State Resources

State of CO white backState Guidance for Businesses & Communities

The state’s mask mandate remains in effect in a limited capacity. The Colorado COVID-19 Dial has evolved into Public Health Order 20-38: Limited COVID-19 Restrictions, allowing counties to implement regulations at the local level while still maintaining some limited requirements across the state. Weld County has not implemented COVID regulations. 

State guidance for businesses and communities, including guidance by industry sector, can be found hereColorado’s ongoing mitigation guidance aims to help all businesses mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and prevent and respond to outbreaks. These guidelines and tools are meant to ensure that businesses can stay open while also protecting customers and employees from COVID-19.

CO_OEDIT_LogoNEW Colorado Revolving Loan Fund and Other Business Resources

The Colorado Revolving Loan Fund provides loans that help small to medium-sized Colorado businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These loans range from $5,000 to $750,000. These loans are intended to provide startup and working capital that will help create and retain jobs across the state of Colorado. The maximum interest rate is 10%, and the expected average interest rate of these loans is 4%. Loans may be character-based and may have terms up to 20 years based on the type of loan. Learn more.

The State's COVID-19 Business Resource page is continually updated with the latest information. We recommend bookmarking that website and checking back regularly. You may also sign up for email updates about COVID-19 programs for the business community at the bottom of that web page. Businesses can contact the COVID-19 Support Hotline, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at 303-860-5881 or with specific questions or for help understanding which programs may provide the most benefit. Resources available through the state office include: 

Free Legal Advice in Colorado was created to match small businesses that need limited free legal advice regarding COVID-19 related issues with volunteer lawyers. If you are a small business that needs legal help, you can submit an application and volunteer lawyers will be asked if they are willing to assist you.

A list of Alternative Sources of Funding is also available to help Colorado small businesses find alternative funding sources beyond EIDL, PPP, and other federal loans and programs.

 Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) COVID-19 Updates for Licensees & Consumers

DORA has updated information for Licensees and consumers to reflect the state’s change to limited mandatory restrictions and guidance. Visit DORA's website for the latest materials. 

Gap Fund 2Mastercard Digital Doors 

Energize Colorado and Mastercard are partnering to bring small businesses resources and education to help them digitally transform and open their Digital Doors. Learn more on the website

CLIMBER Loan FundColorado Loans to Increase Mainstreet Business Economic Recovery (CLIMBER)

The CLIMBER Loan Fund provides up to $250 million in working capital loans to Colorado small businesses through 2023 that were negatively impacted by the pandemic. The program will promote small business recovery, save jobs, and help support the Colorado economy. Small businesses with 5 to 99 employees that were financially stable before the pandemic but now need help to survive may apply for working capital loans between $30,000 and $500,000. Below-market interest rates and a one-year deferred payment option make the program a secure recovery option for small businesses.  Learn more.

Colorado JumpstartColorado Jumpstart Initiative

The Colorado Jumpstart incentive program is being offered to Colorado unemployment recipients who return to work full-time between May 16 and June 26, 2021. The Colorado Jumpstart Initiative was implemented to help incentivize employees to full-time work. The State believes that these incentive grants will provide individuals with the resources they need to return to the workforce quickly and assist with statewide economic recovery. For full eligibility requirements and more information, view the program factsheet here. View Employer FAQs here