Small Business Resources Available – Updated 6.24.2020
As small businesses are grappling with the current and potential impacts associated with COVID-19, there are available programs in place that can help. We have compiled current programs, options and resources available to small businesses that may be of financial assistance to your business. We will continue to update you with resources as they become available so please check this page often for the most current content.
Dine for a Cause on July 14, 2020, and 50% of dine-in sales will go to
support Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.
ViewHouse is a proud Corporate Sponsor of Boys & Girls Clubs and believes in their responsibility to step up during times of need to continue to support Denver club members. “Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver (BGCMD) have been responding to the urgent needs of families across our city who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dine for a cause at #ViewHouse to help Boys & Girls Clubs’ children and families within Colorado communities prevent the “summer slide” and support them in getting critical resources to continue operating their club throughout the Summer and Fall.”
Please call your local ViewHouse to make a reservation to support Boys & Girls Clubs on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. They accept reservations over the phone, online, or by walking in on a first come first serve basis, based on available seating and capacity.
DRAFT Phase II Amendments to the
City Code for Downtown Development
DRAFT CITY CODE AMENDMENTS – DOWNTOWN
The DRAFT Phase II Amendments to the City Code related to Downtown Development are available on EnvisionLittleton.org. Please use the online comment form and let us know what you like and any changes you would like to see!
City Council adopted Phase I amendments to the city’s existing land use codes to address conflicts with the Comprehensive Plan relative to Downtown development earlier this year and is further amending the city’s existing land use codes to address additional issues including open space requirements, building height requirements, Downtown massing/step-backs, Downtown transition zones, front set-backs, sub-division of lots, and parking relative to Downtown development.
Concurrently, the City is following through on the priority recommendation of the Comprehensive Plan to update its regulatory framework by launching the transition to a Unified Land Use Code with consultants Kendig Keast Collaborative (KKC). The Unified Land Use Code (ULUC) will replace Title 10, Zoning Regulations; Title 11, Subdivision Regulations; portions of Title 4, Building Regulations pertaining to Mobile Homes and Mobile Home Parks and Historic Preservation; and the Downtown Design Guidelines. The ULUC is an 18-month process of discovery that will continue through October 2021. A draft of the Unified Land Use Code is expected on June 1, 2021 for public comment and review.
It was only on June 19, 2020, that bars and nightclubs were allowed to reopen at 25% capacity under Safer at Home guidelines, but citing an increase in Covid-19 numbers in the state, Gov. Polis on Tuesday, June 30, ordered Colorado bars and nightclubs that don’t provide food to shut down again for another 30 days. The order goes into effect in the next 48 hours. The governor said a new public health order was forthcoming.
Part of the reason Polis ordered the closures, he said, was the resurgence of the virus in neighboring states. Arizona and Texas have seen a surge in cases lately and governors in those states have attributed the spike to nightlife and have ordered the closing of bars and nightclubs.
Bars and nightclubs will still be allowed to remain open if they serve food and function as restaurants. Bars may still sell take-out alcohol and may still operate if open under a county variance pursuant to the terms of that county variance.
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) tweeted the closure information, “COVID-19 Update: @GovofCO announced that bars/nightclubs will close for in-person service due to the risk of transmitting the virus. Bars may sell take-out alcohol, and those that serve food & function as restaurants can stay open as long as they maintain social distancing”.
Citing encouraging trends, ample hospital capacity, and a robust suppression plan for containing the spread of COVID-19, the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners submitted a request to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), on June 10, 2020, asking the state to grant a variance from current public health orders for certain industries within the county. The requests were for restaurants, gyms, houses of worship, and indoor events. Here is a link to the press release and full variance application from Arapahoe County.
On June 29, 2020, CDPHE approved the request with some amendments detailed in their letter to Tri-County Health Department. You can read the full variance decision with the CDPHE amendments HERE
Proud Souls Barbecue & Provisions, at 5599 S. Rio Grande Street in historic Downtown Littleton, is the latest Littleton business to take advantage of the City of Littleton’s Revitalization Incentive Grant. The grant funds made it possible to assist in needed improvements and updates to the existing exterior, resurfacing a new parking lot with the addition of ADA parking and signage for the business.
