May 26, 2020
Has Your Business Status Changed?

Please let us know how your business status may have changed as a result of the Garfield County's Safer at Home Variance. Business status can be viewed here.

If you've previously filled out the form, you can update your entry. If you complete a new form, we will replace your previous status with your current one.

Latest News & Updates
Garfield County Receives Safer at Home Variance
Garfield County received notification Saturday evening that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) approved five of the six items submitted for a Safer at Home variance.

The request gives the county a variance from portions of Colorado Executive Order D 20 044 and Public Health Order 20-28.

Effective immediately, restaurants, houses of worship, fitness facilities and gyms may re-open at fifty percent of the posted occupancy code limit, provided they meet several additional requirements detailed in the variance request. Recreation areas and outfitters may also re-open. Social distancing requirements must still be met.

The request to re-open large tourist attractions was not approved, but will be re-evaluated June 1.


Does a business need to file a new social distancing plan with Garfield County in order to re-open under the Safer at Home variance?
 
The variance only applies to restaurants, houses of worship, fitness facilities and gyms, outdoor recreation and outfitters.
 
If a restaurant, house of worship, fitness facility, gym, outdoor recreation or outfitter business would like to take advantage of the new variance, they need to submit a Garfield County  Business Social Distancing Form.   Even if they have previously submitted a social distancing form, the variance requires that they re-submit a new form agreeing to the new social distancing recommendations and guidance required.
 
Business owners that had submitted previous plans with greater restrictions, may resubmit plans showing 50 percent occupancy.
 
The online form is easy to complete and provides the business with an understanding of the social distancing measures and specific variance requirements needed.
 
After submitting a new form, each business should print their plan and display a copy of completion.
OEDIT Releases Colorado Business COVID-19 Impact Survey Results
Thank you to all of you that responded to the POLCO/DCI/OEDIT COVID-19 Colorado Business Survey. The survey closed on April 30 and the POLCO team has completed the response compilation, survey weighting and data analysis.
 
Your insights illustrate the depth and breadth of the economic challenges being felt statewide. These results inform our briefings with Colorado’s Congressional delegation to advocate for continued federal support as well as state economic assistance, resource allocation and policy.
 
The value of your participation during this difficult time cannot be overstated and the need for support is clear. Colorado’s General Assembly reconvenes on Tuesday, May 26th and these findings will be shared with them as well.


Opportunities and Resources for Your Business
Get Glenwood Going Grant (G4) Applications Due Today at 5 p.m.
The purpose of this grant program is to provide rent, utility or mortgage interest relief for businesses. Businesses are also encouraged to pursue other assistance programs offered by the federal government and the State of Colorado. This program would provide grants of up to $4,000. Applications Due: Tuesday, May 26 by 5 p.m. Notifications will be made shortly after the application deadline.

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.
Small Business Emergency Loans for Rural Colorado
Colorado Lending Source still has funds available for rural-based businesses affected by COVID-19. The purpose of the Small Business Emergency Loan Program is to to augment Federal relief programs and to help protect jobs and businesses in rural communities.
 
Loan details of the Small Business Emergency Loan Program are as follows:· 
  • $10,000 loans
  • 3.00% fixed interest rate
  • Two-year terms
  • Payments deferred for six months
  • Must be located in a rural community

Business Reopening Digital Resource Center
The Reopening Business Digital Resources Center —equipped with the latest state guidelines, sector-specific guidance, small business advice, and more—was designed as part of the U.S. Chamber's Path Forward initiative to help businesses face new questions and tackle new challenges as restrictions begin to get lifted. 

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Guide
Under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), loans may be forgiven if borrowers use the funds to maintain their payrolls and pay other specified expenses. Click here to download this step-by-step guide to calculate your loan forgiveness amount, navigate record-keeping requirements, and determine repayment terms on amounts not forgiven. 



Additional Guides and Resources from the U.S. Chamber:

I have my PPP loan. What's next?
Source: OEDIT
If you've received a Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loan, we want to make sure you are making the best decisions for your business, whether that's ensuring you are maximizing your loan forgiveness or deciding to return the loan.

·    Download the Maximizing Your PPP Loan Forgiveness (PDF) to see your options and help you make the decision as to what’s best for your business.
·     PPP Loan Forgiveness Estimator Tools : Consult your accountant, tax preparer, and/or lender for advice. These tools are for general planning purposes, does not constitute legal, financial, or tax advice and is not official.
Boulder SBDC Webinar, Part 7: Spending Your PPP Money
Roaring Fork Valley COVID-19 Resource Provider Survey
Does your business source, sell or can provide/donate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)?

Consider completing the form below to be included in the valley-wide resource guide.

The Aspen Chamber Resort Association, Basalt Chamber of Commerce, Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, and the Western Garfield County Chamber of Commerce are partnering together to create a valley-wide resource guide for businesses to source and purchase locally available or produced Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to meet the needs and safety protocol set forth by the County Health Departments and State of Colorado. If your business sources, sells or can provide/donate PPE, and you would like to be included in the resource guide, please complete the form below. 
Upcoming Webinars & Meetings
CMC Back to Business Webinars
CMC is offering free educational training and live webinars to get you back to business.

See live upcoming sessions as well as previously recorded trainings here.
Virtual Business & Breakfast: Entering a New Phase
When: June 2 at 9 a.m.
Where: gcpld.org

Garfield County Public Health Official Joshua Williams will discuss the current rules and regulations around reopening safely.
This event series is free, open to the public, and presented by the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, BlizzardPress, River Blend Coffee House, Colorado Mountain College, and Garfield County Libraries. This particular class will be held virtually so BYOB (bring your own breakfast).


Glenwood Networking Group
When: Thursday, May 28

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. They are hosting a number of webinars to consider attending. These will give you an opportunity to ask questions.

SBDC Friday Resource Calls at 1 p.m.


Spotlight
Celebrating the GSHS Class of 2020 on Saturday, May 30
High school graduation is a very special milestone. The Glenwood Springs High School Class of 2020 has experienced a senior year unlike any other due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Community volunteers have been working hard to put together a celebration to be remembered by this special class, their families and friends. Let's celebrate the GSHS Class of 2020, make sure they feel the support of the community and give them a proper send off to the next chapter of their lives!


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