COVID Resources

Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Assistance

-Any federally insured bank or lender can access these programs for businesses, unlike normal SBA programs which require a partner lender

 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

  • Must have suffered substantial economic injury-can’t meet financial obligations or operate

  • Provides up to $2 million for operational expenses, debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills for up to six months-collateral on loans greater than $25,000

  • Interest rates 3.75% for businesses, 2.75% for nonprofits

  • Loan payment deferred for 12 months

  • Businesses, 501(c)(3) non-profits, sole proprietors, and small agricultural coops and aquaculture

  • 30-year repayment plan

  • Small business owners and agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees are eligible to apply

  • Apply here

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Economic Injury Disaster Advance Loan

 

Advance of $1000 per employee up to $10,000 when applying for EIDL that does not need to be repaid in order to provide immediate relief for businesses suffering temporary loss of revenue. The amount of the advance will be taken out of the loan amount you are approved for. Funds available within three business days of applying. If you’ve already applied for the EIDL you must reapply using the EIDL application number to obtain the advance loan.  

 

Economic Injury Disaster Advance Loan is no longer available

Paycheck Protection Program (Available through Aug.8, 2020)

  • Up to $10 million loan to cover payroll and certain other expenses (from previous 12 months of payroll, takes average monthly cost and multiplies by 2.5), five year terms for loans made on or after Jun.5

  • 24 weeks to spend funds for all loans made on or after Jun.5

  • If no employees are laid off, a portion of the loan is forgiven. Fully forgiven if loan is used for payroll, and interest on rent and utilities, with 60% of the forgiven amount going towards payroll. Forgiveness reduced if full time employees reduced or if salaries and wages decrease more than 25%. Forgiven amount not taxable income.

  • Safe harbor provision allows for businesses to restore wages by Dec.31 and not suffer loan forgiveness reductions before then. If a business applies for forgiveness before their covered period is completed, they forfeit the Safe Harbor provision

  • Revised PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and instructions: This application doesn’t allow health insurance costs to be included in payroll, but allows for retirement costs. Can apply for Safe Harbor the date forgiveness application is submitted; don’t have to wait until Dec.31. Borrowers that received loans prior to Jun.5 can choose between the 8 week and 24 week coverage periods.

  • EZ PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and instructions: EZ PPP Loan Forgiveness Application is to be used by self employed persons with no employees, employers that didn’t reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by 25% or more and did not reduce the hours of their employees, or employers who experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19 and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%. It requires less documentation.

  • 3508S Loan Forgiveness Application and Instructions: This application is used for businesses that received $50,000 or less from the PPP

  • Must have less than 500 employees (more allowed in certain industries)

  • Interest rates 1% on unforgiven, two-year terms

  • Available for businesses, 501(c)(3) non-profits, sole proprietors, farms, churches, 501(c)(19) veteran’s organizations, independent contractors, self-employed persons

  • Find eligible lender and apply here

  • First disbursement of loan must be 10 days from application

  • How to Calculate Loan Amounts by Business Type

  • Prepare, Apply, Comply Guide

  • AICPA Resources around PPP for CPAs

 

SBA Debt Relief 

 

SBA will pay principal and interest for six months for current 7(a) loans (an SBA program that provides up to $5 million loans for expansion, renovation, and purchase of new equipment), new 7(a) loans issued before Sep.27, 2020, section 504 (program that provides 90% of the financing for improvements or expansion of business), and microloans. If your business has an SBA disaster loan in “regular servicing” as of Mar.1, 2020, SBA is providing automatic deferments through Dec.31, 2020. Interest and recurring debit payments will still accrue during this period.

 
Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program (Available through Sep.30, 2020 ): Eligible lenders and forms to apply here

  • Allows SBA Express lenders to provide SBA-guaranteed expedited loans up to $25,000 for disaster-related purposes to businesses they already have a relationship with while they are applying for long term financing.

  • Must be unable to obtain some or all amount through other creditors on reasonable terms.

