Small Business Resources for COVID-19
The most up-to-date information and resources for Colorado small businesses responding to the current health crisis can be found on the two links below.
Businesses seeking technical assistance or consulting regarding how to prepare and/or recover during an economic disruption should contact the Grand Junction SBDC by registering for free business coaching.
Local Funding Opportunities
The purpose of the Fruita Small Business Emergency Assistance Fund is to assist qualifying Fruita small businesses who are facing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is a partnership between the City of Fruita and the Business Incubator Center.
Loans from this fund will provide gap funding for small businesses located within the city limits of Fruita to cover up to two month’s cost of operations.
Please note: Applications will be processed in the order they are received until funding is fully allocated.
On May 6, 2020, the City of Grand Junction established the Grand Junction Business Stabilization and Recovery Fund to support businesses impacted by COVID-19. Loans will be equal to the lesser of 50% of two-months of Approved Uses or $7,500 maximum. The fund will be administered as a revolving loan fund. Loans may be forgivable subject to approval and performance by the borrower on the terms and conditions that follow.
Business Support Groups & Pages
Grand Valley Business Support – A Facebook group to help the business community support each other as well as share resources and information in real time.
Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Take Out Tool Kit – A list of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops to keep you connected with any business who is continuing to offer take out, curbside, and/or delivery services.
Small Business Administration
- SBA Disaster Assistance in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- The SBA Guidance for businesses and employers, including access to capital, workforce capacity, inventory and supply chain shortfalls, and export assistance.
Colorado Department of Labor & Employment
- Emergency Paid Leave Rule – This rule is meant to limit the spread of highly contagious disease and enables workers in at-risk occupations to access testing.
- Unemployment Insurance – During layoffs, all employees are encouraged to apply for unemployment insurance. Those who are job-attached (meaning workers will be expected to return after a separation of up to 16 weeks) should file as “job-attached.”
- Work-Share Program may allow certain employees who have had reduced hours to claim partial unemployment benefits.
- Colorado Restaurant Association Policies and Protocols for the Colorado Restaurant Industry
- Environmental cleaning and disinfecting
- U.S. Department of Labor Offers Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus
- Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation: Information on FECA Coverage for Coronavirus Disease