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June 16, 2020
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Seeking Feedback on Draft Guidelines
T he Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking feedback on additional draft guidelines for the Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors public health order. Coloradans can review draft guidelines in the following areas:


The deadline for providing feedback is Wednesday, June 17, at 5 p.m. The draft guidance may be updated based on stakeholder feedback and will be finalized on Thursday, June 18.

CDPHE is also soliciting feedback on an upcoming public health order -- Protect Our Neighbors . The Protect Our Neighbors phase comes after Stay at Home and Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors phases. 

Coloradans can review the draft framework, and provide feedback by Thursday, June 18, 11:59 p.m.

·       Protect Our Neighbors Framework -- Submit feedback using this online form .
 
Local communities will have the ability to enter the Protect Our Neighbors phase in late June, if they meet thresholds that will be defined in the order and guidance. Thresholds will include a local community’s ability to contain surges in cases and outbreaks through testing, case investigation, contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, site-specific closures, and the enforcement of public health orders.
 
With more activities open and available to the public, it is everyone's responsibility to do whatever they can to reduce the spread of the disease. Always stay home when you are sick. If you go out, remember the big three: wear a face covering; wash your hands frequently; and maintain physical distance with others.
 
Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov .  
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Stay Informed - Glenwood Canyon
Phase 7 Improvements Project
To sign up for traffic and trail impact updates, please contact public information via email, phone or text. Find updates on Facebook and Twitter by searching #GlenwoodCanyon2020.

Call or Text: 970-618-5379
Email: glenwoodcanyon2020@gmail.com
SBA Accepting Applications from All Businesses for EIDL and EIDL Advance
On Monday June 15, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19.
 
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Loan Advance (EIDL) Program provides small businesses and non-profits with low-interest loans that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing due to COVID-19.
 
As a part of EIDL, you can access up to a $10,000 loan advance within three days of your application being accepted. This advance will act as a grant and does not need to be repaid. To ensure that the greatest number of applicants can receive assistance during this challenging time, the amount of the advance will be determined by the number of the small business’ pre-disaster (i.e., as of January 31, 2020) employees. The advance will provide $1,000 per employee up to a maximum of $10,000.
 
This advance may be used to:
·      Keep employees on payroll
·      Pay for sick leave
·      Meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions
·      Pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments
 
How to Apply

Businesses and non-profits can apply now through SBA’s online application portal . You must opt into the loan advance while completing loan application. You will fill out the streamlined advance application first when applying for EIDL. After submitting that application, you will then continue with the more detailed EIDL application.
Applications Still Being Accepted for PPP
SBA approval has to be complete by June 30, 2020.  Businesses should give their lenders enough time to process and enter the applications, so we encourage businesses to get their applications in as soon as possible.

To apply, follow these steps:
2. Review the  application  and gather the necessary materials such as payroll tax filings, proof of lease payments, proof of mortgage payments, and proof of utility payments.
3. 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 our hotline at  (303) 860-5881 .
US Chamber PPP Forgiveness Guide

This guide reflects recent substantive changes made by Congress and the administration to the PPP program to provide borrowers with more flexibility. These changes include:

  • Extending the time to spend PPP funds from 8 weeks to 24 weeks;
  • Lowering the amount that must be spent on payroll from 75% to 60%;
  • Extending the deadline to restore FTEs and payroll from June 30, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020; and
  • Setting the repayment term for loans made after June 4, 2020 at five years.

The U.S. Chamber’s updated Guide to PPP Forgiveness reflects all of these changes, as well as others made in recent guidance issued by the Department of the Treasury. While this guide reflects all of the most recent changes, it is possible that further changes could be made. Therefore, the US Chamber we will continue to update this guide as needed.

Opportunities and Resources for Your Business
Sign up to Accept Glenwood Gold Community Currency Today!
No Cost to Participate
Glenwood Gold Community Currency can be purchased at glenwoodchamber.com/glenwoodgold and can be used ONLY at participating businesses in Glenwood Springs.

View participating businesses here.

Glenwood Gold will:
  • Bring a year-round Buy Local program to our community.
  • Be used as holiday gifts, thank you gifts and employee rewards.
  • Provide a great marketing tool for local businesses.

How can Glenwood Springs Businesses Participate?

Just launched on June 1, 2020 the GSCRA is in the process of on-boarding businesses to participate in Glenwood Gold.

Here are a series of videos that show you how it works:

It is easy for your business to sign up to accept Glenwood Gold.
  • There are no upfront costs or special software/credit card machines to purchase.
  • The program will reimburse participating businesses 100% face value of the currency!
  • The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association will send payment to participating businesses by ACH within two weeks of certificates’ redemption.
  • This is a WIN-WIN-WIN for our community.

Sign up below using code: GLENWOOD


NOTE: Bulk purchase options are available if your business is interested in using Glenwood Gold for a promotion, employee rewards, etc. Contact angie@glenwoodchamber.com if you are interested.
Grateful for Glenwood Community Currency Giveaway - Nominate Someone Today!
To honor our community and celebrate four decades of community banking, Alpine Bank announces the GRATEFUL for GLENWOOD community currency giveaway—of $25,000! Community members have a chance to win $100 in community currency, and then spend their winnings at participating Glenwood Springs businesses this summer.

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
America's Recovery Fund
America’s Recovery Fund provides funding to help America’s businesses to retain and rehire staff, pay rent, adapt to new requirements, meet certain debt obligations, and pay state and local taxes. The fund will include strict federal oversight and anti-abuse mechanisms. America’s Recovery Fund will be a vital lifeline to businesses, communities, workers, and state and local governments that rely on their success to support local economies.

If you support the idea of this fund, please use the button to complete and submit a one-click letter to our legislators.
Upcoming Webinars & Meetings
Colorado Tourism Office Offers Virtual
Google My Business Workshops
June 17, 2020, 10–10:45am
Google My Business: Fundamentals

  • What is your Google business profile 
  • How is it surfaced in Google search and travel products
  • Claiming and verifying your business profile
  • Keeping core business information current
  • Overview of tools available in Google My Business

June 18, 2020, 10–10:45am
Google My Business: Maximizing Exposure
 
  • Utilizing Posts for updates
  • Responding to reviews
  • Managing images, 360s & video
  • Responding to customer questions
  • Understanding Insights data
CMC Back to Business
In an effort to aid our local businesses and business professionals, Colorado Mountain College is offering no-cost coaching, educational trainings and consultation services to in-district businesses.

Glenwood Networking Group
When: Thursday, June 18

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.

Workforce Planning in Crisis
When: Tuesday, June 23 | 9-10:30 a.m.

Amid COVID-19, there is a level of uncertainty in the average workplace. This interactive Skillful workshop will go over the current state of small businesses, the effects that the pandemic has made on them, and what business decisions you can make in efforts to retain employees while being as cost-effective as possible.
 
Course Takeaways:
  • Approaches to Retaining Your Employees
  • How to Plan Your Workforce Goals While Business is Low
  • Cost Impact of Retaining Employees
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.

The Future of Business 2020 FREE Virtual Conference
Is your business truly ready, willing, and able to embrace the direction of where business is heading? 

To learn more about the future of working remotely, register today to attend  The Future of Business 2020 Virtual Conference   , a free virtual conference, hosted by Comcast Business. 

The conference has a robust speakers list, including a keynote from Robert Irvine of the Food Network’s ‘Restaurant Impossible.’ This is a conference you will not want to miss. 
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Spotlight
57th Annual Pie Day on Friday, June 19
One tradition that will not be absent from our summer is the 57th Annual Pie Day!
 
This event has been held on the Friday before Strawberry Days Weekend, and in a summer of many exceptions, this is not one. The Glenwood Noon Rotary Club has made some adaptations to allow for all current public health guidelines and found a way to keep this "slice" of Strawberry Days.
 
Only whole pies will be available this year. As usual, find Pie Day at the United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave in Glenwood Springs on Friday, June 19 from 7:30 a.m. - 11a.m. 
 
Curbside pick up. Or pies by delivery by calling 970-309-2698 during the 7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. time on June 19.
 
Suggested minimum donation: $30 for pie at pick up / $35 for delivered pie
 
Proceeds benefit scholarships for local students.
 
For more details visit www.gsrotary.org
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