  • Must have been in operation as of Mar.13, 2020 and been adversely affected by COVID-19

  • Funds must be used for survival and/or reopening of business

  • Loan term of seven years, first loan disbursement within 45 days after lender’s receipt of loan number

Southern Colorado Community Lending (SCCL) Emergency Small Business Loan Fund

 

0-low interest loans $1000-$20,000 to be used for working capital expenses. Must have reasonable credit history and demonstrate profits were able to support loan payment before COVID-19 business interruption. 0% interest rate for six months, 2% for up to two years. Must retain low income jobs, guarantor must be 20% or more ownership of company. $25 application fee for individual (waived for 90 days), six months to two-year term, payment begins after 60 days. Apply at https://nwsoco.org/community-lending/emergency-micro-loan-fund.html

 

Documentation: 

  • Complete Loan Application

  • Business Tax Returns (1 year, if available

  • Interim Business Financial Statement

  • Personal Financial Statement

  • Personal Tax Returns (1 year)

  • Bank Statements (3 months)

  • Sources and Uses of Funds

No longer available

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE)

 

CDLE provides assistance for employees applying for unemployment benefits and work-share programs for businesses, where employees work 10-40% less hours for partial unemployment benefits, consultations on layoff-aversion and workshops for employees in transition. Available at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/information-and-resources-coronavirus . The CDLE also provides a list of other aid benefits from the CARES Act, including-

  • Employee Retention Tax Credit-A refundable payroll tax credit for 50% of the wages paid by employers to employees up to $10,000 per employee, per quarter from Mar.12, 2020 to Jan.1, 2021, provided the business is fully or partially shut down, or has seen a decline of 50% or more of gross receipts until gross receipts recover to 80% of a quarter in a prior year

  • Temporary increases in the amount of interest expense businesses are allowed to deduct on their tax returns to 50% of taxable income for 2019 and 2020

  • Allowances for employers and self-employed individuals to defer payments of the employer share of the Social Security tax

Emergency Family Medical Leave: Pays two-thirds of employee’s regular rate of pay. Extends 10 weeks of paid leave for employees unable to work or telework to care for a child because their school or day care has closed. The first 10 days for which an employee takes leave are unpaid unless the employee chooses to substitute accrued leave. The first 10 days can also be covered by the Emergency Sick Leave Provision.

  • Employers are eligible for a tax credit equal to 100% of the qualified family leave wages paid, up to $200 per day and $12,000 in aggregate. 

  • Tax credits are available for health plan expenses during employee’s leave.

  • Those who are self-employed are also eligible for FMLA and associated tax credits.

Emergency Paid Sick Leave: Pays two-thirds to 100% of employee’s regular rate of pay. Employers are required                    to provide up to 80 hours of paid sick leave for employees unable to work or telework:

  • Because of a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order

  • The employee has been advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine

  • The employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and is seeking a medical diagnosis

  • The employee is caring for someone under an isolation order

  • The employee is caring for a dependent if the school or day care has been closed

Employers are eligible for a tax credit equal to 100% of the qualified sick leave wages paid as a result of the order, not to exceed $511 a day in personal medical cases and $200 a day for those using leave to care for children. Those who are self-employed are also eligible for tax credits.

 

USDA Rural Development 

 

Business and Industry Loan Guarantee: $1 billion in lending authority available for businesses, nonprofits, coops, federally recognized tribe, and individuals. Eligible areas have populations less than 50,000 and not in the urbanized area of the city or town. Business headquarters may be located anywhere as long as the project is in an eligible rural area. Funds may be used for

  • Business conversion, repair, and development

  • Purchase and development of land, buildings and facilities

  • Purchase of equipment, supplies, and inventory

  • Debt refinancing if doing so improves cash flow or retains jobs

  • Business or industrial acquisitions if they will retain jobs

  • Can’t be used for lines of credit

  • Must have collateral equal to loan amount, and hazard insurance on the collateral also equal to loan amount

Loan term for machinery and equipment if the useful life of the capital or 15 years, whichever is shorter. Term for real estate is 30 years, and for working capital 7 years. Interest only payments may be scheduled for the first 3 years. Interest rates negotiated with lender. 

For more information on what lenders are participating in this program, talk to your creditor or contact the USDA Colorado office: 

Sallie Clark, State Director

Denver Federal Center

Building 56, Room 2300

PO Box 25426

Denver, CO 80225-0426

Voice: (720) 544-2903

Fax: (720) 544-2981

Colorado Relay: (800) 659-3656

 

USDA Coronavirus Guidelines

 

FAQ’s on food safety and access to food, as well as agricultural trade- https://www.usda.gov/coronavirus

USDA Programs and Services Update: USDA’s Farm Servicing Agency is extending deadlines for farm loan applications, loan servicing actions (such as deferrals) and will cease loan accelerations. Other extensions and alterations for commodity loans, crop insurance, and disaster assistance can be found at- https://www.farmers.gov/coronavirus

