Loveland Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Loveland Chamber of Commerce Response Page

The Loveland Chamber of Commerce is committed to business resiliency and continuously supporting our Chamber Members, the community, and economic wellbeing of our city through these unprecedented times.

We have created a response page with resourceful information to be sure our business community has the support necessary to continue in successes.

NoCo Recovers is a one stop shop for recovery information in Northern Colorado. The intent is to provide a single resource of up-to-date information on potential funding resources available to support the business community in Northern Colorado.

 

2020 has thrown some punches. Throughout this tough year, we and our partners across Northern Colorado have been learning about business challenges and informing local and regional decision makers to help guide the development and implementation of assistance programs, policy changes and advocacy actions that help businesses survive, pivot and get through this. We have one final 2020 survey and hope you will use 10 minutes to tell us how your business is doing, what the near future holds, and what help you need to keep your business going strong.

Please tell us how you are doing and how we can help! All survey responses are confidential, and aggregate public reports from previous surveys are online.

Complete the survey here.

#KeepNoCoOpen, Winter Edition

A new set of #KeepNoCoOpen visual assets with winter themes are now available. Please help promote how to #KeepNoCoOpen all winter long!

 

The mission of the LBDC is to provide Loveland citizens and existing businesses with free one on one consulting services, sophisticated training seminars and street smart advisors in order to create a stronger more vibrant economy.

The LBDC is providing FREE disaster relief consulting for Loveland Business. Additionally, the LBDC is continuously providing workshops and learning resources including: marketing contingency plans, cash flow assistance, and revenue generating ideas.

Larimer County Level Up Pilot Program Presented to Governor’s Office

LARIMER COUNTY, COLO. – December 10, 2020 – Level Red on the State’s Safer at Home Dial has put a considerable strain on many businesses that are already significantly impacted by COVID-19. In response to this impact, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, the Loveland and Fort Collins Area Chambers of Commerce, the Cities of Loveland and Fort Collins, Towns of Estes Park, Windsor, Berthoud and Wellington continue to advocate for businesses. Specifically, the partners have been working with local businesses to develop and design a draft plan for the Level Up Pilot Program which, if approved, would allow businesses operating at the highest levels of safety to open at a greater capacity.

 

This program requires approval from the State and at this time variances are not allowed for Counties in Level Red. A planning committee met with the Governor’s Office on December 10, 2020, to present a draft plan and to advocate for the approval of the Level Up Program.

 

The Governor’s office complimented the team on their presentation and the amount of work that had been completed on the Level Up Program. While they were not prepared to make a decision on the plan as presented, representatives of the Governor’s office encouraged the team to continue forward progress while making several modifications including reconsideration of capacity limits and pre-certification.

 

The State will be releasing a state-wide business program framework on Friday, December 11, that will give guidance to counties on applying for a variance program. All indications are that the Level Up program will meet the framework expectations and, in some cases, goes beyond the requirements.

 

The community partners are tentatively scheduled to meet with the Governor’s office again next week to talk about the Level Up Program and how it coincides with the state framework. The Level Up Administrative Committee is committed to continuing to prepare for approval of a plan.

 

As the partners continue to work with the State on options, it is important to continue building this program for Larimer County so that the area can be ready as soon as anything changes and have an opportunity to move forward.

Please complete this form to show your interest for the Level Up Program if it is approved.

 

 

About Level-Up

The Level Up Pilot Program was inspired by the Mesa County Variance Protection Program (referred to as the 5-star rating program). It represents a creative grass-roots effort to keep Larimer County residents safe and businesses functioning during the ongoing pandemic. This is a collaborative effort that has had robust participation from the business community-spanning a diverse set of industry sectors- the local chambers of commerce, economic development professionals and public health officials. Enlisting the help of the business community creates more cooperation and engagement resulting in a higher level of compliance. Ultimately, the Level-Up Pilot Program is focused on suppressing the virus and mitigating economic damage to the business community.

The Level Up Pilot Program will have participating businesses apply a layered approach of proven strategies to reduce the transmission of Covid-19. Participation will be based on the ability to apply current best practices and to prove compliance with implementing those protocols. This pilot program couples a robust messaging and education campaign to the business community and the general public to increase compliance with current public health guidance, particularly in the importance of limiting gatherings to members of a single household.

In adherence with the core elements of the state framework, the program was developed and will be operated by an Administrative Committee made up of members of the Loveland, Estes Park and Fort Collins Chambers of Commerce, Fort Collins and Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development, Larimer Recovery Collaborative, and the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment.

Click here to view the powerpoint with further details

Click here to view the DRAFT plan

Rise in COVID Cases Forces Larimer County to Move to a Level 2 Safer at Home 

Click here to see guidelines.

The Larimer County website provides insight on best practices for business, re-opening guidance, mental health resources, testing areas, and other pertinent information.

