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Boulder County Moves to Level Orange, Effective Jan. 4th, Read more. . .

5-Star Certification: Boulder County is preparing to submit a joint application from Boulder County’s economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, public health agency, and government authorities to operate and administer a Boulder County 5-Star Certification program. Read the latest update  |  Submit the business interest form

For the most current information from Boulder County, please visit the Boulder County COVID-19 Hub.

For the most current information, the State of Colorado has created a COVID-19 Hub. This includes all information regarding new cases, state guidelines, public health information, and more. Click here »

 

NEW! INDUSTRY SUPPORT SESSION SCHEDULE

Cross-Industry Support Session – Thursday, January 21 at 1:00 pm – register here

Cross-Industry Support Session – Thursday, January 28 at 1:00 pm – register here

Update 1/15/2021

  • Boulder County Small Business Grant Webinar: Join an informational webinar Tuesday January 19 at 1 p.m. to learn more about Boulder County’s Small Business Grant Program and find out how your restaurant, bar, catering business, movie theater, and gym or recreation center can apply for these grants up to $7,000. Register here

 

Updated 1/13/2021

  • COVID Vaccine Implications for Employers - Webinar: Join Energize Colorado on January 21 at 1 p.m. for information on vaccine distribution issues for employers. Register here
  • Boulder County Small Business Grant Program is now open for applications. View eligibility rules and apply
    • NOTE: Per state legislation, ONLY restaurants, bars (including breweries, wineries, distilleries), caterers, movie theaters, and gyms or recreation centers are eligible to apply.
    • For the most current information, the State of Colorado has created a COVID-19 Hub. This includes all information regarding new cases, state guidelines, public health information, and more. Click here »
    • For the most current information from Boulder County, please visit the Boulder County COVID-19 Hub.

Updated 1/6/2021 

  • 5-Star Certification: Boulder County is preparing to submit a joint application from Boulder County’s economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, public health agency, and government authorities to operate and administer a Boulder County 5-Star Certification program. Read the latest update  |  Submit the business interest form
  • Application Opens Today for Boulder County Small Business COVID-19 Grant Relief Program
    More Information from Boulder County
    Click here for application
  • Boulder County Moves to Level Orange, Effective Jan. 4 Read more
  • Summary of the new Paycheck Protection Program provisions from the Journal of Accountancy Read more
  • What You Need to Know about the Latest Relief Package Passed by Congress Read more
  • Special State Legislative Session Provides Business Resources > See "Business Loans and Financial Assistance" below for more information

Updated 12/30/2020

State-funded Small Business COVID-19 Grant Relief Program to Start in 2021 Read more

Summary of the new Paycheck Protection Program provisions from the Journal of Accountancy Read more

5-Star Certification Program
As of December 30, 2020, Boulder County is not able to participate in the 5 Star Certification Program due to ineligibility and the process required to create a program locally. To apply for the 5 Star program while at Level Red, Boulder County must show two weeks of decreasing metrics in three metric categories that are defined by this particular program and not tracked on the CDPHE website.  At this time, Boulder County has not met the threshold to apply for 5 Star at the state level.
While the program was made available as an option on the statewide level, it is now up to the counties to meet the criteria required to apply for a variance, develop a program that meets the resource-heavy requirements set forth by the state, and then apply to CDPHE as a community before Boulder County can begin accepting applications from businesses.
County partners, led by the Boulder Chamber and Longmont Economic Development Partnership, are putting together the necessary Administrative Committee and taking the required steps to plan for this program when the county is eligible to apply. There will be an application process and live inspections necessary for any business that wishes to participate, and it will be a full community effort to resource out this program. Learn more about the requirements of the 5-Star Certification Program here.

 

Updated 12/22/2020

What You Need to Know about the Latest Relief Package Passed by Congress Read more

Updated 12/9/2020

Third Amended Public Health Order 20-36 (Dial Framework – 12/7): ThirdAmendedPHO20-36.120720.pdf - Google Drive

Boulder County will provide a package of up to $500 of PPE, cleaning supplies and sanitizers, and $500 of to-go food containers to eligible small businesses that have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus epidemic. Business owners who meet eligibility requirements can apply for packages of these materials starting Wednesday, Dec. 9. Packages awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more and apply

Mask Mandate extended through January 7, 2021

Update 11/20/2020


Summary of NEW Restrictions from Boulder County  - Starting on Friday, Nov. 20th. Boulder County will be at Level Red: Severe Risk.