For more information and assistance on applying for USDA programs, contact the Trinidad Service Center, 3590 East Main Street, Trinidad, (719) 846-3681

 

COVID-19 Financial Assistance Network

 

A partnership between High Plans Advisors, Lew’s List, and Foundry Group that provides pro-bono financial advising for businesses in Colorado to help with cash flow issues. Has 60 senior finance executives, a law and accounting firm, and a tax practice. Will be set up with an advisor 24-48 hours after applying. Apply at https://covid19financehelp.splashthat.com/

Colorado COVID Legal Relief: A partnership between the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), and several private law firms to provide limited free legal advice for Colorado small businesses on COVID-19 by volunteer attorneys. Once you have applied, there is no guarantee an attorney will be able to assist you, and it may be two weeks before an attorney contacts you. The site offers free webinars that offer legal advice related to COVID-19 such as information on evictions, lease management, insurance asset liquidity, and loans. It also provides general COVID-19 resources from the SBDC, CDC, and the COVID-19 Business Hotline-a State resource for information and advice for small businesses dealing with the adverse financial affects of COVID-19.

 

Colorado Farm and Food Systems Respond and Rebuild Fund

 

Funds provided by the Colorado Department of Agriculture has allowed the Respond and Rebuild Fund-a group of 14 food systems organizations- to make $1 million available to producers, processors, and intermediaries affected by COVID-19. Eligible expenses should have been made from Mar.1st-Dec.30th, 2020, be directly attributable to COVID-19, and include: 

  • Reduced volume in sales

  • Packaging, storage, equipment

  • Equipment leases (e.g., cooler capacity, packaging equipment)

  • Labor (testing, paid time off, replacement)

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) and other safety measures (sanitation, masks, and cleaning supplies)

  • Increased marketing

As well as costs to adjust business model due to COVID-19, such as 

  • Developing and/or promoting digital consumer storefront to capture online sales from local deliveries or more distance shipments

  • Beginning or increasing memberships sold in community support agriculture (CSA) model, or other direct to consumer product offerings

  • Changing crop or livestock production (e.g. value-added products to gain more value per sale or make products less perishable)

  • Increasing organizational/farm capacity

Requests that don’t qualify for funding are:

  • Requests for support that are unrelated to the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Requests from producers with annual gross revenue less than $1,000 or more than $1 million.

  • Requests from processors with annual gross revenue less than $1 million or more than $10 million.

  • Requests covering costs beyond December 30, 2020

Eligible applicants are: 

  • Producers: Any small- and mid-size direct-market producers, defined as producers with annual gross revenue of between $1,000 and $1 million from sales at farmers markets, and/or direct sales to restaurants, consumers, caterers, schools, stores, or makers who use farm products as inputs.

  • Intermediaries: Associations, food hubs, markets, and other intermediaries who sell within local and regional Colorado markets who have a history of partnering with and can provide direct benefit to producers in their network during this event.

  • Processors: Organizations processing human or animal food and/or using byproducts to create secondary products such as fuel, fiber, or other agricultural products. Other processing of agricultural products will also be considered, but priority will be given to processing of human and animal food, including processing of byproducts of food (such as hides, offal, compost, grain meal, etc.).

  • For-profit and nonprofit entities.

  • Past applicants and grantees

Producers, intermediaries, and processors can apply independently or jointly. Consideration given to beginning producers, veteran producers, female or minority producers.  Priority given to applicants who have never applied for the fund before. 

 

Grants are available to producers at a maximum of $12,500 for demonstrated losses/costs and business model pivots due to COVID-19. For intermediaries, processors, and associations of producers, farmer’s markets, and food hubs, the maximum request is $50,000, with priority given to intermediaries who can demonstrate added value to their regional food system. Applications for the third round close Nov.9. To access the application for producers, processors, and intermediaries, access the links below on the Colorado Farm and Food Systems Respond and Rebuild Fund site: 

 

Producers

 

Processors

 

Intermediaries

Energize Colorado Gap Fund

The Energize Colorado Gap Fund will provide more than $25 million in small business loans and grants to boost small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Sole proprietors, businesses and nonprofits with less than 25 full-time equivalent 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 for economic losses associated with COVID-19 due to stay at home order, voluntary closure, decrease in customer demand, or increased operating costs. Loan terms will be 24-36 months with interest rates of 0% and payment deferment for the first 4 months, 1% for months 5-12, and 1.5% after. The second round is open Oct. 5-26. Sign up to Energize Colorado's email list to be alerted when another application period opens. 

