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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.

Beginning May 9, Jeffco will follow the state’s Safer-at-Home order.

Under the state’s Safer-at-Home order, residents are no longer ordered to stay home, but are strongly advised to stay at home. Critical businesses are open and many non-critical businesses are operating with restrictions (scroll down page for details). Everyone should be prepared for state and local public health orders to be extended, amended or changed as needed to protect public health.

The Safer-at-Home order was extended until July 2nd and amended to encourage outdoors and pools to open. More information to come soon 06/02/20.

Safer at Home: Guidance for Businesses

The following guidance has been prepared to help businesses safely transition to the Safer-at-Home level of our community’s COVID-19 response, Starting May 9th. Click "All Businesses" for a checklist of actions to get started. Please also refer to industry-specific guidance related to your business for additional information. It is expected that all businesses follow all applicable guidance provided by JCPH and CDPHE.

All information sourced directly from the Jefferson County Safer At Home Webpage

The Evergreen Chamber hosted virtual round table meetings with businesses from different industries to discuss ideas for re-opening. If you would like, you can watch the meetings by clicking the links below.

Small Business: Loans & Funding

UPDATE: (CARES Act Emergency Grant Funding / aka Jeffco Emergency Grant Fund) 

Jefferson County is proud to announce the opportunity for both nonprofits and small businesses to apply for relief and receive funding, via the CARES Act, to address the COVID-19 emergency in Jefferson County. The Jeffco Emergency Grant Fund is designed to provide a financial bridge until small businesses can return to a more normal level of operation. As our community deals with the health and economic implications of the COVID-19 crisis, small businesses have been especially hard hit. Supporting our small business community is integral to creating jobs for our residents and bringing back the goods and services that provide us with the quality of life we value in Jefferson County.

The grant program will provide a maximum of $5,000 per business for operating expenses such as rent or mortgage, utilities, payroll, insurance and sanitation and safety equipment. Each application will be scored based on the eligibility criteria outlined here. A total of $5,000,000 is available in the fund.

Applications must be submitted, online, no later than midnight on June 9, 2020

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.

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