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Business Adapt-ABILITY Loan Program

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Thank you for your interest in our Business Adapt-ABILITY Loan Program. At this time, all of the allotted funds have been awarded, and we are no longer accepting applications. Please check back later.

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This program is designed to augment your business’ ability to adapt to unplanned business expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Please review the eligibility information below.

Eligible Borrowers
Business owners located in the City of Wheat Ridge.

Purpose
This program is designed to augment your business’ ability to adapt to unplanned business expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  The program is not designed to serve as a line-of-credit or to cover typical business expenses which the business would cover if the COVID-19 pandemic was not happening.

Eligible Loan Costs
Business adaptations that are a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Examples include but are not limited to:  Enhanced marketing programs and related costs.  Costs such as pop-up tent/tables for curbside pickup.  New signage related to change in business hours, pick up locations, etc., Increases in advertising/ marketing expenses to enhance on-line presence. Other expenses related to new ways of doing business (take-out containers, growler cans, etc).  Costs associated with ramping up remote working options for employees.  Costs associated with cleaning supplies needed to address COVID-19. Other costs borne by businesses as they adapt to the business impacts related to COVID-19.  These examples are meant to be a guide for applicants not an exhaustive list of potential projects. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Loan Amounts
Maximum of $5,000.  One loan per business.  Loans will be considered on a first-come, first serve basis.

Term
Up to 36-month term interest free.  Loan repayment period will begin one year from loan approval based on the current COVID-19 situation.  Loan repayment timeframe may change depending on the length of COVID-19 public health policy considerations.

Loan Rates
0% interest for 36 months.

Application Fee
No application fees apply to this program

Approval Criteria
Wheat Ridge Business License.  Project costs related to business adaptation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Exceptions Policy
All aspects of program eligibility are subject to Localworks approval.

Loan Disbursement
To ensure that funds are used for business adaptations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the successful applicant will need to email receipts or contracts for the item(s) specified in the approved loan agreement and Localworks will reimburse for the approved item(s) up to the approved loan amount.  Items requesting reimbursement should have been purchased after 3/16/20.  Reimbursement will be via ACH payment.

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How to support local businesses. Yes! Where you spend makes a difference in our community!

Our local businesses are the heart and soul of our community.  When we support local, we support our community.  There a lot of ways you can support local businesses!

Check out our Facebook page here. We have a running list of local takeout, delivery and online options. If you’d like us to include your business, please tag us on Facebook or email Kate Cooke at kcooke@wearelocalworks.org.

BUY GIFT CARDS

As a promise to return to support them, purchase gift cards to your favorite local shops and restaurants. This puts money in the pocket of your favorite store owner today to help them cover operating expenses and to help assure a strong tomorrow.

SHOP ONLINE OR OVER THE PHONE

Many local retailers have online shops.  Check them out online.  Localworks helped many local businesses ramp up their online presence.

While some shops don’t offer online shopping, they are happy to take an order over the phone and have it delivered or available for pick up.  Don’t hesitate to ask!  Local business owners are always available to talk with their customers.

ORDER TAKEOUT

Order delivery or takeout. Call ahead and pick up – many will even deliver to your car when you arrive!

Delivery services such as DoorDash, GrubHub or UberEats servicing restaurants are options for delivery.  (Note: these service providers charge local business owners an average of 30% of the total sale.)

TIP A LITTLE EXTRA

Tipping is a big part of income in the service sector.  Consider a full tip on takeout orders, and leaving a little extra for the kitchen staff, too.

SOCIAL CURRENCY

Spending time online? Engage with your favorite businesses — leave a positive Google, Yelp, or Facebook review. Like, follow, comment and engage with them on social media. It’s free to you but it helps to remind businesses that they aren’t forgotten and this kind of social currency pays dividends of a different kind – it allows you to deepen relationships with friends and neighbors that operate your favorite local businesses.