COVID-19 Business
Resources Hub

Last updated: March 30, 2020 at 7:00pm

Prepared by the Advance Longmont Partners Response Team

What Can You Do?

Buy Take-Out or Delivery from a Longmont Business

The Longmont Chamber has put together a live list of local businesses offering take-out and delivery options. Please shop local to support our economy!

Stay at Home,
Stay Healthy

Colorado is currently on a stay-at-home order. This means staying home except for essential activities. The CDC recommends to maintain 6 feet of distance from others while you are out in the world, as well as washing hands with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds frequently.

Support Neighbors and Friends

The Longmont Community Foundation has launched the Neighbor-to-Neighbor COVID-19 Relief Fund to support charitable organizations in the area. The Governor has also launched Help Colorado Now to solicit volunteers and donations on a statewide basis.

Business Resources

Your responses to this survey will be reviewed and used by the coordinated response team to prioritize and address issues. Thank you to everyone who responded to our first COVID-19 Business Survey, your information and insight helped us greatly.

Business Funding and Financing

We are providing quick access to information regarding SBA EIDL Loans and some other funding opportunities, but we would suggest visiting the Colorado SBDC Network’s page by clicking here for a full list of currently and potentially available programs made possible through federal funding.

As of 1:00pm on March 19, Colorado has been declared eligible for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. You can click here to begin your application.

  • For quick access, we would recommend visiting the Colorado SBDC Network’s page here for full information regarding EIDL loans, including terms, timelines, paperwork required, and more.

The Boulder County SBDC recommends opening an application today. These loans are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. They also recommend gathering at least your last two years of financials, taxes, as well as projections.

Colorado Lending Source has partnered with Kiva to create new 0% interest, $0 fee loans through the Kiva platform for US small businesses. Learn more by clicking here ». If you have any specific questions, you can reach out to Rachael Sall (rsall@coloradolendingsource.org), who is the Kiva Hub Capital Access Manager.

The CARES Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses that maintain their payroll during this emergency. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.

The Federal Government is still finalizing guidelines and process for this program. Please check back soon.

Facebook is offering grants to small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

The Response Team is currently working with local financial and funding partners to explore short-term and medium-term options for grant funding to employers to cover rent, operating costs, payroll, and other expenses. When information is available, it will be posted here.

 

General Resources

Access the Center for Disease Control’s hub about COVID-19 by clicking here »

For quick access:

  • Review the CDC’s recommendations for business and employers by clicking here »
  • Read the CDC’s guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting spaces by clicking here »
  • Review Boulder County’s information and guidelines for COVID-19 by clicking here »

The State of Colorado has created a COVID-19 Hub of information. This includes all information regarding new cases, state guidelines, public health information, and more. Click here » 

For quick access:

  • You can read more about the Stay-at-Home order, including a list of critical businesses, by clicking here and access a FAQ document by clicking here. This order is in effect until 11:59pm on April 11, 2020 and may be extended.

Read Longmont EDP’s response to COVID-19 and our message to partners by clicking here »

Read Longmont Chamber’s response to COVID-19 and message to members by clicking here »

Read Longmont Downtown Development Authority’s update by clicking here »

Read Boulder County Small Business Development Center’s update by clicking here »

Read St. Vrain Valley School District’s update on coronavirus and school closures by clicking here »

City & County Updates

There are ongoing closures and facility updates. To receive the most up-to-date information, please visit the City of Longmont’s news feed and subscribe for eNotifications to get updates as they are released.

Announced: “In order to help Longmont’s residents care for themselves and their families, the City will not disconnect a customer’s utility [both residential and commercial] services until further notice. We are also suspending any additional fees for outstanding parking tickets. In addition, NextLight will provide qualifying families with two free months of NextLight service and an option to then continue service at $14.95/month.*  To learn more about this program, please call 303-651-8386.

*For new customers only that participate in a public assistance program. Service may not be available in all areas.”

Many services are still available through Code Enforcement, Development, and Planning. Please check the City’s updated website regarding the availability of services.

Post Date: 03/19/2020 2:20 PM

There is no change in the due date for filing sales and use tax returns for the City. Returns and payment are due on the 20th of each month.

Please file your monthly sales & use tax return with the City. If full payment is not included the City will waive penalties and interest as long as the tax filer files the return and makes contact with the City to make payment arrangements. 

The Sales Tax Division is available by phone at 303-651-8672 or by email at Sales.tax@longmontcolorado.gov

Sales tax returns and payments can still be made by mail or online at  https://www.longmontcolorado.gov/departments/departments-e-m/finance/sales-and-use-tax/online-sales-and-use-tax-return.

