Tri-County Health Department Launches Business Re-Opening Task Force
As an increased number of businesses begin operating under the state-wide Safer-At-Home Order in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) announced its newly-established Business Re-Opening Task Force. This Task Force was developed to support businesses as they operationalize COVID-19 plans for reopening.
TCHD’s Business Re-Opening Task Force will be available now and over the coming weeks to answer questions and provide guidance on requirements under the Safer-At-Home Order. Businesses can access this service through email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at 720-713-6030.
City Updates Business Resources Web Page
The City of Centennial has updated its Business Resources web page to include industry-specific Safer at Home Guidance for businesses.
National Restaurant Association Releases Guidance on COVID-19 Reopening
View National Restaurant Association Guidance here under the More Resources heading.
Recording From Colorado Restaurant Association Roundtable on To-Go and Delivery Best Practices
This week the Colorado Restaurant Association hosted a roundtable on takeout and delivery best practices featuring operators and experts on marketing, insurance, and operations. Panelists shared best practices for maximizing this revenue stream, which is going to continue to be a critical component of restaurant revenues for the foreseeable future. Find the recording here.
Free COVID-19 Legal Assistance for Restaurants
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many restaurants are forgoing legal help for fear of accruing expenses they won't be able to pay. In an effort to give back to the restaurant community in its darkest hour and get operators the assistance they need, Denver-based law firm Messner Reeves is offering each Colorado restaurant up to four (4) hours of pro bono legal services to address issues arising from the pandemic. This offer is available to all Colorado-based and Colorado-located restaurants, and the only requirement is that your legal issue be COVID-19-related. Areas of assistance include:
• Landlord/Tenant negotiations and lease review;
• CARES Act/SBA Funding (PPP and EIDL loan applications, forgiveness and other issues surrounding the programs);
• Vendor negotiations;
• Policies & Procedures including employee and customer health, food safety, and other compliance requirements; and more.
To access this assistance, send an email succinctly stating what your issue is to COVIDLegal@CORestaurant.org. The Colorado Restaurant Association will refer you to the Messner Reeves team, who will conduct a short intake interview to determine your primary needs and assign you to the correct practice. Please understand that Messner may be inundated by requests, and they will work through them as quickly as they can without sacrificing work quality.
Introducing Project Nexus
In economic times like these, supporting entrepreneurship is as important as ever to ensuring a thriving economy. Project Nexus is a new region-wide initiative to support entrepreneurial aspirations of every kind, curating partnerships with companies, institutions, investors, and Denver South communities to help startup and growth stage companies succeed and scale.
Project Nexus is launching a community forum for founders to discuss how local businesses are reacting to the challenges and opportunities presented by the current pandemic and economic climate. If you are a founder or business leader, we invite you to join one our small group discussions to share and learn from other founders.
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 | email@example.com
Stewart Meek, Economic Development Specialist | 303-754-3410 | firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Centennial, 13133 E. Arapahoe Road, Centennial, CO 80112 | 303-325-8000