Emergency Business Assistance

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

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

In challenging moments, The Town encourages our community to adapt their support of local businesses (examples include being mindful of social distancing, pick up and go, and saving your visit for another day if you are feeling unwell). We need to remember to show kindness and support to our neighbors and local businesses to the best of our ability, as these connections have a major impact on the vitality of our community.   

The following industries will likely be impacted by a decline in consumer spending from COVID-19: travel, hospitality, retail, restaurants, and small businesses of all industries (including our minority-owned businesses).

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

Sit-Down, Restaurant, Bar, Brewery and Coffeehouse Tax Deferment Program for Windsor Businesses

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the Town of Windsor passed ordinance no. 2020-1606, deferring sales tax returns from February 2020 through June 2020 for eligible sit-down restaurants, bars, breweries. and coffee houses in Windsor. Additionally, the program allows eligible businesses to apply for a refund of February 2020 paid Windsor sales taxes so that payment can be deferred. All Windsor sales tax starting July 1, 2020 will be due by the 20th of the following month, resuming back to the normal payment schedule. All deferred and/or refunded sales taxes will be due by December 31, 2020.

To qualify, eligible businesses must complete and return the Sales Tax Deferment Form.  Applications need to be emailed to shale@windsorgov.com

Upon review, the Town Manager or his designee shall notify each applicant of the determination of eligibility within seven (7) days of receipt of each completed application.  Applications received after April 19, 2020 cannot be accepted. 

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

State of Emergency & Hourly Paid Sick Leave

Under the executive authority of the state of emergency, the State of Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has been given the authority to require employers/businesses in the service and hospitality industries to provide four days of paid sick leave for those with flu-like symptoms who are being tested for coronavirus. This only applies to workers in the service industries, including: 

  • Leisure and hospitality 
  • Food services 
  • Childcare 
  • Education, including transportation, food service, and related work at educational establishments 
  • Home health, if working with elderly, disabled, ill or otherwise high-risk individuals 
  • Nursing homes 
  • Community living facilities 

However, the rule will not require paid leave for the full recovery period for COVID-19 cases, which can extend for weeks. The emergency rule will be in place for up to 120 days, but only while Colorado’s state of emergency continues. Governor Jarod Polis will reassess the emergency status every month.

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. 

Resources for Weld Businesses

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

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.