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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is a great resource to keep up on the latest throughout the state of Colorado. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Stay on top of public health information by visiting the Centers for Disease ControlCDC Website

Governor Polis Issued "Stay at Home Order" on March 25 and Updated Order on March 26 - Stay at home order is in effect from March 26 through April 11 Updated Critical Services as of March 26

Federal Information

IRS extends filing deadlinge to July 15 - The IRS is extending the federal income tax filing deadline to July 15 as part of a growing effort to stem the financial pain from the coronavirus pandemic

Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Click Here for a Summary of the Bill

Department of Labor (DOL) Releases New Guidance Regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities affected by COVID-19

Apply for disaster SBA BUSINESS LOAN - Completed SBA loan application (SBA Form 5; Tax Information Authorization (IRS Form 4506T; Complete copies of the most recent Federal Income Tax Return; Schedule of LiabilitiesPersonal Financial Statement;  Income, balance sheet, and cash flow documents; Other information may also be requested

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website; Paper loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov/disaster Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement CenteR, 14925 Kingsport Road,Fort Worth, TX 76155     Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Centers for Disease Prevention and Control Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers - Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019. COVID-19 for Other Business Owners: Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

Federal Stimulus Package Info – Senate Cares Bill:

  • CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill small business provisions.
  • CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill tax provisions.
  • CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill health provisions.
  • CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill unemployment provisions.
  • CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill distressed industries provisions.

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19 click here

New paid sick leave  and FMLA laws  Contact your accountant, payroll firm, or attorney for additional advice. 

Colorado State Information

Governor Polis, Coloradans Launch COVID Relief Fund for nonprofit organizations, local government, school districts, and small businesses https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/gov-polis-coloradans-launch-covid-relief-fund

See eligibility and funding requirements and application and deadline information for the Help Colorado Now - State of Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund https://covrn.com/covid-relief-fund/

Office of Economic Development and International Trade - Your source for required Business Closings, Paid Sick Leave, SBA Disaster Loans and more

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) resource page for employers and job seekers https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/information-and-resources-coronavirus 

Learn more about Emergency Leave with Pay

Visit this website for the latest information for employers and workers. Website links include information on: - Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19 - Workplace Preparedness - Information from the Division of Federal Employees Compensation (DFEC)   Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) - Emergency Leave With Pay  Find details on the latest leave with pay rules and industry specifics.

Colorado Restaurant Association COVID-19 for Restaurant Owners

Help Colorado Now has raised $7.7 million dollars from nearly 4,000 individuals, foundations and companies since the fund launched. More than 9,000 volunteers including 2,000 health care volunteers have signed up to date.  The grant process has now begun and will be on a rolling basis. Those interested in applying for relief funds up to $25K can apply here. 

Pikes Peak Region Information

Pikes Peak Workforce Center – A valuable source for TELLER COUNTY employers

As an Employer what can I do if I need to shut down?  Businesses are asking, "will their employees be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits during the temporary shutdown"? The answer is, if an employer stops work (for whatever reason), it is considered a layoff or partial separation. Employees during the temporary shut-down may file a claim to collect unemployment insurance benefits as job attached claimants. They would still be required to meet the eligibility requirements during any weeks they claimed.

The Work-Share Program Thinking of laying off employees? Consider the Work-Share Program. The Work-Share Program provides an alternative to laying off employees by allowing them to keep working, but with fewer hours. While an employee is working fewer hours, he or she may be eligible to collect part of his or her regular unemployment benefits.

Requirements and qualifications for employers:

*    You must have reduced the normal weekly work hours by at least 10 percent, but by no more than 40 percent.

*    The reduction must affect at least two out of all employees in the business, or a minimum of two employees in a certain unit.

*    You must have paid as much in premiums as we paid your former employees in unemployment insurance benefits. See the rate notice mailed in November.

Here are 2 forms you'll need for Work Share Employer Fact Sheet;   Rapid-Response Layoff-Transition Services

Check out the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Website for more information.

Local Information

SBA and SBDC encourages small business owners to contact their lending institutions - listed are the local lending institutions

Park State Bank & Trust - 719-687-9234 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ent Credit Union - 719-574-1100 or 800-525-9623

Vectra Bank - Shannon Anderson or Stephanie Alfieri - 719-687-3013

Community Banks of Colorado - 719.686.7381 Local Branch Number or direct to  Sarah McAleer 719.270.7002

Central Bank & Trust - 719-228-1100

Other Information

Negotiate with your Landlord on your lease agreement

Contact your Utility Companies - ask about your options

Call Your Insurance Agent 

AVOID SCAMS - Online, Telephone or In Person

What if I can't pay bills 9 Options If Your Small Business Can't Pay Its Bill Due to Coronavirus

What if I want my employees to work from home Working Remote Checklist

Facebook Small Business Grants Program; Facebook announced a $100 million program to help small businesses as governments throughout the country urge gyms and restaurants to close their doors to slow the coronavirus pandemic.

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