City Council to Discuss Tri-County Public Health Order Requiring Facial Coverings at July 20 Meeting

Next Monday, July 20 at 6 p.m. the Centennial City Council will be discussing the recent Public Health Order issued by Tri-County Health requiring a facial covering be worn when social distancing cannot be maintained. Tri-County Health included an option allowing cities to opt out of the health order. In advance of making this difficult decision, City Council would like to hear from Centennial’s citizens and businesses and is requesting comments be submitted in advance of Monday’s meeting. These comments will be provided to the Mayor and City Council prior to the meeting. Please note: comments submitted will be subject to the Colorado Records Open Records Act. Comments must be received through recorded messages and/or email prior to the meeting on July 20.

To submit comments:

Email comments to: CouncilComments@centennialco.gov

  • no later than 12 p.m. (noon) on July 20
  • your full name and address is required
  • your email testimony will be distributed before the meeting to the Mayor and Council Members for their review

Leave a recorded message at: 303-325-8087

  • no later than 12 p.m. (noon) on July 20
  • after the tone, state your full name and address for the record (this is required)
  • please state your comments; recorded messages are limited to 3 minutes. There are no time warnings and the call will end after the 3 minute limit has expired
  • you may only submit one phone recorded message for this meeting

To make Public Comment during the July 20 virtual meeting:

• email the City Clerk’s Office at bsetterlind@centennialco.gov and you will be contacted with instructions.

To listen to this meeting live, visit centennialco.gov/agendas. The live audio link appears next to the word “Agenda” when the meeting begins. This meeting is recorded and will be available online to listen at a later date.

Virtual Conference to Focus on Business Recovery

Join the Arapahoe County Business Recovery Taskforce and the Arapahoe/Douglas Workforce Development Board as they host 'Business Recovery: Progressing Through Change,' a free virtual conference at 10 a.m. July 29 that will help business owners navigate the best practices for recovery.

Session 1: Cyber Security Simplified: What Your Small Business Needs to Know

Session 2: Virtual Hiring, Onboarding & Employee Management Panel

Click here to register.

State Seeking Feedback from Foreign-Owned Businesses

As part of an important statewide effort, we are asking foreign businesses operating in Colorado to fill out a survey and tell us how they are dealing with challenges related to operating in Colorado.

We need your help sharing this survey with your local partners and foreign businesses. The survey can be found here.

The survey only takes a few minutes to fill out and it will help us and other statewide organizations advocate for your communities. All answers are confidential and privacy assured.

Centennial CARES: Small Business Recovery Grants Are Still Available

In partnership with Arapahoe County, Centennial’s City Council has directed $5 million of City funding to be used to support our small business community. The Centennial CARES: Small Business Grants are intended to help small businesses in Centennial who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with reopening and adapting to COVID-19 compliance requirements.

Grant applications can be found here. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.

Eligible businesses could receive up to $30,000 in two separate grants. The Business Interruption Grant will be awarded at an amount up to $10,000 to eligible businesses for business operation expenses including, but not limited to, lease/mortgage, payroll, inventory, and supplies/equipment necessary to operate the business. The Business Infrastructure and PPE Grant will be awarded for up to $20,000 to eligible businesses for expense incurred or planned to facilitate compliance with public health orders. Expenditures may include, but are not limited to, building and property modifications, touchless payment systems, online ordering platforms, personal protective equipment, and safety training.

“Our businesses have experienced unpredictable and unprecedented impacts throughout these last few months. The City is pleased that we can assist in providing support to them through the CARES Act funding shared from Arapahoe County," says Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko. “Our local businesses are imperative to the health and well-being of our community and Centennial is now able to respond to their need for financial support.”

If you have questions or need more information, send an e-mail to nmarciniak@centennialco.gov.

Business Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently licensed with the City of Centennial
  • Business license issued no later than October 1, 2019
  • Physical address within Centennial
  • Business is in good standing with the City of Centennial (tax returns, code violations, etc.)
  • For-profit, privately-held business
  • 1-100 full-time equivalent Full-Time Employee (FTE) positions prior to COVID-19 pandemic
  • Business has been forced to temporarily close or forced to dramatically limit operations due to the Public Health Orders related to the COVID-19 public health crisis
  • Able to demonstrate economic injury of 25% or more in revenue loss during the COVID-19 pandemic and a need for a grant to help mitigate the economic injury
  • Able to provide a total estimate of current and anticipated business losses (revenue and other losses) due to the pandemic

The following list of business types are not eligible:

  • Home-based/home-occupations
  • National chains (exception: individually-owned franchises may qualify)
  • Publicly-traded companies
  • Businesses deriving more than one-third of gross annual revenue from legal gambling activities
  • Businesses engaged in any illegal activity
  • Marijuana (medical and recreational)
  • Sexually-oriented businesses

Prohibited uses of funds:

  • Any expense not be considered an eligible business expense by IRS rules
  • Wages to any member of owner’s family who is not a bona fide employee
  • Charitable contributions
  • Political contributions
  • Draw or salary to owner that exceeded the amount they were paid on a weekly or monthly basis for the same period last year
  • Pay down or pay off debt by more than required in underlying debt instrument
  • Expenses that were previously paid for using Federal Small Business Administration (SBA) Payroll Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Funds
  • Franchise or royalty fees

Please note:

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  • We do not recommend applying via an iPad.
  • Please turn-off autofill in your browser before starting the application.
  • .png files are not recommended for documentation upload.
  • Be sure to upload a completed W-9 form (link below under Process tab).
  • When uploading Revenue Loss documentation, please include calculations of your 25% or more revenue loss.

For additional information on the application and the process, visit centennialco.gov/caresgrants.

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