March 1, 2021
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303-857-4474 or email Natalie at fortluptonchamber@gmail.com
Current Development Projects - City of Fort Lupton
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Business Licensing & Permits
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The Chamber Office has MOVED.....
Until we have our final resting place ready, you can continue to reach us online www.fortluptochamber.org , via phone or text at 303-857-4474.

PO Box 404
Fort Lupton, CO 80621

  • March 2 - Ground Breaking Arbor Capital Partners
  • March 10 - Chamber Luncheon
  • March 16- Coffee & Chat

Ground Breaking & Ribbon Cutting
March 2, 2021

10am: Networking, coffee & donuts
11am: Ground Breaking and Ribbon Cutting
Join us to celebrate this new development and
New Chamber Member at 9th & College Ave.
Take Hwy 52 and turn North onto College Ave. to Ninth Street.
The event will be on the North side of 9th Street.
Fort Lupton 2021 Facade Improvement Grant Program Open Again!
WHAT IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS ARE NEEDED IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
 
WELD COUNTY, CO — If you could improve one thing in your community, what would it be? Does your town need more accessible sidewalks? What about a better transportation system? Is your community in need of a senior living center or youth center? As part of the Weld County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, we’re giving residents a chance to address these issues.
 
Last fall, we invited residents to take a survey designed to bring attention to local needs within Weld County communities. Now, we have two new ways to let us know what improvements you think should occur in your community.
 
First, we are inviting you to email Don Sandoval, Weld County CDBG Program Manager, at dosandoval@weldgov.com by 5:00 p.m. on February 16. Your email should include the following:
  • Your name.
  • What town you live in.
  • What community improvement is needed.
  • If the need was met, how would this improve your community?
 
Second, tell us in person at either Weld County Board of Commissioners meetings on Wednesday, February 17, or Monday, March 8, at 9:00 a.m. in the Centennial Hearing Room of the Weld County Administration Building, located at 1150 O Street in Greeley.
 
“We encourage residents to tell us their thoughts about community improvement projects that are needed in our county,” Weld County Commissioner Chair Steve Moreno said. “This program benefits our residents and county as a whole, so hearing the public’s thoughts helps the process.”
 
Comments made will be included in the Needs Assessment section of the Consolidated Plan. The plan, as a whole, outlines requirements by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address three clear national objectives by the CDBG program: Principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons; prevent and/or eliminate slums and blight; and address an urgent need. At least 70% of the CDBG funds received by Weld County must principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons.

Upon approval of the Consolidated Plan by the board, the plan will be submitted to HUD.

Weld County’s CDBG program will be funded through an entitlement allocation from HUD, which is given to counties considered to be urban — meaning a population of 200,000 or more. Weld County has more than 300,000 residents. Allocation for the county is expected to be received in the next few months at an annual estimated entitlement of approximately $960,200.

This past June, the county secured Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) with 25 of its municipalities to implement community improvement projects and allocate program funds accordingly.
 
For more information on Weld County’s CDBG program, go to https://www.weldgov.com/government/cdbg_weld_county.
The High School of Business Students have a project going. Check out how you can support them.
Blue and Co. has designed this Vintage FLHS Bluedevil T-Shirt to sell for our Capstone Company Project. Each shirt is $25 and if you order 4 shirts you receive a 20% discount on the 4th shirt. You can place your pre-order on the attached form https://forms.gle/XKKJKogEeVMtqjuV6 A All money is due to Mrs. Baral or any team member by Feb. 25th at 3:30 pm.
Team VADO are taking pre-orders for Custom FLHS Silicone AirPod Cases. Each case will cost $8 and if you buy 4 you will receive a 10% discount. You can place your pre-order on the attached form https://forms.gle/XrwzgYFJ7Vbp7Q9r6 All money is due to Mrs. Baral or any team member by Feb. 22nd at 3:30 pm.
The 2021 Community Guides (glossy magazine style annuals) will publish in April.
There are three city specific options for ad placement - Brighton, Ft Lupton and/or Carbon Valley (Frederick, Firestone and Dacono). You may opt into one or any combination of the three.
Each will highlight valuable information on local government, schools, recreation, services, etc.
These special editions will be inserted one time in its city specific newspaper in April and will then be available throughout the year at various advertiser locations. Please contact Teresa by Mar 25 to reserve your space or with any questions.  

Teresa Alexis
Advertising Executive
303-659-2522 x 215
COVID-19 Business Resources
Free Legal Advice in Colorado
COVID-19 Assistance: Free Legal Advice & Help for Colorado Small Businesses
Small businesses provide half of Colorado’s jobs. They have been especially hard-hit by the COVID-19 economic crisis, with minority and woman-owned small businesses being hit the hardest. Volunteer attorneys have offered to provide legal help to Colorado’s small businesses so they can get back on their feet.
This website was created to match small businesses that need limited free legal advice regarding COVID-19 related issues with volunteer lawyers. If you are a small business that needs legal help, you can submit an application and we will ask our volunteer lawyers if they are willing to assist you. If you are a lawyer who wants to help, please sign up to volunteer.
The site also includes other resources available to small businesses, particularly minority and woman-owned small businesses, to meet the challenges of the pandemic. If you identify resources you think we should add to the website, please let us know.




PPP Second Round
 
Second Round of PPP Loan Applications Close on March 31.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. Updated PPP guidance outlining Program changes to enhance its effectiveness and accessibility was released on January 6 in accordance with the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act.
This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.
“The historically successful Paycheck Protection Program served as an economic lifeline to millions of small businesses and their employees when they needed it most,” said Administrator Jovita Carranza. “Today’s guidance builds on the success of the program and adapts to the changing needs of small business owners by providing targeted relief and a simpler forgiveness process to ensure their path to recovery.”
“The Paycheck Protection Program has successfully provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to America’s small businesses, supporting more than 51 million jobs,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “This updated guidance enhances the PPP’s targeted relief to small businesses most impacted by COVID-19. We are committed to implementing this round of PPP quickly to continue supporting American small businesses and their workers.”
Key PPP updates include:
  • PPP borrowers can set their PPP loan’s covered period to be any length between 8 and 24 weeks to best meet their business needs;
  • PPP loans will cover additional expenses, including operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures;
  • The Program’s eligibility is expanded to include 501(c)(6)s, housing cooperatives, direct marketing organizations, among other types of organizations;
  • The PPP provides greater flexibility for seasonal employees;
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers can request to modify their First Draw PPP Loan amount; and
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers are now eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan. 
A borrower is generally eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan if the borrower:
  • Previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will or has used the full amount only for authorized uses;
  • Has no more than 300 employees; and
  • Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020.
The new guidance released includes:
For more information on SBA’s assistance to small businesses, visit sba.gov/ppp or treasury.gov/cares



 
Like other states, Colorado continues to see increased unemployment fraud activity. Many Colorado employers are noticing fraudulent unemployment claims being filed in the names of active employees.

When a claim is filed using the identity of one of your employees, you receive a questionnaire by email or U.S. mail requesting information about the job separation. If your employee is still employed, and they state they did not file a claim, please complete the questionnaire as soon as possible.

Employees who are the victim of UI fraud should submit a Fraud Report online. They should visit ColoradoUI.gov, click the “Report Fraud” button, then the “Submit a Fraud Report” button. Our website also outlines other important steps that employees who are victims of UI fraud should take. 

Please feel free to share this infographic with your employees.
COVID Business Hotline 303-860-5881
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All COVID-19 Business Resources have been combined HERE and are updated regularly.

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

 olorado Sprit is a North Range Behavioral Health-provided resource to assist those whose behavioral health has been impacted by COVID-19. At no cost to patients, it provides assistance and confidential support to people struggling with mental and emotional challenges as a result of the crisis caused by this pandemic.  Please contact Shawna Cranmer (shawna.cranmer@northrange.org) with questions.
 
Additionally, there is now a specialized confidential/no cost statewide telephone/text support line for Teachers/Educators and Healthcare Workers (303-724-2500), being offered by the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The line is open 8:00am-8:00pm 7 days a week. 

For the latest updates from the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment visit:
 
·       COVID-19 Testing Locations in Weld County:


COVID-19 RAPID RESPONSE TEAM OFFERS TESTING FOR WINDSOR AND SURROUNDING AREAS
 
WELD COUNTY, CO — A COVID-19 testing site will be open at Eastman Park in Windsor starting Monday, December 21 and running through December 31. The testing, operated by MAKO Medical, was made possible through the efforts of the Board of Commissioners, the Weld County Health Department, the Weld County Office of Emergency Management, the Town of Windsor and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
 
Testing, which will be at 7025 Eastman Park Drive, Windsor, 80550, is open to the public and is offered at no charge. Testing times will be from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
 
Pre-registration is recommended to reduce wait times for testing, but on-site registration is available. Test results will be provided four days following the test.
 
To learn more about the testing or to register, please visit: https://mako.exchange/scheduler/registration/?location=2714
 
Colorado Sprit is a North Range Behavioral Health-provided resource to assist those whose behavioral health has been impacted by COVID-19. At no cost to patients, it provides assistance and confidential support to people struggling with mental and emotional challenges as a result of the crisis caused by this pandemic. See the attached email and below-linked website for more details.