Updated information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Larimer County

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  • Larimer County Recovery Loan Fund.  The Larimer Loan Fund paused applications on 5/7/20, but interested businesses can continue to complete a form on the application page to express interest and be contacted with updates on any future funding rounds.
     
  • Managing layoffs?  We know that layoffs/furloughs are hard on everyone.  LCEWD is hosting weekly 30-minute Zoom events for employers and employees on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 1:30PM.  Registration can be found here.

Session topics include:

  • Unemployment Insurance (UI) application process
  • Healthcare options
  • Job search support services offered by LCEWD
     
  • Are you hiring?  Not sure how to reach candidates? Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development has begun hosting virtual hiring events to connect businesses to job seekers. Register for a 30-minute weekly session

  • Larimer County Publishes Initial Business Guidance for "Safer-at-Home". Businesses will be particularly interested in the required Checklist for Business/Facility Reopening that must be completed by any business that wishes to reopen. The County is quick to point out that requirements from the Governor may be more strict for any aspect of these plans and that DORA may provide stricter requirements for their licensees as well. Local areas may have more stringent requirements, but not less stringent.

  • The primary consistency across both the guidance and requirements for wearing cloth face coverings in public spaces and private businesses is that it is an effective action to reduce the rate of COVID-19 spread when combined with social distancing, hygiene and other measures.  No matter which orders your business falls under, Larimer County and local municipality compliance has focused on an educational approach in response to reported violations of these orders. 

Any easy step to show your employees and customers that your business takes safety seriously and follows the local and state rules for Safer-at-Home is to put up clear signage. Various organizations have developed “print your own” posters for businesses for masks and for other safety best practices or requirements. 

  • PPP still available, SBA releases new clarification for loans under $2 million.  The latest SBA PPP FAQ states: “Any borrower that, together with its affiliates received PPP loans with an original principal amount of less than $2 million will be deemed to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith.”  Which may alleviate some concerns about the risk of taking on PPP funding. Contact your local SBDC to get help determining if a PPP loan is right for your needs and how to navigate the shifting tides. 

  • SBDCs are the best source for working with a no-cost consultant who can help you understand the interactions, limitations and connect you to the fastest-flowing information as these programs roll out and ramp up. Our local SBDCs include: Larimer SBDC (Fort Collins), LBDC (Loveland), East Colorado SBDC (Greeley) and Boulder SBDC.  

 

 

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Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 11:48am
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