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Business & Workforce Center
COVID-19 Information & Resources
Updated June 25, 2020
With the reopening of County buildings on June 1, 2020, and because of the continuing restrictions around the number of individuals who can gather in one area, most services will continue to be provided virtually through the appointment system on the website and/or through the phone system.
On Mondays – Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., limited on-site services will be provided such as computers, phones and copy machines. Social distancing guidelines will be followed and wearing a face covering while visiting any county facility is strongly encouraged.
Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center is taking appointments!
You can now make a virtual appointment with a workforce specialist (by phone or WebEx) for job search resources or career coaching. To make an appointment please click the link below (works best in Google Chrome web browser). If you have a general question, please call 303-271-4755 or email the Business & Workforce Center.
Small Business Emergency Grants
CARES Act Emergency Grant Funding is an opportunity for small businesses to apply for relief and receive funding to address the COVID-19 emergency in Jefferson County.
- The deadline scheduled to expire Tuesday June 9 has been extended to June 30 at 5:00 p.m.
- Reduced the minimum number of employees from two to one employee. This change will allow business owners working full time operating their business to apply for the grant.
- Eliminated the requirement for business to be current on property tax payments.
Small Business Sustainability Grants
In support of our small business community, Jefferson County is providing a second grant opportunity for businesses that are in unincorporated Jefferson County. The Small Business Sustainability Grant program will open on Monday, July 6, and applications can be submitted through Friday, July 17. Businesses can apply for up to $10,000 to assist with COVID-19 related expenses.
Businesses who received funds from the Small Business Emergency Grant program, which was the first grant program made available to small businesses by Jefferson County, are eligible to apply for additional funds. The combined total of these grants cannot exceed $10,000 for any individual business.
Jefferson County Business Services
Jefferson County Business Services Newsletter: June 19, 2020
If you are a business needing to lay-off employees, Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center has resources to assist you and your employees. Contact Jill Howard at 303.271.4768 or via email.
Business Development Center Network
Business Development Center Network is here to help businesses affected by recent disasters in Colorado, including how to respond to the current health crisis with the COVID-19 Small Business Response Resources Handbook.
Connecting Colorado is a free, statewide job database for Colorado’s network of job centers. By posting your job opening directly to Connecting Colorado you will receive inquiries from candidates who meet the qualifications you are seeking. See step by step instructions.
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
- Employer FAQ’s in relation to unemployment insurance for employers.
- FAQs and resources for both workers and employers.
Paycheck Protection Program
Paycheck Protection Program is a Small Business Administration loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Payroll Protection Program Made Easy.
Form and Instructions
Emergency Rules on Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) published emergency rules which temporarily require employers in certain industries to provide a small amount of paid sick leave to employees with flu-like symptoms while awaiting COVID-19 testing. Read more on the CDLE website.
Jefferson County Business Resource Center
Jefferson County Business Resource Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the small business community in Jefferson County.
Webinar: Skillful Talent Series - Workforce Planning in a Crisis
Employers are invited to join Skillful for a series of free, interactive workshops that will look at how the pandemic has impacted our businesses and how, as the economy changes, our hiring practices should adapt and ensure we hire, retain, and upskill the best employees possible.
These live virtual workshops will focus on:
- How to future-proof your workforce by focusing on skills
- Increasing employee retention and engagement
- Using competencies to hire better candidates, speed up time-to-hire, and improve diversity
- Providing the tools you need to adapt your talent management process now
Register now to secure your spot.
- Arvada Chamber of Commerce
- Arvada Chamber Business Toolkit
- Evergreen Chamber of Commerce
- Golden Chamber of Commerce
- West Metro Chamber of Commerce
- Westminster Chamber of Commerce
The COVID-19 Economic Vulnerability Index
Chmura has created a map displaying the COVID-19 Economic Vulnerability Index for all counties and metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the United States.
The US Census Bureau COVID-19 site provides users demographic risk factor variables along with economic data on 20 key industries impacted by coronavirus. Each data set can be displayed in different visualizations, maps, can be shared, and available for download.
Looking to Hire
If you are looking to hire employees please contact the Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center at 303.271.4800 or email the Business Services team.
Resources for Businesses
See a list of Resources for Businesses including information on Unemployment Insurance, Small Business Guidance, and Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, Renters, and more.
Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loans
May 6, 2020 SBDC EIDL Application Update
At this time, only agricultural business applications will be accepted due to limitations in funding availability and the unprecedented submission of applications already received. Learn more.
SBDC shared an update on PPP and EIDL. On April 24, 2020 Congress approved a second round of funding for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). SBA is working on reopening the applications. We encourage businesses to prepare their application in anticipation of the reopening date.
As of March 23rd 2020, small businesses in all states may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help offset the financial losses from the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on what you should know about COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws.
U.S. Small Business Administration
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources are included in Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Effective March 2020, Jefferson County Human Services and Business and Workforce Center have temporarily suspended Tuesday extended hours. Services are no longer available until 8:00 p.m. Normal business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. with the Resource Center open from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Find more information about hours and services through the Human Services website, apply online through PEAK, or contact 303-271-1388.
