Colorado's Economic Recovery Programs for Businesses

The Colorado legislature passed 12 bills that appropiated $228 million in funding to support economic recovery efforts

Some programs with open or soon-to-open applications include:

Applications are open.

The Colorado Loans for Increasing Mainstreet Business and Economic Recovery (CLIMBER) fund provides $250 million to small businesses with working capital loans between $30,000 and $500,000. Below-market interest rates and a 1-year deferred payment option make the program a secure recovery option for small businesses.

Applications are open.

This 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. The loans are intended to provide startup and working capital that will help create and retain jobs across Colorado.

Programs with upcoming applications:

Applications will open in July or August 2021.

This program provides $65 million in gap funding for mixed use projects in creative districts, historic districts, main streets or neighborhood commercial centers.

Applications will open in August 2021.

This program provides $15.5 million in a second round of funding to support arts, cultural and entertainment artists, crew members, and organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program already provided $7.5 million in early 2021 in its first round of funding.

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      Business Q/A with the Department of Health: Next Session on August 26, 2021.

      There are currently no local public health orders related to COVID-19 and most businesses have returned to pre-COVID operations so we are holding our business Q/A session once-per-month. Please join us for the next 1-hour session, Thursday, August 26 2021 at  2 p.m. via Zoom.

      To help make this session as informative and helpful as possible, please submit your questions in advance

      If you have questions between sessions:

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      Funding to Train Your Staff: Skill Advance Colorado 

      Transforming Colorado’s workforce through customized training, the Skill Advance program offers State funding for Colorado First and Existing Industry customized job training reimbursement grants. Colorado First and Existing Industry grants are jointly administered by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) and are locally administered by participating community colleges. 

      The Colorado First customized training grant program provides funds for net new hire training and focuses on businesses relocating to or expanding in Colorado and in need of trained workers with the skills necessary to increase their productivity, to increase their wages, and to reduce their need for public support. 

      The Existing Industry customized training program provides funding for incumbent worker training and supports established Colorado businesses with adapting to new technology and preventing layoffs. 

      Apply for training grants as high as $1,200/employee now!

      Apply Here!

      Take advantage of classes at the Larimer Small Business Development Center

      Register for one of these classes, now being held in-person!

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      Things to Know & Upcoming Events

        Upcoming Events: 

        • East Mulberry Visioning Workshops will give you an opportunity to discuss what you value most about the East Mulberry area today and how you envision the future of this unique community gateway. Register now  
          • Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - Hosted In-Person (pending CDC and local health guidelines) 
            • Business-focused Visioning Workshop: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. 
            • Resident-focused Visioning Workshop: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 
        • Business Q&A with Larimer’s Health Department - All businesses are invited to join the County on the fourth Thursday of each month. Join the July 22, 2021 session at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. To help make this session as informative and helpful as possible, please submit your questions in advance

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