Are you a small business owner experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19?
Small Business Relief
Look no further than the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Networkopens a new window for help navigating the eligibility requirements for accessing federal disaster relief funds. Their consultants and partners, including the Small Business Administration (SBA)opens a new window, provide services to assist with disaster loan applications, long term planning, insurance navigation, physical and economic loss estimations, business preparedness and more. Our local Aurora-South Metro SBDCopens a new window is continuing to offer these services one-on-one via telephone and web in English and Spanish, in addition to web based training and events.opens a new window For businesses in our region, large and small, Denver South Economic Development Partnership also has a variety of resources and is collecting input from the community to help develop new, innovative ways to support our local economy.
For questions about employment, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employmentopens a new window has resources for both employers experiencing rapid reduction in workforce and workers seeking unemployment. More locally, Arapahoe Douglas Workforce Centeropens a new window is continuing to provide services during this time through online job preparedness classes, layoff assistance for employers, hiring events and more.
Support Small Business
Looking for more ways to support your local small business community? Try these:
- Buy gift cards to your favorite businesses to use later
- Purchase online from local stores or purchase products to pickup later
- Donate to local charities like food banks and blood banks
- Review businesses online, tag them on social media and remind people what you love about them
- Tip your service workers extra
Have other questions? Ask a Librarian! Our business and career services librarians are still here to help.