COVID-19: Resources for Employers and Business Owners
Businesses of all sizes and industries are working to recover from COVID-19. We’ve gathered some helpful resources to ensure you have the information and resources you need to navigate the economy as it reopens.
As businesses reopen and employees return to work, you need the best and latest information to protect your workplace and the health and safety of your employees and your customers.
Health and Safety:
Small Business Assistance
We know many small businesses have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources are dedicated to helping small businesses determine options and find assistance to move forward.
General Guidance and Tips
Lending, Financial Assistance and Business Relief
- Federal Lending and Grants: The U.S. Chamber provides a helpful overview of all federal small business stimulus and aid programs and a guide for independent contractors and those who are self-employed.
- U.S. Paycheck Protection Program is an emergency and forgivable loan to cover monthly payroll and mortgage interest.
- SBA low-interest disaster loans of up to $2 million are available to small businesses and nonprofits without alternative credit available. They can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and additional bills that can’t be paid because of COVID-19’s impact.
- Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVO) includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million.
- Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses that currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork.
- Colorado Lending Source’s Resources for Lending: An overview of local, state and federal funding options available to small businesses during COVID-19
- Kiva Loans: CLS has partnered with Kiva to provide loans of up to $15,000 at 0% interest without fees for small businesses.
- Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade COVID-19 Small Business Alternative Funding: This list is designed as a resource for Colorado’s small businesses to find access to alternative funding sources beyond federal loans and programs.
- Coronavirus Tax Relief: The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.
- COVID-19 Finance Assistance Network: Lew’s List, High Plains Advisors and Foundry Group have assembled a group of CFOs, controllers and other senior finance professionals to help provide pro bono financial assistance.
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Main Street Lending Program: As a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Federal Reserve has created the Main Street Lending Program to provide a total of $600 billion in financing for small and medium-sized businesses.
- Local resources: Check with your local government to find out if they are offering microloans or grants. Many banks are also extending loans, so check with your existing lenders as well.
Business-to-Business Offers and Resources
- Arts and Culture:
- Food and Beverage:
- Operation Family Meal: A collaborative effort by Chow to provide free meals and mental health support to those within the industry who are out of work during COVID-19.
- Denver Metro Emergency Food Network: Delivers free, prepared meals to homebound families and elderly individuals in need during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Health care resources:
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- Resources for Patients:
- International Business: