Montezuma County
Tri-Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
April 22, 2020
Happenings this Month in
Montezuma County
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The Tri-Chambers of Commerce is asking for your opinion on Reopening up businesses in Colorado - We have a survey both for Businesses and the Public to guide us on toolkits, marketing and helping share public and business opinion!

This is a time-limited survey, please fill out by Friday, April 24th!

This survey is not limited to the 4-Corners Area, so please feel free to tell us how you feel on visiting businesses and reopening concerns and information, your vacation plans, and what types of businesses and events you feel safe visiting. We will be posting results on the Montezuma Business Coalition's Facebook page and on various website's, including Visitdolores.com 's website.

Public Reopening Survey:

Business Reopening Survey: https://form.jotform.com/201106426775048

Montezuma Business Coalition Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/805959309900607/
Virtual - Zoom Biz Beat
Virtual - Zoom Biz Beat
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A list of references and articles to help our community navigate current changes.
Governor Jared Polis is introducing the "Safer At Home" period in Colorado beginning next week. Please follow one of our Facebook pages for fast updates regarding open dates, guidelines, and resources.
Montezuma Business Taskforce is working on a tool kit that includes the county’s guidelines on reopening, as well as information and thoughts about marketing, online presence, and reaching your customers.
Self-employed, gig workers, freelancers, the CO website is now taking unemployment claims! https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/file-claim

If you need help before applying, here is a great webinar:
Demystifying Unemployment for 1099 and Gig Workers, Freelancers, and Self-Employed
Learn more about the new benefits you are now eligible for, video produced by the Colorado Office of Film Television and Media.
USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the COVID-19 Pandemic
USDA’s COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide Lists Federal Programs That Can Help Rural Communities, Organizations and Residents Impacted by COVID-19  
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide  (PDF, 349 KB) is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.
“Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural communities preparing for and impacted by COVID-19,” Perdue said. “This resource guide will help our rural leaders, whether they are in agriculture, education, health care or any other leadership capacity, understand what federal assistance is available for their communities during this unprecedented time.”
USDA has taken many immediate actions to assist farmers, ranchers, producers, rural communities, and rural-based businesses and organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on these actions, visit  www.usda.gov/coronavirus .

Onward! A Legacy Foundation has a new fund to give donors a vehicle to support multiple nonprofits and our community in a time of crisis. Established in response to COVID-19, the Montezuma County Emergency Relief Fund (MCERF) will support nonprofits working with food insecurity, healthcare, impact, and recovery. Grant awards will be based on funding available. For more information, or to donate, visit:  https://bit.ly/MCERF
In conjunction with The Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado and their CERF fund, the MCERF has already supported:
1) Pinon Project - MECC - $5,000
2) Good Samaritan/Sharehouse $4,000
3) Mancos Foodshare - $2,000
4) Bridge Emergency Shelter - $3,000
5) Reaching out to Community and Kids (ROCK) in Dolores County - $2,500
Nonprofits can reach out to Nicci Crowley, deputy director, with requests.  nicci@onwardfoundation.org
CCI UPDATES AND RESOURCES TO SUPPORT THE ARTS DURING COVID-19
Montezuma County Business Coalition
In collaboration with other key area organizations, we have established the Montezuma County Business Coalition Facebook Group for business owners, organization managers, and anyone connected to the business community in Montezuma County. A link to join this group is https://www.facebook.com/groups/montezumabusinesscoalition/ We will use this group page to disseminate important business-specific information from area agencies to our business community.


Need Help?
Want to Help?
FOOD ASSISTANCE INFORMATION:

The Good Samaritan Center food pantry and The Sharehouse , both located at 30 N. Beech Street in Cortez, are facilitating emergency food response in conjunction with many food assistance organizations in the wake of COVID-19.

Visit  https://www.montezumafoodcoalition.org/covid19-mutual-aid  to sign up for volunteer opportunities, to sign up for food or other assistance, or to make a donation to help us buy food and supplies.
 
If you have food and/or household supplies that you would like to donate, you can drop them off at The Sharehouse any day between noon-4:00, 30 N. Beech St., Cortez.
 
For more information:
Kirbi Foster, Good Samaritan  director@goodsamaritancortez.org
Laurie Hall, The Sharehouse  info@montezumafoodcoalition.org
Sales Tax Deadline Extension
One-Month Extension for Filing and Remitting State and State-Administered Local Sales Tax
Colorado retailers that are required to file a sales tax return and remit sales tax on April 20, 2020 may extend their filing and remittance deadline to May 20, 2020. This is a one-time extension of the April 20, 2020 filing and remittance deadline for state and state-administered sales taxes. The extension does not apply to  self-collecting home-rule taxing jurisdictions .
The Department is continually monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation, and responding in real-time to address the questions and concerns of Coloradans. To help keep the public informed, CDOR has set up a COVID-19 page where we will post all updates and changes related to taxes, deadline extensions, services and penalties. Please visit the  COVID-19 Updates   web page for more information. 
Other News
Montezuma County-property tax-Montezuma County is waiving interest and late payment fees for 30 days.

If you cannot pay your utility bills please contact your local utilities and discuss arrangements. Many are offering deferred payments and/or assistance.
If you have information or services you want shared, please send me the information via email at Chamber@MancosValley.com or relay it through Facebook Messenger.
Be Safe!
Mancos Valley
Chamber of Commerce
970-533-7434