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The North Metro SBDC is available to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the impacts on your business as a result of COVID-19. We will be conducting consulting sessions by phone, Zoom, or Skype.  After booking, your consultant will arrange the best way to communicate with you. As always, our services are free.   

Call 303.460.1032 or make an appointment with one of our consultants.

ECONOMIC INJURY:  Available Federal Assistance Programs

The Federal Government is working diligently on developing the application processes for these loans and grants.  We will let individuals know that information when it is released and applications are open.

SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR CONSULTANTS:

Our consultants are available to answer questions and assist you with your EIDL application.

If you need assistance or information on the loan program, please contact us by filling out the form or calling 303.460.1032.

Please provide your name, email address and phone number and one of our consultants will call you within 24 hours to answer your questions.

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COVID-19 Small Business Response Resources

The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC) is here to help businesses affected by recent disasters in Colorado, including how to respond to the current health crisis. Our consultants and partners—including the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)— provide services to assist with disaster loan applications, longterm planning, insurance navigation, physical and economic loss estimations, business preparedness and more.

Disaster Recovery and Continuity Guide

After the natural disasters in the fall of 2013, the Colorado SBDC disaster relief team worked with federal, state and local resources to produce a comprehensive guide to assist Colorado businesses in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from natural disasters and emergencies. For an electronic copy of the guide, click the button below.

RESOURCES:

CDPHE: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is leading the State’s multi-agency crisis response. https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus

COVID-19 Hotline: Call 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-291

SBDC Small Business Financial Recovery Guide A resource for managing your business finances in crisis situation.

COVID-19 Assistance: Free Legal Advice & Help for Colorado Small Businesses

From the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

As the news spreads about Corona Virus (COVID-19), many businesses have questions about whether they can shut down sites where the infection is present or conduct a preemptive shut-down of sites where there is no infection to safeguard the health of their employees. Businesses are asking, “will their employees be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits during the temporary shutdown”? The answer is, if an employer stops work (for whatever reason), it is considered a layoff or partial separation. Employees during the temporary shut-down may file a claim to collect unemployment insurance benefits as job attached claimants. They would still be required to meet the eligibility requirements during any weeks they claimed.

Job Attached Layoff

Job attached means that you are expected to return to your most recent employer after a separation of up to 16 weeks. If you are job attached, your work-search requirements may be waived, but you must be available to return to work during this time frame. Union attached is the same except the union must find work for you within 16 weeks. If your work-search requirements are not waived, keep in mind, we may conduct an audit of your claim up to two years from the start of your claim and you may be asked to provide your work-search documentation at that time. If you are unable to produce your work-search documents with all requirements met, you may be denied unemployment and may have to pay back any benefits already received for those weeks.

The Work-Share Program

Thinking of laying off employees? Consider the Work-Share Program. The Work-Share Program provides an alternative to laying off employees by allowing them to keep working, but with fewer hours. While an employee is working fewer hours, he or she may be eligible to collect part of his or her regular unemployment benefits. Requirements and qualifications for employers:
  • You must have reduced the normal weekly work hours by at least 10 percent, but by no more than 40 percent.
  • The reduction must affect at least two out of all employees in the business, or a minimum of two employees in a certain unit.
  • You must have paid as much in premiums as we paid your former employees in unemployment insurance benefits. See the rate notice mailed in November.
Helpful Links & Downloads:

Community Links

Webinar:  Small Business Emergency Response Roundtable

Fri, Mar 20, 2020 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM MDT

The Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center have collaborated to provide the small business community the latest information in small business emergency response. Sponsored by the Colorado Springs Business Journal. Click here to register.

Small Business Author Rhonda Abrams is hosting a variety of Facebook Live events covering topics such as government legislation in response to COVID 19 that directly affect small business owners.

These will be held at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific at www.facebook.com/RhondaAbramsSmallBusiness.

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