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Small Business Resources Available – Updated 8.26.2020
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.
Tri-County Health Department’s COVID-19 Business Re-opening Task Force (BRTF) has been serving the businesses in our city to share up-to-date information about how to stay healthy and keep industry moving in our communities during these confusing and strange times.
The state has recently released a new Public Health Order, outlining a new system for determining capacity limits and rules for each sector of businesses- called “the dial”. Here are some helpful resources regarding the dial:
Want to know more information or have further questions? Please join the BRTF Friday, September 25 at 10:30 AM for a weekly webinar. They will go over the implications of this change for businesses and answer questions live. Register for the webinar HERE
If you have any questions, please contact BRTF at email@example.com, they are here to help educate and keep our community safe.
Business Re-Opening Taskforce
Tri-County Health Department
Phone: 720 713 6030
Safer at Home Business Support Guide/Webinars
The City of Littleton Leadership Team has been working on the 2021 Proposed Budget since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The city was required to react quickly and strategically to address the immediate loss of revenues in 2020 while trying to understand the potential impacts in 2021. Staff began identifying structural changes within departments to address the economic impact. This provided the foundation for development of the 2021 budget. Departmental discussions were held in July and August and three budget meetings were scheduled for September 8, 9 and 24.
The council considered nine policy questions (several of which are under a “budget proviso” — requiring further definition of scope before it can proceed) including funding for continuation of Envision Littleton efforts as well as revising city codes to align with the Comprehensive and Transportation Master Plans and create a Unified Land Use Code. Other policy questions include an increase in employee compensation to maintain competitiveness in the market, funding for polling and public education on potential 2021 ballot questions, and funding for the Omnibus program. Funding for park investments are on hold until South Suburban Parks and Recreation is able to confirm its ability to partner on projects.
The fiscally constrained Five-Year Capital Projects Fund continues to show little to no funding available for larger transportation investments, deferred fleet and information technology replacements, and little investment in public buildings. This is not sustainable and will lead to much higher costs in future years as deferred maintenance will cause higher replacement costs. The 2021 final budget will be considered by council October 6 for first reading, and October 15 for a public hearing and second reading. Citizens are invited to view and provide feedback to council at the public hearing. Proposed 2021 Budget [PDF].
Littleton voters will decide this fall if citizens should directly elect the mayor or stay with the current charter requirement that the mayor be elected by its peers on the city council. The mail ballot election is November 3.
If approved, the mayoral position would be directly elected by the registered voters during a general municipal election, starting in 2021. There would be no change to the powers or role of the mayor. A seated council member with additional remaining years on their term would be required to give up their seat to run for mayor. Any seated council member who runs for mayor must notify the city clerk by July 1 of that election year in order to inform candidates of the vacancy. Additionally, the direct-elect mayor position would have a four-year term, replacing the two-year runner-up at large seat. Littleton would remain a council/manager form of government.
Littleton is the 21st largest city in Colorado and of the top 25, only Littleton, Grand Junction and Englewood require council to elect the mayor from among its members. To learn more, read the Notice of Election [PDF].
Below is the language that will appear on the ballot:
CITY OF LITTLETON REFERRED BALLOT QUESTION NO. 3A
Shall there be an amendment to Littleton City Charter Sections 19, 22, and 24 requiring the Mayor and City Council positions to be elected by the voters for 4-year terms?
Ballots will be mailed to registered voters between October 9 and 16. October 26 is the last day to apply to receive a mail ballot. Ballots can be dropped off or be returned by mail.
More information about the election process can be obtained from the county clerks offices:
Arapahoe County – 303-795-4511
Douglas County – 303-660-7444
Jefferson County – 303-271-8111
Business Recover – Progressing Through Change
Date: September 23, 2020 Time: 10am-noon
Please join the Business Recovery Taskforce and the Arapahoe/Douglas Workforce Development Board as they host a virtual conference that will provide you with solutions to recover from COVID-19.
This conference will open with a funding resource to help upskill your existing employees, then we will hear from a local manufacturer’s journey and how they overcame the unique challenges the pandemic brought. We will finish up with an excellent presentation looking at the future of the workforce.
Please click HERE for informational flyer with agenda and link to register
Who They Are/What They Do
Manufacturer’s Edge is a non-profit consulting firm that helps manufacturers throughout Colorado grow and thrive. They are the official Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center for the state of Colorado, which means that Manufacturer’s Edge receives federal funding to help better serve the manufacturing community. Another unique aspect of the organization is that there is one center like this in every state as well as Puerto Rico, so they can also help manufacturers connect to similar resources throughout the country.
State of Colorado’s ‘Skill Advance’ training grants partnership
Manufacturer’s Edge partners with Arapahoe Community College and community colleges throughout the state to help companies access the State of Colorado’s Skill Advance program, formerly known as the ColoradoFirst and Existing Industry grant program. They help companies by assessing their training and business needs, submit their grant application, and apply for reimbursement for the training we deliver in partnership with ACC. The focus is on manufacturers and any organization that needs to improve their employee skills and improve overall operations. Nine months after they completed delivery of the training, clients reported an economic impact of over $15M.
