Business Communication Guide

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Business Support

For an up-to-date listing of resources available statewide for alternative funding (grants and loans) for small businesses, please see this resource provided the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

If you have further questions about resource availability do not hesitate to contact Temporary Disaster Recovery Coordinator Loren Ahonen at or 970-641-7981.

Business Performance Recognition

Gunnison County Department of Health and Human Services is announcing an opportunity for businesses to be recognized for taking necessary precautions and following guidelines to ensure customer and employee safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. This Initiative encourages area businesses to implement safety measures that will help slow the spread of COVID-19 locally and help the local economy recover.

High performance recognition will be given to businesses who demonstrate outstanding commitment in keeping their employees, customers, and business safe. Businesses must be compliant in key areas of current public health orders. The business will be given a window cling to display for their customers and be featured as a partner in a resource list in online and print advertising.

This program highlights some of the innovations local businesses have implemented and provides residents with a resource guide of places they can go where they know there are strict measures in place for customer safety.

Businesses that are interested in joining the program should submit a business safety plan to Gunnison County Health and Human Services.  This plan is similar to the compliance checklist that Gunnison County has used to help businesses maintain safety.

To complete the Safety plan, click HERE. We will begin to update our website with our partners so far, this list will be updated each week.

Gunnison County Ventilation Assistance Program

Round 2 dispersals of HEPA filters will begin with a pick-up day at the Fred Field Center from 9am-5pm on 12/2/20. All recipient and non-recipient businesses will be contacted by the end of the day on 11/29/20.

Questions? Contact Loren Ahonen at

Event Review Process & Applications

* 11/16/2020 UPDATE **

As of 11/5, Gunnison County has reduced event attendance to 50 outdoors and 25 indoors for all events, including those who have received prior approval. In addition:

• At this time, all events and gatherings will be required to complete the Event Risk Mitigation Application (the Self-Certification Form will be temporarily inactivated until further notice).

While we are currently at Blue on the Gunnison County Coronameter with additional restrictions based on the State Dial risk level (currently state yellow), this status is fluid and may change often.

Please be aware that a contingency plan for event sizes of 25 outdoors and 10 indoors, or cancellation, is strongly recommended.

If possible, we encourage event planners to consider remote or virtual options to help curb community spread.

Questions can be emailed to

You can access this information and web-based applications by clicking here.

Weekly Meetings

All Business Group – This meeting is being shifted to an as-needed schedule rather than a recurring weekly offering.

There will be an All Business Group Meeting on 12/1/20.

Tuesday @ 9 AM
Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 982 1914 2599
Password: 109791 
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Important Information for all open businesses!

All open businesses must complete the hygiene and social distancing protocols and post them in their business. These do not need to be submitted, but they must be visible in your place of business. Please also note that all open businesses must operate within the restrictions outlined in approved sector plans (see your industry’s page in the menu to the right for the different sector plans) as approved by the public health director.

Business Questions

Businesses can submit their general questions to the Recovery team. Click here to submit your questions.

As of October, Business subgroups are not meeting on a weekly basis. However, there are times when the County will seek to convene specific subgroups for information gathering and dissemination. Those who have subscribed to the subsector email list below will receive those notifications.

Self-subscribe to industry subgroups for email notifications:

All Business
Outfitters & Guides
Real Estate
Retail & Service
Summer Programs


The below resources are applicable to a large audience. Industry specific resource links may also be found under the subgroup tabs.

Business Checklist for Public Health Order Compliance

Business Public Health Order Checklist – The factors used to assess business compliance with the Public Health Order can be found here.

Business Signage

Other Business Signage

Recently Released

Training or Learning Resources


Gunnison County business owners who secured a PPP Loan for less than $50,000, please note that your loan forgiveness application has been simplified as of guidance released by the US Treasury as of 10/14/20. Please contact your lender directly to learn more about this process and impacts to your business. The updated application is listed in the Recently Released section of this website.

Gunnison County is continuing to provide feedback and necessary updates to business owners across industry segments. Please stay tuned to this site and the sub sector email lists (register above) for pertinent information and updates.

Federal Resources

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (HR 748, signed March 27, 2020)
Employee Retention Credit (ERC)

The ERC program is designed to encourage eligible employers to keep employees on their payroll, despite experiencing economic hardship related to COVID-19. ERC is a good alternative to PPP in communities were businesses have been ordered to suspend or partially suspend operations. Businesses can’t do ERC and PPP.  If they have the necessary liquidity, businesses may decide that the ERC is better than borrowing funds and waiting for the forgiveness. They can take the credit right out of their quarterly payment. Clients are encouraged to discuss this with their accountant.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Small Business Administration (SBA)

Chart of similarities and differences between PPP and EIDL
Source: Colorado SBDC
More details comparing these two programs:
SBA EIDL Program vs the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Other resources on federal loans and checks

Regional and Private Resources

Governor Polis Executive Orders
Other State Resources
County Resources
Private Resources