Employer/Business Resources

“5 Star” Restaurant Certification Program

Summit County is currently operating in GREEN level metrics, therefore the 5 Star Program has been discontinued. Businesses are encouraged to continue following the 5 Star Program’s control measures that minimize disease transmission within their businesses.

The State of Colorado’s “5 Star” Certified Business Variance Program and the Summit County 5 Star Certification Program allowed businesses to expand operations by implementing safety measures beyond what is already required by public health orders and guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This program is designed for responsible businesses that are following public health guidance, and going above and beyond to prioritize the health and safety of their staff and customers.

State of Colorado Business Relief

In December during a Colorado General Assembly Special Session, Senate Bill 20B-001 was passed establishing the Colorado Small Business Relief Program, funded with $37 million. The bill provides an additional $20 million in grant programs and funds specifically for art and cultural organizations, minority-owned businesses, and annual fee waivers to struggling small businesses that offer on-premise food and alcoholic beverage consumption.

Federal Financial Assistance

Below are the current and forthcoming Federal financial assistance programs that will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

Rental Assistance

Alternative Funding Sources

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Resource List

This Google sheet helps Colorado’s small businesses find alternative funding sources beyond the EIDL, PPP, and other federal loans and programs.

Colorado Lending Source – Small Business Emergency Loans

This new financing option is for rural-based Colorado businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. Learn More.

Loan details of the Small Business Emergency Loan Program are as follows:

  • $10,000 loans;
  • 3.75% fixed interest rate;
  • Two year terms;
  • Payments deferred for six months

Main Street Lending Program

  • The Federal Reserve has created the Main Street Lending Program to provide a total of $600 billion in financing for small and medium-sized businesses.
  • This is a lending program separate from the PPP that is designed to assist small businesses through government-backed loans.
  • Here’s what you need to know to check eligibility and get ready to apply.

Legal Assistance

Colorado COVID-19 Legal Relief provides free legal support for businesses.

  • This organization connects attorneys with Colorado businesses in need to help them make informed decisions and get back on their feet.
  • From financial aid compliance to leasing arrangements and business liability, small businesses across our state face complex challenges and most small businesses need legal resources and expertise to make informed decisions.

General Business Health and Safety Protocols

Health and Safety Protocols for Businesses

More Information To Come

  • This page was last updated on August 8, 2021.
  • This page was created the same day that the 2 trillion dollar Phase 3 COVID-19 stimulus package was passed by the House and signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020. The Federal government continues to release information, and our Frisco SERT staff will continue to sift through and provide resources about these programs.
  • Please email us with more specific questions, and we will work on finding answers.

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