From now until April 20, the Boulder County Treasurer’s Office will accept delinquent 1st half payments (originally due March 2) without interest. The second half payment of property taxes will be due June 15. For more information please visit https://www.bouldercounty.org/news/late-payment-delinquent-interest-policy-for-property-tax-payments/

Additional Resources

Check out these additional resources: 

Have questions and need them answered now? Call the OEDIT COVID-19 Hotline (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.): 303-860-5881

Manufacturer’s Edge has put together a list of manufacturing companies willing to help share facilities and technology. Visit this marketplace here »

The Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay Rules (“Colorado HELP” 7 CCR 1103-10) requires up to four days of paid sick for employees being tested for coronavirus COVID-19 in select industries which include: leisure and hospitality; food services; child care; education, including transportation, food service, and related work at educational establishments; home health, if working with elderly, disabled, ill, or otherwise high-risk individuals and; nursing homes and community living facilities.

Further information on these new rules from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment are accessible here »

The March 11, 2020 Press Release regarding these rules is accessible here »

Check out the SBDC Remote Work Checklist.

HelpScout, a software company, compiled Tips from 100+ Remote Workers and Leaders to help provide additional information on best practices in all different kinds of industries.

The world’s largest ever remote work conference, Running Remote, is hosting a free conference on April 20 called Remote AID 2020. Learn more here »

Katherine Keegan, the Director of the Office of the Future of Work for Colorado, wrote an excellent article sharing best practices. You can access that on LinkedIn here »

We understand there is a lot of anxiety right now concerning small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and we want you to know that EforAll is here to help!

EforAll exists to help start new businesses in communities that are often overlooked for investment. With that in mind, we are still planning to run our Summer accelerator program that will support up to 15 businesses through intensive business training, access to mentorship, and access to small cash grants. The deadline to apply for the program is May 20th and you can apply here!

EforAll volunteers, if you are willing to offer some virtual office hours, host video learning sessions, or support EforAll businesses financially, let us know! 

We put a list of resources together for small businesses and will keep updating this as new resources become available.

We’ll advocate for small business support locally, regionally and nationally and are in touch with partners across Colorado on what support systems/programs are being developed.

We’ll be offering some online video workshops, stay tuned for announcements on this!

Contact us! Whether you are looking for advice or just someone to talk to, we’re here for you. Contact our local team at longmont@eforall.org or info@eforall.org and our headquarters staff will be available. 

We’re all in this together,
Your EforAll Family

Workforce Toolkit

Workforce Boulder County offices will be closed until further notice. During this time they would like to offer alternate ways of contacting them.

General Questions
Call Center: 720-776-0822
workforce@bouldercounty.org

Job Search: www.connectingcolorado.com

Resume Critique, Interview Prep or any career-related questions: ceinfo@bouldercounty.org

Business Customers: wfbiz@bouldercounty.org

Veterans: Contact Daniel Savage, M.S.Regional Veterans Employment Representative, at 720-595-1232

GED Learning Lab/Young Adult Resources: gedinfo@bouldercounty.org

Financial & Homeownership Education
Carla Farias-Sabalo (Spanish): 720-926-7599 cfarias-sabalo@bouldercounty.org
Marcia Zipkin (English): 720-527-0270 mzipkin@bouldercounty.org

You can also visit Workforce Boulder County’s website for more resources: www.wfbc.org

Answering questions about unemployment insurance for your workers during these times? Further information is available on the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment website here »

You can also access additional information about Unemployment Insurance and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment by clicking here »

Unemployment Insurance Call In:
Denver Metro: 303-318-9000
Toll-Free: 1-800-388-5515
Spanish Denver Metro: 303-318-9333 Toll-Free: 1-866-422-0402
Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TTY) Denver Metro: 303-318-9016 Toll Free: 1-800-894-7730

Filing for unemployment insurance? You should go here »

  • Filling on-line is still the best way to file
  • When completing the application, the applicant needs to click save and finish later every 5 minutes. They are currently experiencing a system error and if claimants do not do this, then their previous information can be lost

Here are potential alternatives to laying off your employees, provided by the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment.

Federal Policy Updates

The Federal Government is pursuing three “phases” of response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

  • Phase 1: An $8.3 billion bill focused on the initial outbreak.
    • PROGRAM: ~$3 billion for research and development for a vaccine, $2.2 billion for public health programs, $1 billion for medical supplies and other emergency measures, and authorization for SBA loans suffering from COVID-19 impacts.
    • STATUS: Signed into law on March 6, 2020
  • Phase 2: “The Families First Coronavirus Response Act.” A $104 billion bill focused on paid leave and unemployment benefits.
    • PROGRAM: The phase two package includes free coronavirus testing, expanded funding for food security programs, increased funding for Medicaid and state unemployment insurance, and paid sick, family and medical leave for workers at companies with 500 employees or fewer.
    • STATUS: Signed into law. Passed the US Senate on March 18, 2020 after passing the US House. You can read a full summary of all of the provisions by clicking here »
  • Phase 3: A $2 trillion package supporting businesses and states.
    • PROGRAM: This is a large federal relief program including hundreds of billions of dollars dedicated to small business loans, a $1,200 paycheck to most American adults, billions for corporate stock purchases, and more.
    • STATUS: Signed into law.

The Response Team is working on gaining additional information regarding the newest Phase 3 program. We will be updating this page as we get new information.