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Now Open: NoCo Business Survey 3.o

Now Open: NoCo Business Survey 3.o

Northern Colorado economic development focused organizations have been collaborating to understand business challenges since the Stay At Home Order was issued last March. Our previous surveys have helped inform elected officials, design assistance programs at the regional and municipal scale, apply for grant funding to support businesses and workers, and has helped us focus our efforts where we can make a difference to support our businesses.
 
Please share 10 minutes of your time and your valuable business experiences with us so that we can continue to make a positive impact for businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 response and recovery process.
 

Fake or Scam Mailings

Samantha Peaslee

Samantha Peaslee

Polaris Law Group

Fake or Scam Mailings

Starting a business puts you and your business into the public domain. Your address and information now live online (as a requirement), as do other pieces of information such as when you need to renew with the Colorado Secretary of State, whether you have employees, and whether you have a trademark.

As a result of this required information being public, unsavory companies will have access to your information. These companies send out notices to public companies that have obligations with these public entities. They attempt to have companies pay for services that are either free or low cost.

Take, for example, your periodic report.

Your actual periodic report needs to be filed with the Colorado Secretary of State via its website every year. You receive a notice for it about three months before its final due date. It costs $10.00 to file online. The e-notice comes from the Colorado Secretary of State (e-mail suffix @sos.state.co.us). It has a header that includes the Secretary of State’s name and the website (www.sos.state.co.us). It will inform you that this is an automatically generated email at the bottom, with a contact e-mail address with a suffix @sos.state.co.us.

A scam notice or instruction will be by mail, most often. It will be titled something along the lines of “DATE – Periodic Report Instruction Form”. It will include a processing fee along with the $10 fee. It will request for checks payable to a non-state address (for example, “Workplace Compliance Services”). It may have space for a credit card form. Sometimes, they will have scary wording as well, such as informing you that  you will be shut down.

If ever in doubt about a notice from the Secretary of State, Colorado Division of Labor, or United States Patent and Trademark Office, send it to your attorney or bring it to the SBDC. We can tell you if it is official or a scam.

[Webinar] Coffee with the Small Biz Directors – PPP Loan Forgiveness

Larimer SBDC Director Mike O’Connell and Loveland Business Development Center Director Kat Rico, talked about business recovery resources and the SBA’s economic recovery programs.

Lisa Leveillee, Senior Business Advisor with First National Bank and Ben McConnell, Co-founder and CEO of Blue Parable also joined Mike and Kat, to cover PPP loan forgiveness.

If you missed this webinar please watch the question and answer session.