Emergency Business Assistance
Economic Development Mini Marketing Grant Program
The Town of Windsor has allocated $75,000 to support an Economic Development Mini-Marketing Grant Program. Grants up to $500 will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to Windsor licensed businesses in good standing for the purpose of retaining help from a marketing consultant and / or to be used directly toward advertising. Grants can be used to support existing efforts or new ones; program participation is based on eligibility and must be used to support marketing efforts. Those who have multiple licensed Windsor based businesses in good standing will be able to apply for as many grants as they have licenses. Windsor businesses who qualify for the program will receive a confirmation email when their application is approved with a program description and information about fund distribution.
The program runs from June 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020.
Business, Nonprofit, & Employee Guide for Planning & Responding to Coronavirus
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, chamber of commerce professionals and economic developers from across the Northern Colorado region have come together to launch a single source of up-to-date information to support its business community. The site is https://nocorecovers.com/ .
The one-stop-shop website has the most recent information on resources available to support businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The site contains guidance on accessing programs made available through the CARES Act and a filterable database of resources for businesses. It also features current regulatory information.
The State Office of Economic Development launched a COVID-19 response page. This is a great reference for business resources and updates.
The town recently posted survey results that stemmed from a regional effort to survey local businesses called the The Northern Colorado Business Retention and Expansion Partnership Regional Survey. The Windsor Economic Development Department will continue to work hard supporting local business retention.
Larimer County Small Business Recovery Loan Fund
Additional financial support may be available to local businesses within the Larimer County boundaries. The Larimer County Small Business Recovery Loan Fund is offering loans starting at $2,500 with 3.5% interest to qualifying businesses. Businesses looking to apply must be deemed as economically viable prior to March 15, 2020 and employ no more than 20 workers. Visit nocorecovers.com to apply.
CARES Act Information
The ‘‘Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act’’ or the ‘‘CARES Act’’ aims to keep American workers paid and employed. Check out the resources for the CARES Act provided by the U.S. Senate Committee for Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses and the Small Business Administration.
Through various efforts, small businesses will be able to benefit from the following:
- Paycheck Protection Program
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance (EIDL)
- SBA Debt Relief
- SBA Express Bridge Loans
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- SBA Products and Resources
- Government Contracting
- Local Assistance
Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance in Response to Coronavirus
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest federal disaster loans to small businesses in designated areas suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus.
The Town asks businesses that are suffering an economic loss as a result of Coronavirus to please contact staff to help get you the right resources to help your business.
Stacy Miller, Director of Economic Development
Jill Young, Business Development Specialist
State of Emergency & Hourly Paid Sick Leave
Under the executive authority of the state of emergency, the State of Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has been given the authority to require employers/businesses in the service and hospitality industries to provide four days of paid sick leave for those with flu-like symptoms who are being tested for coronavirus. This only applies to workers in the service industries, including:
- Leisure and hospitality
- Food services
- Education, including transportation, food service, and related work at educational establishments
- Home health, if working with elderly, disabled, ill or otherwise high-risk individuals
- Nursing homes
- Community living facilities
However, the rule will not require paid leave for the full recovery period for COVID-19 cases, which can extend for weeks. The emergency rule will be in place for up to 120 days, but only while Colorado’s state of emergency continues. Governor Jarod Polis will reassess the emergency status every month.
American Express Small Business Resource Center
American Express is offering free posters, graphics, business trend projections and more. For fast and easy downloads and resources visit their online resource center.
Additional Resources for Restaurants and the Service Industry
National Restaurant Association – Coronavirus Information and Resources.
The Colorado Restaurant Association Policies and Protocols - Coronavirus Information and Resources.
If your your Food Safety & Sanitation (ServSafe) certification is up for renewal, the Cooking Studio staff are trained and available to re-certify local restaurant and food service managers.
Restaurants are encouraged to promote delivery and carry-out services and customers to order directly from the restaurant, instead of a third-party delivery service. Additional ideas include:
- Using social media to share updates with customers
- Promoting the purchase of gift cards to be used at a later time or send as a gift.
Additional Resources for Weld Businesses
Additional Resources for Larimer Businesses
Contact the Larimer Small Business Development Center to chat with their restaurant, retail, and marketing consultants for free.
The Town of Windsor is continuously working with community partners to keep this information up to date and get you the resources you need.