Tri-County Health's Business Re-Opening Task Force Offering Live Webinar

Back to Business and Open for Questions

Tri-County Health Department's Business Reopening Task Force is offering a live webinar for Aurora Chamber members on Friday, May 22, at 9 a.m.

This will be an overview of the Safer at Home Order and a Q&A with Tri-County Health's Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Manager on how to re-open your business safely.

Register and ask your questions in advance. Task Force members are also available by email at covidbusinessrecovery@tchd.org, or by telephone at 720-713-6030, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., to answer questions.

SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application

On May 15, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application.

The form and instructions include several measures to reduce compliance burdens and simplify the process for borrowers, including:

• Options for borrowers to calculate payroll costs using an “alternative payroll covered period” that aligns with borrowers’ regular payroll cycles;

• Flexibility to include eligible payroll and non-payroll expenses paid or incurred during the eight-week period after receiving their PPP loan;

• Step-by-step instructions on how to perform the calculations required by the CARES Act to confirm eligibility for loan forgiveness;

• Borrower-friendly implementation of statutory exemptions from loan forgiveness reduction based on addition of a new exemption from the loan forgiveness reduction for borrowers who have made a good-faith, written offer to rehire workers that was declined.

The form and instructions for borrowers on how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans and can be viewed and downloaded here.

Gov. Jared Polis, COVID Relief Fund Announce Third Round of Grantees

Gov. Jared Polis and the Colorado COVID Relief Fund today announced the third round of grants given to Colorado organizations working with those who have been impacted by the coronavirus.

“We’re excited to announce this new round of grants to help those impacted by COVID-19,” Polis said. “We know this is a difficult time for many Coloradans and these organizations are on the ground, working in their communities to provide support. It’s times like these when we see the best in each other, when we lend a helping hand to one another. We want to thank everyone who has donated their money and time to help provide relief to Coloradans across our state.”

Through three rounds, the Fund received 2,451 applications for a total request of $54.2 million. 505 organizations have received grants for a total of $11.1 million. Grants have been disbursed to organizations located in 56 counties in Colorado that are serving all 64 counties.

Funds for deadline four (Saturday, May 16 at 7 p.m.) will be distributed in the Impact and Recovery priority categories. Funds for deadline four are intended for community-based organizations mitigating impact and preparing for recovery.

To see the full list of grantees in Cycle 3, click here. To see the full list of applicants Cycles 1-3, click here. For the donor list, click here.

To learn more about the Relief Fund, visit www.helpcoloradonow.org.

State Issues Draft Restaurant Re-Opening Guidelines

A Message to Colorado Restaurant Association Members

The State of Colorado just issued its draft re-opening guidelines for feedback. These guidelines are still a work in progress, and do not imply an opening date. Implementation dates are not set and will be subject to change based on the trajectory of the epidemiology. However, these guidelines provide a glimpse of what re-opening may look like.

If you would like to submit feedback directly to the state, submit it through this link, which is also linked at the top of the guidelines document.

Read the draft guidelines here.

General Business Resources

Aurora - South Metro Small Business Development Center | Business Licensing & Registration | Arapahoe/Douglas WORKS! | Arapahoe Libraries Business Support Services

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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