Back 2 Business
A conversation for businesses with Jefferson County Public Health. Dr. James Rada will provide guidance and answer your questions about how to safely re-open your business. What protective gear will you need? Do you need to install plexiglass? In this video you will receive the most up-to-date information and have an opportunity to ask questions.
A video lecture explaining how businesses benefit from older workers and age friendly practices.
PPP or Unemployment?
If you applied for or are thinking of applying for the Paycheck Protection Program through the SBA, you may be wondering how you will bring back employees given social distancing and other requirements. Should you consider the new unemployment benefits for self-employed business owners? Check out this video with the latest information and learn the pros and cons of both options.
Tech Talent Denver/Boulder Virtual Panel
TTD/B hosted a Virtual Panel focused on how COVID–19 and the related “Stay at Home Order” is effecting the Tech industry.
Connecting Colorado is a free, statewide job database for Colorado’s network of job centers.
Effective Monday, April 20, 2020 CDLE will begin taking unemployment benefit applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), to serve non-traditional workers such as gig workers. Call center capacity has been added specifically to answer questions about this new program. See Colorado Department of Labor resources related to COVID-19.
UI confirmed that faith-based organizations are covered under PUA.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance FAQ’s
Unemployment Insurance Provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Fact Sheet.
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) announced a number of new customer service tools for unemployment insurance (UI) claimants including expanding an online callback request function, on-site help via appointment scheduling and a new how-to video series.
Colorado Unemployment information and resources.
How to Apply for Colorado Unemployment Benefits:
Unemployment Filing Flowchart for COVID-19
Unemployment Pandemic Scenarios & Benefits Available for COVID-19
Jefferson County Business & Workforce has created 8 online engaging, interactive, and facilitator led workshops with you, the stay-at-home job seeker, in mind! You can access these workshops via your phone, smart phone, laptop, or desktop. Workshops include Career Exploration, Job Search Tips, Resume Concepts, Dynamic Cover Letters, LinkedIn & Social Networking, Interviewing for Success, Letting Go & Moving On, and How to Prepare for Video Interviews and Look (& Sound Like) a Pro. We ask that you register 24 hours in advance so that we can process your registration and provide you with the access link to your workshop. You can also visit our workshops page to learn more about our facilitators. If you have questions, contact CJ Juleff.
Before you can register for any workshop, however, you must register in Connecting Colorado. Once you have registered in Connecting Colorado, you may sign-up for workshops by creating a separate user identification and password.
In partnership with the Governor’s Office, state agencies and community partners, CDLE is pleased to announce the launch of OnwardCO. OnwardCO.org is a COVID-19 response site that will provide support for individuals in Colorado impacted by job loss by connecting them to essential services, online training programs, and immediate employment opportunities. This will not only provide pathways to rapid redeployment of workers to needed industries and the re-skilling of workers to help offset the impact of displacement, but will also alleviate pressure on the state workforce system. Colorado is the second state to launch an Onward site after California, as part of Bitwise Industries’ OnwardUS initiative.
In this time of national emergency, if you need assistance with food, rent, or paying other bills, Jefferson County Human Services may still be able to help through Emergency Assistance. This assistance is intended to help stabilize households that have been impacted by COVID-19. The level of assistance is based on your household’s situation, considering program limitations, and guidelines.
Emergency Child Care
If you are an essential worker in need of assistance with child care, Colorado Office of Early Childhood Department of Human Services provides information on the Emergency Child Care Collaborative.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act)
Families First Act requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
Jefferson County Community Resources
Jefferson County Community Resources includes resources for Food, Housing, Employment, Health Access, Mental Health, and much more.
Job Fairs & Hiring Events
Out of an abundance of caution due to the current health updates on COVID-19, Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center will not be holding any job fairs or hiring events at this time. You will be informed when future job fairs and hiring events are scheduled at the Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center or at community partner locations.
If you need assistance due to a lay-off, Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center has resources to assist you. Call 303-271-4755 or email the Workforce Center.
Lives Empowered Training Academy
Lives Empowered Training Academy offers industry-recognized credentials to develop the skills and marketability of active and displaced retail workers. Interested retail workers can enroll in one of four virtual programs that best suit their needs at this time.
Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation
Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation offers resources for restaurants and workers coping with the COVID-19 emergency.
Businesses Currently Hiring
- Advantage Resourcing Golden CO Flyer
- Aramark Broncos Stadium Hiring Flyer
- Bull Durham Hiring Flyer
- C70_Hiring_Event_Flyer 6-17-2020
- Centura Health Apprenticeships Program Fall 2020
- ClayDean Apprentice Electricians Flyer
- Colavria June 2020 Open Jobs
- Express Pros Hiring Flyer
- GardaWorld Recruiting Flyer Denver
- GardaWorld Virtual_Career_Fair_Flyer 6-23-2020
- Olameter Location Technicians Hiring Flyer
- Walgreens InStore Hourly Positions Hiring Flyer
Business & Workforce Center, a proud partner of the American Job Center Network, serves Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin counties, and is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
This program is funded by U.S. Department of Labor and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.