The Larimer County COVID 19 Data Dashboard is updated everyday to share the risk calculated score for our county. The data shows the number of cases, deaths, outbreaks, hospitalizations, risk score, and much more accurate data. 

Local and State Funding & Relief for Businesses

Colorado Winter Outdoor Grants – NEW!

The Colorado Restaurant Foundation has established an emergency assistance program to assist Colorado restaurants affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The Colorado Outdoor Winter Dining Grant Program is designated for Colorado restaurants that are experiencing financial hardship because of the Covid-19 crisis. The Grant Funds are designed to help restaurants purchase items needed to maintain outdoor dining spaces for patrons during colder weather.

Click here for more information. 

City of Fort Collins Launches Next Round of Asssitance Program for Food and Beverage Industry

The City of Fort Collins is inviting restaurants, bars, brewers, and other food & beverage businesses to apply for the Small Business Assistance Program Phase 3. The Small Business Assistance Program is a $1.8M financial assistance program through Coronavirus Relief Federal funds to provide relief to businesses and nonprofits that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The next phase of the program, which is specific to food & beverage businesses, launched Wednesday, November 4, 2020, and will close on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

More information can be found here!

City of Loveland Rent Relief Fund – Applications Closed

An estimated 100 Loveland businesses could benefit from a $550,000 rent relief fund established by the City of Loveland Economic Development Department to provide pandemic-related rent and mortgage aid.

The City’s local economic recovery efforts, developed through careful consultation with local businesses to cope with COVID-19 economic impact, now include the Loveland Business Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (LBRMP).

For more information click here.

Energize Colorado Gap Fund

The Energize Colorado Gap Fund will provide more than $25M in small business loans and grants to boost small business enterprises that are the economic engines throughout the state. Sole proprietors, businesses and nonprofits with less than 25 full-time employees can apply for up to a $15,000 grant and a $20,000 loan for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance.

Energize Colorado Round 2 Applications – CLOSED

Round II begins October 5th. Sole proprietors, businesses and nonprofits with less than 25 full-time employees can apply for up to a $15,000 grant and a $20,000 loan for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance. Round two will close October 19, 2020.

For more information click here.

Larimer County Small Business CEF COVID-19 Relief Fund

CEF is offering COVID Relief Loans with a maximum loan amount of $50,000 to businesses located in Larimer County that were existing and generating revenue pre COVID.

Click to view the webpage.

Upstate Colorado Recovery Program

The program is designed to aid businesses that demonstrate financial stress or disrupted operations due to the public health crisis and who are trying to reopen, stay open and/or modify their business operations or facilities to serve customers in a safe way. Awards are provided as reimbursements.

Click to view the webpage.

Weld County Business Recovery Program

Upstate Colorado Economic Development is a public/private non-profit economic development corporation that provides services to all of Weld County. Our work focuses on supporting primary industry and employment diversity.

Our goal is to help these employers bring new equity into the local economy. Upstate Colorado provides service to existing and expanding primary employers, and to those who are considering a Weld County location for their business.

Our plan is to continue to focus on helping create and retain jobs, which in turn will bring wealth to all levels of Weld County.

Click to view the webpage.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.

Click to view the webpage.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Save Small Business Fund

Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers as possible. The Save Small Business Fund is a way for larger businesses and philanthropies to help the small business community suffering from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are continuing to award grants to our existing list of applicants as new funds become available, but due to overwhelming demand, the Chamber Foundation is no longer accepting new applications from the general public. We wish we could help everyone in this challenging time. You can find more non-financial resources here.

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FEMA Releases COVID-19 Resource Tools

FEMA supports state, local, tribal and territorial recovery outcomes by coordinating across the federal government to resolve operation and policy challenges. For the COVID-19 pandemic recovery, FEMA has been developing resources that partners can use to explore and navigate supplemental appropriations that have been made available. Specifically, FEMA has created two tools – the COVID-19 Resource Summary Report and COVID-19 Resource Roadmaps.

The “COVID-19 Resource Summary Report” compiles available resources provided by federal departments and agencies. The report captures federal funding sources that can be applied to specific areas for COVID-19 recovery (e.g., education) and helps partners understand where there is potential duplication of benefits within areas of interest, including potential overlap with FEMA Public Assistance.

The second tool, “COVID-19 Resource Roadmaps,” provides a deep-dive into specific topic areas and challenges associated with COVID-19 recovery. Roadmaps offers potential solutions and federal resources that could support recovery activities. To date, FEMA has published two roadmaps: “COVID-19 Education Resource Roadmap,” and “COVID-19 Food and Nutrition.” FEMA will provide additional roadmaps for Healthcare, Housing and Economic Development by the end of September. Roadmaps use information that is either publicly available or publicly obtained, and should be used for informational purposes only.

These tools were created by FEMA’s Recovery Support Function Leadership Group, under the National Disaster Recovery Framework. Visit the FEMA website for more information on these resources.

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