Coronavirus Business Resources
The city’s Community Vitality Department is working with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Boulder Chamber, Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau, Downtown Boulder Partnership, Latino Chamber of Boulder County, Boulder County and other partner organizations to appreciate, anticipate and appropriately respond to short- and long-term business needs. Information and resources for businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus will be shared here, as they are developed.
City provides funding to restaurants for sustainable takeout items
The city’s climate team is making funds available for environmentally friendly takeout items, to assist restaurants as they deal with greater takeout demand while also helping to make sustainable choices easier. The subsidy is available to Boulder restaurants on a first come, first served basis and each restaurant in Boulder may receive up to $1,000 worth of compostable and recyclable food serviceware items from Tundra Restaurant Supply, to be paid for by the city. The items are priced at a specially negotiated rate; restaurants are eligible for the same bulk pricing if additional items are purchased by the restaurant directly during the same transaction. Learn more at the city's Circular Boulder webpage.
Energize Colorado Gap Fund - Round one applications have closed, next round opens October 5
The Energize Colorado Gap Fund is providing more than $25 million in small business loans and grants to boost small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Round one applications have closed, applications will reopen Monday, Oct. 5. See website for more information, including eligibility, FAQs, and you may call Energize Colorado Gap Fund at 1-800-471-0628 (Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 6 a.m.-3 p.m.), or email: [email protected] Sole proprietors, businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 25 full-time employees can apply for up to a $15,000 grant and a $20,000 loan for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance.
Governor Polis extends "last call" to 11 p.m. in executive order
Sector-by-Sector Guidance for Businesses from the State of Colorado: guidance-by-sector
Boulder Business Recovery Program
View the map of Boulder Business Recovery Program locations.
Boulder Business Recovery Program: Temporary Outdoor Expansion
The City of Boulder recognizes the significant impact COVID-19 has had on the local business community. To support local business citywide while protecting customers and employees, the city has established the Boulder Business Recovery Program to allow businesses to expand their space outdoors. Eligible businesses include restaurants, retail, theaters, museums, offices, trade schools and a wide array of personal services like acupuncture or massage. This program streamlines the permitting process for businesses to expand their space outdoors on public and private property, while reopening under the state’s order.
Visit the Boulder Business Recovery webpage for the application, Frequently Asked Questions and more information.
Boulder Business Recovery Program: Temporary Outdoor Events for Private Property
Boulder County Public Health issued guidance for special events on May 28, 2020. The statewide Safer at Home Order limits both public and private gatherings to no more than 10 individuals. Nothing in this guidance should be construed as permitting a gathering of more than 10 individuals. Event organizers are strongly encouraged to use virtual electronic platforms and alternative activities less conducive to public gatherings. Temporary outdoor events held on private property must comply with the guidance. Application
Keeping Your Business Together in a Crisis, a free webinar series offered by the Boulder Small Business Development Center, provides information, ideas, and tools businesses can use to become stronger and more resilient. Full series is available on the Boulder SBDC website .
Returning to work under Boulder County Public Health orders
Visit Boulder County's COVID-19 business resources website for guidance on reopening, including specific checklists for business sectors.
- View virtual education sessions for businesses to transition to the Safer at Home phase.
Businesses must have a "Mask Required to Enter" or "Do Not Enter Without a Mask" sign on the door (retail, restaurants, personal services, offices, manufacturing, limited healthcare, etc.). Colorado "Mask Required to Enter" sign (8.5" x 11") in blue, in red, (in Spanish) Letrero de tapabocas obligatorios (8.5 x 11) Azul | Rojo
Signage for businesses to post in Safer at Home phase
All signs can be printed at 8.5” x 11.” Included in these signs is a “We Are Open” sign that lets others know you are complying with the Boulder County and State of Colorado requirements for “Safer at Home.” Please do a self-check using Boulder County's checklists for businesses and display a sign in your window.
- General Best Practices English
- General Best Practices Spanish
- Construction worksite safety Spanish
- Construction worksite safety English
- Restaurants Spanish
- Restaurants English (Created based on the guidance provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.)
Additional resources and information
- The Energize Colorado Gap Fund is providing more than $25 million in small business loans and grants to boost small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Sole proprietors, businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 25 full-time employees may apply for up to a $15,000 grant and a $20,000 loan for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance.
