The City and County of Denver recognizes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our local business community and is committed to identify and implement resources that will help business owners and their employees.
As such, we are working on a business support plan that will change and expand as more resources become available. Currently, Denver is offering the following business resources:
City agencies will work with City Council to establish a special revenue fund for Denver Economic Development and Opportunity (DEDO) programs and complete other contracting requirements to initiate the programs.
DEDO will be working with the state and federal governments on the next steps for our businesses to have the ability to apply for the Small Business Association’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan. These loans could provide up to $2 million to small businesses or private, non-profit organizations that suffer a substantial economic injury resulting from a declared disaster, like COVID-19.
The city is also working to secure commitments from corporate partners to advance additional support for businesses and employees and is supporting efforts by the banking industry to obtain regulatory authority to provide deferrals for loan payments. Denver International Airport is working with airlines and the aviation industry to support federal action to provide relief to aviation workers and supporting businesses.
A city-wide program that addresses the most immediate needs of the business community. The program prioritizes those industries who are most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, such as the food industry, nail salons, barbershops, home childcare providers, and retail shops.
Providing up to a $7,500 in cash grants to our most vulnerable, this program is designed to assist eligible small businesses that may have had to temporarily close, have difficulty with paying their rent and utilities, or have had to lay off staff.
Please Note: This temporary relief program is intended to be available for a four (4) month period, subject to change. The program is being rolled out in monthly phases with deadline to submit applications being the last day of the month from March through June.
For questions about this program, email us at InvestInDenver@denvergov.org.
Denver Workforce Services is hosting a Virtual Job Fair that allows you to interview candidates remotely, as well as Hiring Teleconferences hosted Monday-Friday via phone with two employers each day from 11-11:30 a.m. & 1-1:30 p.m. To participate, or if you have questions, email Workforce.Development@denvergov.org
Small Business Association (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available for qualifying businesses in Colorado suffering from substantial economic injury due to COVID-19. Learn more here:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Postcard:
Face Covering Required Signs:
Employee Health Screening Form (PDF)
COVID-19 Disinfectants (PDF)
The City and County of Denver is creating a temporary program to allow restaurants and bars to operate in outdoor settings adjacent to their businesses. The intent of the program is to allow for greater physical distancing and safety for patrons when the state’s public health orders allow restaurants and bars to resume sit-down service. While final rules and regulations are still in development, proposals could include expansion into designated outdoor areas such as adjacent parking lots, streets and sidewalks.
The Colorado Artist Relief Fund is a partnership between Denver Arts & Venues, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Colorado Creative Industries and RedLine Contemporary Art Center. Please visit RedLine’s website for more information and to apply for the Colorado Artist Relief Fund. Please note, this is a new partnership with continued relief support, but not a new fund.
NOTICE TO CURRENT & POTENTIAL APPLICANTS: Due to an overwhelming amount of applications, the Colorado Artist Relief Fund has been temporarily closed. In the meantime, individuals, foundations and organizations can contribute to the Colorado Artist Relief Fund. If foundations or corporations are interested in partnering on this initiative, they should contact email@example.com.
The City and County of Denver will continue to waive the 15% penalty for late payment for sales and use, occupational privilege, and facility development admissions (seat) taxes.
This is the third consecutive month in which the Department of Finance (DOF) has waived the 15% late penalty to provide relief to businesses. DOF will evaluate extension of the waiver on a month-by-month basis.
The 2020 Personal Property Declaration filing deadline will be extended from April 15, 2020 to June 15, 2020, as allowed by Governor Polis’ Executive Order (XO) #D 2020 022.
Governor Jared Polis’ Executive Order #D 2020 031 authorizes county treasurers to extend the waiver of interest on late payment of property taxes through April 30, 2020. The action also allows property owners who had previously chosen to pay property taxes all at once to pay in installments.
Effective immediately, Denver will:
Governor Polis’ executive order D 2020 12 directs the Division of Banking to encourage state-chartered banks to suspend foreclosures as well as consider other financial accommodations such as loan payment deferments. OLORADO
Employees will need the following to file unemployment: Social Security number, valid ID, employer information (hours worked, rate of pay). Due to high volume, the State asks you to file a claim on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday or after noon on Saturday if your last name begins with the letter A-M and on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or before noon on Saturday if your last name begins with the letter N-Z.
Businesses who believe their business has suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak should consider applying for up to $2 million at the SBA Office of Disaster Assistance website. Contact the Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program provides 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to small businesses that maintain their payroll during this emergency. These loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. Please reach out to your lender for more information.