NEWSLETTERS AND UPDATES
Please visit our blog for the latest news and updates.
Public Health Orders and Guidelines
Guidance for Planning Events - English
Guidance for Planning Events - Spanish
Garfield County Mask Up and Do More Campaign
Includes printable resources flyers for businesses.
Garfield County Key Resources
- Garfield County's red/yellow/green virus spread levels and all local data updated daily.
- Where to get a COVID test in Garfield County, and who should get tested.
- Subscribe for all Garfield County alerts and updates- don’t miss out on news and info.
- Marketing materials and safety signs branded for summer in Garfield County with Do MORE in Garfield County campaign.
- Garfield County community assistance programs and offerings.
- What is isolation and quarantine?
- What are symptoms of COVID?
- Want to see outbreaks in your area?
Webinars, Training and Business Consultation Services
Business & Breakfast
CMC Responds: Back to Business
In an effort to aid our local businesses and business professionals, Colorado Mountain College is offering no-cost coaching, live educational trainings and consultation services to in-district businesses (see CMC District Map) during this time of need.
Navigating HR During COVID-19 - July 31 Webinar
If you missed Garfield County's webinar on July 31, "Navigating HR During COVID-19," we've got you covered! Click here to access the recording of the entire presentation.
See below for Garfield County COVID-19 resources, slides, and Q&A notes.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, And Economic Security (CARES) Act
Program Overviews Available:
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Guide (U.S. Chamber)
Under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), loans may be forgiven if borrowers use the funds to maintain their payrolls and pay other specified expenses. Click here to download this step-by-step guide to calculate your loan forgiveness amount, navigate record-keeping requirements, and determine repayment terms on amounts not forgiven.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Guide (U.S. Chamber)
The CARES Act expanded the Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program(EIDL), which includes $10,000 grants for eligible applicants. The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters.
The guide is available at: uschamber.com/eidl
Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide (U.S. Chamber)
The CARES Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of the coronavirus.
The guide is available at: uschamber.com/ertc
Small Business Emergency Loan Guide (U.S. Chamber)
The U.S. Chamber’s Coronavirus Small Business Emergency Loan Guide outlines the steps small businesses need to take to access much-needed Payroll Protection Program(PPP) funds. The guide now includes important information including key dates as the government moves toward implementation.
The guide is available at :uschamber.com/sbloans
A Spanish language version of the guide is at: uschamber.com/sbloansESP
- Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist (Paycheck Protection Program)
- What Small Businesses Need to Know - US Chamber Article
- CARES Act Overview - City of Glenwood Springs
- Colorado Lending Source CARES Act Overview
- CARES Act - What Employers Need to Know - Employers Council
- Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act - U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
GENERAL BUSINESS RESOURCES
Health and Safety
- CDC | Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease
Recommended strategies for employers to use now
- OSHA | COVID-19 Safety and Health Standards, Control & Prevention External Link
An overview of information for workers and employers, including links to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and control and prevention
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation | Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond to the Coronavirus
Strategies and tips to protect your workforce
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation | Understanding the Coronavirus (Video)
Webinar about the impact of coronavirus on the private sector and how companies should consider their response, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Colorado Department of Labor | Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay (“Colorado HELP”) Rules
FAQs for the new rules of emergency pay enacted by the Governor.
- Resources for Employees Whose Employers are Closed or Working Fewer Hours
Employees who work for a ski resort or other employer that closed or reduced hours to help stop the spread of COVID-19 can file or reopen an unemployment claim. Go to coloradoui.gov/fileaclaim.
Loan & Grant Programs
- U.S. Small Business Administration | Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease
Updated resources for small businesses, including the new Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
- SBDC Economic Relief Resources (being updated with SBA information as released)
- Facebook Small Business Grants Program
Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses.
- City of Glenwood Springs Revolving Loan Fund – available to businesses in City limits; interest rates capped at 3.0%; flexible terms
- Colorado Lending Source Emergency Loans for Rural Colorado - $10,000 loans for small businesses in rural Colorado; fixed 3.0% interest rate; payments deferred for six months
- Colorado Department of the Treasury CLIMBER Fund – loans averaging $100,000 provided to 1,000 of the hardest hit businesses in Colorado; coming in October 2020
- Energize CO Gap Fund - Small businesses with fewer than 25 full-time employees can apply for support through a mixture of grants and loans, up to a maximum of $15,000 in grants and $20,000 in loans for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance.
- OEDIT Alternative Sources of Funding Google sheet helps Colorado’s small businesses find alternative funding sources beyond EIDL, PPP, and other federal loans and programs. There are over 180 opportunities currently in this document.
- Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America | Insurance-related Resources
Disaster planning toolkit, losses of business income implications, worker compensation, and more
- Pinnacol | Coronavirus (COVID-19): Prevention tips to keep you and your employees safe
Tips to help prevent workplace exposures from the workers’ compensation provider, Pinnacol Assurance
- Resilience in a Box
Based on best practices and designed to educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience.
City and County
City of Glenwood Springs
- City of Glenwood Springs Business Resources Website
- Revolving Loan Fund - Low-interest financing options to business owners operating within the city limits.
Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)
- OEDIT's Economic Injury Hotline at 303-860-5881;
- OEDIT's Small Business Navigator email - [email protected];
Northwest Small Business Development Center
The Northwest SBDC and their affiliated partners are actively working on resources to assist businesses with the impact of COVID-19. Please SIGN UP for their mailing list to receive COVID-19 business communications and utilize the resource links below.
SMALL BUSINESS COVID-19 DISASTER RESPONSE HOTLINE: 303-860-5881 (Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
- SBDC Economic Relief Resources (being updated with SBA information as released)
- For Employers & Employees
- SBDC Small Business Navigator
Small Business Administration Disaster Resources:
- U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program
- SBA Disaster Assistance One-Pager
- SBA Coronavirus Disaster Loans
Colorado Department of Labor & Employment Resources:
- FAQ's and all CDLE guidance available here: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/information-and-resources-coronavirus
- Emergency Paid Leave Rule- This rule is meant to limit the spread of highly contagious disease and enables workers in at-risk occupations to access testing.
- Unemployment Insurance- During layoffs, all employees are encouraged to apply for unemployment insurance. Those who are job-attached (meaning workers will be expected to return after a separation of up to 16 weeks) should file as "job-attached."
- Work-Share Program may allow certain employees who have had reduced hours to claim partial unemployment benefits.
The Colorado Workforce Center has published very helpful information regarding SBA funding, Colorado Department Labor & Employment, and Business Resources. Click here to learn more.
Local Chambers, Colorado Chamber & US Chamber
- Aspen Chamber Resort Association
- Basalt Chamber of Commerce
- Carbondale Chamber of Commerce
- New Castle Chamber of Commerce
- Western Garfield Chamber
Colorado Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Chamber Resources:
- U.S. Chamber Coronavirus Resource Website
- U.S. Chamber Disaster Help Desk
- Resources to Help Your Small Business Survive