- SBA and Treasury Paycheck Protection (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and Instructions released May 15 include options for borrowers to calculate payroll costs using an "alternative payroll covered period" that aligns with borrowers' regular payroll cycles; flexibility to include eligible payroll and non-payroll expenses paid or incurred during the eight-week period after receiving their PPP loan; step-by-step instructions on how to perform the calculations required by the CARES Act to confirm eligibility for loan forgiveness; borrower-friendly implementation of statutory exemptions from loan forgiveness based on rehiring by June 30; and addition of a new exemption from the loan forgiveness reduction for borrowers who have made a good-faith, written offer to rehire workers that was declined.
- Available Federal Grants and Loans - information including FAQs and links to applications for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), SBA Express Bridge Loans, Small Business Debt Relief Program, and additional debt relief
- Asistencia de Desastre de la SBA en Respuesta al Coronavirus
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans - information on who can apply, loan details and forgiveness
- Summary of Payroll Protection Program (PPP) application process
- List of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lenders in Boulder
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance
- Boulder Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - local assistance with EIDL and PPP loan applications
- Small Business Administration (SBA) Guidance and Loan Resources - information on federal CARES Act
- Small Business Owners’ Guide to CARES Act
- Small Business Guide and Checklist for Coronavirus Emergency Loans
- State of Colorado COVID-19 Business Resource Center - Paycheck Protection Program Forgivable Loans, SBA Disaster Loans for Small Businesses, and more
- Infographic Comparison of Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Loans
- Colorado Work-Share Program - Colorado Department of Labor & Employment
- EIDL Advance Loan Application Instruction Video - view the video below for instructions on how to complete the EIDL Advance Loan Application
- Resources for Artists and Cultural Nonprofits, Colorado Creative Industries
- Federal programs specific to the arts sector
- The City of Boulder Office of Arts and Culture newsletter is now featuring weekly updates of resources and opportunities.
- Free weekly webinars: Keeping Your Business Together in a Crisis - Recorded session topics include Financial Health, Defensive Marketing, The Big Picture, Alternative Funding, Commercial Lease Tactics & Negotiation Strategies, Opening Again, Spending Your PPP Money, Discovering Opportunities with Government Contracting and What's Working.
- Boulder Chamber – COVID-19 Business and Community Resources
- City of Boulder Small Business Grant Program for local, small businesses impacted by COVID-19
(Note: application deadline has passed.) The economic impacts of COVID-19 have been felt by businesses across the country and here at home. Businesses, including nonprofits and women-and minority-owned busineses, are a vital part of the Boulder community. The city has dedicated part of its federal CARES Act funding to create a $675,000 competitive grant opportunity for small, local businesses and nonprofits as they continue to navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The city retained Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF), a nonprofit community development financial institution, to administer the funding of these small business grants. The program was open to Boulder-based businesses and nonprofits with 100 or fewer employees that met other eligibility criteria. Grant applications were accepted from Monday, Aug. 31 to Friday, Sept. 11 and applicants will be notified of the status of their applications by early October.
- Boulder SBDC – answers to questions about impacts of COVID-19 and resources that may help including SBA low-interest loans and others
- Downtown Boulder Partnership - #Love the Local
- Latino Chamber of Boulder County – COVID-19 Local Information and Resources
- City of Boulder – Small Business Support
- 2020 COVID-19 Paycheck Protection Program Lending List
- Safer at Home phase guidance for businesses - Boulder County
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Social Distancing Self-Certification for Businesses - Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
- Resources for Retail Food Establishments - Boulder County
- Governor Polis extends "last call" to 11 p.m. in executive order
- Coronavirus Resources for Employers and Workers - Colorado Department of Labor & Employment
- Construction Worksite Safety guidelines
- Construction Worksite Safety guidelines for developers
- Article on managing remote work and virtual meetings - Harvard Business Review
- Steps for refreshing water in reopened buildings - City of Boulder
- For many resources for individuals and families, please visit the tab at the top of this page, called "Resources," under the Coronavirus image block. The City of Boulder is carefully tracking the needs of our community members relating to impacts from the COVID-19 coronavirus. This work is occurring in close coordination with Boulder County and the many community partners that provide services meeting the basic needs of the community. The link below, "COVID-19 Basic Needs Services Guide," is a summary of programs provided by the City of Boulder, Boulder County and key community partner agencies. Note that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department has determined that the use of COVID-19 public resources will not be counted against immigrants who are subject to “public charge” grounds of inadmissibility when applying for Green Cards.
- Access the COVID-19 Basic Needs Services Guide . Updated 3/20/2020
- Access to temporary job opportunities - Connecting Colorado webpage.
- OnwardCO: One-stop resource for the people of Colorado impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic