Office of Economic Development and International Trade Partners with Energize Colorado to Provide Guidance on Reopening Practices

Posted on May 14, 2020

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Office of Economic Development and International Trade Partners with Energize Colorado to Provide Guidance on Reopening Practices

Templates will be made available on EnergizeColorado.com and via Colorado business organizations

DENVER, May 14, 2020 – Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) has partnered with Energize Colorado to release business templates (https://energizecolorado.com/reopen-your-business/) that offer best practices, direction, and information on how businesses can restart operations safely and effectively.

“In these unprecedented times, the Colorado business community seeks the guidance and practical tools to confidently plan for a safe opening that fully aligns with state and local public policy.” said Marie Logsden, leader of Reopening Initiatives for Energize Colorado. “These templates provide that support for a wide variety of businesses, from a manufacturer in Pueblo, to a bike shop in Fruita, a corner market in Crestone, or a nonprofit HQ in Denver. Each day we have questions coming in from every corner of the state and we will continue to learn, update, and expand these resources as we go.”

The templates were developed in partnership with Kroger, who has been a leader in evolving better practices as an essential business. They are available in a variety of formats for ease of use. They will be followed by in-depth webinars, and a suite of additional tools to be released over the coming weeks and hosted by Energize Colorado. The four key areas of focus in this round are:

  • Let’s Keep COVID-19 Out of Your Workplace: Guidelines, Screening & Privacy Concerns (Best practices in screening your workers and customers and how they need to be balanced with privacy and HIPAA concerns)
  • Let’s Not Pass it Along: Implementing Worker Education, Social Distancing & Disinfecting (Learn the underlying principles of social distancing to support creation of specific guidelines for your business and industry.)
  • Let’s Plan for When it Does Happen: Strategies for Contact Tracing & Action (COVID-19 will come to virtually every business. Learn how to limit the impact and spread through your workforce.)
  • Let’s Care for Our People: Providing Workers with Critical Information, Support & Recognition (Special programs to check in frequently with workers and tools to respond to what you learn.)

Register for the webinar series here.

Betsy Markey, Executive Director of OEDIT, says this timely program serves Colorado business needs. “OEDIT appreciates the tremendous support that Energize Colorado brings to help expand the reach, resources, and tools for Colorado’s small businesses.”

Earlier this week, Energize Colorado today announced the launch of its marketplace (https://energizecolorado.com/get-ppe-and-supplies/) where Colorado businesses, nonprofits, and healthcare institutions can access the supplies they need to get back to work safely. Noel Ginsburg, team lead for PPE manufacturing and procurement and CEO of Intertech Medical, has been overseeing the acquisition and manufacturing of the PPE now available via the marketplace. 

Energize Colorado is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, its fiscal sponsor. The organization is in the process of applying for recognition of its  501(c)(3) status.

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