Updated 11/12/2020

New local Public Health Order hopes to stem rising tide of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations

updated 11/4/2020

 

 

Updated 11/2

Winter Outdoor Grant Program Application Process for 

Restaurants Is Now Open

Updated 10/19

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

updated 10/13

Colorado Restaurant Winter Outdoor Dining Charrette/Design Workshop

updated 10/8

Updated 9/18

Update 9/1

Energize Colorado Gap Fund

On Monday, August 31, 2020 this page will host an online application.  There is information you’ll need to apply, start gathering that information now.

Pinnacol Offering Free Virtual Safety Consultations for Businesses

Update 8/11

SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness Portal Now Open

Update:  8/4

 

 

 

Boulder County Modifies Safer at home  Read More . . . .

Boulder County to require face coverings beginning May 9 to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.Read more.

 

Like many of you, the Lafayette Chamber has been closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus over the past several weeks. During this time, we encourage our members to observe responsible preparedness measures. We have collected the following resources to assist you in preparing yourself and your teams to respond effectively to changing circumstances.

We also recognize that some of our members have begun to experience disruptions in their supply chains and/or operations as a result of the virus' global impact. We have collected additional resources to assist with business planning strategies and will continue to update the list as more information and recommendations become available.

 

Colorado Communities Moving Toward 'Protect Our Neighbors' Phase of Reopening  Read More

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance expires 9/30/2020  Read More

City Council enacts Face Covering Order for anyone entering a Lafayette business Read more. . . .

Lafayette City Council approves outdoor dining, retail option for business Read More  . . .

Civil Rights Guidance  Read More . . . .

House passes bill to ease small business emergency loan rules  Read More . . . .

Covid- 19 Testing for the General Public in Lafayette  Read More . . . .

Covid Drive Thru Test Form  Read More . . .

Covid-19 Related Issue and Concerns  Read More . . . .

Submit Concerns to: COVIDbiz@bouldercounty.org

Boulder County Returning to Work Under Recent Public Health Orders  Read More . . .

 

Safer-at-Home-Checklist

These checklists are intended to help businesses comply with the Colorado Safer at Home Order and other applicable orders.

  •  Compliance with all public health orders is mandatory.
  •  Use of the checklist is voluntary.
  • Completion of this checklist does not assure compliance but may be asked for as supporting documentation in cases of compliance investigations.
  •  Businesses are encouraged to share the completed version of this checklist with employees and post it for the public.

Posters
All signs can be printed at 8.5” x 11”.  Included in these signs is a “We Are Open” sign that lets others know you are complying with the Boulder County and State of Colorado requirements for “Safer at Home”.  Please do a self-check using the checklist and display this sign in your window.

COVID-19 Safe Social Distancing Calculator
Download PDF HERE

Informational Slideshow

Download Here

 

Other Information

Wear Face Coverings Outdoors - Social Media Post/Sign

View Face Covering Chart for the Public/Customers

View Face Covering Chart for Employees

Government Updates & Announcements

FEDERAL SUPPORT

 

The Federal Government has implemented several “phases” of response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

  • Phase 1: An $8.3 billion bill focused on the initial outbreak.
    • PROGRAM: ~$3 billion for research and development for a vaccine, $2.2 billion for public health programs, $1 billion for medical supplies and other emergency measures, and authorization for SBA loans suffering from COVID-19 impacts.
    • STATUS: Signed into law on March 6, 2020
  • Phase 2: “The Families First Coronavirus Response Act.” A $104 billion bill focused on paid leave and unemployment benefits.
    • PROGRAM: The phase two package includes free coronavirus testing, expanded funding for food security programs, increased funding for Medicaid and state unemployment insurance, and paid sick, family and medical leave for workers at companies with 500 employees or fewer.
    • STATUS: Signed into law. Passed the US Senate on March 18, 2020 after passing the US House. You can read a full summary of all of the provisions by clicking here »
  • Phase 3: A $2 trillion package supporting businesses and states.
    • PROGRAM: This is a large federal relief program including hundreds of billions of dollars dedicated to small business loans, a $1,200 paycheck to most American adults, billions for corporate stock purchases, and more.
    • STATUS: Signed into law.
  • Phase 4: A $900 billion relief package including support for individuals and businesses.
    • STATUS: Awaiting presidential signature
    • What You Need to Know about the Latest Relief Package Passed by Congress Read more

View the COVID-19 Cumulative Federal Legislative Report from PolicyEngage >>>

June 5, 2020: New Law Relaxes PPP Rules

The Federal Government is pursuing three “phases” of response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

