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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) was first identified in Wuhan, China, and reported by the World Health Organization on December 31, 2019. Around the globe, the Coronavirus is receiving heightened attention for infecting tens of thousands of people. The respiratory illness caused by a Coronavirus is thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another (about six feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land on common surfaces or in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby, or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

The Evergreen Chamber understands that the Coronavirus may have an impact for our businesses and the community. Below are resources for advice on how your business and family can plan for and respond to the virus, along with information on the disease.  We will update this page as information is made available. Please click on the different tabs to expand them.

Jefferson County is following the state’s 'Safer-at-Home and in the Vast Great Outdoors' order.

Colorado is currently under the state’s Safer-at-Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors order (PHO 20-28). Jefferson County is aligned with this order, with some changes that were approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) through a local variance. Residents are no longer ordered to stay home, but are strongly advised to stay at home. On July 24, JCPH issued Public Health Order 20-008, which requires mask wearing both indoors and outdoors in Jeffco.

For the most up to date guidelines, please visit the Jefferson county website to see what is new.

Small Business Guidance, Loans & Funding

For the most up to date Industry-specific guidance related to your business, please visit the Jefferson County Safer At Home Webpage. It is expected that all businesses follow all applicable guidance provided by JCPH and CDPHE.

United States CARES Act (EIDL, EIDL Advance, & PPPL)

There are three parts to the CARES Act. They are all separate, but they do interact together as they are all administered by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA).

  • EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan)
    • This program has been expanded to allow ALL small businesses access to federally guaranteed loans for this pandemic situation. The online application has been STREAMLINED and is the fastest and best way to access these loans.
  • Emergency EIDL Advance up to $10,000
    • This loan advance acts like a grant because it is 100% forgivable and does not have to be paid back. While you must apply for an EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) to access these funds, you do NOT have to pay it back if your loan application is declined, and you do NOT have to move forward with a loan beyond the advance if your loan application is accepted.
  • PPPL (Paycheck Protection Program Loan)
    • This is another federally guaranteed loan (SBA 7(a) Lending Program). It is capped at 2.5x your average monthly payroll and intended to pay for payroll and other operating expenses for 8 weeks. Submit your application for the Paycheck Protection Program Loan at your personal/business bank Contact your bank directly to move forward. 

CARES Act Guides & FAQ:
For a guide with step by step instructions, as well as additional information and resources, click here (pdf).

For an FAQ Regarding Participation of Faith-Based Organizations, please click here (pdf).
For additional Guides & Resources created in response to the CARES Act click here.

Other Resources: 

  • Alternative Funding Sources
    • List by the Colorado Department of Economic Development and International Trade to help Colorado's small businesses to find access to alternative funding sources beyond EIDL, PPP and other federal loans and programs.
  • Deferment of Existing SBA Loans
    • deferments through December 31, 2020, will be automatic.
  • Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program -
    • Allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork.
  • New Micro-Loan Program from CLS & Kiva
    • Colorado Lending Source has partnered with Kiva to create new 0% interest, 0 fee micro-loans through the Kiva platform for US small businesses for up to $15,000.

Public Health & Environment

Workforce, Food & Housing Assistance

During these uncertain times, many families and community members are facing unanticipated hardships. Some of the most critical pieces of a strong community are safe and stable housing and reliable transportation. Human Services has secured funding to assist community members impacted by COVID-19 with housing stability and transportation support.
The application information and eligibility criteria will be available beginning August 28.

Back To School Information

It’s time for back-to-school and this year is looking much different than most, which can be stressful for parents and students. In these times, it’s important to support your kids and help them build resilience, no matter what comes their way. Watch Jeffco's free, on-demand webinar, "How To Support Your Kids As They Begin The School Year" to learn practical tips and tools to provide social and emotional support to your child as they transition into a new school year.

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