Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources:

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has designated low interest federal disaster loans for economic injury due to COVID-19 for small businesses and private, nonprofit organizations. Click below for more information:

https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

Includes information about disaster assistance, including how to apply for the loan and how the loan can be used.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp

Pike’s Peak Small Business Development Center: https://pikespeaksbdc.org/

CARES Act Assistance for Small Businesses

https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/top-priorities/cares-act/assistance-for-small-businesses

The CARES Act contains several critical components to provide immediate relief for small businesses. The US Department of the Treasury released important guidance for business owners looking to apply. Benefits are also available to self-employed or independent contractors, if they also meet program size standards. You can apply and find helpful information on the Paycheck Protection Program on the link below.

Representative Scott Tipton has made his staff available to help with the process if you have any questions, so feel free to call his district office: Pueblo: 719-542-1073

 


Starting a Business in Colorado and Writing a Business Plan

The Colorado Business Resource Book from SBDC has information on forming a legal business structure: Colorado Business Resource Book

Small Business Administration’s Business Guide: https://www.sba.gov/business-guide

 

Registering a Business Name

Visit the Colorado Secretary of State website to learn how to register your business name: https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/business/businessHome.html

 

Do You Need an EIN?

Check with the IRS: https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/do-you-need-an-ein

 

Apply for Permits, Business License, and Sales Tax Permit

Contact local governments directly:

Custer County: http://www.custercountygov.com/index.php?pg=permits

Westcliffe: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/townofwestcliffe/permits-licenses-forms

Silver Cliff: https://www.silvercliffco.com/copy-of-contacts

 

Business Taxes

Colorado Department of Revenue’s website on business taxes: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/tax/businesses-page

 

Small Business Insurance

Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies’ page on Small Business Insurance: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/small-business-insurance

 

County Demographics

The Custer County Demographic Profile was created using the State Demography Office’s dash here: https://gis.dola.colorado.gov/apps/ProfileDashboard2/

Click here to download the Custer County Demographic Profile generated in May 2019.