 

Examples of Eligible Expenses: 

  • Payroll costs

    • Increased workers compensation cost due to COVID-19 pandemic

    • Premium Pay

    • Hazardous duty, physical hardship in case related to COVID-19 pandemic

    • Overtime related to COVID-19 pandemic

    • Employee stipend if deemed necessary due to COVID-19 emergency provided on a reimbursement basis

  • Rent to mitigate COVID-19 impact

  • Equipment

  • Real property

  • Livestock depopulation deemed necessary for public health reasons

  • Programs to implement COVID-19 social distancing measures

  • Training to mitigate the impact for employees furloughed due to COVID-19

  • Inventory for items to mitigate COVID-19 impact

 

Documents that demonstrate economic hardship due to COVID-19 include

  • Bank records

  • Point of sale receipts 

  • Profit and loss statements

  • Tax filings 

  • Expense receipts

 

Eligibility: 

  • Small Businesses/Enterprises - Colorado sole proprietors and registered small businesses including LLCs, S-Corps and other business types.  

  • Nonprofits - Colorado nonprofits whose mission and/or programs directly support economic development, small businesses, or tourism.

  • Fewer than 25 employees - Applicants must have fewer than 25 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees prior to COVID-19. An employer may use its off-season employee count.

  • Impacted by COVID-19 – Applicants must be able to show the economic hardship their business is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

  • Must select what financial assistance your business has already received and demonstrate need beyond that assistance

 

Priority Given to Businesses Who Are: 

  • majority-owned by Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Veterans, or Women

  • In rural areas with a population of less than 50,000 people  

  • In the tourism sector 

  • With limited or no access to capital financing or other federal, state or local grants/loans

 

Energize Colorado will provide a mentoring program to assist in filing this application.  If you have reviewed the information available online and still have questions, reach out to the technical assistance team for help. They are available to answer questions or help prepare documentation ahead of time for when the application is released. 

 1-800-471-0628  (7 days a week 6 AM- 6 PM)

Email: GapFundSupport@energizecolorado.com.

An applicant may apply for funding more than once. This may be considered if;

  • The financial loss from March 1, 2020 - time of application was less than $15k

  • Additional loan funds are desired

 
Colorado Restaurant Foundation

The Colorado Restaurant Foundation, Xcel Energy Foundation, and the State of Colorado have partnered together to create the Colorado Outdoor Winter Dining Grant Program. This program assists restaurants that have faced adverse effects from COVID-19 and State and local regulations on indoor dining regulations. Grant funds are to be used for the purchase of items needed to maintain outdoor dining space in the winter. Maximum grant award is $10,000 and the deadline for applying for the first round is Nov.13, with funds disbursed on Nov.23. Apply here

 

Eligibility:

  • Only Colorado-based restaurants are eligible (food and beverage service must be the primary operation). Restaurant must be located in Colorado and majority-owned by Colorado residents.

  • Eligible restaurants must be open to the public for on-site food and/or beverage preparation and service at least 5 days a week.

  • Eligible restaurants must be in good standing with their state and local government.

  • Grant funds must be used to purchase items needed to maintain outdoor dining spaces for patrons during colder weather (“Eligible Expenses”)

  • Projects completed after August 1, projects in process, or planned projects that will be completed by January 15 are eligible to apply.

  • Proof of hardship – special priority will be given to businesses that can show a year over year revenue loss of more than 40%. Any restaurant that can show a loss of 20% or more will be considered.

  • Equitable geographic distribution in Colorado will be considered as this a statewide program.

  • Corporate-owned chain locations are not eligible. Franchisees are welcome to apply.

  • For grant awardees, ½ of the funding will be distributed upon notification of the award. Final funding (second ½) depends on submission of a photo of the completed space plus receipts for all Eligible Expenses.

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • You may receive assistance from the Program only once


Eligible Expenses:

  • Architectural or design fees

  • Construction materials and contractor fees

  • Tents

  • Heaters and/or heating equipment or expenses related to heating

  • Furniture

  • Lighting

  • Snow removal

  • Safety measures/equipment

  • Cold-weather gear for staff or patrons

  • Other expenses directly related to your outdoor dining program


Additionally, the Foundation brought together design professionals, contractors, public health officials, representatives from local fire departments, building officials, restaurateurs and more to participate in a design charette (a meeting in which all stakeholders in a project come together to attempt to resolve conflicts and map solutions) to create feasible ideas for outdoor dining concepts through Colorado’s cold- weather months. The solutions should be relatively inexpensive, fit within all building and fire codes, and keep the staff and guests comfortable and safe. These designs can be found here

Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) Alternative Sources of Funding List

OEDIT has provided a routinely updated Google Docs sheet of alternative sources of loans, grants, and other forms of financial assistance for Colorado businesses. The full list of resources can be found on https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18B-l5Rz8XE14Bn9LdQ1a8oDOpi6kKB1p0v2L_qQtVBE/htmlview?usp=sharing

There are hundreds of resources for all sectors of the economy, and from private and federal organizations, assisting in everything from credit card deferments to grants for restaurant employees and bartenders. Highlights of resources that may be applied for by Huerfano County businesses-

 
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

The USDA has implemented a second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) for agricultural producers facing financial disruptions and increased costs due to COVID-19. The program provides a maximum of $250,000 for producers to absorb some of the increased marketing costs due to the pandemic. Eligible commodities for CFAP 2 include: Row Crops, Wool, Livestock, Specialty Livestock, Dairy, Specialty Crops, Floriculture and Nursery Crops, Aquaculture, Broilers and Eggs, Tobacco. You can access a full list of all eligible and ineligible commodities outlined by payment category here. The online application can be found here. The deadline to apply is Dec.11.

Eligibility:

 

  • Any individual or legal entity who shares in the risk of producing a commodity may apply for CFAP 2.

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  • Producers must be in the business of farming at the time of submitting their application to be eligible.

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  • Commodities grown under a contract in which the grower has ownership and production risk are eligible for CFAP 2.

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  • Producers can apply for assistance for only commercially produced commodities.

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  • To be eligible for payments, a person or legal entity must have an average adjusted gross income of less than $900,000 for tax years 2016, 2017, and 2018. However, if 75 percent of their adjusted gross income comes from farming, ranching, or forestry-related activities, the AGI limit of $900,000 does not apply and the person or legal entity is eligible to receive CFAP 2 payments up to the applicable payment limitation.

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  • Persons and legal entities also must comply with the provisions of the “Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation” regulations, often called the conservation compliance provisions; and

  • not have a controlled substance violation.
     

The $250,000 limit applies unless-

  •  Two different members of the legal entity each provide at least 400 hours of active personal labor, active personal management, or combination thereof with respect to the production of 2020 commodities, then an entity may receive up to $500,000. 

  • Three different members of the legal entity each provide at least 400 hours of active personal labor, active personal management, or combination thereof with respect to the production of 2020 commodities, then an entity may receive up to $750,000. 

Commodities not eligible for CFAP 2 include:

  • Hay, except alfalfa, and crops intended for grazing are ineligible for CFAP 2.

  • All equine, breeding stock, companion or comfort animals, pets, and animals raised for hunting or game purposes.

  • Birdsfoot and trefoil, clover, cover crop, fallow, forage soybeans, forage sorghum, gardens (commercial and home), grass, kochia (prostrata), lespedeza, milkweed, mixed forage, pelts (excluding mink), perennial peanuts, pollinators, sunn hemp, vetch, and seed of ineligible crops.

First Southwest Community Fund COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

Loans for rural businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19.

 

Eligibility:

  • Rural Colorado businesses and nonprofits, in towns under 50,000 in population

  • Businesses creating impact through job creation and retention

  • Businesses that will need additional capital to survive and re-start

  • Women-owned, minority-owned and veteran owned-businesses are encouraged to apply

 

Loan Terms:

  • Loan Size: $10,000-$100,000

  • Interest Rate: 3.5%

  • Length of Loan: 7 years (6 month payment deferral)

  • Use of Capital: Working capital and operating needs

National Association for the Self-Employed Growth Grants

Available to business owners who are a member. Must be in good standing three months before applying, can apply immediately if an annual member, after 90 days if a monthly member. Annual membership costs $120 while monthly membership costs $11.95 monthly at the most basic plans. Applicants can receive a $4,000 grant if they 

  • Demonstrate business need that can be fulfilled by grant

  • Provide detailed explanation of how they will us grant

  • Show how grant will improve business growth and success

  • Have supporting documentation such as a business plan 

Grant funds can be used for:

  • The purchase of new equipment or software

  • The funding of advertising, marketing materials or training

  • Any specific business need that a business lacked the finances to fulfill

Become a member here

 

Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute Business Builder Loans

Offers four types of loans throughout the stages of a business being developed, higher amounts available on successful repayment of smaller loans. 

