GET FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO REOPEN AND SCALE YOUR BUSINESS
YOU HAVE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO STAY OPEN
Energize Colorado helps our small business community get financial support to survive and thrive. We’ve compiled local and national resources, as well as our Gap Fund, so you can easily view the financial options that are available to you.
Our core program, the Energize Gap Fund, provides small businesses with critical financial support.
Our next round of funding opens in late March. We’ve supported over 2,000 Colorado businesses with over $25 million in funding. Over 90% of these funds supported BIPOC and women-owned businesses.
Learn more about the Gap Fund here.
DID YOU KNOW?
Inequity is not in your head, it’s real: Access to capital for minority owned businesses lags behind majority owned ones in Colorado and all over the country.
DID YOU KNOW?
Procurement is changing. Colorado is modernizing its State Procurement Code. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) operates the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and has set the most ambitious DBE contract goals in the state.
EXPLORE OTHER FINANCIAL RESOURCES
Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC)
Colorado fiscal sponsor that reduces barriers and provides capacity to Colorado focused charitable ventures. Click here to view their website.
Fiscal sponsorship is an alternative to forming your own tax exempt organization. Click here to view their website.
Nonprofit Start-up Resources
Click here for the resources.
Nonprofit Finance Fund
A national organization focused on effective management of financial resources that provides financing, financial and organizational consulting, and trainings. Click here to view their website.
Spark the Change Colorado
Supports volunteer service and engagement throughout Colorado by offering trainings, volunteer project support, corporate responsibility solutions, and other resources. Click here to view their website.
Community Resource Center
Providing tools and strategies to develop Colorado nonprofits, including training, rural action network, nonprofit executive leadership support, the Colorado Grants Guide, and other resources. Click here to view their website.
Colorado Nonprofit Association
Colorado’s statewide nonprofit membership organization providing trainings, conferences, job boards, public policy advocacy, and nonprofit best practices, and other resources to Colorado’s nonprofit sector. Click here to view their website.
Metro Denver Nonprofit Loan Fund
Provides no-interest loans and technical assistance to eligible nonprofits. Click here to view their website.
Association of Fundraising Professionals, Colorado Chapter
A membership organization with resources for Colorado fundraisers. Click here to view their website.
El Pomar Foundation’s 2021 Foundation Giving in Colorado Report
Provides analysis and overview of foundation giving throughout Colorado. Click here to view the report
Colorado Grants Guide
Community Resource Center’s online tool for grant funding research containing more 650 profiles of foundations, trusts, corporations, and government entities that support Colorado nonprofits. Click here to view their website.
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
Employee Retention Credit (ERC) Small Business Workshop Resources Join NFIB’s special guest, Matt Evans, CPA, SMA, CFM, as he reviews the benefits of the ERC program, a refundable tax credit that could be worth up to $33,000 per employee for qualified wages an eligible employer pays to employees after March 12, 2020, and before December …
Using Creativity to Drive Inclusion in Colorado Business: Arts, Equity, and Access as Tools for Economic Growth
August 24, 2021 | 4 – 5:30 PM(followed by a networking happy hour at Tivoli Taproom, cash bar) Using Creativity to Drive Inclusion in Colorado Business will amplify the work of entrepreneurs and small businesses who use arts, media and creativity to drive economic growth and build inclusion in business and industry. Resources, storytelling, discussion, and …
Tackling Hiring Challenges
Watch this 15-minute focused video on how to hire child care staff.
Support for Child Care Providers
We have Energize Colorado experts on hand and ready to help you tackle the challenges of being either a home-based or center-based child care provider. Fill out the form below and make sure you select child care as your industry, and you’ll hear from us soon with the next steps.