Proud Souls Barbecue & Provisions has been doing business for nearly 3 years at their Denver location and recently chose Littleton as the city to be in for their second location! You might think barbecue is about grilling outside. And yeah, it is, but it’s also about something more, at least to the team behind Proud Souls Barbecue & Provisions.
When you’re sitting outside on a Saturday afternoon and you smell that smell. The signal that dinner is cooking, friends and family are gathering, and fun is about to be served. Because barbecue isn’t just about the food- it is about that moment in your life when you can stop and savor bites, friends, family and stories old and new.
The shop contains the most extensive selection of barbecue supplies and products in Colorado, all under one roof. Everything from smokers, grills, charcoals, woods, seasonings, sauces, BBQ accessories, and high-quality meats. They have a wonderful selection of Traeger Grills, Yoder Smokers, Napoleon’s, Fire Magic, Memphis Grills, Big Green Egg – and many more to choose from.
And beyond all the BBQ & cooking products, they know their stuff! With years of experience in their own backyards, professional Kansas City Barbecue Society competitions and catering, they are here to answer all the questions you may have. They even offer cooking classes to help improve your skills and are likely to hook you up with some samples from time to time.
Visit in person and online to see all they have to perfectly grill up your summer!
Proud Souls BBQ – 5599 S. Rio Grande St, Littleton – 720-923-6864
Arapahoe County is launching a $6 million grant program targeted to small and medium-sized businesses in Arapahoe County to ease the current economic burden resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic and provide support to retain jobs in the community.
Two grant categories will be available:
Grant can be used to support the operational needs of the business such as lease/mortgage payments, utility expenses, payroll expenses, supplies and services, materials. (If grant funding was received by the business within the past 6 months, the amount received will be deducted from the award.)
Grant amounts will be determined by number of employees
1-50 Up to $10,000
51-250 Up to $15,000
251-500 Up to $20,000
Funds can be used to purchase items needed to adapt your business to new processes or items needed to operate in a different manner due to the COVID-19 crisis, including PPE. This grant will reimburse items purchased back to March 1, 2020, used to safely adapt and/or change your business to operate within the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will also allow you to plan future expenses and be reimbursed at the time of the expense through November 30, 2020.
Maximum amount up to $20,000
The application process for the Arapahoe County COVID-19 Business Impact Assistance Grant Program opened on June 22. The streamlined application process is designed to be quick and easy, with applications due by July 3, 2020, or until the funds have been depleted.
More information and qualifications and a link to apply can be found HERE.
On June 5, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (PPPFA), was signed into law and the PPPFA amended several key provisions of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP); however, one item that did not change is the application deadline. This means all PPP applications are due by June 30, 2020. Applications must receive a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan number by June 30, 2020, and any interested applicants should work with their lender before this date to ensure submission of the application.
The SBDC is presenting a two-part series discussing reopening your business in the midst of a pandemic and how this may require a new message and a new set of marketing tactics. Plan to attend both for free! – “Resiliency Marketing Webinar Series During COVID-19”
Resiliency Series: Creating Your Marketing Message Crafting Your Message during COVID-19 Tuesday, June 23rd, 9 AM – 12 PM – FREE
Who Should Attend: • Business owners in business one year or more Objectives/Bullet Points: • Branding and telling your story • Marketing content and messaging • Getting your marketing message to your customer • Changing your message during COVID-19
Resiliency Series: Marketing Tactics & Tools Promoting Your Business and Creating Customer Engagement during COVID-19 Tuesday, June 30th, 9 AM – 12 PM – FREE
Who Should Attend: • Business owners in business one year or more Objectives/Bullet Points: • Understand Marketing Tactics & Tools • Apply Tactics during COVID-19 • Best Tactics for your Customers • Social media and video tactics • Marketing Best Practices
Allow the SBDC marketing expert the opportunity to suggest a new message and tactics to use during these unprecedented times.