COVID-19 Business and Community Support Resources

Updated April 3, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

Like many of you, the Boulder 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.

State of Colorado Stay at Home Order - Main Page

Statewide Stay at Home Order FAQ

"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.

Business Resources

CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Program

Congressman Joe Neguse: Resources for the CARES Act (includes "The Small Business Owners' Guide to the CARES Act," CARES Act Flow Chart and CARES Act Rebates FAQs in Spanish)

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

Small Business Administration: Paycheck Protection Program Specifics     Click Here for Application

Paycheck Protection Program Information Sheet

"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.

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment: 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

Business Resources and Planning Guidance

Better Business Bureau: Prepare Your Business, Employees, and Customers During COVID-19 Outbreak

Colorado Small Business Development Center: Disaster Relief - Business Preparedness and Continuity

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Business Planning Checklist

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

Harvard Business Review: Prepare Your Supply Chain for Coronavirus

Bloomberg: The Coronavirus Checklist: Nine Steps to Protect Your Company

Google for Small Businesses: Resources to help your small business manage through uncertainty

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade: COVID-19 Updates and Business Resources

City of Boulder: Business Resources

Better Business Bureau Virtual Business Mediation Services (free to small and medium-sized businesses until May 1, 2020)

Business Loans and Financial Assistance

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

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

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

Human Resources

U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission: What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19

Society for Human Resources Managers: Coronavirus Resources

Employers Council: COVID-19 Resources

U.S. Department of Labor: Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQs

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: 720-776-0822  |  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
  • For Veterans: 720-595-1232
  • GED Learning Lab/Young Adult Resources: gedinfo@bouldercounty.org
  • Financial & Homeownership Education : English 720-527-0270, mzipkin@bouldercounty.org | Spanish 720-926-7599, cfarias-sabalo@bouldercounty.org 

The Balance Careers: Tips for Compassionate Employee Layoffs

Connecting Colorado: Job Search

Crisis Communications for Your Organization

Persado: COVID-19 Language and Communication Resource Center

The DeBerry Group: Coronavirus - How to Manage Your Communications (Examples and Tips)

Twenty Over Ten: 3 Critical Website Updates to Make in the Wake of the Coronavirus

Small Business Trends: 25 Ways to Stay in Touch with Customers During Coronavirus Pandemic

Working Remotely

Bamboo HR: Creative Ways to Keep Remote Employees Engaged

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Colorado LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce: Work-from-home tips and best practices

Boulder Transportation Connections: Contact info@bouldertc.org for assistance implementing and/or refining your telework plans, online trainings on video conferencing tools such as Google Hangouts and Zoom, and guidance or suggestions on your new policies. Google Hangouts Tutorial    Zoom Tutorial

Employee Wellbeing

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Manage Anxiety and Stress

Psychology Today: 19 Ways to Support Your Mental Health During COVID-19

National Alliance on Mental Illness: COVID-19 Information and Resources

Mental Health Partners: Updated Information on Services, Locations and Resources

Childcare

Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative

Safety and Health

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

Industry-Specific Resources

50% Workforce Reduction Order FAQs

Restaurant

Boulder County: COVID-19 Updates for Retail Food Establishments

Colorado Department of Revenue: Alcohol To-Go and Delivery Rules Announced

Colorado Succeeds: Colorado Restaurant Response

Manufacturing

NoCo Manufacturing Partnership: COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Manufacturers (includes manufacturing survey identifying which facilities can support personal protective equipment manufacturing)

Manufacturer's Edge: Event Response/Business Recovery Webinar Series (March 27, April 3, April 9)

Manufacturer's Edge: COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Manufacturers

Nonprofit

Spark the Change Colorado: Nonprofit Volunteer Opportunity Match

Philanthropy Colorado lists of resources

Arts

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts: Resources for Artists, Creative Professionals, Businesses and Cultural Organizations

CERF+ Coronavirus Resources

Emergency Grants – Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Emergency Grants – Women Arts

Emergency Relief Programs – Alliance of Artists Communities

AGMA Relief Fund

Actors Fund Emergency Financial Assistance (not just for actors)

Shade Literary Arts Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund (national)

National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness Response (NCAPER) Resources for Organizations

Americans for the Arts Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center

Corona Insights is offering free consultations with arts nonprofits to help them create a strategy for sustaining the organization through the crisis

Community News and Resources

News

April 1

Medium: "Feed the Frontlines," Partnership Between Restaurants and Health Care Providers, Launches in Boulder

Better Business Bureau: Avoid Government Stimulus Check Scams

March 25

Boulder County: County-wide Stay at Home Order In Effect Starting March 26

March 24

Boulder County: Late Payment & Delinquent Interest Policy for Property Tax Payments

CU Independent: City of Boulder issues stay at home order to curb coronavirus

City of Boulder: Emergency Stay at Home Order

City of Boulder: Emergency Stay at Home Order FAQ

March 21

Daily Camera: Boulder County landlords, lenders open to providing flexibility to coronavirus-hit small businesses

March 20

Daily Camera: A call for creativity to meet need for Boulder County coronavirus supplies

March 18

Times Call: Boulder County, state social service experts stress availability of resources for domestic violence, abuse victims amid outbreak (includes a list of 24-hour domestic violence, abuse, mental health crisis hotlines)