Navigating Quality Ratings
For licensed programs, use this link to go to the Office of Early Childhood Provider Hub, which will provide access to Colorado Shines, the Professional Development Information System (PDIS), ATS (CCCAP), and licensing. For programs not yet licensed, or licensed programs needing more information, contact your Early Childhood Council (a person in your county who …
Tackling Licensing Questions
This link is for your local Early Childhood Council, a person in your county who can connect you with your local Licensing Specialist or share information on support and resources for Colorado Shines, Colorado’s Quality Rating and Improvement System. Or, to talk with a state licensing specialist call 303-866-5948 or 800-799-5876 and ask for the …
Funding Support for Child Care Providers
Check out these resources from the Colorado Department of Human Services’ (CDHS) Office of Early Childhood (OEC), which includes grant opportunities from Child Care Providers. Press Release: CDHS Grants for child care CDHS Grants Web Page: CDHS Grants
General Business Stability for Child Care Providers
Watch this 13-minute video on the Iron Triangle — a early care and education concept that outlines three critical areas for child care providers to focus on: full enrollment, full collections, and budget based pricing. There is also an additional focus on automation. Additional Resources Child Care Management Platform – Early Learning Ventures Iron Triangle …
Marketing and Enrollment Support for Child Care Providers
Do you need support reaching your enrollment goal? Watch this 30-minute webinar to find out about marketing tactics and strategies that will help you develop a pipeline, or work toward full enrollment.
Budget Template for Center-Based Child Care Providers
Use this center-based child care provider budget template and five minute overview of how to use it. Contains all CCCAP rates by county, living wages, and quality score impacts on reimbursement rates. Additionally automatically run synaroes of enrollment, CCCAP or rate changes. Click here to access the template and video.
Budget Template for Home-Based Child Care Providers
Use this home budget template, and watch the five minute overview of how to use it. The budget template contains all CCCAP rates by county, living wages, and quality score impacts on reimbursement rates. Click here to access the template and video.
SEO Tips and Tricks
Jennifer Oldemeyer is here from Panorama Consulting Group to share four tips about how to get started with Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
Shopify for Ecommerce
James Koshigoe is here from DevisedLabs to help you learn about Shopify and why its an ideal ecommerce solution for your business.
Sidewalk For Local Business
Sidewalk is a local ecommerce marketplace for independent retail sellers. It enables people located nearby to quickly find and buy the products inside your store while helping you facilitate a relationship with these new customers.
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Guide to screen addictions and responsible digital use
Information, articles, and support. A compilation of information and resources for screen addiction and responsible technological practices. Click here to learn more.
The AAPI Journalists Therapy Relief Fund
Relief fund The AAPI Journalists Therapy Relief Fund seeks to provide funding to AAPI journalists for therapy and mental health resources. Click here to learn more.
How Can Mastercard’s Digital Doors Help Me?
Energize Colorado and Mastercard are partnering to bring small businesses resources and education to help them digitally transform and open their Digital Doors.
All About Websites!
Join our panel of website and digital marketing experts to learn some of the best tips and tricks on how to get started.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can seem to be a daunting or even impossible task but Keith Roberts is here from Zenman to demystify SEO and tell you what many SEO agencies will not: 3 easy ways to get started that you can do right now.
Social Media Marketing
When most people think of social media marketing they think of hawking products on Facebook – NOT Nick Armstrong – he knows that social media marketing is about creating connections and he knows how to do this in a way that makes a difference for your business.
Digital Marketing 101
Join Nick Armstrong of WTF Marketing to learn more about the basics of digital marketing, the best platforms to be on, and the tools you need for success. Each platform has different audiences, different monetization strategies, and all work together to advance your business goals. Get watching and get digital.
Mastercard Digital Doors
Energize Colorado and Mastercard are partnering to bring small businesses resources and education to help them digitally transform and open their Digital Doors.
Join Keith Roberts and Tallis Salamation for the first video in our new Digital Readiness & Innovation series highlighting the importance of going digital. The tools and resources are out there for your business to get online, watch this first video the learn the importance of the switch!
Building a Website
Websites showcase your product or service to the world and create legitimacy for your business. Kanitha Snow is here from Kanitha Studio along with Scott Romano from Energize Colorado to help you quickly get started with a website for your business.
CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Keep your employees with the Paycheck Protection Program.
Colorado Crisis Services Hotline 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or via text by texting TALK to 38255 or find a walk-in center on their website. Click here to learn more.
