Small Business & Workforce Support

Business Support

Find resources to support your business, our frontline heroes and the community across the Pikes Peak region

Latest COVID Mitigation and Restrictions Update

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to move El Paso County to Level Yellow: Concern on February 6, 2021, on the state’s dial framework. You can find the chart with restriction changes on that same webpage. El Paso County continues to expand the community mitigation plan.

The following changes will go into effect on Saturday, February 6 at 9 a.m.  

  • Indoor dining: 50% capacity or 50 people per confined space, (up to 150 with social distancing calculator)
  • Outdoor dining: needs to be six feet between parties outdoors, per local zoning
  • Alcohol sales for on-site consumption are dependent on county dial level – Level Yellow indicates alcohol sales must conclude by 11 pm
  • Bars are only allowed to operate if they meet all the requirements as restaurants, which can be found here
    • Dance floors are not permitted
    • All patrons must be seated at tables set 6 feet apart
    • Masks are required by patrons when they are not seated
    • Performances that cause heavy breathing (like singing or wind instruments) must be 25 ft from patrons (this includes karaoke)
    • Performances with no forced exhalation (like a piano or harp) must be a minimum of 6 ft from patrons (but 25 ft is preferred)
  • Gyms/Fitness: 50% capacity or 50 people per confined space, (up to 150 with social distancing calculator)
  • Group Sports and Camps: 25 person cap per activity
  • Retail: 50% capacity or 50 people per confined space, (up to 150 with social distancing calculator)
  • Personal Services: 50% capacity or 50 people per confined space, (up to 150 with social distancing calculator)
  • Indoor Events: 50%, 100 person cap, 6ft distancing between parties (with social distanced calculator)
  • Outdoor Events: 50%, or up to 175 people, 6ft distancing between parties (with social distance calculator)

Current Colorado County COVID 19 Status

While most businesses are reopened, please note that each location may have adjusted hours and their own restrictions, guidelines and procedures for the health and safety of their staff and customers. Please check with the individual website for more information.

Business Resources 

Grants, Funds, Programs

  • Pikes Peak Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program
  • Artist Recovery Fund – Pikes Peak Community Foundation and Bee Vradenburg Foundation 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.
  • The Emergency Relief Fund – The Pikes Peak Community Foundation and Pikes Peak United Way are asking for donations, large and small, and encouraging non-profits to apply for assistance. Let's #StandTogether4COS by taking action.
  • Paycheck Protection Program – Lenders are accepting Paycheck Protection Loan (PPP) applications for small businesses and sole proprietors. Independent contractors and self-employers can begin submitting applications. This program provides potentially forgivable loans in amounts to cover 2.5 months of payroll or $10 million (whichever is less). Apply here.
  • Pikes Peak Enterprise Zone Business Relief Fund – This fund is an avenue for the community to help small, locally-owned businesses, now facing layoffs and closures, sustain operations and maintain their workforce through generous donations. Citizens who donate $100 or more qualify for an EZ 25% state income tax credit.

Resources, Guides, Support

Do you have additional offerings or information that you think should be included on these pages? Don't hesitate to reach out! 

Alexea Veneracion

Communications Manager

Alexea joined VCOS in February 2020 after spending five years at a public relations agency. She oversees VCOS’ internal and external communications, including media and influencer relationships, social media strategy and editorial content. Ask her about the next 14er on her hiking list or her adorable (but mischievous) golden retriever named Ranger.