A Message from the Aurora-South Metro SBDC (COVID-19)
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Dear Aurora-South Metro SBDC clients and partners,
Please know that we are here to support our local businesses and entrepreneurs during these very challenging times. We will continue our services without interruption and do our best to communicate useful business resources to mitigate the economic impact of this health situation.
Your health and safety are paramount, and we encourage you to read and follow best-practices for health care from your health care provider and various public health organizations.
Please let us cover the steps our SBDC Center will be taking starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
1) One-on-One Consulting will continue by Phone or Online Technology Our free and confidential one-on-on consulting sessions will be conducted online, either by phone or over an online platform. You can set up these consulting sessions by reaching out to our office at
303-326-8686 to schedule a time, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Aurora-South Metro SBDC staff WILL NOT be able to help with video-conferencing connections, so if you are not proficient in this area, please utilize the directions sent in your confirmation email or utilize the first few minutes of your session for questions.
2) Classes will be presented with Virtual Technology, No Physical Attendees Currently scheduled in-person classes will not be held until further notice. However, beginning March 26th, our instructors will utilize virtual technology to remotely present the class to attendees. Attendees will need internet access to view the class and can ask questions/participate digitally. You can register for classes at our usual SBDC contact points. Watch your email for the class-specific links and instructions that will be sent out in your confirmation email before each class.
These temporary steps will be in place through Thursday April 30, and beyond until further notice. Since we value the personal face-to-face interaction between clients and consultants, and between class attendees, we hope to return to our usual processes as soon as it is possible, but that decision will be based on recommended health and wellness best practices at that time.
Additionally, federal officials have announced plans for low-interest business loans, to businesses impacted by the COVID virus. This program will be managed by the Small Business Administration (SBA), a federal agency. Please visit this site for details: www.SBA.gov.
But, please note that although there is a “How to Apply” button on the SBA link, it may not be activated yet for this situation, because the disaster declaration process isn’t completed yet. Again, we will communicate additional information when available.
From our past statewide experience with fire and flood disasters, we do recommend you gather key financial documents, if you think you might need to apply for a loan:
- Last three years of federal tax returns for your business.
- Last three years of personal federal tax returns.
- A Personal Financial Statement.
- Articles of Incorporation.
- A Business Plan with Financial Projections might be helpful, but probably not required.
Those with questions about COVID-19 can call the CO HELP Hotline at 1-877-462-2911. Other centralized resources are available at:
SBDC Economic Relief Resources (being updated with SBA information as released):
For Employers & Employees:
State of Colorado Business Resource:
- A state resource for questions regarding assistance for Colorado businesses adversely affected by COVID-19: Business Navigator Hotline: 720-665-7439 or email@example.com.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
Marcia McGilley, Executive Director
Aurora-South Metro SBDC