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

In response to increases in COVID-19 case rates, test positivity and hospitalizations, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) notified El Paso County that we are required to move to Level Red: Severe Risk 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 at 5 pm on Friday, November 27.

  • Moving from “strongly advised to stay at home” to “stay at home”
  • New variances: not eligible – current variances reevaluated
  • Personal gathering size: none
  • Higher education: remote suggested
  • Indoor dining: closed – takeout, curbside, delivery, to-go and outdoor/open-air dining still available
  • Office: at 10% capacity, remote work strongly encouraged
  • Gyms: at 10% capacity or 10 indoors per room, outdoors in groups less than 10, reservations required
  • Bars: closed, unless all patrons are seated outdoors and at tables spaced at least 6 feet apart and food is served from a retail food licensee for on-premise consumption. Dance floors are not permitted.
  • Retail: 25% capacity 
  • Personal Services: 25% capacity up to 25 people per room 

Indoor Events:  

  • Unseated: closed
  • Seated: closed

Outdoor Events:  

  • Unseated: 25%, or up to 75 people (with social distance calculator) 
  • Seated: 25%, or up to 75 people with six feet of distance  

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

  • 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.
  • Energize Colorado – This nonprofit is bringing our local community together to provide relief to small businesses from the economic impact of COVID-19. *Round Two applications are open until October 26th*
  • 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.