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Arvada Emergency Business Recovery Initiative

Second Round of Business Recovery Funding--Closed

The City of Arvada announced the continued support for the local business community and continued recovery from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic through a second round of business recovery funding. An additional $1.5 million in funding became available. Read the press release.

This second round of support is an opportunity to target critical financial assistance to areas of the businesses community demonstrating the highest need based on how COVID-19 has affected them. In particular, a portion of the funds will be targeted to restaurants, which are critical to the community’s economic vitality and create unique character, a sense of place and an overall attractiveness for people who live, work or visit Arvada.

The funding is made possible through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to Jefferson and Adams counties. Arvada businesses are expected to use the grant funds based on requirements under the CARES Act.

Contact

Questions regarding the program should be directed to the Arvada Economic Development Association at 720-898-7010 or businessrecovery@arvada.org.

Additional Resources to Support the Arvada Business Community Are Available

Strategic Partnerships

The City of Arvada, the Arvada Economic Development Association, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce and many other community partners have created the Arvada Resiliency Task Force to focus on the business community during the COVID-19 crisis. The group has developed a Coronavirue Business Toolkit and other resources to help local businesses and workers cope with the economic crisis caused by COVID-19.

The Arvada Chamber of Commerce is offering a free, basic level of service to all businesses called the #ArvadaStrong Membership. By signing up for this e-newsletter, businesses will be notified about the latest local funding opportunities and resources available to help businesses thrive during these challenging times. The email updates will provide information on Chamber initiatives, as well as those through partnerships with the Arvada Resiliency Taskforce, designed to help all businesses in Arvada be successful.

The City of Arvada and Adams County are offering “winterization” mini grants to physical businesses in Arvada who have been impacted by COVID-19. The Arvada Chamber of Commerce is managing the grant disbursement. The funding is made possible through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Eligible businesses can apply for mini-grants in the following four categories: business operations, technology upgrades, compliance issues and winterizing operations. For information and to apply, visit https://adamscountycovid19.org/mini-grants-application-small-businesses.

Temporary Modifications, Expansions, Tents and Temporary Use Permits

For information on the following topics, visit COVID-19: Doing Business in Arvada.

  • Temporary Modifications of Liquor License Premises
  • Expansion of Outdoor Dining/Retail Areas
  • Tents for Supplemental Dining/Retail Areas (Winter Conditions)

Sales Tax and Water/Sewer/Stormwater Utility Payment Plans

 The City is providing additional relief to businesses in the form of deferred utility payments for up to 12 months. In many cases, penalties and interest will be waived. Businesses in need may also take advantage of a Payment plan of up to 12 months with no penalties applied. These payment plans are available on a case-by-case basis. To discuss sales tax payments, contact 720-898-7100 or salestax@arvada.org. For water bill payments call 720-898-7070. 

Streamlined Regulatory Processes

The City anticipates that the updated Land Development Code will be approved by the Arvada City Council in early summer 2020. As a result of this update, a typical review process will be reduced from 12 months to 4 months. Process which requires City Council approval would be reduced from 12 months to 7 months.

Additional Commercial Lending Options

If your Arvada business is not eligible for or able to access the Emergency Small Business Loan Fund, additional financial resources to explore include:

AEDA COVID-19 Loan Program in partnership with Colorado Enterprise Fund - The program offers up to $25,000 for Arvada businesses to cover short-term working capital needs and serve as a bridge loan to other debt products as credit becomes available elsewhere and the credit market stabilizes.

Jefferson County Business Recovery support programs - The county is offering a variety of resources and programs. 

Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) - The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. 

SBA EIDL Emergency Advance - In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. 

SBA Express Bridge Loans - Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loan or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for a decision and disbursement on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan.

Paycheck Protection Program - The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll during the COVID-19 crisis.  SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

The Energize Colorado Gap Fund - The Energize Colorado Gap Fund will provide more than $25M in small business loans and grants to boost small business enterprises that are the economic engines throughout the state. Sole proprietors, businesses and nonprofits with less than 25 full-time employees can apply for up to a $15,000 grant and a $20,000 loan for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance.

Contact

If you have a question or would like to discuss your options, please contact a member of the AEDA staff at 720-898-7010 or bizinfo@arvada.org. Additional COVID-19 resources and information to assist with your Arvada business and employee needs can be found in the Coronavirus Business Toolkit