Whole Connection Therapy
Support Group Free Weekly Community Group: Living through the age of COVID 19 Click here to learn more.
Pandemic Panic? These 5 Tips Can Help You Regain Your Calm
Article by NPR This article discusses how you can stay healthy and calm during these chaotic times. Click here to learn more.
What Is Situational Depression? What Doctors Want You to Know
Article by health.com This article discusses situational depression, how to identify it, what causes it, and what you can do for it. Click here to learn more.
That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief
Article by Harvard Business Review This article explores how we can understand and manage the personal and collective grief introduced by COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
Screening tools and resources by Mental Health America Find information about mental health and self help tools. Click here to learn more.
Isolation support and resources
Resources compiled by Isolated Not Alone Information, resources and help for everyone, including for those who’ve lost someone during COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
COVID-19 stress and coping strategies
A list compiled by the CDC Learn about healthy ways to cope with stress and help others do the same. Click here to learn more.
Free Mindfulness Resources
A list compiled/offered by Mindful A compilation of services, educational resources and guided meditations to help you practice mindfulness. Click here to learn more.
Activities to improve your mental health
List by NAMI A list of activities in and around Boulder County that can help improve your mental health. Click here to learn more.
App A way to meet friends virtually. Click here to learn more.
Socially Distant Culture Club
A series of events put on by Metropolitan State University Find new events and check out past art-centered events/happy hours. Click here to learn more.
Free video classes to help Coloradans feel healthy, happy, and centered during this time of isolation
Series from Gaya and Governor Polis This a series of videos including recipes, workout classes, and more. Click here to learn more.
“Plan a new routine”
Template from Mental Health America A template to help you add self care into your routine and many more helpful resources. Click here to learn more.
“How CEOs can support employee mental health in a crisis”
An article from Harvard Business Review This article explores how employers can better support and help their employees during times of crisis. Click here to learn more.
“Just checking in: Ten simple questions to check in on people”
Mental Health America Article Article discussing healthy and helpful ways to check in on your friends and coworkers. Click here to learn more.
Energize Colorado, Technical Integrity, and KPMG panel discussion
Online Education Resource Panel discussion on authentic and effective approaches to managing mental health for employees and managers in the time of COVID-19 Click here to learn more.
Denver’s Vital Strength and Fitness
Online Workout Class Free bootcamps on their YouTube channel. Click here to learn more.
Shred415 University Hills
Online Workout Class Free 20-minute Instagram workouts. Click here to learn more.
How to help employees find focus during times of chaos
Webinar from Creative Circle This webinar discusses work place environment and healthy coping strategies. Click here to learn more.
Get Financial Support
Get the help you need to reopen, stay open, and scale your business. Learn about the financial resources available through Energize Colorado, the government, and private agencies.
Consumer Confidence Campaign
The little blue engine that could Can Do Colorado acknowledges and applauds all of the creative business people and employees who have worked tirelessly to reopen, practice guidelines to keep everyone safe, and turn can’ts into can dos! Learn more about Can Do Colorado here.
Stay connected and network as a rural-owned business The lack of broadband and connectivity infrastructure made it more difficult for rural business owners to pivot and engage customers in new ways. Energize Colorado is committed to building connected rural ecosystems that can thrive all year whether it is, agricultural, energy or tourism growth sectors.
Women-owned business? Learn about the support Energize Colorado has for you Expanding opportunities for women business owners in the State of Colorado by fostering supportive and dynamic community engagement, empowering through advocacy and addressing vulnerabilities that are barriers to success.
Be apart of the small business receiving grants and loans from Energize Colorado The Energize Colorado Gap Fund will provide more than $31M in small business loans and grants to boost small business enterprises that are the economic engines throughout the state. So far, more than $25 million in grants have been connected to Colorado …
Don’t fall behind the digital trend- learn how to be apart of the evolving workforce Promoting Colorado as one of the leading states in the nation to embrace the innovative future of remote work. By educating companies and communities about best strategies and equipping them to embrace “Cloud Commuting” remote flexibility, time is saved, productivity …
Mental Health Support
Don’t shy away from support during these unnerving times. Our resources are designed to support people along a range of experiences: those feeling uncomfortable in these new circumstances, those facing immediate challenges, and those in crisis. We offer wellness resources, group courses, and access to free therapy, as well as crisis information.