March 17

Daily Camera: Boulder Bans Large Groups in Public Areas

Longmont Observer: Boulder County Closures and Cancellations

March 16

Daily Camera: Emergency Family Assistance Association Announces Service Changes

City of Boulder Emergency Declaration

KDVR: Boulder County Emergency Declaration

Daily Camera: Boulder bans large groups in public areas as virus response ramps up

Downtown Boulder Partnership: Closures/Cancellations/Temporary Changes to Business Operations

Xcel Energy Suspends Service Disconnections

March 13

Times-Call: CU Boulder confirms employee tested presumptive positive for COVID-19

 

Resources

 

General COVID-19 and Human Services Information

Boulder County Public Health: COVID-19

Boulder County: Resources for those affected by COVID-19 (includes housing, financial assistance and childcare resources)

211colorado.org 2-1-1 Colorado is a confidential and multilingual service connecting people across the State of Colorado to vital resources in their local community. 2-1-1 serves as one central location where people can access over 7,500 health and human service resources. Callers may experience long wait times, as demand for information is high. 2-1-1 Colorado is hiring in order to reduce wait times and meet Coloradans’ needs. 2-1-1 provides navigation services to resources such as:  

  • Housing, including shelters and transitional services.
  • Rent and utility assistance.
  • Applying for SNAP benefits by phone.
  • Childcare.
  • Food/meals.
  • Transportation.
  • Clothing/personal/household needs.
  • Mental health and substance use disorders. 
  • Employment.
  • Education.
  • Medical clinics.
  • Dental clinic.
  • Other government/economic services.

CARES Act

New York Times: CARES Act FAQs

Better Business Bureau: Avoid Government Stimulus Check Scams

School District Information/Food Distribution

Boulder Valley School District: Emergency Food Distribution

St. Vrain Valley School District: Coronavirus and Food Distribution

Food Assistance

Community Food Share: Coronavirus Preparedness & Prevention

Colorado Department of Human Services: Food Assistance

EFAA: Notice on Coronavirus

Unemployment/Job Search

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment: Unemployment Insurance - File a Claim

Connecting Colorado: Job Search

Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association Talent Marketplace

Child Care/Home Education

Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative

Scholastic: Learn at Home Educational Activities for Kids

Mental Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Manage Anxiety and Stress

Psychology Today: 19 Ways to Support Your Mental Health During COVID-19

National Alliance on Mental Illness: COVID-19 Information and Resources

Mental Health Partners: Updated Information on Services, Locations and Resources

Supporting Local Businesses and Nonprofits

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts: Resources to Support the Arts During Coronavirus

Spark the Change Colorado: Nonprofit Volunteer Opportunity Match

Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau: Restaurants with Curbside, Delivery or To-Go Service

Downtown Boulder Partnership: Local Business and Event Updates

Boulder County nonprofits open to donations during coronavirus outbreak

Feed the Frontlines: Donate to help local restaurants feed frontline health care workers in Boulder

Supporting Our Neighbors

Community Foundation: COVID-19 Response Fund Boulder County

Elevations Credit Union: Elevations Community Relief Fund

Impact on Education: Critical Relief Fund

Boulder Community Health Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund

Vitalant: Urgent Shortage - Blood Donors Needed

Changing the Narrative: Ageism and coronavirus - why reframing is crucial

Safety

Boulder County District Attorney's Office: Don't Fall for Coronavirus Scams

Colorado News

March 25

Colorado Public Radio: Governor Polis Announces Statewide Stay at Home Order

March 23

CBS4: Coronavirus Update: Colorado Department Of Labor Asks Unemployed To Stagger Claims Due To Demand

March 22

Fox 31 News: Gov. Polis orders non-critical workplaces in Colorado to reduce in-person workforce by 50%        View FAQ sheet

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.”

March 18

State of Colorado: State launches new COVID-19 website

Patch: CO Governor Announces Emergency Child Care For Frontline Coronavirus Workers

March 17

Denver Post: Colorado Cancels All K-12 State Testing Through Remainder of School Year

March 16

Denver Channel 7: Colorado workers affected by COVID-19 closures eligible for assistance

KKTV Channel 11: Polis announces closure of dine-in areas for restaurants and bars along with gyms, theaters and casinos

March 13

Daily Camera: Polis orders cancellation of events with more than 250 people in Colorado

Colorado Public Radio: Coronavirus Cases Grow in Colorado

Denver Post: Colorado prepares to shift response to focus on softening impacts

CBS4 Denver: Coronavirus Closures - School districts across Colorado extend spring break

March 10

Denver Post: State of emergency in Colorado

Colorado Public Radio: Paid Sick Leave for Workers

Meet Us on Facebook: Join the Boulder Area United Business Response Group!

Big challenges call for creative solutions. This group is a place for our beloved Boulder-area businesses and nonprofits to connect with one another and post information on how the community can access their products and services. Post about your organization and let us know your hours of operation, takeout/pickup/delivery services, ways to contact you, special promotions or offers, or other needs you may have during this time.

If you have recommendations for additional resources not shown here that you believe would be valuable to the business community, please send them to info@boulderchamber.com.

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