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May 26th, 2020

Useful Tool: Fire & Life Safety Checklist for Re-Opening a Building During Covid-19

PRINT CHECKLIST HERE Fire & Life Safety Checklist for Reopening a Building CoronavirusReopeningBuildingsChecklist    

May 22nd, 2020

Need rental assistance due to COVID-19? City taking applications now

The city of Aurora is accepting applications from residents in need of assistance meeting their monthly lease payments because of financial hardships experienced during the COVID-19 crisis. The Rental Assistance Program is funded through the House Aurora Partnership and Community Development Block Grants and offers up to two months of rental payments to qualifying residents.
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May 22nd, 2020

Checks on the way to local businesses for Aurora Economic Relief Loan and Grant Program

The checks are in the mail Friday for the first grant recipients of the city’s Aurora Economic Relief Loan and Grant Program. The program is helping more than 100 small businesses throughout Aurora to retain jobs and provide emergency financial support during the public health crisis. The city of Aurora and the Aurora City Council,
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May 21st, 2020

BURNT ENDS: KC style BBQ caterer trying for something sweet out of bitter pandemic economic crisis

By KARA MASON, Staff Writer Aurora Sentinel Read Full Article Here May 21, 2020   Apple Pie is one of the many pie options offered of pie kits. Photo by Philip B. Poston/Sentinel Colorado Angela Ray poses for a portrait in her kitchen, holding two of the many pies she is offering in her pie
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May 21st, 2020

Diversity has made Aurora, Colorado, a destination-worthy food city

RESTAURANTS + BARS Read Full Article from Matador Network HERE Tim Wenger May 21, 2020 SUBURBS AREN’T OFTEN thought of as travel destinations, particularly when the nearby urban core has come into its own. But Aurora, the big and noisy suburb east of Denver proper, is finding its place as a travel destination through the
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May 20th, 2020

Aurora Ramps Up – Aurora Restaurant Assistance with Re-Opening

City of Aurora / Business Services / Aurora Ramps Up The city of Aurora wants to help local businesses ramp up operations while maintaining safe health practices. We have created guidelines to help restaurants to operate in temporary spaces outdoors as soon as state and county public health officials allow the partial reopening of in-person dining services. Below, find
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May 14th, 2020

RESOURCES FOR LEASE AND RENT NEGOTIATIONS DURING COVID-19

Lease & Loan Negotiations These tips were shared by the West Colfax Business Improvement District. See their Covid-19 Resource Page here A number of lenders are entertaining loan deferrals, as are landlords re-negotiating leases with short term abatements or concessions in return for an extended term, for example. Depending on the circumstances, some options include: 3
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May 11th, 2020

Returning to Work: Employer Guidance

The State of Colorado has a Covid-19 Resource Webpage for Employers that has some helpful guidance during these uncertain times. See website here Employers Are you ready to bring back employees but the work was turned down? Complete the form to tell the State of Colorado about it below:  Many of your workers may have
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May 8th, 2020

COVID-19: ON HAVANA STREET IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS – LIST OF RESTAURANTS & BUSINESS UPDATES

UPDATED 5/15/2020 The BID will update the closures list after the Stay at Home order until May 8, 2020 and the re-opening date for non-essentials. Below is a list of business open as essential businesses, closures, adjusted hours and other updates for On Havana Street businesses responding to COVID-19 concerns. If you would like your
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May 5th, 2020

CDC’s Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

Re-opening America Guidance from the CDC website Other LanguagesPrint Page GUIDANCE FOR CLEANING AND DISINFECTING PUBLIC SPACES, WORKPLACES, BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS, AND HOMES Cleaning & Disinfecting Decision Tool pdf icon[PDF – 2 pages] Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting pdf icon[PDF – 9 pages] This guidance is intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a
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May 5th, 2020

Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Information from the CDC and FDA websites below: See the website page here Share Tweet Linkedin Email Print Download in PDF Download Summary Version (Infographic) Spanish, en Español Korean, 한국어 Simplified Chinese, 简体中文 Tagalog  Vietnamese, Tiếng Việt FDA is sharing information about best practices to operate retail food stores, restaurants, and associated pick-up and delivery
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May 4th, 2020

2020 Havana Street Corridor Study

City of Aurora / Business Services / Planning / Projects, Plans & Studies / Transportation Planning / Havana Street Corridor Study Havana Street is one of the most vital roadways in Aurora. It’s an important commercial, residential and commuter corridor that connects corridor residents and businesses to the surrounding community and other major transportation corridors in the city and region. The city is launching the
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May 1st, 2020

On Havana Street Distributes Masks to the BID

The On Havana Street Board voted to purchase 400 masks from the Mile High Workshop to support a local non-profit and our business stakeholders in need in the district. Many of our stakeholders shared challenges on getting masks for their employees and the delays in shipments. The Havana BID board wanted to help and collaborated
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April 30th, 2020

