State of Colorado Compiles List of Financial Assistance Resources Beyond EIDL and PPP

The State of Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade has compiled this comprehensive statewide list of resources for Colorado small businesses looking for alternative funding sources beyond Economic Impact Disaster Loans and the Paycheck Protection Program.

For details on those the federal EIDL and PPP programs, visit choosecolorado.com/covid19 or coloradosbdc.org/covid.

Buy a T-Shirt, Help a Small Business

Community Campaign has been launched in partnership with Colorado Lending Source, the Downtown Denver Partnership, and the Metro Denver Chamber to support local businesses. Visit the website to buy a t-shirt and choose what small business you’d like to support. 100% of the net proceeds support the business of your choosing. Or, if no business is chosen, the proceeds go to the Go Fund Me Small Business Relief Fund.

If you are a business that would like to sign up to receive support from donors purchasing T-shirts and hoodies, visit the Community Campaign website.

EIDL Cash Advance Update

The following update from the SBA have been enacted for the EIDL Cash Advance program: To ensure that the greatest number of applicants can receive assistance during this challenging time, the amount of your Advance will be determined by the number of your pre-disaster (i.e., as of January 31, 2020) employees. The Advance will provide $1,000 per employee up to a maximum of $10,000. Apply for the EIDL through the SBA.

You may be eligible for another loan program, the Paycheck Protection Program, retroactive to February 15 through June 30 and available through participating lenders. Download the application form.

See the PPP vs EIDL Comparison Chart

City Creates Resource Web Pages for Businesses, Residents

The City of Centennial has created several new web pages on its website, including a resource hub for businesses. Find business resources, see our resident resources or visit the Think Local restaurant web page.

Sen. Michael Bennet to Host Small Business Assistance Town Hall on Friday

Are you a small business owner having trouble accessing the Paycheck Protection Program or self-employed and looking for how to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance created by the CARES Act? Are you wondering about the differences between these programs and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program? Join Colorado Senator Bennet and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), Colorado Small Business Development Centers (CSBDC) and the Colorado Division of Labor and Employment (CDLE) for a Small Business Telephone Town Hall on Friday, April 17, at 1 p.m. MST. Joining Sen. Bennet will be: Betsy Markey, OEDIT Executive Director, Glenn Plagens, OEDIT Director, Rural Prosperity & Business Support | Colorado Small Business Development Center Network (CSBDC); and Cher Roybal Haavind, CDLE Deputy Executive Director/Chief Communications Officer.

When: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. MST (Please call in at 12:55 pm so that we can start the discussion on time.) Where: To receive call-in information the day of, please RSVP here.

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with statewide partners to create a business climate that encourages economic development and sustainable job growth through financial and technical assistance in support of local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado. More information can be found here.

The OEDIT Hotline is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST at 303-860-5881 or via email at oedit_sbnavigator@state.co.us

Register for OEDIT Email Updates.

The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network (CSBDC) is dedicated to helping existing and new businesses grow and prosper in Colorado by providing free and confidential consulting and no- or low-cost training programs. The CSBDC Network is a partnership between the State of Colorado, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the Small Business Administration (SBA), Colorado’s institutions of higher education, local economic development organizations and local chambers of commerce. Find your local SBDC.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) connects job seekers with jobs, provides data on the economy to help decision making, assists workers injured on the job, ensures fair labor practices, provides unemployment benefits, and protects the workplace - and Colorado communities - with a variety of consumer protection and safety programs. View CDLE web resources.

Join the Denver South Business Resource Slack Workspace to Connect with Neighboring Businesses in Your Industry

The City of Centennial, in coordination with Denver South Economic Development Partnership, local cities, counties, and regional economic development organizations, have created a Slack workspace to help connect business owners and leaders throughout our region.

The purpose of this Slack workspace is to encourage communication across our business community by industry, connect businesses to necessary resources, and help business leaders navigate the current challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join the Business Resources Slack Workspace here.

New to Slack? That’s OK. A tutorial will be available for those new to Slack looking to connect.

Aurora Chamber Hosting Wellness Webinars

Finding Meaning & Purposes in times of Challenge: Thursday, April 16 - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. In this session, the Chamber will discuss the 6 dimensions of psychological well-being with emphasis on meaning and purpose. They will discuss coaching strategies around transition that can positively impact business and personal relationships and stimulate effectiveness in our career. The webinar will explore the correlates and implications in the brain, and how to implement these practices personally and professionally to start the transition to thriving after the coronavirus. Register here.

Fear, Isolation, & New Work/Life Balance: Friday, April 17, from 2 - 3 p.m.

Learn mindfulness skills and steps to apply these to the management of fear and anxiety, creative ways to connect with others, and plan and set up a daily structure to balance competing needs. Register 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

City of Centennial, 13133 E. Arapahoe Road, Centennial, CO 80112 | 303-325-8000