Evergreen Chamber President's Letter 3/24/20
Here is what you need to know to start your week.

  1. The Take Out Take Over program and online gift card sales through the Chamber are going well. Please spread the word and help local businesses. These are efforts for all businesses in our community.
  2. Physical, Mental and Spiritual Health Resources-we are adding a page to our website today with links to everything from online work outs, to career coaching to telehealth counseling for all ages and more. Visit the Chamber website, the COVID-19 page and connect from there.
  3. On Sunday March 22 - Governor Polis signed executive order requiring all Colorado non-critical employers to reduce their in - person workforce by 50%. This is to be completed TODAY Tuesday March 24. To see the entire announcement, including a list of exempt businesses, please follow this link
  4. I HIGHLY encourage you to fill out the SBA loan application. click to APPLY You want to make sure you are in the cue. Don’t wait until you definitely need it. If you need help with the application please call your banker or reach out to me at the Chamber and I can connect you with someone that can walk you through the process. Have you already filled it out? Are you willing to be a resource for other businesses? Again, let me know, we are in this together.
  5. If you or tour employees need to file for unemployment know volume is high and the system slow. Keep trying. Last name A-M apply Sun, Tues, Thurs, Sat. pm and L-Z Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat am. https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/unemployment
  6. Sheriff Department Update: Currently they have not changed their operations but ask that if you need to temporarily close and have merchandise in your store call them so they know to step up the awareness for patrolling officers. They also suggest a neighborhood watch type program for businesses located in common areas.
  7. Do you own a restaurant? Make sure to go to the Colorado Restaurant Association Website for resources and possible loans and grants. You do not have to be a member of that organization to get help. https://www.corestaurant.org/resources/coronavirus-resources
  8. Income tax return deadlines pushed. The filing due date of 2019 tax returns has been extended. Tax day is now set for July 15: Treasury and the IRS are extending both the filing deadline AND federal tax payments, regardless of amount owed. Taxpayers can also defer income tax payments without penalties and interest. All taxpayers -- individuals, corporations, other non-corporate filers and those who pay self-employment tax -- can also defer income tax payments. See www.irs.gov/coronavirus
  9. Property tax was referenced in Governor Polis’ executive order from Sunday. Currently the date is not extended but is expected to. Please send a note to the governor (email:governorpolis@state.co.us), thank him for what he has done so far and ask as a residential or commercial property owner: “Thank you for your leadership on the COVID-19 issue. The mental and economic health of the residents and taxpayers of Colorado must be weighed along with every decision. I would respectfully ask that you extend past 4/30/2020 the 3-20-2020 Executive Order II(i), which allows County Treasurers to work with property tax taxpayers during this virus and economic hardship.” You can use your own words but that is the gist.
  10. House Representative Lisa Cutter will be conducting a telephone town hall on Thursday 4pm on her facebook page.
  11. Lastly-sorry these messages are long, I am trying to keep the information organized and not send messages each day.

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
president@evergreenchamber.org