Critical Business Self-Certification Form Released

The State of Colorado has released instructions for Critical Business Self-Certification. The form can be found here.

The document has been created to assist critical businesses in self-certifying as a critical business. It can be used by drivers and employees of critical businesses during travel as supporting documentation declaring that they are employed by a critical business and are certified to engage in an essential function or service.

It is important to note that critical businesses are not required to complete this form. It has been created only to assist critical businesses and law enforcement with communication and compliance of the public health order.

COVID-19 Relief Fund Accepting Grant Applications

Last week, Governor Jared Polis announced the launch of joint efforts to raise relief funds and volunteer efforts to address this public health crisis.

Help Colorado Now has raised $7.7 million dollars from nearly 4,000 individuals, foundations and companies since the fund launched. More than 9,000 volunteers including 2,000 health care volunteers have signed up to date.

“This is exciting news at a tough time for our state, and this milestone could not have been achieved without the support and spirit of Coloradans,” said Gov. Polis. “This is an opportunity to reflect on what we can achieve when we work together and how we can help our fellow Coloradans and small businesses bounce back stronger than ever. I’m thankful for the support these efforts have received to date. Let’s all continue to rise to the challenge.”

The grant process has now begun and will be on a rolling basis. Those interested in applying can review fund eligibility and apply for relief funds up to $25K here.

Coloradans can donate or sign up to volunteer at www.HelpColoradoNow.org. The Colorado COVID Relief Fund's purpose is to raise funds and coordinate the allocation of those contributions. Funds raised will be used to support the needs of communities impacted by COVID-19 in both response and recovery. Organizations helping with the response to COVID-19 are now eligible to apply for funds.

The fund will support work in three categories: prevention, impact, and recovery efforts. This will include things like medical and cleaning supplies, food services, early childhood education, small business support, behavioral health services, and more. The fund will not provide direct assistance to individuals, but to community-based organizations providing direct assistance.

Coloradans who can’t donate money are encouraged to donate their time by volunteering. Many people have skills that can be applied during this time, especially former health care workers who could return to the workforce to assist with the demand. In addition to funding and volunteers, the Governor continues to encourage healthy donors to donate blood to prevent a shortage in Colorado. Coloradans can visit Vitalant.org or click here to find a blood drive or donation center in their area.

The Colorado COVID Relief Fund is hosted by the State of Colorado and Mile High United Way. The effort is co-chaired by Rick Sakpin and Roxane White. Additionally, the Colorado Health Foundation assisted in getting the application process up and running. The fund is overseen by a committee of community leaders from across Colorado and will be providing aid to support Colorado communities and organizations affected by the recent outbreak of COVID-19.

Congressman Jason Crow to Host Small Business Resources Webinar on Tuesday, March 31

After talking to hundreds of small business owners over the past week, Congressman Jason Crow says one thing is clear: there are a lot of questions about what to do in the coming days, weeks and months. What resources are available, how to access them, even knowing where to begin can be overwhelming. In order to provide some answers, Congressman Crow will be hosting a Small Business Resources Webinar with Angela Atkinson, Executive Director of the North Metro Small Business Development Center next Tuesday, March 31, at 1 p.m.

To register in advance for this webinar, click on this link.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.

General Business Resources

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WANT TO KNOW MORE? Contact Centennial's Economic Development Division

Neil Marciniak, Economic Development Director | 303-754-3351 | nmarciniak@centennialco.gov

Stewart Meek, Economic Development Specialist | 303-754-3410 | smeek@centennialco.gov

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