Quick Access to Resources

  • Colorado Lending Source

    Colorado Lending Source offers a variety of small business loans including commercial real estate, general business, community advantage, and Colorado Main Street loans.

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  • Colorado Media Project

    Colorado’s ethnic, non-English-language, and rural media outlets and trusted community organizations are invited to apply for grants of up to $5,000 each, to help ensure that the state’s diverse racial/ethnic communities, immigrant and refugee populations, and low-income rural communities are receiving accurate, localized, and actionable information on the continuously evolving COVID-19 public health and economic crises.

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  • Colorado Nonprofit Association

    The CARES Act Loan Application Assistance project is a no-cost lawyer match program for Colorado Nonprofit Association members providing a resource for much-needed support navigating the federal relief and response funding.

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  • Colorado Office of Early Childhood

    Information for early childhood programs during COVID-19.

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  • Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade

    Supports small businesses in navigating the CARES Act programs – Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Their website has a comprehensive Resource Guide for Colorado Businesses and a dedicated Small Business Navigator that can direct you to resources and answer questions about Colorado-specific legislation.

    A hotline available from Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for small business owners to call with questions about how to apply: (303) 860-5881. If the hotline is busy, you can also email oedit_sbnavigator@state.co.us. 

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  • Colorado Office of Film, Television, & Media

    Offering useful, educational webinars to the creative film and media community during COVID-19.

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  • Colorado Public Health & Executive Orders

    List of Gov. Polis’ executive and public health orders related to COVID 19.

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  • Colorado Restaurant Association

    Hub of small business restaurant resources and available grants available.

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  • Colorado Small Business Development Center Webinars

    The Colorado SBDC Network is regularly hosting webinars to guide you through the COVID-19 emergency response and preparedness. Watch recordings from past webinars at: https://www.coloradosbdc.org/covid/ that covered the following topics: EIDL Application Instructions, EIDL Application Instructions for Nonprofits, Guide to Applying for PPP Loan, Keeping Your Business Together in a Crisis: Financial Health, and more.

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  • Colorado Work-Share Program

    The Work-Share Program provides an alternative to laying off employees by allowing them to keep working, but with fewer hours. While an employee is working fewer hours, he or she may be eligible to collect part of his or her regular unemployment benefits.

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  • Connect To Care Jobs

    Our healthcare facilities and long-term services and supports (LTSS) providers are experiencing an unprecedented staffing shortage. We are here to help by providing:
    ➢ Employers with a way to fill critical staffing gaps quickly.
    ➢ Jobseekers with an easy way to connect with employers nationwide.
    ➢ States with actionable data about the workforce needs.

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  • Connect2Capital Small Business Loans

    Connect2Capital can help match you with trustworthy, mission-driven lenders who share your passion for helping businesses and communities thrive. Our lenders will be transparent and upfront about any fees and interest rates, and will never trap you in complex, predatory loans. You can look forward to affordable rates, fast funding, and longer terms for lower, more comfortable payments. There’s no better way to position you for business and financial success—whatever your needs may be.

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  • Connecting Colorado

    Search for job opportunities. Encourages connecting to your local workforce center.

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  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)

    To keep up to date on when these programs become available, please stay in contact with your local Small Business Administration (SBA) District Office, which you can locate here.

    Struggling to get started? The following questions might help point you in the right direction. Do you need:
    – Capital to cover the cost of retaining employees? Then the Paycheck Protection Program might be right for you.
    – A quick infusion of a smaller amount of cash to cover you right now? You might want to look into an Emergency Economic Injury Grant.
    – To ease your fears about keeping up with payments on your current or potential SBA loan? The Small Business Debt Relief Program could help.
    – Just some quality, free counseling to help you navigate this uncertain economic time? The resource partners might be your best bet.

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  • Coty Professional Beauty

    Licensed professional hairstylists and nail techs to salon owners and educators, can apply to receive one of 230 relief checks totaling up to $1,000 each to assist in their pandemic relief and recovery

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  • COventure Forward – Small Business & Entrepreneur Mentorship Program

    Our mission is to help entrepreneurs discover quality mentorship to help them navigate through the economic turbulence generated by the COVID-19 crisis, and come out the other side stronger as both individuals and a collective community.

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  • COVID Biomedical Research Innovation Fund

    Up to $1 million in a rapid response funding cycle to support biomedical research in Colorado

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  • COVID-19 CO Creatives Relief Grant

    The Colorado Artist Relief Fund is a collaboration between multiple arts organizations and funders working at state, regional, and local levels. The fund will pool private and public funding to be administered through RedLine Contemporary Art Center. Current partners in this developing initiative include Denver Arts & Venues through the IMAGINE 2020 Artist Assistance Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Colorado Creative Industries and RedLine. These funds will provide grants of up to $1,000 to individual Colorado artists whose incomes are being adversely affected due to cancellation of events, classes, performances, and other creative work.

    Individual artists must live in Colorado. Supporting documentation will be required on the application.

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  • COVID-19 Finance Assistance Network

    Lew’s List in partnership with High Plains Advisors and Foundry Group have assembled a group of CFOs, Controllers, and other senior Finance professionals to help businesses survive. We are focused on the assessment and execution of strategies to extend/improve businesses cash flows. This may include navigating and accessing The CARES Act and the Families First Act programs. It may also require assistance with human capital and tax planning issues and/or the design and implementation of other business strategies where needed. One of the key pillars of the stimulus programs is the PPP – Paycheck Protection Program. We fully appreciate the interest, urgency and desire for assistance to apply for funding under this program. It may be as simple as helping fill out or compiling the necessary information to complete the appropriate forms. It might be assisting to find alternative funding to bridge the time between applying for and receiving certain stimulus funds. These services will be provided pro bono – our commitment is helping businesses in our communities stay in our communities.

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  • COVID-19 Telehealth Program

    Provide $200 million in funding, appropriated by Congress as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to help health care providers provide connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the novel Coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The Program will provide immediate support to eligible health care providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by fully funding their telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to provide critical connected care services until the program’s funds have been expended or the COVID-19 pandemic has ended.

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  • COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses FAQs

    U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made available a host of resources to provide guidance and answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to the COVID-19 related tax credits required for paid leave policies provided by small and midsize businesses.

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  • COVID-19: Ad credits for Google Ads Small and Medium-sized Businesses

    We want to help alleviate some of the cost for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to stay in touch with their customers during this challenging time. That’s why we’re giving our SMBs worldwide $340 million in ad credits, which can be used at any point until the end of 2020 across our Google Ads platforms. SMBs who have been active advertisers since the beginning of 2019 will see a credit notification appear in their Google Ads account in the coming months. This is part of a larger commitment from Google to support SMBs, health organizations and governments, and health workers on the frontline of this global pandemic.

    This page provides additional information and will be periodically updated. As an additional resource to help you manage your business through uncertainty please visit the Google for Small Business site.

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  • CRAFT Mentor Program

    Colorado Rural Academy for Tourism (CRAFT) Mentor provides up to 50 free hours of mentoring for organizations or businesses wishing to advance a specific tourism-related goal or strategy. CRAFT Mentor exists to stimulate the development of high-quality cultural, heritage, agricultural and outdoor adventure tourism experiences for travelers in Colorado.
    Duration: 50-hour timeframe determined by participant and mentor. Recommended for: Organizations, nonprofits, tourism-related businesses.

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  • Credit Card Issuers Customer Assistance in Response to Coronavirus

    As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to incite global economic fears and threaten public health, credit card issuers are beginning to roll out assistance programs for cardholders who may be financially affected by the outbreak. And as more cardholders’ wallets across the country are affected, whether by a decline in business, reduced work schedules or other limitations to income, banks are responding by implementing assistance programs. These programs can both help you remain in good standing with your issuer in the short-term and safeguard your credit score from long-lasting effects. Issuer assistance updates from American Express, Bank of America, Barclays, Capital One, Chase, Citi, Discover, Fifth Third Bank, Goldman Sachs (Apple Card), Navy Federal, Synchrony, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo.

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  • Crew Nation Fund

    Live Nation has committed $10 million to Crew Nation – contributing an initial $5 million to the fund, then matching the next $5 million given by artists, fans and employees dollar for dollar. The Crew Nation fund is here to help support live music crews who have been directly impacted as shows are put on pause due to COVID-19. With this in mind, we will be providing a one-time grant of $1,000 USD for those impacted by COVID-19 to use for personal basic living expenses. We hope this grant helps provide a small bridge of support while government assistance programs get up and running. If funds remain, we will explore additional distribution.

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  • Denver Actors Fund Emergency Artists Relief Fund (“DEAR”)

    In recognition of the unprecedented economic hardship for theater professionals across Colorado as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Denver Actors Fund, by and through its Executive Director, may distribute DEAR Funds in one-time disbursements of up to $250.00 to Qualified Aid Recipients.

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  • Differential Ventures Covid-19 Grant Program

    Differential Ventures is announcing a grant program to support early-stage start-ups in the fields of data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning who are able to use their technology to aid in the global search for a resolution to COVID-19. Companies will be awarded grants in the amount of $10,000-$25,000 to support activities that apply or adapt their existing product to help manage the social impacts of the crisis and/or to help bring this crisis to an end.

    Early-stage start-ups in the fields of data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. (Early-stage start-ups are defined as companies who have already received institutional or angel funding, raised a minimum of $500,000, have at least an MVP and existing customers for their core product.)

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  • Disaster Help Desk for Business

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  • Downtown Fort Collins Business Association

    Bring Old Town home with just a few convenient clicks or a quick phone call! Scroll below to shop Old Town’s online storefronts, place an order for at-home delivery or curbside pick-up, or to purchase a gift card directly from your favorite local business that will directly benefit their bottom line. This full-service guide and digital billboard for downtown business operations will be updated in real-time as information is made available. Please email the DBA Staff at Info@DowntownFortCollins.com to include your business or if you know of a business that should be featured

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  • Downtown Fort Collins Creative District

    Resource connections and education for creative businesses, artists, cultural non profits and fans of the arts. They also offer marketing of creative industry offerings in Downtown Fort Collins as a state certified Creative District.

