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News Update-

June 25, 2020

The Colorado Safer at Home website has launched a resource page providing guidance for restaurants, food service, and bars. We encourage our local business community to read through the information and adjust their business operations to adhere to the current Public Health Order 20-28 "Safer at Home and In the Vast, Great Outdoors". 

May 26, 2020

On Monday May 25, 2020, Governor Polis issued Executive Order D 2020 079 extending the Safer at Home order to June 1, 2020. 

Additionally, Governor Polis provided guidance on restaurants reopening with certain restrictions on May 27, 2020- 

The intent of this guidance is to open establishments for the primary purpose of dine-in service, or what is colloquially referred to as “restaurants.” Any establishment that can adhere to the guidelines below and ensure access to food for on-premise consumption can open. The provision of food/meals must be from a licensed retail food establishment. Other kinds of establishments that do not serve food will be evaluated in June. Click here for more information. To download the COVID-19 Guidance for Restaurants click here.


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Business Loans & Programs-

City of Fort Morgan "Take it Outside" Business Assistance Program

The City of Fort Morgan is working with businesses to provide additional outdoor seating and space in response to the newly announced guidance given by Governor Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Click here for more information regarding the COVID-19 Safer at Home guidance and reopening of restaurants. 

Businesses looking to expand their outdoor seating area and retail space can apply for the Revocable Rights of Way Permit with City fees currently waived. Please complete the application and submit via email to the City Clerk’s Office. 

Additionally, the City has a limited number of picnic tables available for loan to restaurants and eateries to use free of charge. Please complete the application and submit via email to the Economic Development Office. 

Small Business Emergency Loan for Rural Colorado 

Colorado Lending Source announced a new financing program that provides Colorado businesses impacted by COVID-19 up to a $10,000 loan. The loan is designed to augment Federal relief programs and help project jobs and businesses in rural Colorado. For more information regarding this program and other resources available via Colorado Lending Source click here

How to Apply: You can apply by completing the application and submitting to submitmainstreet@coloradolendingsource.org

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) 

On April 23, 2020, Congress approved a second round of funding for the PPP. Lenders are beginning to take applications; please contact your lender for more information.

The PPP provides small businesses with forgivable loans to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020. 

How to Apply: You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union,  and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Lenders are currently accepting applications; to find a lender near you click here

The SBA has put together a How To Guide to assist you in preparing your application. 

For local assistance, contact Merle Rhoades, our Small Business Development Center Consultant at SBDC. He can be contacted at merle@eastcoloradosbdc.com. SBDC does not charge for their services.

SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan 

On April 23, 2020, Congress approved a second round of funding for the EIDL. The Small Business Administration is currently accepting applications only for agricultural businesses. Click here to begin the application. 

The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) offers loans to small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. On March 19 the state of Colorado was officially designated to receive funding. Any businesses experiencing a financial hardship are encouraged to apply. 

For local assistance, contact Merle Rhoades, our Small Business Development Center Consultant at SBDC. He can be contacted at merle@eastcoloradosbdc.com. SBDC does not charge for their services.

SBA Express Bridge Loan

The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) offers this loan for small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan.

For local assistance, contact Merle Rhoades, our Small Business Development Center Consultant at SBDC. He can be contacted at merle@eastcoloradosbdc.com. SBDC does not charge for their services.


Additional Resources-

COVID-19 Vendor List

Click here for a list of vendors offering Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Safety Supplies for your business. Businesses should follow the cleaning recommendations set by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Click here for cleaning guidance based on your specific type of business.

*Please note the City of Fort Morgan does not endorse any specific vendor; the list is meant to serve as a resource.

OEDIT COVID-19 Business Resource Center

The Office of Economic Development and International Trade continues to provide up to date information and resources from the State and Federal level regarding COVID-19 for Colorado Businesses.

CDLE Resources and Information

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) offers a variety of resources for workers and employers who are impacted by COVID-19.


 If you have any questions, please contact our economic development office.

The City of Fort Morgan will continue to work with our business community to mitigate the negative impacts of COVID-19 and provide any resources as they become available.