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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. 

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***NEW***Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) deadline extended to August 8

Applications have reopened for SBA's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for eligible small businesses, nonprofits and independent workers negatively impacted by COVID-19. The application deadline has been extended to August 8, 2020: Information and applicationColorado SBA approved lenders.

***NEW***Boulder Business Recovery Program   

View the map of Boulder Business Recovery Program locations.

Boulder Business Recovery Program: Temporary Outdoor Expansion Program 

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 Safer at Home order.

Watch a 60-minute webinar about the application process with staff from the city, Boulder County Public Health, and the Boulder Chamber:  webinar .

NOTE: If you plan to serve alcohol in the temporary expansion area, an additional application is required. A link to the liquor modification application is provided directly from the outdoor expansion application. 

Visit the  Boulder Business Recovery webpage for the application, Frequently Asked Questions and more information.

Boulder Business Recovery Program : Curbside Pick-Up Zone Program

As part of its efforts to support local businesses recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Boulder is offering a Curbside Pick-Up Zone program, which will operate through Sept. 30. The program converts some existing loading zones and other parking spaces in downtown Boulder and on University Hill for general curbside pick-up use. The program also provides an online application for new curbside pick-up zones for businesses that are not in the vicinity of an existing zone. These curbside pick-up zones will be free of charge for 10 minutes to provide patrons and services enough time to pick-up orders, and will be clearly signed in English and Spanish.

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.

Keeping Your Business Together in a Crisis Part 15: Funding after PPP loans, Wednesday, July 8 at 10 a.m.  - Free webinar with information, ideas, and tools businesses can use to become stronger and more resilient. Recordings of previous webinars in the series are available on the Boulder SBDC website.

New types of Boulder businesses allowed to reopen starting May 9

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.

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.

Additional resources and information

  • 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 pdf.   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