As we all feel the public health and economic impacts from COVID-19 unlike any in our lifetimes, our business community is working collectively to offer solutions and assistance to businesses and workers impacted by COVID-19.
UPDATE: Colorado is under a statewide mask order that will be in effect until January 2021 and might be extended.
12/7/20 – Tri-County Health Department Extends Public Health Order, including a curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., until January 7, 2021
NEW: 12/9/20 – Adams County Launches Restaurant Stability Plan
One-time grants of $10,000 are available to restaurants in the county that have been impacted by indoor dining capacity restrictions.
More info/link to the application
Full details/news release
Calling all #AdamsCo business to make the #SafeandOpen pledge on our website today! Increase business by letting customers know you’re adhering to health & safety during #COVID19 recovery
COVID-19 Success Story – Platte Valley Team Proved Themselves Ready for the COVID-19 Challenge
As with other health care facilities across the nation, Platte Valley Medical Center found itself on the front lines fighting an unseen enemy called COVID-19. For many a crisis like this could be overwhelming, but their staff proved themselves ready for the challenge.
Adams County Public Health Orders Extended an Additional 30 days as the County Struggles to Reduce the Number of COVID-19 Cases
Tri-County Health Department: Adams County is at Level Red, read the full Public Health Order
Business Re-Opening Line: 720-713-6030 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Adams County Regional Economic Partnership (AC-REP) team is working diligently with all our partners at the local, state, and federal levels to help you navigate and keep you informed on all the resources that are available to your business and staff during these challenging times. If your business is facing economic challenges related to COVID-19, please reach out to ACREP for up-to-date information and resources to help your business during this global event.
General Inquiries – email@example.com
Bo Martinez, President/CEO – 303-997-4884
Deb Durand, VP of Investor and Community Relations – 303-921-1003
Janet Fritz, Director of Marketing and Communications – 303-475-4194
Erin Krueger, Events and Programs Coordinator – 720-354-6246
ACREP developed and distributed the Adams County COVID-19 Economic Impact Survey to determine the extent of the economic impacts, suggest ways to speed recovery at the local level, and support requests for local, state, and federal emergency funding. Click here to view a PDF of the survey results.
ACREP developed the Survive & Thrive Biz Webinar Series in response to urgent feedback we received from small businesses in the Adams County COVID-19 Economic Impact Survey. Click the links below to learn more about the topics and view the full video of the webinars:
- CARES ACT 101: How Your Business Can Benefit
- Tips to Access Capital During COVID-19 and Beyond
- Position Your Business for the Post COVID-19 Economic Recovery
- Market Realities: The NEW Normal
ADAMS COUNTY COMMUNITIES
Adams County Government and all cities have posted comprehensive resources:
TRI-COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Comprehensive resources and alert info for the community
Guidance and guidelines for retail food establishments
NORTH METRO SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SBDC)
The North Metro SBDC is at the front lines of assisting the Adams County business community experiencing economic impacts due to the COVID-19 outbreak and is part of the Colorado Small Business Development Center network to bring crucial knowledge and resources to small businesses. The North Metro SBDC is set up for virtual consulting with clients and has expanded its consulting hours to meet the demand. Businesses can view resource updates and schedule online sessions at its website, www.northmetrosbdc.com.
STATE OF COLORADO
The state of Colorado has created a stand-alone website dedicated to COVID-19 response and volunteering: Help Colorado Now.
The site has a breadth of informational resources and improved data visualization for COVID-19. The site is also the gateway for Colorado’s COVID Relief Fund to support businesses, workers, and economic relief.
Emergency Leave with Pay
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment published The Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay Rules which temporarily require employers in certain industries to provide a small amount of paid sick leave to employees with flu-like symptoms while awaiting COVID-19 testing.
The rules require up to four days of paid sick for employees being tested for coronavirus COVID-19 in select industries which include:
- Leisure and hospitality
- Food Services
- Child care
- Education, including transportation, food service, and related work at educational establishments
- Home health, if working with elderly, disabled, ill, or otherwise high-risk individuals and;
- Nursing homes and community living facilities.
Resources are available for employees whose worksite is closed or has cut its work hours due to COVID-19. If you work for a restaurant, ski resort, or other business that has closed or reduced your hours to help stop the spread of COVID-19, you can file or reopen an unemployment claim. Go to coloradoui.gov/fileaclaim.
Additional State Resources:
- Colorado Department of Labor and Employment – Coronavirus Information and Resources
- Colorado Department of Health and Environment – Full Resources/Info on Cases
- State of Colorado Press Releases
COLORADO BANKER’S ASSOCIATION
The Colorado Bankers Association represents more than 95 percent of the $146 billion in assets within the 131 banks operating in Colorado and is proactively working with banks to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19.
U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Disaster Loans to Small Businesses
Congress passed the “Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act 2020 (H.R. 6074)” which expanded the Small Business Act’s definition of a disaster to include coronavirus. Gov. Polis’ “Governor’s Certification Disaster Declaration” was approved on 3/18 and Colorado businesses are now eligible for low-interest loans (currently 3.75%) of up to $2 million with a maximum 30-year term.
Affected small business owners Colorado are encouraged to apply online via the Disaster Loan Application Portal. Businesses can also contact the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADDITIONAL EMERGENCY FUNDING PROGRAMS
Another valuable resource for businesses is a funding spreadsheet developed by Colorado OEDIT. The resource helps Colorado businesses find alternative funding sources beyond EID, PPP, and other federal loans and programs.
Facebook Small Business Grants Program – the social media company is offering $100 million in cash grants to small businesses affected by COVID-19
Colorado COVID Relief Fund – The fund has already raised nearly $3 million and will be used to support the needs of communities impacted by the coronavirus in both response and recovery. Qualifying organizations will be able to apply for funds starting on 3/23.
DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY/IRS
Direct Support to Americans
President Trump and Congress passed a $2 trillion economic stimulus plan on 3/25 to mitigate the economic challenges faced by America’s small businesses, industries, and workers due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on 3/20. The Act contains many economic stimulus measures as well as Emergency Paid Sick Leave and expanded FMLA provisions.