COVID-19 Business Resource List
The Brighton EDC is committed to providing resources to the Brighton business community during this difficult time. Below is a list of resources and resource providers who may be able to provide additional assistance and guidance. We also encourage Brighton businesses to frequent the City of Brighton’s website at https://www.brightonco.gov/1503/COVID-19-Assistance for more information on the measures we are taking to protect our community. Check back frequently for new resources as they become available.
Adams County 5 Star Program
The Maintain & Sustain Adams – 5 Star Certification gives businesses who provide a safety plan and establish more stringent safety protocols additional flexibility to operate during the time of COVID-19 and under the State’s Dial system. Certified businesses will be allowed to operate with indoor capacity limits one level less on the COVID Dial system than the county is currently operating. As Adams County’s dial position moves, program participants who remain in good standing will continue to operate at the capacities one level below the overall county position.
There is no cost for businesses to apply for the program.
Businesses will apply with the necessary safety plan and outbreak mitigation plan required by Colorado Department of Public Health (CDPHE). An on-site inspection is required to verify the necessary safety protocols.
The initial pilot phase of the program will be open to 100 businesses. With further CDPHE approvals, the program will be opened to greater numbers
of business participants. Pilot Program opened on January 21, 2021.
It is important to note the 5 Star Certification process is giving certain businesses additional flexibility and more capacity due to their participation in the program and extra safety protocols but is not implying that non-certified businesses are unsafe in any way. All business following CDPHE and TCHD regulations and guidance should be seen as safe.
Last Update made on 3/22/2021
Current Resources Available
U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) - https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options
The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (COEDIT) - https://choosecolorado.com/covid19/
The resources in this link provide state and federal COVID-19 announcements, programs, and information relevant to Colorado businesses.
City of Brighton COVID-19 Resources - https://www.brightonco.gov/1503/COVID-19-Assistance
This page provides information on financial and other assistance available to the businesses, residents, nonprofits, and community groups. Click here for Spanish.
Adams County Business & Economic Development - http://www.adcogov.org/business-and-economic-development-resources
Adams County Economic Development is working with all relevant local, state, and federal partners during this period of COVID-19 to support our businesses and ensure long-term economic vitality.
North Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - https://northmetrosbdc.com/coronavirus/
The North Metro SBDC has compiled a list of resources and tools designed to assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Colorado Restaurant Association - https://www.corestaurant.org/resources/coronavirus-resources
The Colorado Restaurant Association is the leading trade organization for restaurants and bars and has compiled a list of resources to assist businesses within that industry.
This loan is not intended to compete with the SBA CARES Act loans. Rather, CEF’s loan program aligns with the underwriting and approval process and standards of the CARES Act loans so borrowers may use a similar process to apply for both. CEF’s goal is to guide borrowers through the process of applying for both sources of funding, providing the financial support they need as they wait to access federal emergency relief programs. This loan can also stand alone for the up to six-year term as another resource for businesses that do not qualify or cannot access SBA CARES Act funding programs.
Google for Small Business COVID-19 Resources -
Google's curation of useful tools for small to medium sized business owners on how to keep your customers informed, adjust your advertising, run your business remotely, and continue to adapt to new customer behavior.
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment in conjunction with the Colorado State Emergency Operations Center - https://covid19.colorado.gov
The State of Colorado has put together a helpful site for Colorado residents to better understand what they can and should do during the COVID-19 pandemic. Including information on current restrictions, vaccination rates, and how to information for businesses and residents of Colorado.
Help Colorado Now - https://helpcoloradonow.org/
This website in partnership with Governor Jared Polis's office has outlined the various ways that businesses and individuals can help during the ongoing global pandemic. Including
OnwardCO which is an initiative of companies, foundations, and humans to get Colorado workers displaced by COVID-19 essential life services and back to work as quickly as possible.
SBA Scams and Fraud Schemes Information - https://www.sba.gov/document/report-sba-programs-scams-fraud-alerts?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
The Office of Inspector General recognizes that we are facing unprecedented times and is alerting the public about potential fraud schemes related to economic stimulus programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration in response to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19). The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the largest financial assistance bill to date, includes provisions to help small businesses. Fraudsters have already begun targeting small business owners during these economically difficult times. Be on the lookout for grant fraud, loan fraud, and phishing.
Startup Colorado - https://startupcolorado.org/
Silicon Flatiron's FREE peer-to-peer network of entrepreneurs, small business owners, funders, and business support agents is built by rural, for rural. Startup Colorado is more than a mission; it’s a movement to support your right to start and it belongs to everyone.
Rise - https://www.comcastrise.com/
Representation, Investment, Strength and Empowerment. These are the cornerstones of Comcast RISE, a multi-year commitment to provide marketing, creative, media, and technology services to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned small businesses.
Energize Colorado - https://energizecolorado.com/
We’re a nonprofit dedicated to helping Coloradans recover and rise from the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by inspired innovators we’re working to build the next economy — one that serves all Coloradans, across racial and economic divides.