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Small Business Resources Available – Updated 10.7.2020
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.
Get your Small Business on the Map!
Supporting small businesses can help ease the financial hardships our communities are facing this holiday season. This year Downtown Colorado, Inc. is partnering with the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) to support the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) in their efforts to encourage holiday shoppers to #ShopLocalColorado.
Small Businesses Need Our Support Now More Than Ever. Shop Local!
When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development. Dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains and include direct and indirect positive impacts.
- Direct impact is spending done by a business in the local economy to operate the business, including inventory, utilities, equipment and pay to employees.
- Indirect impact happens as dollars the local business spends with other area businesses re-circulate in the community.
Visit the #ShopLocalColorado website to support small businesses throughout the state.
Contact the Economic Development Department for more information on free services and resources for business owners. Email email@example.com
Memory Lane Salon at 5523 S. Prince Street is thrilled to join with the city of Littleton for the ‘Holiday’s on Main’. On Saturday, December 5, from 10 am-1 pm bring your children and join Memory Lane to have professional photos with Princess Elsa; just in time for Christmas and a picture-perfect memory for your friends and family! Your children can wear their favorite princess dress or choose one from Memory Lane. They have a beautiful front yard that will be decorated for the holiday and provides for social distancing and fresh air! There will be hot cocoa, treats, and princess gifts and apparel for sale.
Picture cost is $35 and a portion of the proceeds will go to a charity to help families in need that were affected by and lost so much due to the forest fires here in Colorado.
Must have an appointment for the photo sessions – call/text 303-246-1181 to set up a time!
*Memory Lane is in accordance with Tri-County Health Department recommended Covid-19 restrictions
11/20 UPDATE – Retail and Critical Retail Capacity Limits
On November 20, 2020, CDPHE updated this provision throughout Second Amended Public Health Order 20-36 to read as follows: “Critical Businesses and Critical Government Functions may continue to operate without capacity limitations, except that Critical Retail must adhere to 50% of the posted occupancy limit…”
In response to this new provision, and with increased shopping at the holidays, please be reminded that all retailers, including Critical Retailers, must limit the number of customers in their retail establishment to no more than 50% of the facility’s fire code occupancy. Please use staff or technology at all entrances and exits to ensure strict adherence to this capacity limit and implement 6-foot distancing measures outdoors where lines may form. In an effort to decrease the number of individuals shopping in-person, please offer and encourage increased use of curbside pickup, delivery and/or reservations.
In addition to the 50% occupancy limit, all Critical Retailers must adhere to all guidance for retailers unless doing so would make it impossible to carry out a critical function. This includes appointing a COVID-19 coordinator to monitor for staff and public compliance, implementing dedicated service hours for older adults and at risk individuals and increasing the cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (carts, baskets, etc.).
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Tri-County Health Department’s Business Re-opening Task Force at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Task Force also hosts a weekly webinar on Fridays at 10:00 a.m. The next webinar will be held this Friday, November 27, 2020 and you can register here.
Arapahoe County, along with 14 other counties, will move to ‘Safer at Home’ – the second-highest level of the state’s newly adjusted restrictions. The new dial has a major impact on certain areas, like gatherings, schools, gyms, and restaurants adding further stress to businesses already struggling to survive.
UPDATE FOR RESTAURANTS (per TCHD):
-Indoor dining is closed, however, outdoor dining is allowed and food can be served as long as the restaurant wants to serve food (stay open all night if you would like!) – Last call for alcohol for outdoor dining is 8 pm.
-Curbside pickup has no cut-off for curbside/to-go food – Food can be ordered and picked up as long as the restaurant would like to serve food. Last call for alcohol for curbside/to-go is 10 pm.
-Indoor bathrooms CAN be used by customers and people are allowed to come inside (with a mask) to pick up to-go food.
The state health department released the list of counties affected by the new restrictions hours after Colorado Gov. Jared Polis held a news conference. Capacity restrictions at each level can be viewed here.
On Nov. 17, citing a continued rise in COVID case rates, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is moving Arapahoe County to Level Red – Severe Risk – Safer at Home on the state’s COVID dial dashboard. The agency also has changed the color-coding on the state dashboard to purple for Stay at Home, which is the most restrictive category. These changes take effect at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20. Read the full press release.
