COVID-19 Update and Resources
I hope everyone is staying safe and keeping busy during these unprecedented times.The General Assembly is closed until March 30 and it is safe to say the closure will be extended next week. Stay tuned for updates as they break on that front.

In light of the COVID pandemic there have been several important policy decisions made and program changes to help ride out this storm.

Tax Deadlines  – the 2019 Tax Deadline Day is now July 15 and you can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15 to July 15 with no penalties and interest regardless of the amount owed. This applies to Colorado income tax payments as well. Make sure to consult your tax professional if you have any specific questions.

Scroll down for additional state and federal resource information including details on low interest SBA loans.

Christopher Votoupal
Votoupal Government Affairs
Crisis Management Tools for Making Better Decisions in Times of Uncertainty
Join CCIA’s incoming Executive Director, Helen El Mallakh, as she presents a framework and toolkit for businesses to navigate during times of crisis.

Thursday, April 2 | 10am-11am
With 1.5 billion people following stay at home orders worldwide and nearly every aspect of our lives altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this webinar looks at ways to manage the greatest challenges businesses face in a crisis setting. We will address the importance of selecting the metrics and factors that you need to focus on and avoid getting derailed, why you have to make decisions and then “call it,” tips for crisis communications with your staff, how to identify your resource needs, and the daily practices that you need to implement in order to adapt in an uncertain business climate.

Helen comes to the position of CCIA Executive Director with extensive non-profit management experience and expertise in global sustainability issues, cleantech, natural resource management, and stakeholder engagement. She has served as the Director of a Colorado-based research and sustainable development non-profit, Managing Editor of  The Journal of Energy and Development , and has broad business and public-sector ties at the local, national, and international level. Helen holds a M.B.A. from Rice University, a master’s degree in regional studies of the Middle East from Harvard University, and undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles in economics and in international area studies.

Please join CCIA for this webinar by registering below.
COVID-19 Business & Personal Resources
US Small Business Administration COVID-19 Resources
Is your business or non-profit running short of capitol?  If so, Colorado’s state of emergency designation has unlocked access to low interest loans to help companies and non-profits meet payroll and keep the lights on.  These loans can be as low as 2.75 – 3.75%, up to $2 million and can be repaid over 30 years.  For more information check out the SBA link below:

Coronavirus Bill Requiring Paid Employee Leave Signed Into Law
Legal Document Update from CCIA Member, ISU Insurance , outlining the Families First Coronavirus Response Act . This document contains the legal parameters and rights employers have under this bill.

Emergency Special Enrollment Period for Connect for Health Colorado
An emergency Special Enrollment period has been opened up from Friday, March 20 through Friday, April 3, 2020 to help as many people as possible with healthcare coverage during the COVID-19 outbreak .

Coronavirus Outbreak in Colorado: Information & Resources
This page contains resources and information from the state of Colorado in the following areas: COVID-19 testing, donating or volunteering to help Coloradans in need, DPS Food Security Fund, resources for paid leave, unemployment insurance and wage claims.

COVID-19 Business Support Program Fact Sheet
As small businesses experience economic impacts related to COVID-19, Denver Economic Development & Opportunity (DEDO), in partnership with Mile High United Way, is making available one-time business stabilization grants up to $7,500 for eligible small businesses.

Colorado Small Business Disaster Relief Resources
The Colorado Small Business Development Network has resources for small businesses in Colorado in response to the outbreak. Find the resources offered to your small businesses on their website.

Critical Supply List and Manufacturing Specs
The maker community has created an open-source compendium of manufacturing blueprints and specs for many of the critical items on state and hospital critical needs lists. The specs are housed in a Google doc that has a great deal of information and is a good source of manufacturing information for making hand sanitizer, examination gloves, negative pressure rooms, and much more.
Gov. Polis Announces Innovation Response Team Task Force
This task force is an effort to develop innovative responses to the COVID-19 outbreak in Colorado. The task force is seeking partnerships with the private sector.

Colorado Bioscience Association Business Resource Guide
CBSA is working diligently with Colorado's policy makers and business leaders to support Colorado in the response to the pandemic. Reference the resource page for more information.

Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network COVID-19 Response Network
BEN has cultivated resources for businesses in Colorado to navigate the challenges and concerns of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Plante Moran Announces COVID-19 Task Force
Through their COVID-19 Task Force, CCIA Member Plante Moran has provided economic analysis, crisis management guidelines and regulation changes to help support your business.

Coronavirus Tax Relief Information from the IRS
Information regarding tax relief from the federal government in response to COVID19.

Looking to lend a hand during COVID-19?
The Colorado Maker Hub has a list of Colorado maker initiatives and organizations that are supporting the fight against COVID-19. If you have time, resources or talent you would like to donate to support the cause, please reference this list.

Does your business have COVID-19 resources that you would like offer the CCIA network during this time? Please send your information to Haley Whittaker.