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The latest coronavirus updates and how they're affecting Colorado businesses

With daily changes to policies, regulations and lifestyle, ColoradoBiz is dedicated to bringing you the latest news affecting employers and employees. Today, advice for landlords on offering rent relief.

FoodMaven launches consumer grocery with FoodMaven Warehouse

FoodMaven is temporarily opening its inventory to consumers this week to support food security in Colorado communities. Bulk food items will be available from FoodMaven through a pickup or delivery option.

Denver Announces Initial Economic Relief Package for Businesses, Employees

The City and County of Denver is committed to identifying, developing and implementing local programs, including financial and wrap-around services, to support Denver business owners and their employees affected by the city’s public health response to COVID-19. The city is creating an initial relief fund of $4 million to support small businesses during this time

How coronavirus will affect the private cannabis market

History has shown us that in any market disruption, panic-induced decision making rarely benefits investors, and that huge wealth is truly created after market downturns. While many investors will be too fearful of the current economic conditions to invest, those who have the confidence to deploy capital in cannabis investments today might benefit tremendously over the long term.

Colorado tech leaders make joint statement regarding COVID-19

All of Colorado industries have been banding together to fight the rising coronavirus pandemic. And on March 13, Bryan Leach, founder and CEO of Ibotta, alongside 37 other Colorado technology company CEOs co-signed a statement on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Community offers resources, support to creatives amid COVID-19 lockdown

Amid the outbreak and lockdown, the community has come together to find resources for the creative industry to manage the impact of the crisis. Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, TRG Arts and CBCA are rising to provide resources and aid to those cultural organizations and artists that are affected.

Norwich University postpones grand opening of new facility in Denver

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies postponed the grand opening event of its Denver office on March 25. Norwich University is tentatively planning to reschedule the event for fall 2020.

NSCD celebrates 50 years of innovation and adaptability

Adaptability and innovation has carried the NSCD through fifty years, enabling the organization to serve over 150,000 children and adults living with disabilities. Through the organization’s programming, it has helped these individuals get outdoors and participate in the sports and activities that draw people to the Rocky Mountains.

Colorado Labor Department releases emergency rules on paid sick leave for COVID-19

The Department released this emergency rule after Gov. Polis declared a State of Disaster Emergency on March 10. At that time Gov. Polis directed the Department to initiate immediate rulemaking to provide some employees with paid sick leave and to identify additional supports and wage replacement, such as access to unemployment insurance.

SBA to provide disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by coronavirus

These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Learn more about the process for accessing SBA's coronavirus disaster relief lending.

Denver should focus on second stage businesses, not startups

While business startups are a critical source of job creation, it is middle-market businesses that are arguably more important than startups for stimulating the economy. But even though they have the potential to be the greatest generators of good-paying new jobs, most investors and top talent have lost interest in them, making growth at this stage even more difficult.

Early childhood ventures get a leg up from new Colorado initiative

Futurebound is a new initiative focused on building a thriving ecosystem comprised of startups, educators, healthcare practitioners, researchers, policymakers, funders, child care workers and for-profits/nonprofits.
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