Digital Innovation and Readiness
Jumpstart your understanding of Digital Marketing with Energize Colorado and Mastercard Energize Colorado and Mastercard are partnering to bring small businesses resources and education to help them digitally transform and open their Digital Doors. Learn more here.
Reopening Support & PPE Supply
Not sure how to reopen? Use Energize’s curated resources and templates. We’re here to support you and make it easier for you to continue to engage your customers. Our reopening template was designed for your use. Use it to safely reopen, and purchase PPE and other supplies for your business, nonprofit, or healthcare institution.
Join the Energize Colorado team and energize your community Energize Colorado was founded by a spirited group of individuals with the same idea “I want to help, what can I do?” With the support of our incredible and diverse volunteers, Energize Colorado has been able to support the small business economy throughout the pandemic and …
Startups, make sure you stay connect and utilize Energize Colorado’s networking system As new solutions that challenge the status quo accelerate to market by Colorado’s entrepreneurs, unifying the start-up community across Colorado’s geographies and demographics will create even more opportunities for shared success. Energize Colorado provides mentorship and mental health services, access to professional networks …
BIPOC entrepreneurs – the State of Colorado has funding to help you during COVID-19 Minority Businesses are some the fastest growing businesses in Colorado, however BIPOC businesses were the most impacted by COVID-19 business shutdowns. Colorado needs diverse business owners. COVID-19 Slowed but did not stop the entrepreneurial spirit of Colorado’s most diverse leaders. Minority …
Energize Colorado Mentor Network
Get advice you need from experts across a range of industries and areas of expertise. You’re working hard to adapt to economic changes. You don’t want to just survive, you want your business to thrive. Don’t go it alone – Mentors can support you by sharing their experience, brainstorming ideas, providing insights, identifying resources and …
Virtual and In-Person Events Explore our Events page to learn about happenings at Energize Colorado and elsewhere for the latest webinars, meetups, and more! Click here to explore the Events page.
Paycheck Protection Program 2021
Find up-to-date information and resources accessible provided via Colorado’s Office of Economic Development & International Trade. With the new $284 billion Congressional appropriation for small business relief, the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) reopened the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. Visit the Gap Fund home page for updates …
$5,000 Subsidy for New Hires
Find out if your business is eligible for a training subsidy! “No matter the size of your business, you may be eligible for a training subsidy—a great way for you to save time and money on recruitment. We offer a 50% reimbursement of wages up to $5,000 to employers who hire qualified workers to train …
Philanthropy Colorado Resources List
Learn more about available grants and loans List of many available financial resources including both grants and loans Take action: Access the list hereFrom: Philanthropy Colorado
OEDIT – Small Business Alternative Funding List
Learn more about grants and loans specific to Colorado small businesses What it is: List of many available sources of funding including both grants and loans for Colorado-based small businesses.Take action: Access the list hereFrom: Office of Economic Development & International Trade
eBay Up & Running Grants
Who’s eligible: Existing eBay sellers and new eBay business sellers who have joined the platform prior to October 31, 2020What it is: Grant packages of $10,000, including cash, eBay credits, coaching through eBay Seller School, and more. eBay is awarding more than $500,000 in grants and education resources to help small businesses stay up and running online and secure …
Lowe’s Small Business Grant Program
Does your business focus on underserved communities? Learn more about available grants with Lowes Who’s eligible: US-Based Small Businesses – with a focus on underserved communities that often lack access to flexible, affordable capital.What it is: Grants of $20,000 to small business owners to help meet their most immediate needs. Lowe’s increased its minority grant program by $5 million …
Request legal assistance from the Colorado COVID Small Business Legal Program
Legal advice at your fingertips Who’s eligible: Small businesses What it is: The Colorado COVID Small Business Legal Program matches small businesses with lawyers who’ve volunteered to provide legal help. Take action: Small businesses: Apply to be matched with a lawyer. Applications should open after June 22, 2020. Lawyers: Sign up to volunteer to help small businesses. From: …
Apply for investment funding from SheEO
0% interest over five years for women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs whose revenue is over 50k Who’s eligible: Majority women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs who will exceed $50K in revenue but the time you apply. What it is: SheEO provides a 0%-interest loan with a five-year term for each Venture. Ventures pay back their loans in 20 equal …
Apply for a $500 micro investment from the Doonie Fund.