  • Phase 1: An $8.3 billion bill focused on the initial outbreak.
    • PROGRAM: ~$3 billion for research and development for a vaccine, $2.2 billion for public health programs, $1 billion for medical supplies and other emergency measures, and authorization for SBA loans suffering from COVID-19 impacts.
    • STATUS: Signed into law on March 6, 2020
  • Phase 2: “The Families First Coronavirus Response Act.” A $104 billion bill focused on paid leave and unemployment benefits.
    • PROGRAM: The phase two package includes free coronavirus testing, expanded funding for food security programs, increased funding for Medicaid and state unemployment insurance, and paid sick, family and medical leave for workers at companies with 500 employees or fewer.
    • STATUS: Signed into law. Passed the US Senate on March 18, 2020 after passing the US House. You can read a full summary of all of the provisions by clicking here »
  • Phase 3: A $2 trillion package supporting businesses and states.
    • PROGRAM: This is a large federal relief program including hundreds of billions of dollars dedicated to small business loans, a $1,200 paycheck to most American adults, billions for corporate stock purchases, and more.
    • STATUS: Signed into law.
  • UPDATE: As of April 27, the Small Business Administration has resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders. Read more

 

COLORADO SUPPORT

For the most current information, the State of Colorado has created a COVID-19 Hub. This includes all information regarding new cases, state guidelines, public health information, and more. Click here »

5-Star Certification Program
As of December 30, 2020, Boulder County is not able to participate in the 5 Star Certification Program due to ineligibility and the process required to create a program locally. To apply for the 5 Star program while at Level Red, Boulder County must show two weeks of decreasing metrics in three metric categories that are defined by this particular program and not tracked on the CDPHE website.  At this time, Boulder County has not met the threshold to apply for 5 Star at the state level.
While the program was made available as an option on the statewide level, it is now up to the counties to meet the criteria required to apply for a variance, develop a program that meets the resource-heavy requirements set forth by the state, and then apply to CDPHE as a community before Boulder County can begin accepting applications from businesses.
County partners, led by the Boulder Chamber and Longmont Economic Development Partnership, are putting together the necessary Administrative Committee and taking the required steps to plan for this program when the county is eligible to apply. There will be an application process and live inspections necessary for any business that wishes to participate, and it will be a full community effort to resource out this program. Learn more about the requirements of the 5-Star Certification Program here.

View the COVID-19 Cumulative State Legislative Report from PolicyEngage >>>

Testing

Gov. Polis Announces Expanded Testing Capacity, Including All Who Are Symptomatic

Spanish Language Communications from Gov. Jared Polis

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Executive Orders

April 30 Executive Orders

Colorado Safer-at-Home Order

Colorado Public Radio: Colorado's Stay-at-Home Order Will End April 26

What Does "Safer-at-Home" Mean? A Quick Guide from the Governor's Office

Colorado Stay-At-Home Order

The State of Colorado has created a COVID-19 Hub of information. This includes all information regarding new cases, state guidelines, public health information, and more. Click here »

For quick access:

  • You can read more about the Stay-at-Home order, including a list of critical businesses, by clicking here and access a FAQ document by clicking here. This order is in effect until 11:59pm on April 11, 2020 and may be extended.

Colorado "Critical Business" Designation

"Critical Business" Designation for Statewide Stay at Home Order: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: Public Health Order 20-24, which defines "Critical Businesses" (listed under III - Definitions, Part C)

If your business is considered critical, you can fill out the Critical Business Self-Certification Form. The self-certification document is voluntary and not a requirement of any state order. It was created to assist critical businesses and law enforcement to comply with public health orders. Once you complete the form, you are simply asked to maintain a copy of the completed certification form in your business records, and produce a copy at the request of state or local law enforcement, public health agency representatives, or any other government agency with jurisdiction over the business, property, or any applicable licenses, permits or certifications maintained by the business. You do not need to submit it to the State and you do not need to receive any approvals from the State. Completing this form and having it on file will suffice.

50% Workforce Reduction Order

On Sunday March 22nd, Governor Polis issued Executive Order D2020-013 ordering Colorado non critical-workplaces to reduce in-person workforce by fifty percent due to the presence of COVID-19 in the State. The order directs all Colorado employers to implement tele-work capabilities to the greatest extent possible. If tele-work is not practical or possible, the Governor encourages employers to stagger work schedules to reduce the proximity of workers during work hours and to keep employees on payroll as we endure this temporary disruption to commerce together.

