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Coronavirus Business Resources

The city’s Community Vitality Department is working with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Boulder Chamber, Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau, Downtown Boulder Partnership, Latino Chamber of Boulder County, Boulder County and other partner organizations to appreciate, anticipate and appropriately respond to short- and long-term business needs. Information and resources for businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus will be shared here, as they are developed. 

Latest news

May 7, 2021 - Restaurant Revitalization Fund grant program began accepting applications on May 3
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund, part of the federal  American Rescue Plan Act, provides $28.6 billion in grants to restaurants and bars that experience lost revenue between Feb. 15, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2021. $5 billion of that total is set aside for businesses with 2019 gross receipts of less than $500,000. Most restaurants and bars that lost revenue in 2020 versus 2019 (excluding restaurants or bars that are part of a publicly traded company or operate more than 20 locations, and restaurants owned by a state or local government) will be eligible to apply for grants. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) opened applications on May 3. Please visit the Colorado SBDC website for more information and assistance from the Small Business Development Center. Additionally, the SBA has established a call center for the RRF: 844-279-8898 Monday - Friday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. mountain time.

April 19, 2021 - Centralized webpage for small businesses needing COVID-19 related funding and support
The Boulder Small Business Development Center (SBDC) now has a centralized webpage for COVID-related funding opportunities for Boulder County small businesses. The webpage was created to consolidate COVID-19 small business funding information into one location that can be easily updated when new opportunities arise. It includes details and links to known federal, state, county, municipal and alternative funding sources, as well as options for in-kind assistance. The webpage is simple to navigate and available in both English and Spanish. Currently listed funding resources include: Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and Targeted EIDL Advance. If questions, please contact the Boulder SBDC at [email protected]

Jan. 21, 2021 - Boulder Business Recovery Program extended through October 2021
The City of Boulder recognizes COVID-19’s significant impact on local businesses. In response to the pandemic, the city created the Boulder Business Recovery Program, enabling  businesses  to expand outside to help offset capacity limits put in place under the state’s Dial Framework Tracking. This citywide program aims to help businesses stay open by extending outdoor expansion program options through Oct. 31, 2021 or whenever indoor capacity restrictions are lifted. The program allows for colder weather outdoor expansion with temporary structures and heating elements to make being outdoors more comfortable. Visit the  Boulder Business Recovery  webpage for the application,  the map  of locations already participating  Frequently Asked Questions  and more information. 

Jan. 20, 2021 - City funding has run out of funding for free delivery via Nosh Boulder from local restaurants; Nosh still benefits local restaurants by capping their delivery fees 
CARES Act funding for the delivery fees subsidy for local Boulder restaurants through  Nosh Boulder  has run out, and delivery fees are now being charged to customers, however, Nosh Boulder continues to cap the restaurant portion of delivery fees at 15% through 2021 or until indoor dining restrictions are lifted. Using Nosh Boulder for delivery while dining safer at home continues to benefit local restaurants more than other third party delivery vendors. Please visit  Nosh Boulder , to see the list of Boulder restaurants available for delivery.  The Nosh Boulder app is available in the Apple App Store and in the Google Play Store.

Sector-by-Sector guidance for businesses from the State of Colorado:  guidance-by-sector

Boulder Business Recovery Program : Curbside Pick-Up Zone Program
As part of its efforts to support local businesses recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Boulder is offering a Curbside Pick-Up Zone program, which will operate through Oct. 31, 2021. The program converts some existing loading zones and other parking spaces in downtown Boulder and on University Hill for general curbside pick-up use. The program also provides an online application for new curbside pick-up zones for businesses that are not in the vicinity of an existing zone. These curbside pick-up zones will be free of charge for 10 minutes to provide patrons and services enough time to pick-up orders, and will be clearly signed in English and Spanish.

Working under Boulder County Public Health orders

Visit Boulder County's COVID-19 business resources website for guidance on reopening, including specific checklists for business sectors. View Boulder County's Dial Framework Tracking.

Required signage

Businesses must have a "Mask Required to Enter" or "Do Not Enter Without a Mask" sign on the door (retail, restaurants, personal services, offices, manufacturing, limited healthcare, etc.). Colorado "Mask Required to Enter" sign (8.5" x 11") in blue, in red, (in Spanish) Letrero de tapabocas obligatorios (8.5 x 11) Azul | Rojo

Additional resources and information

  • For many resources for individuals and families, please visit the tab at the top of this page, called "Resources," under the Coronavirus image block. The City of Boulder is carefully tracking the needs of our community members relating to impacts from the COVID-19 coronavirus. This work is occurring in close coordination with Boulder County and the many community partners that provide services meeting the basic needs of the community. The link below, "COVID-19 Basic Needs Services Guide," is a summary of programs provided by the City of Boulder, Boulder County and key community partner agencies. Note that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department has determined that the use of COVID-19 public resources will not be counted against immigrants who are subject to “public charge” grounds of inadmissibility when applying for Green Cards.
  • Access the COVID-19 Basic Needs Services Guide pdf.   Updated 5/4/2020
  • Access to temporary job opportunities - Connecting Colorado webpage.
  • OnwardCO: One-stop resource for the people of Colorado impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic