Business Support Resources

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The City wants to provide businesses with access to the support they need during this challenging economic time. The resources below are intended to point business owners to local, regional and federal agencies and programs designed to help.

The City of Centennial supports our eating establishments in their efforts to provide delivery, walk-up, carry out, drive-through, or drive-up service during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you own or represent a restaurant, add it to our list by filling out this form. Get business-related news updates by signing up for our free Centennial Business Monthly e-Newsletter.

Job & Unemployment Assistance

Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Workforce Center provides a variety of no-cost services to job seekers and businesses.

We understand that many of our residents are experiencing the hardship of lost wages due to business closures or reduced hours. Visit the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment website and to learn how they can help.

Paycheck Protection Loans

Paycheck Protection Loans Available

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, are available beginning April 3 for businesses, sole proprietorships and 501(c)3s employing under 500 people. Next Friday, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply. 

PPP Loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.

How to Apply: You can apply through your locally authorized bank and non-bank lenders. This will typically be your existing banking partner. View the list of approved lenders(PDF, 2MB) in the Small Businesses menu.

Next Steps:

1. Verify your business’s eligibility.

2. Review the Prepare, Apply, Comply Guide, which was developed to help businesses navigate the application process.

3. Review the application and gather the necessary materials such as payroll tax filings, proof of lease payments, proof of mortgage payments, and proof of utility payments.

4. Get in contact with your accountant and/or bank that pays out your business’s payroll. Ask your lender if it is authorized to process your Paycheck Protection Program loan.

Did you know that Paycheck Protection Loans can be used for other expenses as well? This blog post from Colorado Lending Source and The Small Business Guide and Checklist from Colorado’s Small Business Development Network can help you learn more about the program. 

Small Businesses

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently passed by Congress is the largest U.S. stimulus package ever to provide economic relief to businesses and workers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The bill offers the aid for small businesses (those with less than 500 employees), 501(c)3s, sole proprietors and independent contractors. Learn more on the Colorado Small Business Development Center website. Also, you can view the CARES Flow Chart(PDF, 138KB).

How to Apply for a Small Business Administration Economic Impact Disaster Loan (EIDL)(PDF, 104KB)

Colorado SBA Lenders(PDF, 2MB)

Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center

Express Bridge Loan (EBL) Pilot Program