Why is it important to support local manufacturers? How does it benefit Arapahoe/Douglas Counties to attract and keep manufacturing business?
Manufacturing is vital to our local and state economies. There are over 6,000 manufacturers in the state of Colorado and, as an industry, manufacturing contributes more to our state economy than tourism. Given the current challenges that our manufacturers are facing, it has become more important than ever to make people aware of these companies who are working tirelessly to shore up the supply chain, provide jobs, and contribute to their communities. The manufacturing community in Arapahoe/Douglas counties is no exception and has an already thriving network of innovative manufacturers who make products that wind up in your local hospitals, to parts for satellites that are orbiting the Earth. Manufacturers are an essential component of any community. They provide local resources for goods and products in clean, safe environments as well as challenging, high paying job opportunities for the people in the surrounding areas.
For information about Manufacturer’s Edge visit www.manufacturersedge.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can reach out to Cindy Nowak, Regional Director for Arapahoe/Douglas counties as well as the entire South Metro Denver area at email@example.com.
Winter is approaching and with it; flu season! With the health of our local businesses and their patrons in mind, the city of Littleton is partnering with Tri-County Health Department on their campaign to vaccinate more people ahead of flu season.
TCHD has created a Healthy Staffing Project, this is a FREE pilot project that will increase your customers’ confidence as restaurant dining is moved indoors for the fall and winter seasons. Business owners and staff will receive free flu shots, and the participating business will receive free face masks for their staff with their company logo, and advertising materials. The Safeway flu shot bus for downtown Littleton will be in Reinke Bros parking lot; 5663 S. Prince St. on Thursday, October 15 & Thursday, October 22, 2 pm-5 pm.
TCHD will provide links for businesses to access resources and templates of policies and best practices vetted by your local health department to share with your employees. A certificate of participation in this program will be given to participating businesses to hang in their establishments to show their support in keeping their staff and the community safe as well as free marketing materials.
Healthy Staffing Project Recipients will receive
- Free branded masks – with your company’s logo
- Receive a direct contact at the Health Department to provide regular updates, staff training, and expectations
- Free flu shots onsite at REINKE BROS. parking lot for business owners, managers, and staff
- A $5 voucher that can be redeemed at local restaurants will be given out when you get your shot!
- Healthy Staffing certificate and advertising/promotional materials from the Health Department – plus 2 window clings showing their participation.
- Access to resources and templates of policies and best practices vetted by TCHD that can be adapted for your specific business
Restaurants are where many people congregate indoors when cooler weather hits; however, this program is open to all downtown Littleton businesses and their staff – and their patrons! Tri-County Health Department and the Healthy Staffing Project is being launched to assist in workforce education, and guidance on the need for, and benefits of flu vaccinations to mitigate the impact of seasonal influenza and in increasing consumer confidence. This is a community effort so anyone wanting to get a flu shot is welcome! If you are insured, please bring your card with you. No insurance? no problem – the uninsured can also participate for FREE. Consider participating and help keep Littleton healthy and thriving through all seasons!
For additional information please contact Nancy Buck at the City of Littleton firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Tellis at Tri-County Health Department email@example.com
In partnership with the Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants Association (HDLM), and thanks to generous grants from the Colorado Department of Transportation and a local foundation, Weekends on Main returns September 11-12 and will continue every Friday at 5 p.m. to Saturday at 10 p.m. through the Halloween weekend.
More than a dozen restaurants and numerous retailers will participate including Grande Station, iN-Tea, Jake’s Brew Bar, McKinner’s Pizza Bar, The Alley, Jackass Hill Brewery, The Tavern, The Viewhouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop; Palenque Cocina y Agaveria, Pho Real, Born2Bake, Curds Cheese & Nook Coffee, Ned Kelly’s Irish Pub, La Vaca Meat Company, Maha Soul Yoga Studio, and Smokin Fins.
New for the fall edition of Weekends on Main will be more to see and hear including live music and artist demonstrations. This weekend watch incredible 3D Artist Chris Carlson from approximately 4 p.m. Friday to noon on Saturday on Main Street near Nevada. Take a picture with his cool creation.
Watch for more special surprises over the next two months on the HDLM website and the city’s Weekends on Main page. Masks and social distancing are required in compliance with public health orders.
After the unanimous recommendation of the Historical Preservation Board on August 24, 2020, with 3 conditions and the 6-1 recommendation of the Planning Commission on August 31 with 4 conditions, the Phase II amendments to Title 10 of the Littleton Municipal Code relative to Downton development were presented to City Council on Tuesday, September 15 for First Reading and setting the public hearing on Tuesday, October 6 at 6:30 PM.
Visit the EnvisionLittleton.org Project Site
Envision Littleton Project Schedule*
October 6, 2020 – Ordinance on second reading to Adopt Phase II Amendments to Title 10 of the Littleton Municipal Code relative to Downtown development
November 9, 2020 – Envision Studio #3: Focus on Corridors and Mixed-Use
December 14, 2020 – Envision Studio #4: Focus on Corridors and Mixed-Use
December 15, 2020 – Joint Study Session of City Council and Planning Commission
*dates subject to change – visit the Envision project site Unified Land Use Code (ULUC) page for