Small Business & Workforce Support

How to Support Small Businesses During COVID-19

Find resources to support small businesses and our workforce in Colorado Springs during COVID-19.

**PLEASE NOTE** Gov. Jared Polis issued a mandatory stay-at-home order for all residents of Colorado on Wednesday to take effect Thursday, March 26 at 6 a.m., and to last through April 11 unless rescinded or modified. Under the executive order, residents must remain at home, and only leave their home to engage in activities or perform tasks critical to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members or to go to or return from "critical work."

If your business and workforce need assistance during this difficult time, please utilize these resources below.


Small Businesses: 

1. Pikes Peak Workforce Center
Offering services only via phone or online.

2. Downtown Colorado Springs
Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs is committed to working on behalf of stakeholders to provide up-to-date information from reliable sources as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

3. Pikes Peak Community Foundation & Pikes Peak United Way
The Emergency Relief Fund was activated last week and is asking for donations, large and small, and encouraging non-profits to apply for assistance. Let's #StandTogether4COS by taking action.

4. ViewHouse Colorado Springs
Giving back to local organizations in need by donating 200 meals a day. View their website to learn more.

5. Axe and The Oak Distillery - Creating hand sanitizer for first responders and healthcare workers, as well as local businesses that might require it. 

6. Lee Spirits Co. - Making 1,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to donate to medical providers, individuals and nonprofits in the community.

7. Survive & Thrive COS - The City is working in partnership with Exponential Impact and Pikes Peak Community Foundation to provide relief loans, mentorship, and resources for small businesses. The highest priority for this fund are industries most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic such as the food industry, retail shops and personal care facilities as these businesses have had to temporarily close, are struggling to pay rent and utilities, and have had to lay off staff. Businesses with 2-25 employees in the Pikes Peak region are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in low-interest loans. Installments of funding will be provided monthly over a three month period. Repayment occurs over three years, and payments are not required for the first year. Terms are 0% in year one and increase by 1% over each of the next two years.

8. 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 who are being adversely affected due to cancellation of performances, art openings, lessons or other revenue-generating artistic activity due to COVID-19. The Artist Recovery Fund will provide approximately $500 to cover the most immediate and essential expenses. The Fund is also seeking financial contributions to support its efforts, and all donations are tax-deductible and 100% of contributions will go directly to supporting local artists in need.

9. Chamber Connect - Tune into weekly video conferencing covering various topics and resources related to the coronavirus pandemic. Get help streamlining the process of building your recovery plan.

10. Meals to Heal - Red gravy chef Eric Brenner has launched Meals to Heal - a GoFundMe designed to provide food for healthcare workers, first responders and restaurant industry employees in the Pikes Peak region. Meals to Heal gathers local restaurants to provide meals for those serving in the fight against coronavirus during these trying times. 100% of the proceeds go towards the cost of preparing and delivering these meals.

11. Paycheck Protection Load - Lenders will start accepting Paycheck Protection Loan (PPP) applications on April 3rd for small businesses and sole proprietors. Independent contractors and self-employers can begin submitting applications on April 10th.This program provides potentially forgivable loans in amounts to cover 2.5 months of payroll or $10 million (whichever is less). Apply here

For more information on how you can do your part to support Colorado Springs,
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