For the full text of the order, click here >>

PLEASE NOTE: The critical workplaces that are exempt include:

  • Health care operations.
  • Critical Infrastructure, including utilities, fuel supply and transmission, public water, telecommunications, transportation, hotels, organizations that provide for disadvantaged people, and food supply chain.
  • Critical Manufacturing, including food, beverages, chemicals, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, sanitary products, agriculture.  If they are a manufacturer, and would like to submit a letter to the State explaining exemption, they can submit it to Manufacturer’s Edge through Tom Bugnitz – See contact info below.
  • Critical Retail, including grocery stores, liquor stores, farms, gas stations, restaurants and bars for takeout, marijuana dispensaries but only for medical or curbside delivery, hardware stores.
  • Critical Services, including trash and recycling, mail, shipping, laundromats, child care, building cleaning and maintenance, auto supply and repair, warehouses/distribution, funeral homes, crematoriums, cemeteries, animal shelters and rescues.
  • News Media.
  • Financial Institutions.
  • Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations.
  • Construction.
  • Defense.
  • Public Safety Services like law enforcement, fire prevention and response, EMTs, security, disinfection, cleaning, building code enforcement, snow removal, auto repair.
  • Vendors that Provide Critical Services or Products including logistics, child care, tech support, or contractors with critical government services.
  • “Critical Government Functions.”

Emergency Rules On Paid Sick Leave

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has passed final emergency rules on paid sick leave due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The rules follow the State of Emergency declared by Governor Polis, which included directives for CDLE to 1) engage in emergency rulemaking for temporary paid sick leave and 2) identify additional supports and wage replacement such as access to unemployment insurance. The rules temporarily require employers in certain industries to provide up to four days of paid sick leave to employees with flu-like symptoms who are being tested for Coronavirus. This will take effect today for 30 days, or longer if the state of emergency continues.

Emergency Sick Leave Requirements Adopted by Labor Department

Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay ("Colorado HELP") Rules FAQ

  • Financial Assistance/U.S. Small Business Administration
City of Lafayette Grants

City of Lafayette Small Business Emergency Relief Grants

 

Funding Assistance from Colorado Special Legislative Session (Dec. 2020)

The State’s leadership held a special legislative session in December 2020, giving the Boulder Chamber a chance to advocate for critical business support and funding. We are pleased that the State Legislature identified additional resources for businesses amidst many competing priorities. The following are programs that will offer direct relief for our businesses:

Cares Act/Funding

About the CARES Act

About the CARES Act

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have. CARES Act initiatives include the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans (SBA EIDL).

News Updates
  • UPDATE: As of June 15, the Small Business Administration has resumed accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications Read more
  • UPDATE: June 5 - New Law Relaxes PPP Rules Read more
  • UPDATE: As of April 27, the Small Business Administration has resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders. Read more

Paycheck Protection Program Application Starts April 24th

More information about the Paycheck Protection Program.

SBA to Resume Accepting PPP Loans Monday Legislation

Colorado SBDC Funding Sources

OEDIT COVID-19 Small Business Alternative Funding

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist 

U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship: The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act

U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship: Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses

SBA Disaster  Loan

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance expires 9/30/2020  Read More

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Apply for an SBA Disaster Relief Loan

US Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Emergency Loans

Disaster Loan Assistance Application

U.S. Small Business Administration: Disaster Assistance Application for Low-Interest Loans

How to Complete the EIDL Advance Loan Application

U.S. Small Business Administration: Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19

Colorado Lending Source and KIVA Partnership: Small Business Micro-loans 

 

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund 

Unemployment/Layoff Information

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment: Coronavirus Resources for Employers and Workers

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment: Unemployment Insurance

*   Unemployment Insurance Call In: Denver Metro: 303-318-9000
*   Toll-Free: 1-800-388-5515
*   Spanish Denver Metro: 303-318-9333 Toll-Free: 1-866-422-0402
*   Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TTY) Denver Metro: 303-318-9016 Toll Free: 1-800-894-7730
*   Workforce Boulder County offices will be closed until further notice. During this time please use the following contact information:

*  For General Questions: 303-413-7555   |  720-864-6600   |   720-618-7184   |   workforce@bouldercounty.org
*  For Job Search: www.connectingcolorado.com
*  For Virtual Resume Critique or Interview Prep: ceinfo@bouldercounty.org
*  For Business Customers: wfbiz@bouldercounty.org

The Balance Careers: Tips for Compassionate Employee Layoffs

Connecting Colorado: Job Search

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

 

Safety and Health/Mental Health

OSHA: COVID-19 Safety and Health Standard, Control & Prevention

Mental Health Partners Updates

Mental Health Partners Resources

 

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