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117 Main St. ......................... ... Sterling, Colo. ................. 970-522-4800
Congratulations

Early Childhood Council
Of Logan, Phillips,
Sedgwick Counties

In The Broadway Plaza .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... .. . .. .. .. . (970) 526-2440
The Early Childhood Council Logan, Phillips and Sedgwick Counties is being honored as the Logan County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Week. Accepting the accolade were Ieft to right) Michelle Sharp, Executive Director, Stephanie Edwards - Program Director/Quality Support Coach, and Stacey Zink - Coordinator.

....In 1997, the Early Childhood Council Logan, Phillips and Sedgwick Counties began as a community collaboration focusing on early childhood issues in our community.
....ECCLPS was one of 12 original Consolidated Child Care Pilot Programs established by the Colorado General Assembly through Senate Bill 97-174 and were tasked to consolidate funding sources to create a seamless system, ensuring collaboration among private and public stakeholders, responding to the needs of working parents and enhancing childcare quality.
....In 2007, the Colorado General Assembly approved House Bill 07-1062 (HB1062). This bill renamed the pilot communities to “Early Childhood Councils” and allowed for coverage of all 64 Colorado Counties through an application and funding process. The goal of HB1062 was to build upon the success of the pilot communities by increasing and sustaining quality, accessibility, capacity and affordability of early childhood programs and services for young children 0-5 years and their families.
....The legislation established a common purpose for Councils to develop and implement a comprehensive system of early childhood services to ensure the school readiness of children in the areas of early care and education, family support, mental health, and health.
....In 2007, The Early Childhood Council became an independent 501c3 with a governing board of 10 directors and paid staff members and expanded their service area to include Phillips and Sedgwick Counties. In 2018 ECCLPS was awarded the Child Care Resource and Referral funding for the three counties. In 2019, they received the designation for the Childcare Tax Credit which leverages donor’s donations.
....ECCLPS is one of Colorado’s 34 Early Childhood Councils working to improve services to children and families. The Council focuses their efforts on improving availability and quality of services in the areas of family support and education, health and well-being, and learning and development. This work is guided by the Early Childhood Colorado Framework.
....Early Childhood champions in Logan, Phillips and Sedgwick Counties are able to utilize the Early Childhood Council to embrace their model of a comprehensive, connected network of resources and services in order to impact positive outcomes for young children and their families. ECCLPS mission empowers them to strive to carry on their system building work.
....Currently their main area of focus is on Colorado Shine Quality Improvement System, professional development support for their early childhood professionals, and to increase the number of quality child care setting to help meet the child care need in our communities. If you have any questions contact them at 970-526-2440 and www.ecclps.org.
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Join Us In Congratulating The
Early Childhood Council
Of Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick Counties
as our Business of the Week, Tying Our Community Together

Sterling Regional MedCenter
615 Fairhurst St.     Sterling, CO 80751        (970) 522-0122
Brick and mortar businesses can meet the needs of all
their customers including those who are self-quarantining
through our Virtual Marketplace. Your store will be seen
promoted on the Logan County Chamber's website,
social media sights and through the weekly E-news.

Adams Bank and Trust
519 W. Main St. Unit B    Sterling, CO 80751    (970) 522-0698
Thank You
For
Renewing
Your Membership!
* EB Auto
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*Stahla Mobile Homes, Inc.
Connect! Engage! Promote!
Joining or renewing your chamber membership is a vital part of our local economy! Members of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce play an important role in the future of our area and gain valuable benefits.
Regardless of whether your business is large, small, new or long-established, you'll find your chamber membership invaluable. The benefits to our members are as unique and individual as their businesses. While some appreciate the connections they make that allow their business to remain strong and grow, others value the opportunity to support the community and give back to the those who have supported their growth.
The bottom-line: We're in business for your business. When you succeed we succeed.Thank you for your membership and continued renewal. We look forward to continuing to work on your behalf.
  1. Chamber membership provides networking and new business contacts to help your business grow.
  2. The Chamber produces publications that feature your business and provide publicity and recognition for your company.
  3. The Chamber takes on the tough issues and opposes new regulations, taxes, fees, assessments, and costs directed at small businesses. It also helps protect the principles of free enterprise and aid businesses in being treated fairly
  4. The Chamber provides a "voice" for Logan County businesses locally, as well as at the State and Federal levels
  5. The Chamber supports the "drivers" of our economy here in Logan County: Agriculture, Tourism, Manufacturing, and Retail
  6. The Chamber has launched a "Shop Locally" program that will keep tax dollars and your shoppers in our community as well as saving jobs and helping fund needed services and attractions.
  7. The Chamber provides several sale opportunities, events and referrals to deliver a return on your investment
  8. Annual Chamber Membership costs less than the average "one time" media buy
  9. Your business listing will remain on the Chamber's website, therefore, search engines will lead potential customers to your business
  10. Your Chamber provides many social media advertising opportunities to get your name out there in so many ways.
Sterling Living Center
1420 S. 3rd Ave.      Sterling, CO 80751        (970) 522-2933
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Trinidad Benham Corp.
1500 Right of Way Road   Sterling, CO 80751    (970) 522-3595
Grow Post-Holiday
Retail Sales

There are 7 mistakes that could impact your business in 2021… and the biggest one is actually the most “innocent”. It’s believing that EVERYTHING WILL GO BACK TO NORMAL once vaccines start rolling out.
The old tactics are not going to work in the post pandemic.

