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July 31, 2020

 
Latest News & Updates

Glenwood Springs City Council Enacts Downtown Face Covering Requirement Zone Effective July 30, 2020

Citing increasing case numbers specific to Glenwood Springs as presented by Garfield County Public Health, City Council enacted a mandatory face covering zone for downtown Glenwood Springs, amending Public Health Order 2020-2. The zone is effective July 30, 2020 until August 20, 2020 unless otherwise renewed. A new Public Health Order will be published upon amendment..


Roaring Fork School District RE-1 to Start Year with Distance Learning Model

The Roaring Fork Schools are planning to start the school year in an improved distance learning model for at least August 17-September 21. We know that people will have different reactions to this news, including relief, disappointment, and many emotions in between. Like all of you, we feel immense sadness that our students will not start the year in school classrooms. 

Aspen Skiing Company Chamber Pass Sales Have Been Postponed For the Upcoming 2020-21 Season Until After Labor Day Due to COVID-19

From Aspen Skiing Company:

 "We are working diligently to finalize our operations and opening plan for the 2020-21 winter season. While we work through the many moving parts of this plan, we have decided to delay the launch of Chamber Pass sales from the traditional mid-August date to a date after Labor Day. We are excited about the 2020-21 ski season and will provide more details as we get closer to the date of the sale. We look forward to seeing you back on the slopes!"
 
Opportunities and Resources for Your Business
Energize Colorado Gap Fund - Applications Open August 1
The Energize Colorado Gap Fund will provide more than $25 million in small business loans and grants to boost small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Sole proprietors, businesses and nonprofits with less than 25 full-time employees can apply for up to a $15,000 grant and a $20,000 loan for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance. 

The application is scheduled for an August 1, 2020 launch. Sign up to Energize Colorado's email list to be alerted when the application opens.

Eligibility

You must be either a:
  • small business or enterprise - Colorado sole proprietors and registered small businesses including LLCs, S-Corps and other business types.  
  • nonprofit - Colorado nonprofits whose mission and/or programs directly support economic development, small businesses, or tourism.

You must also:
  • have fewer than 25 employees - Applicants must have fewer than 25 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. An employer may use its off-season employee count.
  • be impacted by COVID-19 – Applicants must be able to show the economic hardship their business is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The business’s story of hardship plus documents such as bank records, point of sale receipts, profit and loss statements, or other documents can be used to show economic harm.

Any eligible Colorado small enterprise is welcome to apply. Priority will be given to the following applicants:
  • majority-owned by black, indigenous, people of color, veterans, or women
  • in rural areas with population of less than 50,000 people  
  • in the tourism sector 
  • with limited or no access to capital financing or other federal, state or local grants/loans

How to Apply

In the coming weeks, the application will open on Energize Colorado's website

We recommend you gather these documents to show how you have been impacted by COVID-19:
  • bank records
  • profit and loss statements
  • tax filings
  • expense receipts

Energize Colorado will provide a mentoring program to assist in filing this application including translation.

Please also review the answers to frequently asked questions .
Paycheck Protection Program Applications Open Until August 8

The application deadline for the SBA's forgivable small business loans known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been extended until August 8, 2020 . Applications are open foreligible small businesses, nonprofits and independent workers negatively impacted by pandemic-related economic disruption.
 
To apply, follow these steps:
2. Review the application (provided by your lender) and gather the necessary materials such as payroll tax filings, proof of lease payments, proof of mortgage payments, and proof of utility payments.
Get in contact with your accountant and/or bank that pays out your business’s payroll. Ask your lender if it is authorized to process your Paycheck Protection Program loan. If you are not connected to an authorized lender, find an eligible lender here . We have also compiled a list of Colorado SBA approved lenders . If you are struggling to find a lender, please contact the hotline at (303) 860-5881 .  
Garfield County Printable Safety Flyers Available to Help Local Businesses with Public Messaging
Safety Flyers are available to anyone who would like a Garfield County branded flyer to post in their workplace or building. The flyers are available in English and Spanish and include the topics of social distancing, wearing a face covering, and not entering if sick.

The flyers are available here.
 
 
Alternative Source of Funding
The Alternative Sources of Funding Google sheet helps Colorado’s small businesses find alternative funding sources beyond EIDL, PPP, and other federal loans and programs. There are over 180 opportunities currently in this document.

OEDIT updates this sheet regularly and are aware that resources can change on a day-to-day basis. If you come across any resources that are no longer active, please email us at oedit_sbnavigator@state.co.us .

Please note that this Google sheet is ‘live’, so you may see changes as we make real-time updates.
Take Action
Bipartisan Small Business Comeback Act Introduced
H.R. 7671 - Small Business Comeback Act

As a member of Save Small Business Coalition (SSBC) and America’s Recovery Fund Coalition (ARFC), the GSCRA is excited to announce that Representatives Filemon Vela (D-TX-34) and Lance Gooden (R-TX-05) have introducing the Small Business Comeback Act (H.R. 7671) .
 
The Small Business Recovery Fund will provide federal grants for operational expenses to help businesses reopen and stay open as they navigate a new normal.
 
The Small Business Recovery Fund offers businesses greater flexibility in how the funding can be used, filling the gaps left from previous programs. While the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was a good first step, it isn’t enough to tackle the economic headwinds that remain.

Please use the one-click letter form at the button below to send a message to Sen. Michael Bennet, Sen. Cory Gardner and Rep. Scott Tipton to sign onto the Small Business Comeback Act.
Upcoming Webinars & Meetings
TODAY!
Navigating HR During COVID-19 and What Businesses Need to Know About the Latest Public Health Updates
When: TODAY, July 31, 11 a.m.

Speakers include Jessica Junker, senior HR consultant, PHR, SHRM-CP with Cura HR, and Joshua Williams, Garfield County Public Health environmental health director. 


TODAY!
COVID Updates & CO Healthy Families and Workplace Act
When: TODAY, July 31 | 1 p.m.

Speakers include Dean Harris, Employers Council attorney, Heath Harmon, Eagle County Public Health & Environment Director and Hollis Dempsey, Eagle County Government HR Director, with a toolkit for all employers to use. 

Glenwood Networking Group
When: Thursday, August 6

Bring yourself and your business cards. We'll each share about our business, get feedback from the group and learn about others in the community. The emphasis is on building relationships and passing referrals.

SBDC Webinars
The  Colorado Small Business Development Center Network  consists of 15 regional centers across Colorado.

Roaring Fork Leadership Free Resilience Education
The Resiliency Experience is a collective effort of leadership practitioners who believe leadership development is the future for Colorado. Learn from the best of the best across the state to support you and your organizations during these uncertain times.

Member News & Events
Lasso a Library Card Campaign
Garfield County Libraries invites you to participate in our Lasso a Library Card campaign that will run during the month of September. Our libraries want to ensure that everyone has access to the resources the libraries offer. From online storytimes to wifi hotspots available for check out, to online learning through Lynda.com, Garfield County Libraries are finding new ways to connect people and provide the resources and programming our community needs.

Participating businesses will be asked to create a special offer to anyone who shows a valid library card in September. Your business will be listed on our website with your promotion and a link to your website or Facebook page. Businesses will also be provided a social media kit and poster to advertise their participation. A full page ad in local newspapers announcing the campaign will include a list of all participating businesses. For more information or to sign up, email Lisa Girardot, Community Engagement Coordinator, at lgirardot@gcpld.org . Please include your name and contact information, along with your business name and the type of offer you would be able to provide.    
Valley View Town Hall
 
You’re Invited: Virtual Community Town Hall with Valley View
From COVID-19 to substance abuse and cancer, we know there are many health needs in our community. Valley View wants to share its work with you, answer your questions and hear from you.

August 4, 2020
5:30 to 7 p.m.

Participants can join from computer or phone. Real-time Spanish translation is available.

Register at VVH.org/TownHall
Epic Drive-In Experience at Whitewater Rafting, LLC
Come join us for the Epic Drive In Experience at White Water Rafting LLC in Glenwood Springs, CO for a drive in showing of the summer classic,  The Sandlot . Pack up your car with friends, family, snacks and blankets and enjoy a drive in movie in the comfort of your own vehicle. 

Member Spotlight
NEW! Each week we will be highlighting one chamber member business in our Business Focus e-newsletter, on our blog and on social media.  Please fill out the form here. Businesses will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis
Revolution Power Yoga
Revolution Power Yoga’s purpose is to elevate, transform, and empower community to live in possibility, connection, and discovery. We are all about community. We are a Baptiste Affiliate studio and all our teachers have either trained directly with us or with Baptiste Yoga. Whether it is the first time on your mat or you have been doing yoga for several years, everyone is welcome. Our goal is to have everyone leave Revolution connected to something bigger in their lives. You can expect to feel welcome upon entering our doors and feeling as though Revolution is your home away from home. Our classes typically include Power, Power Beats, Align & Flow and Aromarestore.


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