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New Support for COVID-Impacted Small Businesses

As we continue to work through the evolving COVID-19 situation, we want to keep you informed of the steps the State of Colorado is taking to support the tourism industry.

On March 27, Governor Polis announced that small businesses in Colorado who have been affected by COVID-19 can now apply for grants through the $7.7 million Colorado COVID Relief Fund. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, and you can apply online

March 20, Governor Polis announced that restaurants across the state now can sell alcoholic beverages with takeout, curbside and delivery orders.

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade launched the Colorado COVID-19 Business Resource Center. This website includes information regarding economic-related announcements, small business loan opportunities, public health updates and more. Updates are being made as new materials and information becomes available. https://choosecolorado.com/covid19

OEDIT has an email list you can sign up for to receive COVID-19 updates relevant to the Colorado business community. Here was the March 25 email that went to that list.

Starting April 3, Colorado's business community can join a weekly, hour-long call to access the latest information and resources directly from the top. Get real-time updates from local, state and federal agencies and hear from experts on topics such as funding, policy and business solutions. Calls are organized by region so businesses and advocates can get the latest information relevant to them and their area of operation. There are three convenient ways to engage >>

Colorado small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can seek individual small business loans through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) $2 million Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

The Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) now has a hotline for small business owners to call with questions about how to apply for these loans: 303-860-5881, as well as consultants ready to assist small businesses that may be having difficulty unpacking how new Federal, State and Local programming can help them through these unusual times.

And here's a new document from the SBDC Network — Colorado COVID Resource Guide.

We continue to encourage our partners to visit the Colorado tourism industry COVID-19 page for updated messaging and talking points as we continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.

Please be assured, the Colorado Tourism Office and our OEDIT colleagues are committed to being ongoing resources for you in the days and weeks to come.