Emergency Business Assistance

Windsor Economic Development Marketing Assistance Program

The Town of Windsor has allocated funds to provide additional support to the Economic Development Marketing Assistance Program. This is in addition to the first round of the program which ran June 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020. All Windsor licensed businesses can apply, regardless of previous participation. This latest round runs for eligible expenses incurred August 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020. 

This time, we’ve increased the amount of funding available. Financial assistance up to $1,000 for businesses who didn’t participate in the first round of assistance will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to Windsor licensed businesses for marketing purposes. Businesses that participated in the first-round of financial assistance, will be eligible up to $500 during this round. Invoices and receipts covered during the first round of the program that ran from June 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020 will not be eligible for additional payment.

SUBMIT AN APPLICATION

Questions about the program can be emailed to Town of Windsor Business Development Specialist Jill Young.

Financial Assistance Available through Energize Colorado

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.

Applications and awards will be done in rounds to allow us to provide assistance through December 2020.  The process will not be first-come-first-serve, it will be a competitive process that will help those in need receive priority access to assistance. Learn more at https://energizecolorado.com/gap-fund/

Windsor Participates in Weld Recover Fund to Help Local Businesses Bounce Back from COVID-19

Weld County and participating communities such as the Town of Windsor, have directed a portion of their Federal CARES funding to support this program, which has been developed and managed by Upstate Colorado. Windsor businesses located in Weld County are eligible to participate in this funding program. 

Business that meet the application guidelines have until September 30, 2020 to submit their application. An Application Review committee, compromised of stakeholders throughout Weld County, will determine eligibility and grant amount. Awards will depend upon the number of applicants, availability of funds, and demonstrated need. Once funding decisions are made, applicants will receive a notification which will outline all terms and conditions of receiving the grant. 

LEARN ABOUT GUIDELINES AND APPLY

Business, Nonprofit, & Employee Guide for Planning & Responding to Coronavirus 

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, chamber of commerce professionals and economic developers from across the Northern Colorado region have come together to launch a single source of up-to-date information to support its business community. The site is https://nocorecovers.com/

The one-stop-shop website has the most recent information on resources available to support businesses impacted by the COthumbnail_NocoRecovers_Logo_RGBVID-19 pandemic. The site contains guidance on accessing programs made available through the CARES Act and a filterable database of resources for businesses. It also features current regulatory information.

The State Office of Economic Development launched a COVID-19 response page. This is a great reference for business resources and updates.

The town recently posted survey results that stemmed from a regional effort to survey local businesses called the The Northern Colorado Business Retention and Expansion Partnership Regional Survey. The Windsor Economic Development Department will continue to work hard supporting local business retention.

Liquor License Temporary Expansion

The State of Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division (LED) has released Emergency Regulation 47-302(F) which will allow liquor license holders with on-premise licenses, such as hotels, restaurants and bars, to apply for a temporary modification of the premise to allow for outdoor seating that supports social distancing.  For more detailed information regarding the LED, visit the Colorado Department of Revenue Enforcement Division.  

Please note, applications will need to have a letter of support from someone other than the licensee included with the application. Also, the licensee will be required to post notice of the public hearing. This notice will be printed by the Town of Windsor after the application is received and will need to be posted by the licensee no less than 5 days prior to the Liquor Licensing Authority meetings. The Town of Windsor will work with the licensee to arrange delivery or pick-up of the notice.

Colorado Small Businesses Legal Help

Small businesses provide half of Colorado’s jobs.  Legal volunteers have offered to help Colorado’s small businesses get back on their feet. For details, visit the Colorado COVID-19 Small Business Legal Resource website. 

Larimer County Small Business Recovery Loan Fund 

Additional financial support may be available to local businesses within the Larimer County boundaries. The Larimer County Small Business Recovery Loan Fund is offering loans starting at $2,500 with 3.5% interest to qualifying businesses. Businesses looking to apply must be deemed as economically viable prior to March 15, 2020 and employ no more than 20 workers. Visit nocorecovers.com to apply.

CARES Act Information

The ‘‘Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act’’ or the ‘‘CARES Act’’ aims to keep American workers paid and employed. Check out the resources for the CARES Act provided by the U.S. Senate Committee for Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses and the Small Business Administration.

Cares Act Web GraphicThrough various efforts, small businesses will be able to benefit from the following:

  • Paycheck Protection Program
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance (EIDL)
  • SBA Debt Relief
  • SBA Express Bridge Loans
  • Guidance for Businesses and Employers
  • SBA Products and Resources
  • Government Contracting
  • Local Assistance

Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance in Response to Coronavirus 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest federal disaster loans to small businesses in designated areas suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus. 

The Town asks businesses that are suffering an economic loss as a result of Coronavirus to please contact staff to help get you the right resources to help your business. 

Stacy Miller, Director of Economic Development
970-674-2414
smiller@windsorgov.com  

or 

Jill Young, Business Development Specialist
970-674-2446
jyoung@windsorgov.com

Additional Resources for Restaurants and the Service Industry

National Restaurant Association – Coronavirus Information and Resources.

The Colorado Restaurant Association Policies and Protocols - Coronavirus Information and Resources.

If your your Food Safety & Sanitation (ServSafe) certification is up for renewal, the Cooking Studio staff are trained and available to re-certify local restaurant and food service managers

Restaurants are encouraged to promote delivery and carry-out services and customers to order directly from the restaurant, instead of a third-party delivery service. Additional ideas include:

  • Using social media to share updates with customers
  • Promoting the purchase of gift cards to be used at a later time or send as a gift. 

Additional Resources for Weld Businesses

Contact East Colorado Small Business Development Center at eastcoloradosbdc.com and/or for free consulting and disaster relief. 

Additional Resources for Larimer Businesses

Contact the Larimer Small Business Development Center to chat with their restaurant, retail, and marketing consultants for free. 

The Town of Windsor is continuously working with community partners to keep this information up to date and get you the resources you need.