A Google search for “Colorado COVID-19” yields around 299 million results, but a variety of local resources can enable individuals to receive more-targeted information. Here’s a rundown of some of the state and local groups that are filling the information gap and working to help businesses weather the crisis. Many resources overlap, but some cities have unique information:
Colorado on March 17 launched its COVID-19 resource website. A key feature is the data visualization dashboard. It’s updated daily around 4 p.m. with Colorado’s COVID-19 testing results. This includes total test results completed, total positive results, positive cases by county, transmission type, patient outcome and number of hospitalizations and fatalities.
Two hotlines exist for general COVID-19 questions: 303-389-1687 or 877-462-2911. Translations are made in English, Spanish Mandarin and other languages.
On the right-side bar, public health orders are updated as soon as they are released from Gov. Jared Polis’ office.
The Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade has a section on its website called Colorado COVID-19 Business Resource Center.
Along with announcements and links to the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment for unemployment and sick-leave information, it identified where Coloradans can donate or volunteer. The Colorado COVID Relief Fund has raised almost $3 million to help Coloradans affected by the coronavirus. Coloradans can donate or sign up to volunteer at helpcoloradonow.org. Many resources overlap, but some cities have unique information.
John Tayer, president and CEO of the Boulder Chamber, temporarily closed the chamber office in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
A designated page on the chamber’s website called COVID-19 Business and Community Support Resources includes links on how individuals and businesses can do their part in flattening the curve of coronavirus cases and general information on the disease. Other links are more specific to Boulder and business-planning resources.
“A deep concern they have is not just for the continued viability of their business. They’re also concerned about the welfare of their staff,” Tayer said. “Part of our effort is to sustain the businesses during this time, but also to work with these business leaders to make sure that their employees receive the resources and support that they need.”
The site is continually updated with government resources on the federal, state and municipal level, health authorities and information from the Better Business Bureau and the U.S. Small Business Administration. There also is a news section that references articles on COVID-19 updates.
The Boulder Chamber also is surveying businesses about the impact of the coronavirus.
Assistance can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-442-1044.
The Longmont Economic Development Partnership and the Advance Longmont Partners created a response team that meets daily and includes a COVID-19 Business Resources Hub for employers and employees. The team consists of the city of Longmont, Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce, Visit Longmont Colorado, Longmont Downtown Development Authority, Workforce Boulder County, Boulder Small Business Development Center and the LEDP.
The Longmont Chamber also spent days researching and contacting restaurants since the public health order was issued to halt in-person dining. So far, it has identified more than 90 restaurants in and around the Boulder Valley that are still operating and offering takeout and/or delivery and has posted those at its Take-Out Takeover page. The public has contributed to the list, and the site is continually updated.
The chamber is encouraging Longmont residents to patronize restaurants and small businesses in whatever capacity they can, while taking responsible health measures, said Scott Cook, CEO of the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce. He added that every order at a restaurant or donation to a nonprofit is an investment in the community to which Longmont wants to return.
“We really need to be looking at what we want our community to look like after COVID-19 is gone,” Cook said. “When it is only a memory, what do we want our community to look like? And I would say we want our community to look a lot like what it looked like a couple weeks ago.”
The chamber is available to assist its business members at 303-776-5295 or email@example.com.
The Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce launched a daily update on its COVID-19 Resources and Public Announcements section on its main site.
Since March 17, the chamber released a daily “Your Business ToolKit during COVID-19” update.
In the March 19 toolkit, it listed ways to support Greeley businesses. They include buying gift cards, keeping subscriptions, tipping on call-in orders and shopping online.
On the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce site, there are resources specific to Northern Colorado and Larimer County.
The Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund is accepting donations to support local nonprofits. The fund is a partnership between the United Way of Larimer County and the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado to provide funding support to area nonprofits. All of the proceeds from pledges go toward COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts.
Elevations Credit Union, a not-for-profit credit union that serves Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Jefferson, Larimer, and Weld counties, has the Elevations Community Relief Fund. Donations made before April 3 go toward businesses and members in the Front Range community. Elevations will match every dollar up to $250,000.
The Loveland Chamber of Commerce has a Facebook business support page. The purpose is to provide streamlined information for businesses.
The chamber typically sends out weekly email blasts to its members, but it’s now daily.
Mindy McCloughan, Loveland Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, said that small businesses “are our backbone. They’re the boots on the ground that keep the economy going. I shudder to think where we would be without our businesses that are our lifeblood.”
Kat Rico, program director for the Loveland Business Development Center, created an informational component about food delivery services. It provides information about delivery companies such as DoorDash, UberEats, NoCo Nosh, GrubHub and Postmates to consumers, restaurant owners and drivers/contract workers.
The LBDC is moving to online consultation and is available 24/7. Business owners seeking guidance should contact 970-667-4106, which is redirected to a staff’s personal line, or Info@LovelandBusiness.com.
The Lafayette Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a spotlight feature in its newsletter sent out to members. Spotlights are granted on a first-come-first-served basis. A two paragraph blurb, picture or logo as a jpg attachments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s also a section for Lafayette senior citizens, with information about low-income assistance program, a grocery shopping loop route, home modification grants and more.
The Lafayette Chamber also has created a Facebook page, Keep Lafayette Strong, Together, and is inviting all Lafayette businesses and residents to participate in sharing what businesses are doing. The Chamber also has a page of resources dedicated to working remotely, child care, unemployment and layoffs, business guidance and information about COVID-19.
The Chamber and city officials also teamed up to create a website that details businesses with pickup, delivery and online offerings.
The Broomfield Chamber of Commerce began a three-times-weekly email update with information, provided by businesses, on how residents can support them. Information can be sent to email@example.com. Businesses should provide in 125 words or fewer, the business name, contact and online/phone ordering information.
The Chamber’s site includes information, along with updates on Chamber event rescheduling and state and medical resources.
The Chamber also has started a Broomfield Area Business Strong Facebook page on which updates, promotions and more can be posted.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Elle Cabbage, said the chamber is trying to keep businesses up to date with information as it comes in by posting it to the chamber’s website and social media accounts. On the chamber’s website, Cabbage said businesses are able to find information about small business loans, as well as updates from the county, state and town officials.
The Louisville Chamber of Commerce has been working with the city to ensure both websites are up to date and provide the same information to ensure messages are consistent, Chamber Executive Director Shelley Angell said. The city and Chamber also worked together to create a Support Local page that provides information about businesses, social media accounts, websites, emails and phone numbers.
The Chamber is also working on an incentive to get residents out spending money with local businesses.
“When you shop at a small business, send us the receipt and we’re going to have a $500 prize drawing,” Angell said. “I know people are fearful, but businesses are putting things online and doing the best they can.”
She said those interested in the drawing can email firstname.lastname@example.org. The date has not been set.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director TJ Sullivan said the organization has created a webpage of resources for businesses and residents.
The Superior Chamber has launched an effort called Operation Carryout that lists restaurants and their phone numbers.