Logan County Chamber Commerce 
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223 Main St. Sterling, Colo. 970-425-2082

Aero Applicators Inc.
12502 CR 27 970-522-1941
Congratulations to the Chamber Business of the Week Aero Applicators
and representatives Patrick Mertens, Wes Pollart and Tommy Reigier.. Not pictured:Darrel Mertens,
Pam Ertle, Kyle Boerner, Rob Hurst, Ricky Fulton, Jason Blanke and Roger Boch

Darrel Mertens bought Benson Aviation Inc from Russ Benson in the Spring of 1984. At that time the business consisted of one hanger, two outbuildings and the runway as real property. 
In 1984 there were four spray planes, two field pickups and two delivery trucks that were used to run the business along with two full time and two part time employees. In the 1980’s aerial application of crop protection products was quite simple from the amount of products, regulations and overall work schedules. 
The inventory consisted of only 13 products vs over 100 that is on the product list today. Aerial Applicators had to comply with far less regulation and regulatory agencies from the FAA and EPA to name a couple. The work schedule was also greatly reduced with a typical work year in the 1980’s that would span only eight months compared to a 12-month schedule today. 
In 1988 Darrel changed the name to Aero Applicators Inc. To date the company employs eight full time and four part time employees. We currently have five agricultural aircraft, three general aviation aircraft, numerous amounts of support equipment and have added several hangers and storage buildings to support our services. 
In 1990 Darrel added a ground spraying unit that has since been sold to Aero Applicators Agronomy manager Wes Pollart who manages the day to day work of the ground application services. In 1994 Darrel and Aero Applicators became the dealer and area manager for AgroLiquid Fertilizer. 
In 2014 Patrick Mertens started promoting Aero SEAT Inc which was incorporated as a subsidiary of Aero Applicators. Aero SEAT heads up the government contracting side of the business that deals mainly in Aerial Fire Suppression. 
Currently Aero Applicators services include ground and aerial custom application of crop protection products, AgroLiquid fertilizer, crop protection product sales, and seed sales. To the general public Aero SEAT offers aerial charter services, flight lessons as well as several services for government entities. 

  Join us in congratulating
Aero Applicators
as the Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Week.

*This Business of the Week Photo was taken before the Stay at Home Order was in place.
Business of the Week will be suspended until the Stay at Home Order is lifted. 
...for renewing your
membership in March.
We appreciate your involvement .

Colorado Popcorn Company
D&J Electric Inc.
Goal Academy High School
Hootenannies Inc.
Culligan- Windmill Water
Sidney Regional Medical Center

Burger King
1602 W. Main St.     Sterling, CO 80751        (970) 522-2743
C hamber
Chal lenge
Join in the new Chamber Challenge. Purchase food or a gift certificate from your favorite restaurant in Logan County and post your photo using  #chamberchallenge  and tag at least 3 of your friends to do the same. Help our businesses at this difficult time and enjoy some great food. #shoplocal

If you would like to contribute to Project “Help Out – Carry Out”, your tax-deductible donation may be made through the Logan County Economic Development Corporation, a 501(C)(3) charity. Please make checks out to LCEDC, with “Restaurant Project” in the memo line. The Bank of Colorado has agreed to accept checks at their Drive-Thru Window, in keeping with social-distancing protocol.
The Sterling Community Fund is joining with the Logan County Economic Development Corporation and the Logan County Chamber of Commerce to launch Project “Help Out – Carry Out”, a community effort to benefit all Logan County restaurants. 
The concept is simple. Customers at a participating restaurant write a name and phone number on the back of their restaurant receipt, which is then entered in a drawing for a $100 gift card to be used at that restaurant.

Customers may enter drawings multiple times -- each time they make a restaurant purchase – and winners will be announced after the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Gift cards for this project are funded by a Sterling Community Fund Grant, which is being matched by individual contributors.

Find boxes at these locations: The Grill, Hootenannies, Hot Spot - Sterling, Hot Spot - Peetz, J & L Cafe, Jimmy’s Pizza, Lu’s Buffalo Stop, Pizza Hut, Wonderful House, Arby’s, Dairy Queen, Baja, Mi Ranchito, Santiagos, Daylight Donut, Orange Leaf, Jimmy John’s, Little Caesar’s, Sonic, Parts and Labor, Hot Java, Brew Grit, McCauley’s Mustache Cafe, Taco John’s, Subway, Simkins Parlour and Overland Trail Cafe at the Ramada.
We are adding tabs with current resources and updates from our local businesses on our website. Please email info@logancountychamber.com all updates on your business hours, changes to your services and contact information as soon as possible.
Free Shopping,
Errand Service
Logan County Heritage Center is coordinating a volunteer based service to help our older adults and high risk adults with grocery shopping, errands, or anything to keep our adults at home and safe from exposure. 

