Updated March 26, 2020:
- Retail: Several Cherry Creek North businesses are offering special services so you can support them from afar. We are tracking a list of CCN business updates here, but please reach out to individual stores if you have questions.
- Restaurants: While all Denver restaurant dining rooms are closed through May 11, many CCN restaurants are offering delivery, to-go and curbside pickup. Order now and show love to our restaurant community!
- If you are a CCN business and would like to update your information on either list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- As a convener and connector for the neighborhood, the BID is here to help – so if you have a need, an idea or something to share with the community, please reach out to us here.
The safety of Cherry Creek North's visitors, businesses and residents is of the utmost importance to us here at Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District.
The first priority for everyone is to take appropriate steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure our entire community remains healthy. Below you’ll find some ways to support our businesses along with some resources available for business and property owners.
We want you to know that we are monitoring all recommendations and updates from government officials surrounding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), and we will inform our stakeholders of relevant changes. The first priority for everyone is to take appropriate steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure our entire community remains healthy.
During this time of adjustments in social events, work schedules, and travel, we encourage you to remember our many small businesses in the 16-block area of Cherry Creek North and to continue supporting them, even if cannot visit them physically.
Currently, many Cherry Creek North restaurants are taking extra steps to ensure their spaces are clean and safe for to-go, delivery and curbside pickup, and many retailers are offering ways to shop safely online.
Follow guidance from public health officials (you can find all the latest COVID-19 information from the City of Denver's Department of Public Health here) regarding social distancing and proper health etiquette if and when visiting businesses and public spaces.
Now that Gov. Jared Polis has instituted a "Stay at Home" order for the state of Colorado, we understand that you are not able to visit stores and restaurants physically. However, there are still things you can do to support our small and local businesses:
- Shop online or via phone. Many of Cherry Creek North's retailers have online shopping available; our local and independent shops, restaurants and service providers will help you get what you need via phone, email, or other methods, if necessary.
- Order your gifts and/or items you may have been waiting to buy now. Show your support for small business when they need it most.
- Buy a Local Deck: Cherry Creek North Edition or purchase gift cards from your favorite local businesses to give as a gift or spend yourself next time you are able to visit their storefront.
- Most events have been canceled, but small business online promotions continue. Follow us Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date on individual store virtual events and promotions.
- For restaurants, order takeout or delivery and tip the same amount as you would dining in.
- There are many digital ways you can continue to support small (and keep busy while you're at home), like following and engaging with small businesses on social media, leaving a Google review or adding photos to Google Maps from a recent visit.
- Share this post and information widely so others know how to help.
First and foremost, prioritize and take all health and safety precautions for yourself and others in our community. Our community health as a whole depends on working together, and our small businesses are the lifeblood of Cherry Creek North. We want to make sure they continue to stay successful while maintaining appropriate public health safety measures.
Resources for Businesses and Property Owners
Mayor Hancock announced a $4 million Small Business Emergency Relief Fund. The program will offer cash grants of up to $7,500 to assist eligible small businesses that may have had to temporarily close, have difficulty with paying their rent and utilities, or have had to lay off staff. Learn more and apply.
All 64 Colorado counties have been advanced by Governor Jared Polis for inclusion in the Small Business Association’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program to give relief to the small businesses in Colorado affected by COVID-19. Learn more and apply here.
Gov. Polis also announced the Colorado COVID Relief Fund, which will provide aid to support Colorado communities and organizations affected by the recent outbreak of COVID-19.
The U.S. Senate approved a $2 trillion recovery bill that now must be passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. If the House does not change the key provisions of the bill, it will provide:
- $250 billion direct payments to Americans
- $350 billion in forgivable small business loans that would allow business owners to meet three months of payroll rather than laying off employees
- $250 billion in expanded unemployment insurance benefits
- $500 billion in loans for distressed companies
We will know full details as the U.S. House of Representative and the President respond to the Senate’s recovery package.
The Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has been mobilizing itself to be a resource to small business owners across the state.
Take advantage of the following SBDC resources:
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) announced assistance for workers and employers. The guidance includes information for employees filing for unemployment insurance claims, as well as information on programs available for employers.
We're here to help
For questions, please contact email@example.com. Keep an eye on this page for updates, and stay in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Note: A version of these recommendations originated from Downtown Raleigh Alliance and are being shared through the International Downtown Association.