Micro investments for black women entrepreneurs Who’s eligible: Black women entrepreneurs What it is: The Doonie Fund makes micro investments of $500 in Black women entrepreneurs. Since its inception on April 5, 2020, the fund has invested in over 500 black women entrepreneurs. Take action: Learn more about the fund and apply on its website. …
View mental health professionals by region
Find mental health resources near you We’ve compiled a list of mental health professionals and practices in Colorado, so you can view available resources near you.
Educational resources to help you and your employees stay well
Use these resources to implement daily practices to improve mental health and overall wellness We have compiled resources that can help you and your employees learn about and practice mental health daily. Implementing daily practices to improve your mental health and help with trouble sleeping, and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. Energize Colorado …
Connect with mental health professionals to get support
- Sondermind: Free help finding a therapist who fits your needs, accepts your insurance, and is available to see you in person or via video sessions
- Open Path Psychotherapy Collective: Online psychotherapy sessions between $30 and $60 after a lifetime membership fee of $59, as long as there’s financial need.
- Coronavirus Online Therapy: Free and low fee online therapy for front line and essential workers
- Talkspace: Therapy via messaging
- Better Help: Therapy via video conferencing and messaging
If you’re a licensed mental health professional looking to provide free or low-cost sessions, please fill out this short form and we’ll reach out soon to learn more and discuss details.
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Mental Health Crisis Help
Immediate emergency help If you’re in extreme emotional distress or thinking of ending your own life, please call 911 or contact: Colorado Crisis Services Hotline: 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or via text by texting TALK to 38255 or find a walk-in center on their website
Use the Colorado OEDIT’s financial assistance list to find loans, grants, and more
Find the right financial support for your small business Who’s eligible: Small businesses, rural businesses, and entrepreneurs What it is: The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) has put together and maintains a list of financial assistance opportunities for Colorado businesses. The list is meant to help small businesses find access to …
Articles about small businesses’ response to COVID-19
Looking for material on COVID-19 support? Who’s eligible: Small businesses, entrepreneurs, nonprofits What it is: News outlets, research groups, and other organizations have published articles on COVID-19, its impact on businesses, and strategies for economic recovery. Take action: Read articles and research: What small business owners need to know about the new stimulus bill (Wall …
Unemployment payment for independent contractors and gig workers
Independent and gig workers make sure you are covered! Who’s eligible: Independent contractors, gig workers, and others who are unemployed at no fault of their own. Learn more about qualifying for benefits. What it is: For the first time, independent contractors and gig workers qualify for unemployment payments from the government along with other individuals …
Inc.com’s COVID-19 business survival guide
COVID-19 Survival Guide Who’s eligible: Small businesses, entrepreneurs, nonprofits What is it: Inc.’s put together a list of resources, tools, and guidelines for navigating your business and workforce during COVID-19. The resources cover topics such as cash flow, staffing, leadership, and managing debt. Take action: Browse the list of resources. From: Inc. Magazine
Unemployment resources, retraining programs, and job search best practices
Support for the unemployed Who’s eligible: Businesses and workers impacted by COVID-19. What is it: Training opportunities, unemployment information, free access to resume creation tools, and other professional resources. Take action: Colorado Department of Labor resources: Unemployment resources, Workforce Centers Retraining programs: OnwardCO Career search resources: Best practices to organize a career search, Free resume …
Find job candidates and job openings throughout Colorado
A place where for employers and future employees to connect Who’s eligible: Colorado businesses and workers impacted by COVID-19. What is it: Market your open jobs and browse talent. You can also find which Colorado companies are currently hiring. Take action: Learn more at the following websites to find available jobs, applications, and talent: Colorado …
CARES Act loan FAQs for 501(c)(3) nonprofits
Learn more about the CARES Act loan Who’s eligible: 501(c)(3) nonprofits What it is: If you’re a nonprofit looking for more information on the CARES Act loan application, you can read through frequently asked questions put together by the Colorado Nonprofit Association. Learn more: Find answers to common nonprofit questions. From: Colorado Nonprofit Association
COVID-19 relief funds for Colorado nonprofits