The Business Recovery Task Force (BRTF) will be hosting industry-specific webinars the next two Mondays in addition to our general Friday Update/Q&A Webinar. We know how much the new Level Red provisions have affected operations for these industries and the BRTF team would like to answer questions live and ensure their safe and thriving operations.
-Regular Friday Webinar can be registered for HERE
11/30 Places of Worship
Please join the Business Re-opening Task Force for a live Q&A webinar around Level Red and Places of Worship. This is an open meeting so please share…
Places of Worship & Level Red:
Monday, November 30, 2020
9:30 – 10:30
Or click to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/s/86176952197
Past meeting: 11/23 Fitness and Recreation Facilities
Please join the Business Re-opening Task Force for a discussion to support our fitness-based businesses with questions about their operations in level red. This is live open to all fitness-based businesses –> please share!
Monday, November 23, 2020*
9:30 – 10:30 am
*Due to late notification we have attached a link to view the recorded link of the webinar
Register for the fourth Envision webinar to further explore character-based zoning along our corridors.
Date: Monday, December 14, 2020
Time: 4:30 p.m – 6:00 p.m.
Topic: Envision Littleton – Webinar #4: Corridors – Zoom Meeting – Register Now!
The City of Littleton is updating its zoning regulations and integrating them into a new Unified Land Use Code (ULUC); building off of the future land use and character map developed as part of the Comprehensive Plan. Join the City of Littleton for another interactive webinar focused on corridors in the City. Your opinion not only matters, but it’s also crucial to guide the next 20 years.
Review more project information at EnvisionLittleton.org.
Date/Time – 10 AM Each Friday in the month of November
Tri-County Health Department’s (TCHD) Business Re-opening Task Force (BRTF) is back with a Weekly Webinar series for businesses during the month of November. The BRTF will provide updates on the latest guidance and county movement within the Safer at Home Dial with the majority of the time reserved for live questions and answers with TCHD’s Policy & Intergovernmental Affairs Manager, Mellissa Sager, JD and the team.
If you have questions prior to these events, do not hesitate to reach out to the BRTF at email@example.com (Spanish translation available).
Watch Webinar Recordings
On Nov. 9 the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) ordered the County to move from “Level Yellow: Safer at Home – Concern” to “Level Orange: Safer at Home – High Risk” on the state’s dial dashboard, as a result of a sharp rise in COVID rates. Under the Level Orange order, further restrictions are made necessary. Read the full press release.
Safer-at-Home Fast Facts
- Critical businesses are still open.
- Non-critical businesses are open with restrictions.
- Stay at home as much as possible.
- Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face.
- Wear a face covering or mask when you leave your home.
- Connect with neighbors and loved ones virtually.
DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis, in partnership with the Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA), the Colorado Restaurant Foundation, and Xcel Energy, announced that applications are open for the Winter Outdoor Grant Program, which will provide funds to restaurants to winterize patio space for outdoor dining. In mid-October, Gov. Polis was joined by CRA and restaurateurs to discuss ways to support local restaurants during the pandemic.
Apply Here For Colorado Winter Outdoor Grants Application
The Winter Outdoor Grant Program is made possible by a seed commitment from Xcel Energy Foundation and Xcel Energy, which made a $500,000 contribution to the Colorado Restaurant Association Foundation to help support local restaurants through the winter season. In addition to this donation, they are also committing to matching donations of $50,000, up to an additional $250,000, for every $500,000 that’s raised for the Colorado Restaurant Association Foundation. That’s a possible total contribution of $750,000 from the Xcel Energy Foundation and Xcel Energy. This is one of the single largest gifts the company has made in its history. Grant funds can be used toward design, construction, applicable fees and supplies like tents, heaters, etc. Grants will be distributed through the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
The program developed feasible ideas for how all restaurants could effectively create and adapt to additional dining via the Outdoor Winter Design Workshop held on October 19. This event brought together the American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado (ACEC), the American Institute of Architects Colorado (AIA), the Associated General Contractors of Colorado (AGC), other design and construction professionals, public health officials, representatives from local fire departments, building officials, restaurateurs, and more. Teams were assigned a specific outdoor space type (e.g. rooftop, parking lot, adjacent park) and geography (e.g. urban, mountain resort). They were asked to consider safety, cost, permitting, regulations, ease of implementation, and the comfort of the guest as they create their concepts. The final conceptual plans are now available at COOutdoorDining.org.