Essential Workers I.D.
A Critical Business Self-Certification form is available to show you are part of a critical business. These forms are voluntary. For critical personnel who are credentialed in the state system can use those ID badges.

Adams Bank and Trust
519 W. Main St. Unit B    Sterling, CO 80751    (970) 522-0698
Small Business
Support Kit To Help
Navigate COVID-19
We know there’s no clear way to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. We’re here to offer a support kit with guidance, new ways to boost business, and inspiration from other small business owners to help you figure out what to do next.

Loan Guide for Small Business

The U.S. Chamber has created a  guide  to help small businesses, independent contractors, gig economy workers and other qualifying individuals prepare to file for a coronavirus relief loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security(CARES) Act. Download Free Guide Here

Global Dashboard
To address the challenges the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has heard pertaining to the ever-changing international regulatory landscape in response to the pandemic, the U.S. Chamber just released its  Global Dashboard on COVID-19 Government Policies . Global Dashboard
Nonprofit Relief
The U.S. Chamber Foundation hosted a briefing on how 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations can benefit from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. If you missed the discussion—which was led by U.S. Chamber Foundation president Carolyn Cawley and U.S. Chamber chief policy officer Neil Bradley—or would like to view it again, please  click here  to watch the video.

County Extends Closures
Based on the need for continued social distancing to combat the spread of COVID-19, the Logan County Commissioners have agreed that all Logan County buildings will remain closed to the public through April 30, 2020. Until then, notifications and other information will be posted as needed at the south doors of the Courthouse.

USDA Takes Action
USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

State Works To
Increase ICU Beds
The Colorado State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is working with communities across the state to prepare for an expected major increase in the need for intensive care unit (ICU) beds as a result of COVID-19. Increasing ICU Beds

Haxtun Hospital District
235 W. Fletcher     Haxtun, CO 80731         (970) 774-6123
Child Care Needs
As COVID-19 requires additional demands of our essential workers, child care will be a vital piece of Colorado’s response.

FEMA Public
Assistance Funding
The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (CO DHSEM) is the Grant Administrator for FEMA Public Assistance (PA) funding for the State of Colorado.

Be Aware Of
Charity Scammers
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold is warning Coloradans to beware of possible charity scams during the COVID-19 public health crisis and is offering guidance for safe giving to those impacted by the pandemic.

Eagle Convenience Stores
930 W. Main St.     Sterling, CO 80751        (970) 522-0801
Need Health
In response to COVID-19,  Connect for Health Colorado  announced a Special Enrollment Period that runs through April 3. Coloradans who are currently uninsured can enroll for coverage that starts April 1.

Riverside Fabrication
150 Edward Ave.     Sterling, CO 80751        (970) 522-6669
Colorado Website

With State Cases
The State of Colorado has launched a newwebsite with a breadth of informational resources and improved data visualization for COVID-19. The website will be the state’s primary resource for information related to COVID-19 and will feature statewide coordinated response information.

A Guide For Business
CDC is working with the Department of Health and Human Services in the public health response to COVID-19 but what should you do as a business?

Viaero Wireless
516 W. Main St.     Sterling, CO 80751        (970) 521-9911
Is Convaid 19
hurting income?
For small business assistance related to COVID-19, including applying for the SBA economic injury disaster loan, employee matters or financial issues, contact SBDC Logan County business consultant, Laurie Jones at Laurie@eastcoloradosbdc.com  

Xcel Energy - Sterling
508 S. 8th Ave.      Sterling, CO 80751         (970) 521-1800
Sterling Living Center
1420 S. 3rd Ave.      Sterling, CO 80751        (970) 522-2933

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Trinidad Benham Corp.
1500 Right of Way Road   Sterling, CO 80751    (970) 522-3595
Sterling Regional MedCenter
615 Fairhurst St.     Sterling, CO 80751        (970) 522-0122
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