We are here for our businesses
The Basalt Chamber is here as a resource for our members, the business community and the residents and visitors to the Roaring Fork Valley. The health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance, so we have created a central page with information to federal, state and local resources.
The Chamber has been partnering with our fellow chambers, including the Vail Valley Partnership (Eagle County), Aspen Chamber Resort Association (Pitkin County), as well as Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and the Western Garfield County Chamber of Commerce (Garfield County). See our Public Health Information page for links to local, state and federal public health resources.
Top State Business Resources
Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT)
The Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT)’s COVID-19 Business Resources website is the central hub for all state-related information related to businesses during this crisis. It serves to support small businesses, nonprofits, freelancers, and independent contractors.
Northwest Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The Northwest Small Business Development Center (NWSBDC) exists to serve dedicated entrepreneurs and business owners who want to strengthen their path to success by utilizing the powerful partnerships of the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network.
We believe that every entrepreneur should have access to expertise, relationships and an understanding of the business community at large. The Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center offers business consulting and training. Our goal is to help emerging and existing entrepreneurs gain control of their business operations. We provide free local guidance and consulting in all aspects of funding and developing small business. The Northwest SBDC serves Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin, Moffat, Routt, Jackson, Grand, Gilpin, Clear Creek, and Summit counties.
Northwest Colorado Workforce Center (CDLE)
The Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium strives to make sure that every Colorado business has access to a skilled workforce and every Coloradan has access to meaningful employment, resulting in statewide economic vitality. This is a resources for both job seekers and employers.
Colorado Resiliency Office (CRO)
The Colorado Resiliency Office (CRO), a part of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, is working closely with State and federal partners to develop and share resources for long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This page is designed to help local governments, businesses, and individuals in Colorado stay up to date on long-term recovery resources and information, including guidance and funding opportunities. As this is an emerging, rapidly-evolving situation, the CRO and its partners will update resources as they become available.
Visit the Colorado Resiliency Office’s COVID-19 page for information on recovery resources, case studies, the community adaptation hub and more.
Colorado Tourism Office (CTO)
The Colorado Tourism Office is responsible for the promotion of the state, and assists smaller destination marketing organizations (DMOs) with resources to promote local areas. CTO has been providing talking points and messaging on a regular basis for businesses and organizations to use when engaging with visitors to the state or a specific region.
Energize Colorado, a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, is a group of spirited innovators connecting Colorado’s diverse business community, nonprofit leaders, and contingent workforce with the best of our state’s resources, programs, and people to address current challenges and spur transformative economic growth.
We’re Coloradans helping Coloradans—reflecting our state’s unique history of independence, generosity, and innovation. By leveraging our strengths and operating with a sense of urgency, Energize Colorado will build an inclusive movement that restores Colorado to the number one economy in the nation.
PPE to Help Colorado’s Businesses Operate Safely
Purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies for your business, nonprofit, or healthcare institution through the Energize Colorado marketplace. This marketplace is intended to be a resource to help you safely open your business and serve Coloradans.
Business Toolkits and Information (by county)
The majority of public health decisions are made at the local level – meaning municipalities and county rulings impact local businesses. Below is a list of resources to get the most current information. Visit the Public Health Information page for county-specific public health information.
- Pitkin County – Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt
- Eagle County – Basalt, El Jebel and the Eagle River Valley (Vail)
- Garfield County – Carbondale, Glenwood Springs
- Town of Basalt map with county lines (Eagle and Pitkin)
- Eagle County Emergency website – Main site
- Eagle County COVID-19 Business Toolkit
- Face Covering Guidance for Eagle County
- Pitkin County Coronavirus website – Main site
- Pitkin County Business Resources
- Pitkin County sector guidelines – organized by industry
- Pitkin County COVID FAQs – includes business and industry-specific questions & answers
The state’s COVID-19 economic recovery and resiliency efforts are led by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the Governor’s office.
- OEDIT COVID-19 Business Resource Center – Main business-focused site
- State of Colorado COVID-19 Data – Latest COVID case data and reporting
- Colorado Coronavirus Modeling application: coloradocoronavirusmodel.com
- Governor Polis – Executive Orders
- CDPHE Press releases
- The Small Business Navigator can direct you to resources and answer questions about COVID-19 specific funding. Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hotline: (303) 860-5881 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a significant resource page for businesses and workplaces, providing guidelines on all aspects from industry recommendations, to testing and providing a safe work environment.
Workforce and Labor Resources
During the COVID-19 pandemic, several state and federal laws have been passes that impact businesses and their employees. Below are details about the latest changes.
On July 31, 2020, there were two HR presentations on both the federal and state paid sick leave requirements.
FFCRA Emergency Paid Sick & Family Leave Act (Federal)
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides emergency paid sick and family leave for most workers impacted by COVID-19. Employers receive tax credits for qualified FFCRA leave taken between April 1 and December 31, 2020. FFCRA also provides comparable credits for certain self-employed individuals. Take time to review the requirements to ensure you’re compliant and contact your account manager if you are claiming FFCRA tax credits. More information and resources can be found on ASAP Accounting & Payroll’s website.
BLOG: If You Are a Colorado Employer Covered by FFCRA – You May Owe to Your Employees Who Took Time Off | Employers Council – July 17, 2020
Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA)
On July 14, 2020, Gov. Polis signed into law the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act. The requires employers to provide paid sick leave to employees under various circumstances. From the effective date of the act through December 31, 2020, employers are required to provide each of their employees paid sick leave for employees to take for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the amounts and for the purposes specified in the federal “Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act” in the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (FFCRA, see above)
Additionally, beginning January 1, 2021, the act requires all employers in Colorado to provide paid sick leave to their employees, accrued at one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 48 hours.
- Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA) requirements through December 31, 2020 [PDF]
- Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA) requirements as of January 1, 2021 [PDF]
- Colorado Workplace Public Health Rights Poster: English | Spanish [PDF]
BLOG: The Healthy Families and Workplaces Act of Colorado | Employers Council – July 15, 2020
Other HR/staffing items
Most workforce and employment related items in the state are handled by the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment (CDLE).
- 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 [PDF] may allow certain employees who have had reduced hours to claim partial unemployment benefits.
Additionally, Chamber member ASAP Accounting & Payroll has made several COVID-19 resources available – including a recording of an Unemployment Insurance webinar, unemployments FAQs, and other resources.
Business Financial Resources
A full list of funding opportunities can be found on the Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) COVID-19 Business Resources website. Below is a sample of programs.
Energize Colorado Gap Fund
Small Business Administration (SBA) resources
The SBA has created a clearinghouse of information including resources on guidance for businesses and employers, access to capital, workforce capacity, inventory and supply chain shortfalls, export assistance.
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program provides small businesses and non-profits with low-interest loans that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing due to COVID-19.
For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-1955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail email@example.com
Applications for PPP re-opened on July 6. The deadline to apply is August 8.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides forgivable loans of up to $10 million for costs incurred from February 15, 2020 to June 30, 2020. Loans can be used for payroll, business rent, business mortgage interest, or business-related utilities.