Business & Workforce Center

COVID-19 Information & Resources

Updated July 29, 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 a.m. – 3 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.

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UI Work Search Activities: The What, Why & How in Less Than 45 minutes

Are you seeking answers to why you need to register with the Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center? Do you need clarification about what a work search activity is and how to document your activities? Would you like some tips on how to conduct an effective job search? This quick information session could be the best use of your time and you’ll receive the answers you’re looking for!

To join the info session on Monday, August 3rd at 12:00 PM just click here and use the following password: worksearch to join the session. You can join by computer or smartphone. Please plan to join 5 minutes BEFORE the session begins so you don’t miss any information.

To join the info session on Wednesday, August 5th at 8:00 AM just click here and use the following password: worksearch to join the session. You can join by computer or smartphone. Please plan to join 5 minutes BEFORE the session begins so you don’t miss any information.

Workforce Appointments

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.

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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

Lay-off Assistance
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
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

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.

Local Chambers 

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).

Public Comment Section

To submit public comments on the PY20 Local Plan below, please email [email protected]

The 30-day comment period begins on 6/17/2020 and will be available until 7/16/2020.

Local Plan PY20-PY23

Equal Opportunity

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.