Evergreen Chamber President's Letter
Friday March 20: Update for local businesses and residents on COVID-19

1.       The US Small Business Administration put out a press release last night, https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSBA/bulletins/282227e This is the latest information on the SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela . Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.
2.      When asking about the payment of upcoming property tax bills , the Mountain Area Economic Task Force received an update from our Jefferson County Treasurer Jerry DiTullio. Basically they are appealing to Governor Polis to allow property taxes to be paid in payments and or late without penalty. He said:
“Five County Treasurers are working on an Executive Order to the Governor and/or a C.R.S. codification (legislature) to address property tax payments in 2020. The five counties are Adams, Boulder, Denver, Jefferson and Summit. We will be needing your Chamber support for common-sense changes that will allow the County Treasurers to work with property owners - being flexible on taxes due because of the virus and a lack of revenue for some businesses. More will follow in the coming days as we prepare the changes for the Governor and state legislature.”

3.       Relief for families and unemployment:
The U.S. Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which contains the same provisions as the House version that passed over the weekend.
The bill is on its way to President Trump’s desk, which he is expected to sign. Broadly, the multi-billion dollar relief package does the following:
•            Requires most employers to provide up to two weeks of paid sick leave and three months of paid family and medical leave for COVID-related absences. Each quarter, employers will get a fully-refundable tax credit for the wages paid (up to a certain amount).
•            Gives states the ability to expand unemployment insurance eligibility.
•            Provides for free testing of the virus for those eligible.
•            Boosts the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and increases funding for Medicaid.
4.       In need of a job , please visit the Job Postings tab on the Chamber website https://members.evergreenchamber.org/jobs we are adding jobs we see advertised on social media as we see them. IF YOU NEED employees, contact the Chamber and we will add it to the site. Evergreen Christian Outreach also has unemployment assistance.
5.       In need of food ECHO FOOD BANK: 303-670-1796 is currently able to handle requests for food and additional resources are coming in. Food bank operating with normal hours – website evergreenchristianoutreach.org is best place to check for daily updates or call the main number for questions. Delivery options are available and volunteers are appreciated.
6.       In need of shelter: Evergreen Shelter Program (ESP) Open. Call for shelter info or to register. Day shelter available due to snow. 303-670-1796

Update on actions from the Governor's Office
•            Applied for a Medicaid 1115 waiver to enroll uninsured patients who are impacted by COVID-19.
•            Applied for an Appendix K waiver to protect against service limits and cut red tape for long-term care, intellectual and development disability services and home and community based services.
•            Sought a statewide disaster declaration through the Small Business Administration for federal funding for our struggling small businesses.
•            Called on the federal government to send at least $1000 per individual to all Coloradans and to pass legislation for relief efforts immediately.
•            Worked with providers to expand telemedicine capacity.
•            Launched a statewide COVID-19 volunteer response effort, HelpColoradoNow.org .
  Additional ways your Evergreen Chamber supports local businesses:
1.      The Take out Take Over program was launched yesterday-visit the Chamber site for a full list of all businesses offing take out and delivery https://www.evergreenchamber.org/take-out-take-over/
2.      You can now purchase $25 gift cards through the Chamber website to MULTIPLE businesses in just one transaction. SHOP ONLY LOCAL https://www.evergreenchamber.org/take-out-take-over/
3.      We are continuously updating our COVID-19 resources page as information comes our way. https://www.evergreenchamber.org/covid-19-business-resources/

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we have made the decision to ask our employees to work remotely for their health and safety. 

Please reach out via email us with any questions.

President/CEO Betsy Hays