COVID-19 Business Resources
The Steamboat Springs Chamber is working together with our local, state and national partners to provide information and resources for the business community regarding the impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19). These resources from experts will help businesses navigate the effects of COVID-19. On this page you will find:
Routt County Responds
Routt County has established a COVID-19 Help Line to provide information and resources available to county residents: 970-871-8444 every day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This line is for non-medical needs. Routt County has also set up a website to provide more information to the public. Visit their Impact Monitor to view confirmed cases, active cases, tests administered, and more.
Banking Hours & Relief Program Information
Local banks have been and will continue to be at the ready to support business owners and residents with financial inquiries and decision making. We have put together a list of local banks with their hours of operations and relief programs below.
It is very important to document all impacts of COVID-19 on your business to access loans and grant programs. Be sure to reference the Small Business Development Guide on how to track financial loss. Click the link below for details on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, Paycheck Protection Program, Local Bank Relief Programs and more.
COventure Forward: CU Boulder's Business Resources
The Deming Center for Entrepreneurship in CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business has resources available to help entrepreneurs and small businesses through the COVID-19 crisis. Small business owners and entrepreneurs can gain access to the collective strength and assets of Colorado-based universities, mentors and faculty to help them navigate the current business environment. Learn more about COventure Forward powered by CU here.
- Colorado Mountain College Responds: Today, Tomorrow, Together. For the summer 2020 semester, the college is waiving tuition, books and fees for credit classes for new or returning students who qualify as in-district, in-state students who took credit courses in spring 2020, and displaced workers due to COVID-19 public health orders who live in the CMC district. Learn more here.
- Colorado Mountain College Responds: Back to Business. In an effort to aid local businesses and business professionals, Colorado Mountain College is offering no-cost coaching, live educational trainings and consultation services to in-district businesses during this time of need. Learn more here.
As many of you are facing the difficult tasks surrounding your employees and possible layoffs, below is information and links to resources that will help guide your decision-making process.
- Review Colorado Department of Labor & Employment information on paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, wage claims and more.
- Review the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs Employer Guide.
- Layoff & Separations assistance information and resources. Contact our local Workforce Center here.
- Workshare Program: The Work-Share Program gives you an alternative to laying off your employees. It allows you to let your employees keep working, but with fewer hours.
- Look into your business insurance policy to understand what your plan covers.
- Michael Best Coronavirus Employment Law Q&A for Employer
- April 1, 2020 The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division issued the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requiring certain employers to provide employees with two to twelve weeks of paid sick leave or expanded family medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19 at two thirds to full pay. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020. Review the Employer Paid Leave Requirements information and the FAQ page.
The Senate has passed a $2 trillion COVID-19 response act bill to aid relief efforts across the American economy. Click here for a summary of the bill with steps to take as well as important information you and your employees should be aware of.
Routt County Public Health Order 2020-03
On April 10, Routt County Commissioners issued Public Health Order 2020-03. The Order requires all Critical Government Functions, Critical Businesses and all businesses maintaining minimum basic operations where there is more than one person present at any time (whether employees or members of the public) prepare a “Mitigation Protocol” by 8:00 a.m. on April 14, 2020, for each facility or operational location in Routt County. The Order also requires employees and the public to cover their nose and mouth with a face-covering. Read the full summary prepared by the Steamboat Springs Chamber.
Health Insurance and Healthcare resources
Connect for Health Colorado® has opened an emergency Special Enrollment period from Friday, March 20 through Thursday, April 30, 2020. Coloradans who are currently uninsured or about to lose coverage due to COVID-19 are able to get health insurance for 2020.
The SALA Healthcare program is a proven insurance alternative for members to consider for their healthcare. Because the SALA Healthcare program is not insurance, it offers year-round rolling enrollment for individuals and businesses, including those who are currently uninsured or about to lose coverage due to COVID-19.
We are working to bring utility resources to the business community. Click here for more information.
Click here for resources available to the Agriculture industry in response to COVID-19 impacts.
The most important thing your business can do for long term recovery is to start here: Disaster Recovery and Continuity Guide for small businesses.
The Steamboat Springs Chamber has created a guide to assist the immediate needs that employees may be experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have pulled together some tips and best practices for employees working remotely. Click here for more information.
Regulations and Notifications
Symptoms and Prevention
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's CO HELP: COVID-19 hotline is an excellent resource for the latest information and for general questions. Call 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, or email them here for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.
Click here for information on prevention methods for your business, best practices and resources for those displaying symptoms.