Emergency Business Assistance
5 Star Program for Windsor Businesses
The 5 Star State Certification is a program set up at the county level in Larimer County, and at the municipal level in Weld County. Both programs are run through an administrative committee, who is responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing the program. This program encourages businesses to implement safety measures beyond what is already required by public health orders and guidelines that will help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Learn more about the program on Windsor's 5 Star State Certification webpage.
Windsor Food Delivery Service
In 2021, the Town of Windsor partnered with Nosh NoCo, entering into an agreement that caps delivery fees and subsidizes food deliver service costs. We’ve done this as a way to help local restaurants expand their dining service options.
By lowering costs for restaurants, we hope to support them through this COVID-19 crisis. Thank you for your support.
Businesses interested in signing up can go to: https://bit.ly/36zyWB1.
Paycheck Protection Program
The Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, is administering the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide loans that help businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis.
SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses. Additionally, PPP loans have an interest rate of 1%.
Additional information, including answers to frequently asked questions, can be found on the Small Business Administration’s website.
Senate Bill 20B-001 for Small Business Relief
Colorado recently passed State Bill 20B-001, appropriating funds to counties and local municipalities, such as the Town of Windsor, to provide direct relief. Eligible businesses include restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries, wineries, movie theaters, entertainment licensed businesses, caterers and fitness clubs and recreational sports centers.
Information for Windsor businesses located in Larimer County is at larimer.org/sbr.
Information for Windsor businesses located in Weld County is at windsorgov.com/smallbusinessrelief.
HB20b-1004 allows a temporary deduction from state net taxable sales for qualifying retailers primarily in the bar, restaurant and the mobile food services industries. The resulting state sales tax is allowed to be retained by the business permanently to provide assistance from business disruptions due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Who Qualifies? Restaurants, Bars, and Other Eating Places and Mobile Food Service Retailers.
The special deduction does not apply to any taxes imposed by the Town of Windsor. Eligible retailers are required to collect all applicable state and state-administered local sales taxes, file returns on time, and pay all local sales taxes (in addition to state sales taxes in excess of the amount related to the special deduction).
Complete details are on the State of Colorado website under the Colorado Department of Revenue.
The Weld County Service Industry Relief Fund seeks to provide financial assistance to eligible public-facing businesses located in Weld County that have been categorized as “high-risk” and mandated to close or substantially reduce services in response to guidelines issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment effective Nov. 20, 2020. The initiative aims to meet the urgent needs of Weld County small businesses directly impacted by COVID-19 in the following industries: Restaurants, bars and other food and beverage service providers; live event venues; movie theaters; gyms and fitness centers; bowling centers, arcades, and other recreation facilities.
The initiative is intended to distribute approximately $2 million in Weld County support to eligible businesses in Weld County. Financial assistance will be provided on a need-based priority basis for all qualified applicants. Depending on the businesses financial need, assistance is available up to a maximum $10,000 for public transactional businesses with a defined closure or limitations due to capacity restrictions.
Business must have 3+ employees, show loss of revenue and/or demonstrate COVID related expenses in the time period between Nov. 1 through January 31, 2021. Windsor businesses who meet their criteria and are located in Weld County are eligible to participate in this newest round of assistance funding program.
Check out their website for complete details. https://weldrecovery.com.
Regional Economic Developers Respond to Coronavirus
Additional Support for the Restaurant Industry
- Outdoor dining grants are available through the state of Colorado. More information is available at: https://cooutdoordining.org/colorado-winter-outdoor-grants-application/
- 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.
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.
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.
Through 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.
Additional Resources for Weld Businesses
Additional Resources for Larimer Businesses
Contact the Larimer Small Business Development Center to chat with their restaurant, retail, and marketing consultants for free.
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.
- Right-of-way Occupation Permit
- COVID-19 Temporary Modification of On-premise Licenses
- Outdoor Dining Guide
For More Information
The Town of Windsor is continuously working with community partners to keep this information up to date and get you the resources you need. Businesses suffering an economic loss as a result of Coronavirus should contact the following staff who can make sure you are connected with the appropriate resources: