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Small Business Resources Available – Updated 1.4.2020
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.
Join Envision Studio for Webinar #5
Discussing Character-Based Zoning in Littleton Neighborhoods
Zoom Registration – Envision Studio Webinar #5
The next Envision Studio will be held Wednesday, February 10 from 4:30-6 p.m. with a focus on neighborhoods. The Unified Land Use Code (ULUC) will further develop the character areas identified in the Future Land Use and Character Map that was adopted with the Comprehensive Plan in 2019.
Visit the EnvisionLittleton.org Project site for more information ULUC
With the New Year comes new funding options for your existing business. Funding Options webinars are coming up in mid-February — click here for details.
Attend one-hour informational webinars with the SBDC about the Federal Economic Aid Act, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Draws 1 and 2, and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL):
Friday, January 22, 8:30-9:30 AM (register)
Tuesday January 26, 12:00-1:00 PM (register)
Friday, January 29, 12:00-1:00 PM (register)
Wednesday, February 3, 8:30-9:30 AM (register)
Wednesday, February 10, 12:00-1:00 PM (register)
Note that a start-up workshop is required prior to consulting for entrepreneurs in business for one year or less: www.Aurora-SouthMetroSBDC.com/training.
Arapahoe County Small Business Relief Fund Grant
The deadline for applying is Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021.
Arapahoe County is administering a Small Business Relief Fund to support the most vulnerable small businesses throughout our communities. These businesses are at the very heart of our thriving economy but have been hit especially hard during the pandemic.
This funding is authorized by the State of Colorado under recent legislation: SB20B-001. The amount of available funds has not yet been released, but the County is encouraging businesses to review the following information carefully and apply as soon as possible, even before exact dollar amounts are available.
- UPDATE: All Businesses are eligible for this grant program even if they already received 2020 CARES Act funding from either Arapahoe County or city municipalities as long as they are able to show continued economic hardship.
Click here for more details and eligibility information.
Questions about this grant or application process please contact:
Hey Littleton Business Owners!
We know there are challenges to enforcing the COVID guidelines that help keep your business safe and open. Arapahoe County has developed a toolkit of posters and social media posts as part of their Keep It Up campaign to assist you in doing just that.
Access the toolkit HERE, which includes:
- Posters: You’ll find several ready-to-print posters to help remind customers to socially distance, wash their hands, and wear their masks.
- Social Media: Also included are social media posts with suggested text to communicate with customers and thank them for their support.
Now Accepting Applications
The County’s Five-Star Recovery Partner Program has been approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and will be administered by a committee comprised of officials from Arapahoe County, its municipalities, and the Tri-County Health Department (TCHD).
On Wednesday, December 30, 2020, Governor Polis announced that counties under Level Red restrictions will move to Level Orange restrictions beginning Monday, January 4, 2021. This includes Arapahoe County – Read the full press release.
The Five-Star Recovery Program allows businesses that have demonstrated compliance with COVID public health guidelines and safety precautions to operate with capacity restrictions one level above Arapahoe County’s position in the Statewide dial. Businesses can operate under Level Orange starting Monday, Jan. 4 without the certification.
The application portal is now open; we anticipate inspections beginning the week of January 4, 2021. To ensure a timely review of your application, please carefully review the application process before submittal.
Arapahoe County must meet and sustain “Level Orange” metrics in incidence, positivity, and hospitalization rates for one week. Five-Star certified businesses are not able to operate at “Level Yellow” until those metrics have been met.
- To qualify for the program, restaurants must be able to demonstrate 10-foot spacing at the inspection. Once certified, restaurants may practice 6-foot spacing between tables as long as Arapahoe County remains below Level Red.
Have questions about the program? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. To read more about this program, certification and the application process click HERE
Tri-County Health Department’s (TCHD) Business Re-opening Task Force (BRTF) will be bringing back its Weekly Webinar series throughout December and into January for all businesses and industries. The Task Force will provide updates on the latest guidance and county movement within the Safer at Home Dial and answer questions to ensure safe and thriving operations.
Dec 11, 2020 – 10:00 AM
Dec 18, 2020 – 10:00 AM
Dec 25, 2020 – 10:00 AM
Jan 1, 2021 – 10:00 AM
Jan 8, 2021 – 10:00 AM
ZOOM Webinar Registration
- All Businesses/Industries in Spanish with Las Chingonas group every Tuesday 4:00-5:00 p.m. No registration required. Join this webinar.
The Business Recovery Task Force (BRTF) will be hosting industry-specific webinars every other Monday 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.
These webinars are meant to offer an opportunity for businesses and the community to ask questions of our staff and share ideas with others!
All available on the TCHD site: https://www.tchd.org/836/Safer-at-Home-Guidance-for-Businesses
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges for dining establishments throughout the country. The City of Littleton is committed to assisting the community in implementing alternative solutions. “Outdoor” dining in various types of structures has arisen as the most popular alternative solution for many business owners. Below is a list of items to consider when contemplating alternative structures for outdoor dining.
- A building permit is required for alternative structures, regardless of square footage.
- Consideration will be given to the following items as a part of the building permit review process:
a. Snow loading – The ability of the structure, typically the roof, to withstand the weight of a snow load
b. Wind loading – The ability of the structure to be anchored to prevent displacement in high winds
c. Flammability – The flammability of structure coverings, particularly on structures in which heating is intended
d. Heating – Electric heat is typically acceptable – Propane or other open flame heating is generally prohibited
e. Electrical Supply – Electrical supply is typically required to be within conduit – Extension cords are generally prohibited
- Permits for temporary outdoor dining structures will be valid for a period of (6) months from the date of issuance
- The Building Division will endeavor to review and process permit applications and issue permits for temporary outdoor dining structures within three (3) business days of receipt of a complete application.
For temporary outdoor patio dining (with no structure), businesses can apply for the Temporary Outdoor Expansion (TOE) program here or on the city website and the city will help secure approvals for a temporary expansion of liquor license premises and approval from South Metro Fire and Rescue.