Find relief funds and assistance based off your location Who’s eligible: Nonprofits impacted by COVD-19 What it is: Philanthropy Colorado and Community Resource Center provide an updated list of local, regional, and statewide relief and assistance funds. Learn more: Read the Philanthropy Colorado list and the Community Resource Center list. From: Philanthropy Colorado and Community Resource Center
Greenline Emergency Microloan, ranging from $5,000 to $50,000
Western slopes small businesses who have suffered due to COVID-19 Who’s eligible: Be located in communities throughout the western slope of Colorado (emphasis on Grand Junction) Show evidence of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their business operations Have 50 or fewer full-time employees What it is: To enable disadvantaged small businesses to continue …
$200 grant from the Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
BIPOC employees in the arts whose job was impacted due to COVID-19 Who’s eligible: Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) who are pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. What it is: Arts Administrators of Color Network has set up the Arts Leaders of Color …
Sign up for Schedulicity and apply for a $500 grant
Don’t miss out on a free membership with Schedulicity Who’s eligible: Service-based businesses who are Schedulicity members, Schedulicity is currently offering free memberships. What it is: Schedulicity is giving away $500 grants three times a week to their members in need through their #SchedulicityCares program. You can re-enter once per week. Learn more: Sign up …
$4,000 grant from the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)
NASE member looking for a grant? Who’s eligible: Members of NASE in good standing for 3-months prior to submitting an application. What it is: NASE is offering up to a $4,000 grant for your small business from the Growth Grants program. Grants can be used for marketing, advertising, hiring employees, expanding facilities and other specific …
Facebook Small Business Grant program
Get a grant from Facebook Who’s eligible: Small businesses in Denver, currently What it is: Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses. Learn more: Sign up to learn more details about the Small Business Grant program. From: Facebook
Financial assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Services
Agriculturalists and or food producers looking for a grant? Who’s eligible: Agriculturalists and food producers What it is: Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG): Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing economic relief through its CIG program. These grants are meant to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP): …
Sell gift cards online for your small business
Spread word of mouth about your business with gift cards! Who’s eligible: Small businesses What it is: List your small business on independent websites to sell gift cards online to keep revenue coming in during closures or limited services. Take action: Learn more about the sites and sign up to be included: Support CO Local …
Set up free curbside pickup for your restaurant with AppIt
Keep your employees safe by setting up curbside pickup Who’s eligible: Restaurants What it is: Set up curbside pickup scheduling with AppIt’s Curbside online ordering tool. The service is free to use and you keep all generated revenue. Take action: Set up an AppIt account. From: AppIt Ventures
Choose Colorado resources for businesses during COVID-19
Stay up-to-date with everything COVID-19 and business Who’s eligible: Entrepreneurs, small businesses, rural businesses What it is: The Colorado COVID-19 Business Resource Center compiles the latest state and federal updates that impact businesses, including economic-related COVID-19 announcements, support programs, public health information, and email updates to the business community. Take action: Read the information in …
Talk to someone from the Small Business Navigator team for info on assistance programs and training
A help desk for asking questions Who’s eligible: Small businesses What it is: Contact the Small Business Navigator team to ask questions about federal, state, and local assistance programs and to learn about local small business training. Take action: Call the hotline (303-860-5881) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Email [email protected] From: …
Sign up for free consulting and low-cost training from the CO Small Business Development Center Network
Take advantage of free consulting, low-cost training, and workshops online and in-person in counties across Colorado. Who’s eligible: Entrepreneurs and small businesses What it is: Take advantage of free consulting, low-cost training, and workshops online and in-person in counties across Colorado. Take action: Check out the map on the Small Business Development Center Network website …
Local mentoring and training from the U.S. SBA Local Assistance program
Find local support and training services Who’s eligible: Entrepreneurs and small businesses What it is: Search for local support for your small business with the U.S. Small Business Administration Local Assistance program. To help your small business, you can connect with local partners to receive different kinds of training and counseling services. Take action: Search …