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  • DreamSpring (formerly Accion)

    Small business loans, and payment relief – term loans from $300-$250,000.

    DreamSpring secured additional funding for SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and has been able to reserve PPP funds for 7 businesses in Fort Collins totaling $392,202, representing 78 jobs. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and funding is expected to go quickly. To ensure we can evaluate your loan request in a timely manner, we encourage you to apply for funding immediately.

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  • Early Childhood Council of Larimer County

    Provides a summary of information concerning child care COVID-19 resources.

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  • East Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

    Business Information & COVID 19 resources. Can also provide free, trusted assistance to submit the applications of the CARES Act program.

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  • Eddie Roberts Payback Musicians Emergency Relief Fund

    The Payback 501(c)(3) has partnered with The Sound Mind Collective and Color Red Music to establish a Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund in support of musicians facing economic hardships as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The fund provides an opportunity for live music supporters to contribute directly towards the financial stability of performing artists who may not be able to meet basic needs as cancellations increase. Eligible applicants will receive microgrants ranging from $100-$500 to cover housing, food, medical care and other necessities. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.

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  • Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19.

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  • Employer Questionnaire: Report Refusal of Suitable Work

    Employer: Complete this form if you have offered work to an individual who is receiving unemployment benefits, and that person turned down the offer of work.

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  • Employer’s Guide to Pandemics Conference: 2020 and Beyond

    This virtual conference experience will provide attendees with cutting edge updates on the lessons employers have learned from the COVID-19 crisis, insights into the unexpected opportunities that have been uncovered for workers and employers alike, and the tools businesses will need to rebuild their workplaces and prepare for the post-pandemic future.

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  • Employers Council Coronavirus Resources

    Providing useful information for employers struggling to effectively operate during the Coronavirus crisis. We are offering this free of charge to help support the communities we serve.

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  • Employers Council Pandemic Conference Replay

    Here’s your two week access to the Employers Council Pandemic Conference recording!
    You’ll have access until June 5, 11:59 PM

    About the Conference

    This virtual conference provided employers with important updates about the lessons other employers have learned from the COVID-19 crisis, insights into the unexpected opportunities that have been uncovered for workers and employers alike, and the tools businesses will need to rebuild their workplaces and to prepare for the post-pandemic future.

    Full list of topics included:

    Coronavirus, a Retrospective
    You Participated in Federal Programs… Now What?
    How COVID-19 Changed the Human Resource Profession
    Rebuilding the Workplace During the Pandemic and Beyond
    Reconnecting in the Face of Ambiguity: The Four Foundations for Organizations to Thrive
    Preparing for the Next Wave: What to Do When This Happens Again
    Presenters and Panelists:

    Through a combination of digital presentations and panels, the Council’s expert presenters offered their insights on what they’ve learned and how to move forward in the coming months.

    Due to COVID-19, downtown businesses are facing a rapidly changing environment as employers. Employers Council is providing free resources to businesses who are not their current members. Please Click Here to access free webinars, guides, and other important information

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  • Energize Colorado

    We’re mobilizing generous Coloradans to provide resources and relief to small businesses, nonprofits, and individuals, supporting them in recovering from the economic impact of COVID-19, and energizing our community as we look toward the future.

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  • Energize Colorado Gap Fund 

    Small businesses with fewer than 25 full-time employees can apply for support through a mixture of grants and loans, up to a maximum of $15,000 in grants and $20,000 in loans for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance.

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  • Ent Credit Union Small Business Giveaway

    ENT Credit Union has a $50,000 giveaway for Colorado small businesses. They can self-nominate or can be nominated by someone else. Grand prize of $20,000, second place $15,000, third place $10,000, & $5,000 runner-up.

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  • Essential COVID-19 Real Estate tips for Associations

    Help association tenants successfully address a range of other real estate issues and concerns.

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  • Estes Park Chamber of Commerce

    Connects businesses to Town of Estes Park COVID 19 business resources.

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  • Event Response and Business Recovery

    A four-part webinar series and a comprehensive checklist to prepare you for whatever unexpected events your company may face in the future.

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  • Existing SBA Loan

    Small Business Support

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  • Expanded Outdoor Dining Areas During COVID-19 Recovery

    Message to all Downtown Fort Collins businesses on Expanded Outdoor Dining Areas During COVID-19 Recovery
    from long-time leaders of the downtown restaurant and retail establishments, the DDA, DBA and City of Fort Collins:

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  • Facebook Small Business Grants Program

    Offering $100M in grants. Announced – Grants for small businesses in “countries where Facebook operates” website has “sign up for updates”

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  • FAQs: Employee Exemptions and Required Employer Accommodations

    Employees and employers need to know about employee exemptions and required employer accommodations (particularly for employees with health concerns or family responsibilities) that have been mandated through state executive orders and federal legislation

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  • FC Lean

    FC Lean is extending their services to the community at no cost. Their “Process Builder” product can assist with an
    organization or business’ response to COVID-19 and its impact on work environments and procedures

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