June 22, 2020
We are back!!!
Click here for the recording of our June Chamber Luncheon or copy & paste this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/u8B8c72prjg3TNPHtQSDAaB8W9S0fK6sgCZPr6cPyRu2UiQBMFv0ZrBAarA5gEjumGLYoROeIwDw72uH
Have a Little Fun with Us!!

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Changes to Paycheck Protection Program

Significant changes have been made to PPP forgiveness loans under a new law signed by the federal government on June 5th. Here are the most important  changes outlined by the Journal of Accountancy :

  • Extend the covered period for loan forgiveness from eight weeks after the date of loan disbursement to 24 weeks after the date of loan disbursement, providing substantially greater flexibility for borrowers to qualify for loan forgiveness. Borrowers that have already received PPP loans retain the option to use an eight-week covered period.
  • Provide a safe harbor from reductions in loan forgiveness based on reductions in full-time-equivalent (FTE) employees for borrowers that are unable to return to the same level of business activity the business was operating at before Feb. 15, 2020, due to compliance with new requirements.
  • Remove the limits on loan forgiveness for small businesses that were unable to rehire employees, hire new employees or return to the same level of business activity as before the virus.
  • Expand the 25% cap to use PPP funds on non-payroll expenses, such as rent, mortgage interest and utilities, to 40% of the total loan. That lowers the 75% requirement for payroll expenses to 60% to get maximum forgiveness.
  • Borrowers can qualify for partial loan forgiveness if less than 60% of the PPP loan is used for payroll.
  • Extend the loan terms for any unforgiven portions that need to be repaid from two years to five years.
  • Extend the period for when a business can apply for loan forgiveness, from within 6 months to within 10 months of the last day of the covered period, before it must start making interest and principal payments.

Applications are still being accepted for PPP

SBA approval has to be complete by June 30, 2020.  Businesses should give their lenders enough time to process and enter the applications, so we encourage businesses to get their applications in as soon as possible.

To apply, follow these steps:
  1. Verify your business’s eligibility.
  2. Review the application and gather the necessary materials such as payroll tax filings, proof of lease payments, proof of mortgage payments, and proof of utility payments.
  3. Get in contact with your accountant and/or bank that pays out your business’s payroll. Ask your lender if it is authorized to process your Paycheck Protection Program loan. If you are not connected to an authorized lender, find an eligible lender here. We have also compiled a list of Colorado SBA approved lenders. If you are struggling to find a lender, please contact our hotline at (303) 860-5881.


  • July 3- Chamber Office Closed for Holiday
  • July 4 - National Holiday
  • July 8 - Chamber Luncheon
  • July 21 - Coffee & Chat

Current Development Projects - City of Fort Lupton
See who is coming to town next! Seven Eleven is on the list!!
For more information and updates view the link below.

Tell your Story...
Feature your Business or even your family!
A picture tells a story. We want you to be part of our story.

This moment in time will certainly make history books. The City of Fort Lupton wants to help the members of our community capture this moment, so that years from now when someone asks “where were you when...” you can show them. Nothing triggers a memory or a story better than a picture.

Together with Samantha Markey Photography, the City of Fort Lupton is offering the gift of professional photography to you and your family, staff, and co-workers. Learn more & sign up at  https://samanthamarkeyphotography.com/moment-in-time-portrait-project.

Participating groups will receive:
A fun mini session
One digital image download. With an option to purchase prints or additional digital images, there is no obligation to purchase anything.
Your Co-op is Here as Your Energy Partner

ENERGY INFORMATION & RESOURCES
  • Tips to Help You Save During Downtime: Here are some helpful things to remember while you’re operating on reduced hours or services.
  • Analyze Your Usage: Use the Power Portal to monitor your energy use and keep those bills down.
  • Rate Analysis: Our Energy Management team can review your energy usage and make a rate recommendation.
  • Virtual Energy Audit: We are practicing social distancing, but we are available to provide virtual energy audits. Now, more than ever, let us help you find ways to save on your energy costs.
PAYMENT OPTIONS & ASSISTANCE
We offer several convenient ways for you to pay your bills at a safe distance and may be able to assist you with your electric bill payments.
  • Online & Mobile App: Pay online or with the United Power mobile app.
  • Pay Now: We know you’re busy. Pay Now allows you to make a quick, secure payment online without a password. 
  • Payment Kiosk: Still prefer to pay in person, or make a cash payment? Use one of our kiosks open from 5 am – 10 pm.
  • Payment Arrangements & Co-op Cares Fund: If you are having trouble making your payments, please reach out to us. We can help schedule a payment arrangement and if you are economically impacted by the pandemic, you may qualify for an energy bill assistance grant from our Co-op Cares Fund.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
If you’re a small business owner looking for relief, you may qualify for financial assistance through the following resources. In addition to these national and statewide organizations, your local cities and chambers of commerce may be able to help you navigate federal programs or secure local grants.
Local Colorado Resources for Small Businesses
National Resources for Small Businesses
United Power proudly stands with our locally owned small business members, and we are here to power you back into business. For energy information, expert advice, or billing questions, please reach out to us at 303-637-1300.
Restaurants are also welcome to be vendors at the Street Market Rodeo! If you are a restaurant and interested in participating, please call Natalie at 303-857-4474.
How Peak Form Medical Clinic can Aide in COVID Recovery through Physical Therapy Services
Outpatient rehabilitation services are extremely important to restore breathing mechanics, mobility and strength. –
Peak Form Medical Clinic Physical Therapy Services are providing much needed benefits to people recovering from COVID-19 who have suffered from prolonged coughing and decreased mobility. These people may require significant Physical Therapy rehabilitation services to fully regain mobility, flexibility, endurance, and strength to safely return to daily activities.
The clinic’s mission is to provide all patients and clients with premium wellness, physical therapy, and Workers’ Compensation Injury Care services in a supportive atmosphere.

“As an essential service, our highly trained Physical Therapists are prepared to help people regain fitness from adverse COVID-19 symptoms such as improving breathing mechanics, restoring muscle tone and relieving neck and back pain while decreasing stiffness to increase mobility”, said Jeanette Hrubes owner and CEO.

As an Outpatient Physical Therapy and Occupational Medicine Clinic, all CDC guidance regarding scheduling, distancing, and cleaning have been implemented to provide an environment that minimizes exposure risk for patients and staff to provide functional improvements.
To meet the diverse needs of patients, Peak Form Medical Clinic offers both in-person and tele-health service options. Seeking Physical Therapy services will be especially helpful to regain previous function.
Peak Form Medical Clinic is an award-winning leader in occupational medicine, physical therapy, and orthopedic rehabilitation services with locations in Boulder and Brighton. Jeanette Hrubes is owner and operator since 2003.
Medical providers are under the Direction of Dr. XJ Ethan Moses M.D., Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Director of the Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation.
Are you a Parent, Student or Staff within Weld Re8 School District?
If so, please complete this questionnaire to assist in planning for the coming school year.
CLICK HERE (for English and Spanish)
COVID-19 Business Resources
COVID Business Hotline 303-860-5881
FREE Webinars from the SBDC
Webinar Topics in English, Spanish and MANY TOPICS

·         For the latest updates from the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment visit/follow:
 
·         FREE Hand Sanitizer Available – WeldWerks Brewing has hundreds of gallons of hand sanitizer that they can provide for free to Weld County nonprofits. The sanitizer is a liquid and is distributed in 1 gallon containers. By June 23 would you share how many gallons you could use via this form?
 
·         FREE Masks Available – Does your organization need protective masks for the daily work that you are doing? If so, please click the following link to request masks.
 
·         FREE Digital Books about COVID-19 by Unite for Literacy – available in English and Spanish and narrated in 20+ languages –  https://growingreaders.uniteforliteracy.com/healthy-families-covid-19
Check out these Local Businesses that are providing PPE and product to help you open and run your business within safety guidelines.
Reusable Masks with Disposable filters
Dale's Pharmacy is doing a promotion right now giving away 1 free mask with curbside pharmacy service. In addition to giving the masks away, they also have them for sale for $19.99. If you are having a hard time finding masks for employees or personal use, these are nice reusable masks with disposable filters and no waiting for shipping.
Floor Stickers
Summit Bodyworks and SBW Graphics are printing floor graphics. They have a few designs together or give them a call to do custom printing. These stickers are 24" in diameter and $22.95 each. For more information call 303-301-7550.

Cloth Non Surgical Masks
Santiagos has a secondary company, Shirts by Cha, and they are selling cloth masks for $5.50 blank or $6.50-7.50 for logo on masks.  They can come in white, black, red, blue, or navy. The turn around time is about 14 days until we get more in stock then turn around will be 5-7. Currently we have white and black in stock.

Order Yours at 303-881-9678
Quality Sneeze Guards
Thank you to Robertson Racing, our newest Chamber Members who have innovated and created Quality Sneeze Barriers. Already working with local restaurants, salons and retailers; check out this local company for quality and quick work.
Check out the website below or give Jerry a call at 720-690-7878
Signarama Safe Practices Materials
For more details on the Opening Package visit HERE.

Plexiglass Barriers from Signarama. More info HERE.

All COVID-19 Business Resources have been combined HERE and are updated regularly.

This week's COVID-19 legislative reports are now available. As always, our reports do not require an account to access. Please feel free to share.
 


View major enacted COVID-19 state and federal legislation below. This tool updates regularly, so be sure to check back for more information.

COVID-19 Personal & Health Resources
All Personal Resources have been combined HERE and are updated regularly.

One moment could change a child’s life. YOU could change a child’s life! CASA of Weld County, a program of Life Stories, is recruiting adults in our community to become CASA volunteers to work with and advocate for children who have been abused or neglected in Weld County. No experience necessary. Next training will be on-line starting June 11. Contact  kodie@lifestoriesweld.org  or go to  www.lifestoriesweld.org/casa  for more information and to get started.
Make History – Respond to the 2020 US Census
Soon you can respond to the 2020 US Census, a once in every 10 years opportunity. Filling out the census form is important!
·         It determines how much money our towns, cities, and counties get from the federal government.
·         It calculates the number of members that Colorado has in the US Congress.
·         It is our constitutional opportunity.
 
In March you will be contacted by mail about filling out the census form. You can do so online, via your phone, through the mail, or face-to-face with a US Census employee. Thank you for doing so! Strict federal law guards your census responses. Visit  www.greeleygov.com/engage  for more details.