Chamber of Commerce resources to help you manage your business during COVID-19
Coronavirus and your business Who’s eligible: Small businesses What it is: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has compiled a coronavirus guide to help you find resources and guidance to help your small business survive the COVID-19 impact. Take action: Browse the resources in the Coronavirus Small Business Guide. From: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Federal Government
The latest Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment information on COVID-19 in Colorado
Coronavirus Locally 101 Who’s eligible: Anyone What is it: The Colorado government has updated public health information and guidance including how to protect yourself, how to reduce the spread, and how case data in Colorado is developing. Take action: Learn the latest health, safety, and Colorado case data on the Department of Public Health and …
The latest CDC public health information on COVID-19 in the United States
Coronavirus Nationally 101 Who’s eligible: Anyone What is it: The CDC has updated public health information and guidance including how to protect yourself, what to do if you feel sick, and how the case data in the United States is developing. Take action: Learn the latest health, safety, and US case data on the CDC’s …
Department of Labor guidance on managing your workforce during COVID-19
Stay protected as an employee Who’s eligible: Small businesses What it is: Stay up-to-date on the latest workforce information for employers, including info on paid sick leave, workplace preparedness, workforce reduction alternatives, employee assistance, and more. Take action: Check out the Department of Labor and Employment’s resources and FAQs. From: Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, State Government
OSHA guidance on reducing the impact of COVID-19 for COVID-19
How COVID-19 influences your small business Who’s eligible: Small businesses, rural businesses, and nonprofits What it is: The Department of Labor has published a guide for you to understand how a COVID-19 outbreak could influence your business and steps to minimize the risk of exposure to your employees. Take action: Learn how to prepare your business by reading …
CDC guidance on managing your business and responding to COVID-19
How to prepare in case COVID-19 cases appear Who’s eligible: Businesses and employers What it is: The CDC has put together guidance for you to prepare your business for exposure, transmission among your employees, and how to maintain healthy business operations and work environment. Take action: Get specific information and guidance on how to decrease the spread of …
Learn which sections of the CARES Act are most relevant to entrepreneurs and small businesses
Specific resources for small, new, and young businesses Who’s eligible: Entrepreneurs, small businesses, and new businesses What it is: The Center for American Entrepreneurship has put together a list of the sections of the CARES Act that are most relevant for small- and medium-sized businesses, and new and young businesses. Learn more: Learn about the relevant sections of …
Learn the differences between CARES Act assistance programs, get details on how to apply, and read FAQs
A guide to understanding what CARE Acts can do for you Who’s eligible: Small businesses What it is: The Colorado Small Business Development Center website has detailed information to help you understand frequently asked questions about the CAREs Act, apply for disaster loans, navigate insurance, understand economic loss estimators, defer payroll taxes, and more. Take action: Browse the …
Get free Yelp advertising and services
YELP for free- see how they can help you Who’s eligible: Primarily independent local restaurant and nightlife businesses that are open. What it is: Yelp is waiving advertising fees, and providing free advertising, products, and services during the COVID-19 outbreak. Yelp’s relief support is largely focused on independent local restaurants and nightlife businesses, but they’re also supporting …
Set up a Mainvest crowdfunding initiative and apply for a $2,000 loan
Brick and mortar business can now crowdfund Who’s eligible: Brick and mortar stores like restaurants, breweries, cafes, yoga studios, and boutiques, that set up a crowdfunding initiative on Mainvest What it is: If you have an existing brick and mortar business that has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and you launch a capital raise on …
NextFifty one-time grant to cover 17% of your nonprofit’s operating budget
Immediate grants for people 50 years and older Who’s eligible: Nonprofit entities based in Colorado primarily serving adults 50 and older. What it is: NextFifty Initiative is providing a one-time, immediate general operating support grant. The grant amount can cover up to 17% of your organization’s operating budget, for a maximum of $25,000. Take action: Read more about eligibility …
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund $10,000 grant
Grants for women and the BIPOC communities Who’s eligible: Entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses, and other enterprises in historically underserved communities that are facing immediate financial pressure due to COVID-19 What it is: Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is providing $10,000 grants based on availability and eligibility. The grant can be used for rent, payroll, debt to …
COVID-19 Business for All Grant for up to $50,000
Grants for women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, military-connected, and people with disabilities Who’s eligible: Entrepreneurs and small business owners in the U.S. What it is: Fifteen Business for All Grants, ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, will be awarded to small businesses that need support to scale. At least 11 of the 15 available grants will go to women, people …
Financial assistance for small businesses owned by women, people of color, and immigrants
Support funds for businesses owned by women, BIPOC, or immigrants Who’s eligible: Small businesses owned by women, people of color, and immigrants. What it is: Opportunity Fund’s Small Business Relief Fund can provide you with immediate relief if you’re a struggling self-employed, small business owner. The fund aims to provide loan payment relief, affordable capital, and expert …
Get grants and resources for your nonprofit from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation
Does your business work with communities in the Yampa Valley? Who’s eligible: Nonprofits organizations in the Yampa Valley Region that work closely with the community and have strong experience working with the disproportionately affected communities What it is: Yampa Valley Community Foundation’s is providing grants and resources to organizations in the region who meet the eligibility requirements …
Get free assistance from a network of financial professionals
Who’s eligible: Small businesses What it is: 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 the COVID-19 crisis. This is a free financial assistance network. Take action: To learn more about the resource network, read this blog post. Then, request …
Get immediate relief for your rural business from the Rural Housing, Utilities, and Business-Cooperative Service
Immediate relief for rural businesses Who’s eligible: Rural businesses What it is: The USDA Rural Development is waiving or deferring specific fees, deadlines, loan payments and more to support the rural community. Take action: Learn what the USDA Rural Development is doing to provide immediate support and relief for rural businesses. From: USDA Rural Development, Federal Government
Denver Small Business Emergency Relief grant for up to $7,500
Relief fund for Denver businesses Who’s eligible: Small business owners within the city and county of Denver who have lost the ability to operate What it is: If your business is in an industry that’s been greatly impacted by COVID-19 and you’ve lost the ability to operate, you can apply for a cash grant (up to $7,500) …
Existing SBA Disaster Loans are being automatically deferred
Are you currently paying off an SBA loan? Who’s eligible: Small businesses with an existing SBA Disaster Loan What it is: If you’re currently paying back an existing SBA Disaster Loan, your loan is automatically in deferment through December 31, 2020. You may also be able to refinance your existing SBA Disaster Loan into your Paycheck Protection Program …
SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan for up to $25,000
Currently have a relationship with SBA Express Lender? Learn what else is available Who’s eligible: Any of the following who have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender: small businesses, nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal businesses, ESOPs and cooperatives with less than 500 employees, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors. What it is: If you have …
CARES Act SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for up to $2 million and an advance for up to $10,000
Loans through SBA available Who’s eligible: Small businesses, nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal businesses, ESOPs and cooperatives with less than 500 employees, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors, including gig workers. What it is: Loan (EIDL): If you’re a small business owner in any U.S. state, you can apply for an emergency long-term low-interest loan through the …
CARES Act debt relief for existing or new SBA loans
Do you have an existing SBA loan? Relief available Who’s eligible: Small businesses with existing or new SBA loans. Read more eligibility info here. (Paycheck Protection loans and SBA Disaster Loans are not eligible; however, payments are already deferred under those loans.) What it is: As you overcome challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the SBA Debt Relief …
Are you a veteran? Receive support from the Energize community Keep your employees with the Paycheck Protection Program Veterans are a powerful gear in Colorado’s economic engine. Energize Colorado is pooling expertise, showcasing available funds, and partnering with Veteran leaders to help the community identify common interests, overcome familiar challenges, and develop comprehensive strategies for …
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