Resources for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses

Latest COVID-19 Update:

Larimer County Submits Variance Seeking to Safely Reopen Businesses Ahead of State Orders

Larimer County Public Health has submitted a variance request seeking state approval to slowly reopen businesses ahead of the statewide safer at home restrictions.
The next step is for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to review and approve some or all of the variance submitted by Larimer County. Once approvals have been determined, the health department will be working with businesses on next steps to safely reopen.

Larimer County Small Business Recovery Loan Fund Now Accepting Applications

The new $5 million Larimer County Small Business Recovery Loan Fund is now accepting applications. Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) will manage the fund, which includes $2 million in lending capital with initial lending capital provided by Bohemian Foundation. Additional funds will become available with the remaining $3 million in lending capital to be raised through regional collaboration with local foundations, banks, municipalities, private businesses and individuals.
Additional information about the program and information on how to apply is available at NoCoRecovers.com . Interested businesses can complete a pre-qualification form at:  https://coloradoenterprisefund.org/larimer-county-covid-19-relief-loan/

City of Loveland Launches ZoomBusiness Tool

We are working with a new tool from GIS Planning called ZoomBusiness that will allow Loveland businesses to identify themselves as “Open for Business” on an  interactive map. Thanks to the efforts of Visit Loveland we were able to pre-populate all of the food and beverage operations that are currently open. If you have any questions about this tool or how to add your business, please email Jack Hill.

The Economic Development Department at the City of Loveland would like to provide tools and support for our businesses during this challenging time.  All Loveland businesses will be impacted, and our goal is to meet this disruption with clarity, confidence and relative calm.  Our suggestion is to start tracking coronavirus related costs for any potential stimulus programs that may be forthcoming.

We would encourage all COVID-19 impacted businesses to utilize the resources below to help stabilize your business in these uncertain times.

Partner COVID-19 Resource Pages:

  • Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) published emergency rules which temporarily require employers in certain industries to provide a small amount of paid sick leave to employees with flu-like symptoms while awaiting COVID-19 testing. More information here.

The Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development Department (LCEWD) is counseling businesses that are laying off employees to encourage their affected staff to apply for Unemployment Insurance.

  • LCEWD is also encouraging these employers to give their affected employees written documentation of their date of layoff and that the layoff is related to COVID-19. When/if the Federal government provides additional unemployment benefit-supports this documentation should help smooth the process for these workers.
  • CARES Act COVID-19 Unemployment Scenarios And Benefits
  • Additional Unemployment Insurance resources and a link to the application can be found here: https://www.larimer.org/ewd/job-seekers/unemployment-insurance 
  • CDLE Unemployment Insurance  If you work for an employer that closed or reduced your hours to help stop the spread of COVID-19, you can file or reopen an unemployment claim through the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
    • If your last name begins with the letter A – M, file a claim on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or after 12 noon on Saturday.
    • If your last name begins with the letter N – Z, file a claim on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or before 12 noon on Saturday.

We will continue to share new information as it becomes available.  Please support local businesses to the best of your ability.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact any of the following individuals:

Kelly Jones, Economic Development Director, City of Loveland
kelly.jones@cityofloveland.org

Scott Schorling, Economic Development Manager, City of Loveland
scott.schorling@cityofloveland.org

Jack Hill, Business Development Specialist, City of Loveland
jack.hill@cityofloveland.org