COVID-19 Business Resources

COVID-19

We recognize the businesses of Firestone work hard to provide quality goods and services to the community, and COVID continues to present challenges.  This webpage has been revised to provide recent program updates and information, while still providing links to regional and national resources.  If you are not able to locate the information you need, please contact a member of our team for assistance:  

Paula Mehle  |  303-531-6265  |  pmehle@firestoneco.gov
Michelle Magelssen  |  303-531-6263  |  mmagelssen@firestoneco.gov
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FEBRUARY 2021

Scroll through to read the most current business resource updates for the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Small Business Relief Fund Program is closed.

SmallBusinessReliefProgram_LogoIdeaThe Town of Firestone has received funding from the State of Colorado to administer the Small Business Relief (SBR) Program to qualified businesses in our community. A total of $53,500 was awarded to 11 businesses! These businesses each recognized a revenue loss of at least 20% due to COVID restrictions or had opened for business just before COVID restrictions went into effect. The State Legislature will reconvene on February 16, 2021. The Small Business Relief (SBR) Program webpage will be updated with new information if action is taken to extend or otherwise modify the program. Please check back for updates later this month.

State Issues “Dial 2.0” - Level Metrics and Some Capacity Restrictions Changed

C19 State Dial 11.20.2020 Opens in new windowDial 2.0 is now in effect. The decline of COVID incident rates across the State has prompted an increase in the range of disease incidence metrics within a 7-day period for all dial levels.  Some capacity restrictions have also been updated to allow more capacity.

Learn more about what this means for your business:

Dial 2.0 FAQ  |  Level Determinants  |  Level Restrictions

For information from Weld County's Public Health Department, including posters for your business and additional resources visit Weld County's COVID-19 webpages.

Weld County Service Industry Relief Fund – Extended!

Weld County LogoThe Weld County Service Industry Relief Fund has been extended through February 28, 2021.  The fund allows grants up to $10,000 to businesses specifically affected by state restrictions. This program is separate from the Weld County Business Recovery Progam, and businesses that applied for previous federal and/or local Economic Relief Loans and/or Grant Programs may also apply for this program. Grant administration will give priority to service-based businesses deemed "high-risk," including restaurants, bars, and other food and beverage service providers; gyms and fitness centers; live event venues and movie theaters; entertainment including bowling centers, arcades, and recreation facilities; and, other public-facing business under special circumstances. Visit WeldRecovery.com  to learn more about this opportunity and review the guiding principles for this program to determine eligibility. Eligible businesses may apply online.

Black Hills Energy – Colorado Gas Commercial Rebates

BlackHillsEnergy_LogoThe new high-efficiency infrared heater rebate program can help offset the costs to make outdoor dining comfortable year-round, covering up to $787 of the cost to purchase an infrared heater.  To take advantage of this program, please contact 888-391-8702 or BlackHillsSBDI@franklinenergy.com before buying equipment. This program is available to all commercial customers. Learn more about other gas commercial rebates.

Restaurant & Bar Special Sales Tax Deduction - Includes Mobile Food Vendors! 

State of CO white backCertain restaurants, bars, and mobile food vendors may be eligible for state sales tax relief. House Bill 20B-1004 permitted a limited special deduction from state taxable sales and allowed retailers to retain and spend the resulting state sales tax. To claim the special deduction:

Instructions for restaurants and bars  |  Instructions for mobile food vendors

Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) - Business Assistance

CO_OEDIT_LogoThe State's COVID-19 Business Resource page is continually updated with the latest information on State and Federal programs, including the Small Business Administration (SBA) loan and other COVID business assistance programs. 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 oedit_sbnavigator@state.co.us with specific questions or for help understanding which programs may provide your business the most benefit.

Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERC)

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) LogoThe ERC is a tax credit from the latest stimulus designed to support local businesses impacted by Covid-19. Similar to the PPP, these are government funds that do not need to be paid back. The ERC pays out up to $5,000 per employee for 2020 and up to $7,000 per employee for 2021. An estimated 98% of restaurants and other service-industry businesses qualify for this credit. Learn more.