  • Seed Loan (for feasibility testing): $500

  • Launch Loan: $2,500

  • Thrive Loan: $5,000

  • Growth Loan: $75,000

Eligible businesses have five or fewer employees and are in need of immediate capital of $15,000, household income must be less than sliding scale.

Interest rates between 8% and 12% with repayment periods of 6-24 months. Apply here

 

U.S Chamber of Commerce Save Small Businesses Fund

Provides $5000 grants to small businesses. Must-

  • Employ between 3 and 20 people

  • Be located in an economically vulnerable area (Huerfano County qualifies)

  • Be harmed financially by COVID-19

Apply here.

Unfortunately, currently not accepting any new applications. Check for updates

 
Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund

$2.5 million Verizon investment to provide grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses facing immediate financial pressure, which can be used for 

  • Paying rent and utilities

  • Meeting payroll

  • Paying outstanding debt to vendors

  • Immediate operational costs

 Register here for information on the next round.

 

Colorado Lending Source and KIVA Hub Partnership

Provides 0% interest microloans up to $15,000. To apply, owners must-

  • Calculate monthly credit card payments, mortgage or rent, and other debt payments

  • Check credit score

  • Show proof of business-state filing or Employer Identification Number

  • Describe yourself and business

  • Outline what you will do with the funds and how it will help your business

  • Submit a photo of you and your business

Apply here

 

Farmer’s Emergency Fund

Grant of $500 for small farms of less than 500 acres for immediate emergency expenses related to farm operations and daily necessities, including utilities, medical payments, farm labor, equipment repair, or purchase of seed if suffered crop loss recently Apply at https://www.30000acres.org/farmers-fund/. Fund is temporarily closed

 

eBay Up and Running Program

eBay is offering a program to small businesses who transition into online retail with benefits including-

  • No listing fees on up to 200 listings per month. Pay fees only when you sell.

  • Exclusive access to webinars led by growth advisors, coaching from top sellers and other premium learning opportunities.

  • Free access to the eBay Community group

  • Powerful selling tools and insights.

  • Access to eBay's 170M+ buyers worldwide.

 Access the program at- https://pages.ebay.com/upandrunning/

 

Lowe’s-LISC Partnership Rural Relief Small Business Grant

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) was provided  $55 million for a grant fund through Lowe’s to provide grants for COVID-19 relief for small businesses, $25 million of which is for small businesses in rural areas-defined as communities with 50,000 or less people. 

Grants from $5,000 to $20,000 for

  • Paying rent and utilities

  • Meeting payroll

  • Paying outstanding debt to vendors

  • Upgrading technology infrastructure

  • Other immediate operational costs

Applicants with multiple businesses must only apply for their largest business. May make separate applications for each round. Priority given to women, veteran, and minority owned businesses or businesses in underserved communities lacking access to flexible, affordable, capital.

Latest round closed on Nov.2nd. Register here for information on the next round opening Nov.26th and closing Dec.2nd. 

 

Colorado Lending Source Small Business Emergency Loans for Rural Colorado

$10,000 loans at 3% interest rates and two-year terms. Businesses must be located in a rural community. Payments deferred for six months. Apply here

SBDC Business Resiliency Guide and Materials

Small Business Resiliency Guide that uses critical resources, alternative resources available to businesses as well as their emergency response plans to formulate a contingency plan for hazards such as COVID-19. All business resiliency materials can be found here

Business Interruption Insurance

This is insurance that covers business income lost due to a disaster and is generally an addendum to your property insurance. The coverage period is generally defined as the date the interruption began to the date normal business operations resumed.  It covers operating expenses, a move to a temporary location, payroll, taxes, loan payments, and profits. Financial statements from previous months are used to justify amount of payout. Providers include Farmer’s Insurance, AP Intego, and Nationwide. Annual premiums are typically anywhere from $500-$1500. Unfortunately, business interruption insurance only covers physical disasters currently, but business interruption insurers are considering an option where by claims are made related to COVID-19 and are adjusted by the insurance provider to determine an appropriate payment- https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/IN/IN11295

For example, the Hartford doesn’t specifically cover insurance claims related to COVID-19 but states “Every situation, however, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and reviewed based on the underlying facts, policy language and applicable law. If you believe you have a business interruption claim, you can file a claim online.”- https://www.thehartford.com/coronavirus/businesses

It is important to discuss business interruption insurance with your property insurer to see if some form of compensation can be obtained for COVID-19 business interruption.

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