Financial and Funding Assistance for Businesses
EIDL loan applications will continue to be accepted through December 2021, pending the availability of funds. This Economic Injury Disaster Loan is a low interest loan to provide economic relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Click HERE for more information and to apply.
- Live venue operators or promoters; Theatrical producers; Live performing arts organization operators
- Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria
- Motion picture theater operators
- Talent representatives, and
- Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements
The Employee Retention Credit is a refundable payroll tax credit that was previously unavailable to businesses who received a PPP loan. Eligible employers can get cashback for payroll taxes already paid and cashback in excess of the paid liability. This is an immediate cash flow opportunity for struggling businesses that covers both the 2020 and 2021 tax years.
Employers, including tax-exempt organizations, are eligible for the credit if they operated a business during calendar year 2020 and experience either:
The full or partial suspension of the operation of their business during any calendar quarter because of governmental orders due to COVID-19,
OR more than 50% reduced gross revenue as compared to the same quarter in 2019.
To amend payroll tax for 2020, businesses will need to fill out Form 941x. Contact your payroll service provider.
Employers, including tax-exempt organizations, are eligible for the credit if they operate a business during calendar year 2021 and experience either:
Partial or total business closure due to federal, state or local COVID order.
OR more than 20% reduced gross revenue as compared to the same quarter in 2019.
Businesses can take the credit against their current payroll taxes as they run payroll, submit a 2021 IRS Form 7200, OR request a refund at the end of the first and second quarters.
Click HERE for more information.
The following Google sheet provided by the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade helps Colorado's small businesses find alternative funding sources beyond EIDL, PPP and other federal loans and programs. It is updated periodically by the state. Click HERE to access the document, which is kept updated by OEDIT as new funding becomes available.
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) has been signed into law as a part of the American Rescue Plan. The RRF provides federal grants to the restaurant industry, one of hardest hit sectors of the economy during COVID-19. The RRF features $28.6 billion for restaurants with 20 or fewer locations, and will be administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Click HERE for more information and visit the Colorado Restaurant Association website for additional information on possible funding and COVID related policies and protocols.
The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network offers no cost consulting and low cost training. Request a consulting appointment, register for a workshop or browse resources in our area by clicking HERE. You can find many e-learning videos available HERE.
Details on the Colorado 2021 Stimulus Recovery Plan may be found by clicking HERE.
Resources for the Community and Residents
Unemployment benefits may be available to workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. Please click HERE to be directed to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment unemployment site. You can also search for employment opportunities listed on our website.
If you need assistance with food, utilities, housing or other services, Mountain Resource Center or Evergreen Christian Outreach may be able to help, depending on your circumstances. Other family, community and civic organizations are listed here.