Coming Out On Top................

Haxtun Hospital District
235 W. Fletcher     Haxtun, CO 80731         (970) 774-6123
SBA Launches Online Platform For Women

Join SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza for the ground-breaking launch of the online digital learning platform for women small business owners at 11 a.m. on Thurs., Jan. 7. Ascent is the first-of-its-kind online resource specifically designed to help the nearly 10 million American women entrepreneurs grow and scale their small business.This virtual event will include discussion panels with real women entrepreneurs, success stories, and leaders and advocates from Women’s National Associations. Discussion panels will include small business solutions to Disaster and Economic Recovery, Strategic Marketing, Your People, Business Financial Strategies and Access to Capital.

Register Here........ ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... .. Your Chamber of Commerce
AirMedCare Network
1-720-595-6463
2021 State of American Business
Join us for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 22nd annual State of American Business event as we explore how a united business community can rally a divided nation around a widespread economic recovery, restore good governance, and rebuild our economy for the future. This year includes Policy Power Hours on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to explore the challenges and opportunities on the horizon at the state, national, and global level. ............................................................ Register Here
Congress Should Accept Electoral College
Thomas J. Donohue, CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement regarding counting of electoral votes on Jan. 6 and expected political gatherings in Washington D.C.: “On Nov. 3 a record number of Americans voted. Their votes were counted and consistent with state law, in some cases, recounted. More than 50 legal challenges were heard, adjudicated, and resolved. Election results in all 50 states and the District of Columbia were certified and duly appointed electors have met and cast their votes for president and vice president. Efforts by some members of Congress to disregard certified election results in an effort to change the election outcome or to try a make a long-term political point undermines our democracy and the rule of law and will only result in further division across our nation."
........ ... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ............Honor Electoral College

Small Business Still Feel Pain
Small businesses anticipate the worst of the pandemic is still ahead according to the Q4 2020 MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index (SBI). The poll, released this week, also finds that half (50%) of small businesses see operating for a year or less in the current business climate before having to permanently close. .. .. .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . ... . .. . .. . .. . ... . .. . .. . .. More To Come

Improved Coordination Policy Can't Wait
As U.S. COVID-19-related deaths hit increasingly grim milestones, no one needs a reminder of the im-mense toll the virus is taking on American families and our overburdened healthcare system. Our North American neighbors face a similarly drastic situation as both Canada and Mexico also experience crip-pling surges in infections. Yes, vaccines are coming, but they won’t be administered in time to avoid what top U.S. policy experts warn is likely to be the most difficult period in the history of our public health. . ... ........ . ........ ... ........ . ...... ... ........ . ........ ... ........ . ...... .. . ........ . ............Improved Cooridination

CDC Director Says Masks Are Powerful
This week’s Path Forward featured U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark talking with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Robert Redfield about progress in combating the coronavirus pandemic. The conversation focused on mitigation measures, progress on vaccines and therapeutics, and school and business closures... ... ........ . ........ ... ........ . ......Masks A Powerful Tool

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your business strong, prepared and proactive.




 


Viaero Wireless
516 W. Main St.     Sterling, CO 80751        (970) 521-9911
Logan County Is Now
Level Orange: High Risk
Haxtun Hospital District
235 W. Fletcher     Haxtun, CO 80731         (970) 774-6123
COVID UPDATES COLORADO
Public Health Policy Amended
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released an amended public health order that provides updates to the COVID-19 dial framework. The new changes are effective today, Monday, January 4, 2021 and will expire in 30 days unless extended, rescinded, superseded,
or amended in writing. ....................................................................................................Policy Amended

'Red' Counties Now 'Orange'
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has allowed local public health agencies with counties in the Red level on the state’s dial to move to the Orange level, which went into effect at 12:00 a.m. Tuesday. As always, counties can choose to continue to operate with more restrictive guidance.
The state’s decision to move the counties simply provides greater flexibility for local jurisdictions. CDPHE notified counties of the decision last week. .......................................................................Red To Orange

Governor Extends Executive Orders
Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Polis extended an Executive Order providing relief to public utility customers impacted by COVID-19 and Executive Order temporarily suspending certain statutes and rules to expand healthcare workforces for hospitals and other inpatient treatment facilities due to COVID-19. .............................................................................Extended Orders

