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COVID-19 Business Resources



Updated April 15, 2020
Please check back for regular updates to this list.

The Headwaters Project/Rio Blanco County Small Business Development Center

For questions regarding any of the following resources, or for one-on-one, confidential, free business consulting, give us a call! We’re available locally to help. 970-878-9582 or email

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

This program provides forgivable loans of up to $10 million for costs incurred from February 15, 2020 to June 30, 2020. Loans can be used for payroll, business rent, business mortgage interest, or business-related utilities.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance

Colorado small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can seek individual small business loans up to $2M as part of the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Small businesses throughout all 64 counties may seek SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Governor Jared Polis announced that Colorado’s application for federal disaster area designation has been approved.

Rio Blanco County Work-Share Program

Suspended at this time except for critical functions

Rio Blanco County will implement a work-share program starting Monday, March 23. This program is meant to serve as an optional and temporary form of relief for private businesses and their employees that are included in the recent public health order issued March 16 by the State of Colorado.  For more information regarding the program, view the flyer here.  If you have additional questions, please contact Economic Development at 970-878-9582 or

USDA Federal Resource Guide

USDA’s COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide Lists Federal Programs That Can Help Rural Communities, Organizations and Residents Impacted by COVID-19

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide (PDF, 349 KB) is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.

“Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural communities preparing for and impacted by COVID-19,” Perdue said. “This resource guide will help our rural leaders, whether they are in agriculture, education, health care or any other leadership capacity, understand what federal assistance is available for their communities during this unprecedented time.”

USDA has taken many immediate actions to assist farmers, ranchers, producers, rural communities, and rural-based businesses and organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on these actions, visit

Additional Information and Resources

Colorado Office of Economic Development Resource List »

Apply for the Colorado Relief Fund for Affected Businesses »

Economic Injury Hotline: 303.860.5881

Colorado SBDC – CLICK HERE » for free and helpful webinars and other resource lists.

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Resources including Unemployment Information – CLICK HERE »

State of Colorado Disaster Recovery and Continuity Guide – CLICK TO DOWNLOAD »

Other Important Links

Up-to-Date Rio Blanco County Public Health Information – CLICK HERE »

Official State of Colorado COVID-19 Information Site – CLICK HERE »