms.
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 oedit_sbnavigator@state.co.us<.
Colorado Sales Tax Guide: This publication is designed to provide retailers with general guidance regarding sales tax licensing, collection, filing, remittance, and recordkeeping requirements prescribed by Colorado state law.
Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) COVID-19 Response ResourcesThe 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.
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 AvailableOne 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.
Energize Colorado - Free Professional Services: Access to volunteers with a wide variety of experience across many industries (consulting, fundraising, graphic design, accounting, etc.), and can match you to someone with experience relating to your unique needs.
Energize Colorado - PPE and Supplies Marketplace: Products include cloth face coverings, surgical masks, vinyl gloves, individual and bulk hand sanitizer, and disinfectant. KN95 Masks and nitrile gloves are also available for healthcare institutions only.
File a Wage Complaint: If you did not get paid for any hours worked you can file a wage claim to recover wages. The Division staff currently is working remotely due to the impact of the coronavirus. The best way to reach us is by sending an email to cdle_labor_standards@state.co.us. They are committed to serving you and thank you for your patience at this time.
Free and Immediate Security to Aid COVID-19 Impact and ResponseGet 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 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.
Help CO Now: Volunteer SupportHelp CO Now is helping to pair volunteers with those organizations who need them during this time of COVID-19. To request volunteers, for roles that could be filled by spontaneous volunteers, visit this link and fill out the form.
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.
How to Wear a Cloth Face CoveringThe CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. This article explains best practices of wearing masks and also provides examples of how to make your own.
Information and Resources Related to COVID-19 for Workers and EmployersThe Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has a variety of resources for workers and resources for employers who are impacted by the coronavirus.
Kabbage PaymentsWith the current impacts to our economy, we want to make sure there are ways to help local entrepreneurs. Through Kabbage Payments, any business can sign up to sell gift certificates online, and anyone can purchase them to support participating small businesses. Gift cards can be bought in any amount between $15 to $500, and they do not have an expiration date. Once registered, businesses can send a custom link to their customers, and share on social media platforms to generate interest.
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.
Looking for Work: If you are looking to supplement your income, several employers are hiring, including health care, grocery stores, package deliver companies, and companies offering online products for delivery.
Mi Casa Resource Center Business PathwaysThe 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.
Neighborhood Pledge Encourages Communities to Create Pledge Groups to Support Local BusinessesCreated by Ring, Neighborhood Pledge encourages local business support during COVID-19. Get the word out about your small business, by sharing this movement with your customers:

Step 1: Make your pledge - Commit to help neighborhood businesses and service providers in need.
Step 2: Share your pledge - Get the word out to friends, family, colleagues and neighbors so they can pledge their support as well.
Step 3: Act on your pledge - Fulfill your promise to support neighborhood businesses in need: donate money, tip generously, buy gift cards, and reach out with encouragement.

Nonprofit Enrollment in ColoradoGivesThe program centers around ColoradoGives.org, a year-round online giving website featuring profiles of more than 2,500 Colorado nonprofits. It is also the platform for Colorado Gives Day. To create a nonprofit profile and join the website, please follow the directions on the website. Non-profit organizations are able to use this platform to fundraise money for COVID-19 response efforts, as well as non-COVID related work. 
OnwardCOOne-stop resource from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment for those impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Paid Sick Leave - Who Gets It During CoronavirusMany 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.
Rapid Response Consultation for Employers Experiencing a Reduction in WorkforceEmployers experiencing a reduction in workforce are eligible for support services including consultation on layoff aversion strategies, onsite workshops for employees in transition, job placement assistance, and information on unemployment benefits.
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.
Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) COVID-19 Resources: TCHD has a call center that is answering the public’s COVID-19 questions. The call center can then direct callers to county-specific resources, if needed. For questions about COVID-19, call TCHD at 303.220.9200, email callcenter@tchd.org, or visit their website.
Unemployment ResourcesIf you are not working or are working fewer hours as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may file an unemployment claim. If your last name begins with the letter A - M, file a claim on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or after noon on Saturday. If your last name begins with the letter N - Z, file a claim on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or before 12 noon on Saturday
Virtual Case Management Considerations and Resources for Human Services Program: The urgency and complexity of this situation will require sustained attention and ongoing innovation. As a first step in adopting virtual case management approaches, this document lays out technology and practice considerations, as well as resources. Much of the information compiled is drawn from health care services, which has made considerable progress over the past decade in telehealth. While health care services differ in many ways from human services, telehealth services can provide useful lessons and resources.
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. 
Volunteer Recruitment Support with Mile High United WayMile High United Way is organizing volunteers for the Denver Metro Area. If your organization wants to request volunteers, please email volunteer@unitedwaydenver.org with your needs.
What Employers Need to Know About the Families First Coronavirus Response ActForbes 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.

PPE for Purchase

Blue Sky Promotions: Blue Sky features personal protective equipment such as masks, shields, sanitizer, and wipes and is open to all client types. Call 303.930.9777.

Cintas: Cintas provides safety supplies and services to all business types, including those who are not yet open and are preparing to open their doors. Must call or fill out the form for a quote. Call  303.330.0973.

Digital Dolphin Supplies: Digital Dolphin Supplies is a veteran-owned small business that focuses on delivering the highest quality office and janitorial products to government organizations and business clients. Email or call 866.923.9595.