Vaccine Distribution Plan Updated
Governor Polis announced an update to entering Phase 1B to more closely align with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance. Phase 1B still includes moderate risk healthcare workers with less direct contact with COVID patients, such as home health, hospice, pharmacy and dental settings, as well as first responders, including EMS, firefighters, police, correctional workers, dispatchers, funeral services workers, other first responders and COVID-19 response personnel...............................Distribution Plan
Free Crisis Counseling
The Colorado Crisis Services continues to see a record-breaking number of calls and texts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Services will remain free through June 27, 2021. .....................................................................................................................Increase In Crisis Counseling

Resources For Small Businesses

Federal Stimulus
The new federal stimulus provides additional support for small businesses impacted by the pandemic, especially restaurants and entertainment venues. This round of “Paycheck Protection Program” (PPP), can go to any businesses that show a loss in revenue of 25% or more from at least one quarter of 2020 as compared to that same quarter in 2019. The funding available for businesses is calculated by finding the average monthly payroll in 2019 and then multiplying it by 2.5, meaning 2.5 months of payroll expenses. The new law provides even more help for restaurants through a special provision that gives these businesses a PPP amount equal to 3.5 months of average monthly payroll costs. We anticipate that Colorado businesses can gain access to billions of dollars in funding via these programs. The timing for the availability of this round of PPP loans has not been announced by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Please visit the OEDIT website listed above for updates as information becomes available and more details on this round of PPP loans and other federal stimulus program. The new law also creates a simplified one-page forgiveness application for PPP loans of under $150,000 and allows expenses covered by PPP loans to be tax deductible. A $600 stimulus is part of Congress’ most recent bipartisan stimulus package and have already begun hitting bank accounts. Individuals with an adjusted gross income of up to $75,000 a year on their 2019 tax return will qualify for the $600 and couples earning up to $150,000 will qualify for $1,200 total. The credit phases out for individuals earning above $75,000 but below $100,000. There is also a $600 payment for each qualifying child. .................................. Payment
 
Unemployment Insurance
If you’re looking to apply for unemployment benefits for the first time or have questions about a claim you’ve filed, visit the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s website for more information and support during this process. 
 
Housing and Utilities Assistance
During this year’s special session, we collaborated with bipartisan legislators in the General Assembly to allocate an additional $54 million in housing assistance through the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). For more information on DOLA’s housing programs and to access support for your rent or mortgage, visit their website. We also allocated $5 million to Energy Outreach Colorado to help Coloradans with utility assistance. Visit their website for more information on how to access those funds. You can also find more information on other programs serving our state, such as County Housing Authorities, the Colorado Low Income Energy Assistance, and more. 
Additional resources include:
 
Food Assistance
During this pandemic, 1 in 3 Coloradans aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from. I’m proud that during the special session earlier this year we awarded $5 million to the Food Pantry Assistance Program in the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). If you’re experiencing food insecurity, learn more about food assistance programs from the CDHS, Food Bank of the Rockies, and others serving the people of Colorado. Organizations looking to help their communities address hunger and food access issues, can apply for assistance with the Emergency Hunger Relief Fund 
 
Health Care Resources
This pandemic has made accessing and affording health care even more difficult for many Colorado families. If you’re looking for help finding physical or mental health resources, or need assistance paying health care bills, find resources here including Connect for Health Colorado and Salud Family Health Centers and more. 
 
Small Business Assistance
The Office of Economic Development and International Trade COVID-19 Business Resource Center offers multiple funding opportunities for businesses and nonprofits, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Express Bridge Loans.Small Business Hotline: (303) 860-5881. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Businesses facing eviction can find assistance through OEDIT

Colorado SBDC
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the COVID-19 Pandemic disaster declaration is extended to Dec. 31, 2021. The deadline extension comes as a result of the recent bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress and enacted by President Trump on Dec. 27, 2020. To date, the SBA has approved
$197 billion in low-interest loans which provides working capital funds to small businesses, non-profits and agricultural businesses make it through this challenging time. ........................................SBA Loans

Colorado Arts Relief Fund
The Colorado Arts Relief Fund provides $7.5 million to support arts, cultural and entertainment artists, crew members, and organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding through this bill will be distributed through two separate grant applications:
  • Colorado Arts Relief—Business and Organization
  • Colorado Arts Relief—Individuals
The funding period is from February 1 to May 31, 2021. Funding can be used to cover any personal or business expense. Funding amounts will be determined and distributed in an equitable manner based
on number of applications and financial need. Colorado Arts Relief Grant
Eagle Convenience Stores
930 W. Main St.     Sterling, CO 80751        (970) 522-0801
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Library Introducing Family Fun Bags

Sterling Public Library is offering a new service called "Family Fun Bags." There will be five different bags to check out for 1 week. The bags are designed for families to share and enjoy. New bags will be available each month. ..  ....... Family Fun Bags ...  ..........  .........  ................Sterling Public Library
Details .......................................Sterling Creatives
Xcel Energy - Sterling
508 S. 8th Ave.      Sterling, CO 80751         (970) 521-1800

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