Any economic down turn can become a burden for business. The risks of starting or operating your own business are magnified – it is scary, uncomfortable, and uncertain. There are many resources dedicated to assisting businesses at the federal, state, and local levels. The Colorado SBDC Network will continue to provide assistance throughout the current health crisis: COVID-19. While practice social distancing, where applicable and possible, review these resourses:

  •  Colorado Small Business Navigator The Small Business Navigator is the first point of contact for new and existing business owners with questions about federal, state and local licensing requirements. The navigator also provides referrals to a variety of state and federal assistance programs and local small business training. In addition, the navigator maintains a comprehensive database of federal, state and local regulatory and permitting requirements.
  •  U.S. Small Business Administration – Process for Accesses Relief Lending The U.S. SBA is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital. Read about the process here. STATUS: Colorado is not currently designated for SBA Loans. The Colorado SBDC network is working diligently with OEDIT and Colorado SBA to keep the process moving forward.
  •  Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) Visit this website for the latest information for employers and workers. Website links include information on: – Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19 – Workplace Preparedness – Information from the Division of Federal Employees Compensation (DFEC)
  •  Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) – Emergency Leave With Pay Find details on the latest leave with pay rules and industry specifics.
  •  Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is a great resource to keep up on the latest throughout the state of Colorado.
  •  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
  •  Support CO Local Support CO Local is helping local businesses in Colorado sell gift cards in order for them to keep revenue coming in during their closure for the COVID-19.