Epicenter  Innovation: Fill out the ordering form to get connected to PPE such as masks, gloves, and thermometers. Upon receipt of the form, Epicenter Innovation will work with their network of suppliers to get PPE delivered to your staging area or holding facility for distribution.

Fastenal: Due to the global shortage of critical PPE products (respirators, gloves, gowns, etc.), these items are exclusively allocated to identified life-sustaining industries. No account is needed to place an order for non-critical PPE. Call 877.507.7555.

Flow State Marketing: FlowState Marketing is a branding agency that typically produces brand solutions and physical goods. With the global crisis and emergency measures, the focus has shifted to support the unfolding national situation by sourcing health and medical essentials such as masks, gloves and sanitizer. Fill out this form to get connected with PPE inventory.

Foremost Equipment: Foremost Medical Equipment provides new and recertified equipment, devices and supplies such as masks, gloves, sanitizer, and more to the international medical community. With a focus on the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) market, Foremost supports the needs of medical professionals from First Responders to Primary Care Physicians. Call 866.463.3522.

Global Sourcing Connection: Global Sourcing Connection is a promotional products distributor that also carries some health and safety equipment such as gloves, goggles, and hand sanitizer. Products are open to all client types. Call  844.464.5616.

Grainger: Safety equipment such as cleaning chemicals, masks, gloves, gowns, and paper products are available for both business and personal use. Customer Service: 1.800.472.4643.

Green Sol: Green Sol Chemical's lineup of liquid disinfectants have been EPA approved for use against the Coronavirus. Must be an existing client to place an order; call 888.404.2030 for more information.

Guest Supply: Provides supplies such as paper goods, cleaning chemicals, first aid, and PPE to hospitality clients. New customers must contact customer service at 800.772.7676 for information on placing an order.

HexArmor: HexArmor provides safety products such as hand, head, eye, and body protection to all clients and essential PPE to Frontline Workers. Call 877.668.3675.

Kenberma Products, Inc.: Kenberma features PPE supplies such as masks, gloves, gowns, sanitizer, and distancing barriers. Products are open to all client types. If you need an item for a specific date, please email lisa@kenberma.com.

KWest: KWest Sourcing is currently providing critical PPE and supplies such as masks, gloves, and ventilators. Products are open to all client types.

Project N95: Project N95 is the National Clearinghouse for critical personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies, such as sanitizer, masks, and diagnostic tests. Must complete this form to submit a request; open to a variety of frontline, medical, and government organizations

SciCan:  SciCan offers OPTIM 1, one of the fastest and most effective cleaners and intermediate level disinfectants with a 1-minute broad spectrum contact time. OPTIM has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and can therefore be used against COVID-19 when used in accordance with the directions for use against Poliovirus on hard, non-porous surfaces, and non-invasive medical devices. Ordering is only available to SciCan, SciCan group staff, and associated/authorized dealers. If you are one of these parties and do not already have an account, create one here.

USA Bluebook: USA Bluebook features safety gear including eyewear, gloves, hand sanitizer, and first aid kits. You must have an account to place an order, but accounts are free and open to all client types. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at customerservice@usabluebook.com or 800.548.1234.

Policy & Legislative Updates for Businesses

STATE

Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay (HELP) GuidelinesTemporarily requires employers in certain industries to provide a small amount of paid sick leave to employees with flu-like symptoms who are being tested for COVID-19.
Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade COVID-19 Resources: Economic-related COVID-19 announcements and public health updates are available on their website.
Coronavirus Policies and Protocols for the Colorado Restaurant Industry: Current updates regarding the status of restaurant regulations during the COVID-19 crisis.
Executive Order: Colorado Employers to Reduce In-Person Workforce by 50%This executive order was enacted to help limit the community spread of the virus. To read more about who this affects, visit this link
Instructions for Social Distancing Certification for Businesses from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, through Colorado State Emergency Operations Center: If your business is operating, you are required to comply with the social distancing requirement that all employees remain at least six feet apart at all times. Complete this certification and maintain in your business records. You may be required to produce this documentation to state or local law enforcement, public health agencies, or other government agencies with jurisdiction to demonstrate compliance.

State of Colorado Stay-At-Home Order: There have been a number of executive orders and public health orders released by the governor this month and the legal language used can be hard to understand. The State of Colorado has provided this document, written for the rest of us, about what they mean and who is affected. To review the actual order: Amended Public Health Order 20-24 Implementing Stay at Home Requirements.

FEDERAL

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and EmployersRecommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in businesses.
Employer Paid Leave Requirements and Tax Credit Provisions (as it relates to COVID-19): Summary of Employer Paid Leave Requirements and Tax Credit provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What employers need to know about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), H.R. 6201, which dedicates billions of dollars for paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, free testing, and other provisions to aid Americans affected by COVID-19.
Homeland Security Guide on Essential/Critical Infrastructure Workforce: As state and local communities consider COVID-19-related restrictions, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security) is offering this list to assist prioritizing activities related to continuity of operations and incident response, including the appropriate movement of critical infrastructure workers within and between jurisdictions.
Interpretation of the Paycheck Protection Protection Program CARES ActAn executive summary from the Adams County Office of Legislative and Government Affairs in collaboration with the Federal Lobby Team. This is their current understanding of the Paycheck Protection Program, a comprehensive part of the CARES Act. 
Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): This document provides information about the ADA and pandemic planning in the workplace.
Updated IRS Notice: Filing and Payment Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special tax filing and payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. The filing deadline for tax returns has been extended from April 15 to July 15.

 

 

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