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September 21, 2020
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In Case You Missed It
Market and Economy Update

Presented by: Chad Morganlander

Senior Portfolio Manager with Washington Crossing Advisors.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Stifel!

Whitepaper by Washington Crossing Advisors

Please click button below to watch the September 14 webinar recording.

Opportunities and Resources for Your Business
SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Colorado Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Grizzly Creek Fire

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the Grizzly Creek Fire that began Aug. 10, 2020, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Jared Polis on Sept. 8, 2020.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, and Routt counties in Colorado; and Grand and Uintah counties in Utah.

Warming Equipment Available for Glenwood Springs Businesses to Assist with Social Distancing Requirements

Glenwood Springs businesses are invited to apply for equipment from the City to assist with social distancing needs through the winter months. The City of Glenwood Springs received a generous grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation to purchase heating units, wind screens, and other equipment needed to accommodate social distancing in outdoor spaces during cold weather. If you are interested in city equipment, please fill out this brief interest form with your contact information and exact equipment desired.

If your business is in need of such equipment or plans to put up your own enclosure, please remember that any enclosure needs proper inspections and applicable permits. In some cases, the Fire or Building Department may require inspection of your exhaust hood to ensure proper cleaning and ventilation.
For more information, please contact:

Matt Nuñez, Economic Development Specialist, City of Glenwood Springs
Phone: 970-384-6424

Energize CO Gap Fund Application: Round 2 Opens Oct. 5th.

Small businesses with fewer than 25 full-time employees can apply for support through a mixture of grants and loans, up to a maximum of $15,000 in grants and $20,000 in loans for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance from the Energize Colorado Gap Fund.

Questions about the Gap Fund? 
Contact: 1-800-471-0628 (7 days a week 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Additional Low-Interest Loan Opportunities

City of Glenwood Springs Revolving Loan Fund – available to businesses in City limits; interest rates capped at 3.0%; flexible terms

Colorado Lending Source Emergency Loans for Rural Colorado - $10,000 loans for small businesses in rural Colorado; fixed 3.0% interest rate; payments deferred for six months

Colorado Department of the Treasury CLIMBER Fund – loans averaging $100,000 provided to 1,000 of the hardest hit businesses in Colorado; coming in October 2020

COVID-19 Employer/Employee Guidance

Valley View has put together helpful COVID-19 guidance for employers and employees.

Upcoming Webinars & Meetings
Land Title Virtual Webinars
Land Title Guarantee is offering a series of virtual classes with topics related to real estate.

Glenwood Networking Group
When: Thursdays at 8 a.m.

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.

GSCRA Member News and Events
Members of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association are encouraged to utilize our e-Communications to their benefit. Emails are sent to 1K+ contacts. There are opportunities in this Business FOCUS e-news, B2B Broadcast and Member Spotlight.

KSNO Survey
KSNO FM asks for your input on a project they’re working on with the national media research firm, Borrell Associates, Inc. to assess how Roaring Fork Valley advertisers have approached marketing this year and what they expect next year.

Individual results will be kept confidential, and only reported in a summarized form.

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey by September, 23. Your contact information will not be tied to your confidential survey.

Upon completion you will be asked to enter your contact information so we can send you a summary of the survey results and submit your entry into the drawing for a $500 VISA gift card.

2020 Virtual CASA Superhero Run
September 26-October 3

We’re excited to bring even more superheroes all across Colorado into the virtual race, costume and photo contests, and fundraising activities this year! Superhero costumes are encouraged, but not required! 

YouthZone Ascent Fundraiser
September 23-25

Once a year, local teens take a turn helping YouthZone and their communities during the annual Ascent fundraiser. This year, high school students share their perspective of the upside-down world of 2020 during the Youth Film Fest – An Inspired View of Today’s World.

REEL IT IN! Fish For a Cause
September 23- October 11

REEL IT IN! Fish for a Cause helps River Bridge ensure that essential services are provided to child victims of abuse in our four-county communities. Register and enter to win some great prizes! Awards for Longest Fish, Heaviest Fish, Most Fish Caught, Best Fishing Photographer and more!

GSCRA Member Spotlight
Each week, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association will be highlighting one chamber member business on our blog, in our Business Focus e-newsletter and on social media. Chamber members are invited to fill out this form for inclusion. Businesses will be selected on a first-come, first served basis. 
Member Spotlight: Sopris Alpaca Farm & Boutique
What goods or services do you offer? We offer an alpaca experience! Hand feeding them is great fun! Check out our rustic boutique loaded with products made from their luxurious fiber. Coats, hats, mittens, scarves, stuffies and much much more!

How have you adjusted to serve your clients during these unprecedented times?We're working on getting an online store set up. We're following all the guidelines to stay healthy and clean!.

What’s the response been? What comments have you heard from the public or from your employees? Amazing!! Visiting the farm has been a great outing for those who have been cooped up. We have had many moms with kiddos come and enjoy the alpacas and have picnics on the grass.

How can the community best support your business? Please remember us when doing holiday shopping. We have a great selection of hats, scarves, mittens and socks for the winter months. We have beautiful products made from alpaca fiber, which are warm, waterproof and gorgeous!

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings? Visit Sopris Alpaca Farm on Facebook and Instagram.

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves? We are just taking it one day at a time. We're also enjoying every single minute and all the giggles and laughter that our farm brings!

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