COVID - 19 Employer/Business Resource Guide

Need an example of a business re-opening plan?  Click here to see Newmont Mining Corporation's plan


Check out the new (6-20-20) information on PPP and EIDL here!

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is a great resource to keep up on the latest throughout the state of Colorado. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Stay on top of public health information by visiting the Centers for Disease Control CDC Website

Governor Polis' "Stay at Home" Order - Issued March 25, 2020

March 22, 2020 - Governor Polis Signs Executive Order - Requires Employers to Reduce In-Person Workforce by 50%  Click Here to learn more.


Federal Information


The Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to small employers through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide by USDA

Federal Stimulus Package Info – Senate Cares Bill:

  • CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill small business provisions.

  • CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill tax provisions.

  • CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill health provisions.

  • CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill unemployment provisions.

  • CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill distressed industries provisions.

IRS extends filing deadlinge to July 15 - The IRS is extending the federal income tax filing deadline to July 15 as part of a growing effort to stem the financial pain from the coronavirus pandemic.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Click Here for a Summary of the Bill

Department of Labor (DOL) Releases New Guidance Regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities affected by COVID-19

Apply for disaster SBA BUSINESS LOAN - Completed SBA loan application (SBA Form 5; Tax Information Authorization (IRS Form 4506T; Complete copies of the most recent Federal Income Tax Return; Schedule of Liabilities; Personal Financial Statement;  Income, balance sheet, and cash flow documents; Other information may also be requested

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at; Paper loan applications can be downloaded from Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement CenteR, 14925 Kingsport Road,Fort Worth, TX 76155     Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to

Centers for Disease Prevention and Control Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers - Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019. COVID-19 for Other Business Owners: Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

New paid sick leave  and FMLA laws  Contact your accountant, payroll firm, or attorney for additional advice. 


With $349 Billion in Emergency Small Business Capital cleared, SBA and Treasury begin unprecedented public-private mobilization effort to distribute fund

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources

Paycheck Protection Program An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Information sheet for borrowers
USDA Rural Development COVID-19 resource page
USDA Rural Development  has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 resource page
Nonprofit Finance Fund provides tools and resources for nonprofits:

Colorado State Information

As part of an important state-wide effort, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is asking Colorado business owners to fill out a survey about how they are dealing with COVID-19.

A side by side comparison of the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan from the Colorado Small Business Development Center  PPP vs EIDL


This Google sheet helps Colorado’s small businesses find alternative funding sources beyond EIDL, PPP, and other federal loans and programs.


Funding opportunities highlighted by Community Resource Center


Colorado Department of Labor and Employment unemployment information for employers and workers


COVID-19 recovery resources from Colorado Resiliency Office

COVID-19 Business Resource Center is a helpful summary of federal and state support for business, workers and families, and COVID-19 news/communications updates.  

Office of Economic Development and International Trade - Your source for required Business Closings, Paid Sick Leave, SBA Disaster Loans and more

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) resource page for employers and job seekers

Click here to learn more about Emergency Leave with Pay

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 Restaurant Association COVID-19 for Restaurant Owners

Colorado SBDC COVID-19 Disaster Response Webinars
The Colorado SBDC Networking is regularly hosting webinars to guide you through the COVID-19 emergency response and preparedness.

Local and state resources from Philanthropy Colorado, which includes funding opportunities, foundation responses, and news:

COVID-19 Broadband Resources and updates for employers and workers

Office of Economic Development and International Trade Webinars - Get real-time updates from local, state and federal agencies and hear from experts on topics such as funding, policy and business solutions

CO Creatives Relief Grant – A one-time payment for general operating support to non-profit arts organizations in Colorado with an annual operating budget of less than $1 million.


Pikes Peak Region Information

Pikes Peak Enterprise Zone Business Relief Fund - grant-funded program aimed at providing financial assistance to small businesses impacted by COVID-19 in the Pikes Peak Enterprise Zone (EZ).

Pikes Peak Workforce Center – A valuable source for TELLER COUNTY employers

As an Employer what can I do if I need to shut down?  Businesses are asking, "will their employees be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits during the temporary shutdown"? The answer is, if an employer stops work (for whatever reason), it is considered a layoff or partial separation. Employees during the temporary shut-down may file a claim to collect unemployment insurance benefits as job attached claimants. They would still be required to meet the eligibility requirements during any weeks they claimed.

The Work-Share Program Thinking of laying off employees? Consider the Work-Share Program. The Work-Share Program provides an alternative to laying off employees by allowing them to keep working, but with fewer hours. While an employee is working fewer hours, he or she may be eligible to collect part of his or her regular unemployment benefits.

Requirements and qualifications for employers:
*    You must have reduced the normal weekly work hours by at least 10 percent, but by no more than 40 percent.
*    The reduction must affect at least two out of all employees in the business, or a minimum of two employees in a certain unit.
*    You must have paid as much in premiums as we paid your former employees in unemployment insurance benefits. See the rate notice mailed in November.

Here are 2 forms you'll need for Work Share Employer Fact Sheet;   Rapid-Response Layoff-Transition Services

Check out the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Website for more information. 


Artist Recovery Fund – Pikes Peak Community Foundation and Bee Vradenburg Foundation have partnered to provide emergency support for individual artists and creative professionals in El Paso and Teller Counties. 

Pikes Peak Community Foundation - Emergency Relief Fund for Non-Profits
The Emergency Relief Fund for Non-Profits in El Paso and Teller County has been activated. 

Local Information

Teller County Business Resource Webinar hosted by the

Woodland Park Chamber on Thursday, April 9th at 2pm.


Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.


You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (646) 749-3112

Access Code: 324-576-901

SBA and SBDC encourages small business owners to contact their lending institutions - listed are the local lending institutions

Park State Bank & Trust - 719-687-9234 or email

Ent Credit Union - 719-574-1100 or 800-525-9623

Vectra Bank - Shannon Anderson or Stephanie Alfieri - 719-687-3013

Community Banks of Colorado - 719.686.7381 Local Branch Number or direct to  Sarah McAleer 719.270.7002

Central Bank & Trust - 719-228-1100


Other Information

Negotiate with your Landlord on your lease agreement

Contact your Utility Companies - ask about your options

Call Your Insurance Agent 

AVOID SCAMS - Online, Telephone or In Person

What if I can't pay bills 9 Options If Your Small Business Can't Pay Its Bill Due to Coronavirus

Facebook Small Business Grants Program; Facebook announced a $100 million program to help small businesses as governments throughout the country urge gyms and restaurants to close their doors to slow the coronavirus pandemic.

What if I want my employees to work from home Working Remote Checklist