On Havana Street Executive Director Honored for the 2020 Young Hero Award

Our Executive Director of On Havana Street, Chance Horiuchi was awarded the 2020 Young Hero Award in the 2020 Asian American Heroes of Colorado awards. Asian Avenue magazine – May 2020 Published on Apr 30, 2020 By: Patricia Kaowthumrong Cover: 2020 Asian American Heroes of Colorado Please see the Asian Avenue Magazine article here. CHANCE HORIUCHI Asian
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April 30th, 2020

Innovative safety practices & strategies businesses are employing in the midst of COVID-19

Many businesses are struggling to figure out how to manage and navigate safety protocols during this pandemic.  In support of each other many are sharing the ways their businesses have been adapting to Covid 19. Some businesses have shared their best practices for COVID 19 safety and innovative covid 19 safety measures. This list is
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April 29th, 2020

How to Help the Community During Covid 19

On Havana Street Businesses want to help. Some of our businesses have asked how to help the community. Many BID businesses want to support the healthcare heroes, first responders, or local non-profits and the community near the district. Please see the list of hospitals, first responders,  nonprofits and organizations to support during these uncertain times.
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April 27th, 2020

Watch the Support On Havana Street 9News Commercials during Covid-19

April 27th, 2020

DreamSpring Team taking PPP applications – New clients welcome!

With more funding coming imminently for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) DreamSpring is excited to be able to work with new clients and have been diligently getting files ready to submit to the SBA. DreamSpring wants to help as many small business owners in Colorado access funding through this program on a first-come, first-served basis up
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April 27th, 2020

Colorado Lending Source Accepting PPP Applications – Apply Today!

Paycheck Protection Program – Applications Open Dear Colorado Lending Source Community,   We are pleased to inform you that we are now accepting applications under the Paycheck Protection Program.   A second round of funding for the PPP program allocates a portion of the funds to be lent to small businesses by nonprofit lenders such
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April 27th, 2020

Colorado Enterprise Fund Accepting PPP Applications – Apply Today!

Submit your PPP application TODAY – SBA processing starts TODAY, April 27, 2020   PPP Application Now Open Through CEF – Apply Today CEF is an authorized PPP lender and can make PPP loans up to $250,000 With the second round of PPP funding approved, now is the time to apply for a PPP loan through
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April 16th, 2020

CULTURAL ADVERSITY: Metro area minorities get a double dose of strife with COVID-19 crisis

By QUINCY SNOWDON, KARA MASON and GRANT STRINGER, Staff Writers April 16, 2020 Read Full Article here Harry Budisidharta gets his weekly shopping done April 14, 2020, at the Costco on Havana Street. According to metro area officials with the Asian Chamber of Commerce of Colorado, there has been an increase in racial tension against Asian
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April 16th, 2020

2020 ROSE GARDEN CONCERT UPDATES

Unfortunately due to no public gatherings this summer we had to postpone/cancel our June & July Concerts for now. We aren’t even allowed to get a permit and the shopping center at this time can’t say they will allow it. • If things change then we will be able to reschedule the concerts for a
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April 15th, 2020

Restaurants Near Me – Aurora

Watch Restaurants Near Me by OCN Eats here   In this episode we explore the melting pot that is Aurora. Such a diverse city with great ethnic restaurants.   Dellannos- This mom and pop Italian deli and Pizzeria is located right across from Grandview High School on Arapahoe and serves all your classic New York
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April 13th, 2020

Complete the 2020 CENSUS!

2020 CENSUS Survey Deadline has been extended to August 14, 2020. We need the 2020 Census data more now than ever. Covid-19 Recovery and Relief efforts will be determined by the data collected in the 2020 CENSUS. Dear On Havana Street Businesses, We all need to complete the 2020 CENSUS more now than ever and
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April 8th, 2020

City of Aurora & CEDS Finance $1 Million Grant & Loan Program for Small Businesses

The Aurora City Council and city of Aurora, in cooperation with CEDS Financial, is launching a $1 million grant and loan program for targeted small businesses in Aurora to ease the current economic burden resulting from COVID-19 and retain jobs in the community. The program will supply economic assistance to restaurant, retail, service and entertainment
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April 8th, 2020

Aurora Chamber’s List of Covid-19 Resources for the Business & Community

COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY During these uncertain times, we realize you are receiving a lot of information – and it can be overwhelming. I am talking with state and local government agencies, as well as business organizations, and we are gathering and sharing links to verified sources, which provide business-related as well as health-related
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April 3rd, 2020

PPP Made Easy – Pay Roll Protection Program Guide

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April 2nd, 2020

Support Local: On Havana Street by Aurora TV

Thank you to Aurora TV for featuring our On Havana Street businesses during this uncertain time. Please watch the April 2, 2020 feature here Support Local:  On Havana

March 31st, 2020

Small Business Guide & SBA Loans FAQ’s Help

Small Business Guide and Checklist Prepared by the U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – CORONA VIRUS EMERGENCY LOANS –  U.S. Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 PPP Small Business Guide FAQs for the CARES ACT Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act with Question and Answers Guide published by the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship regarding
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March 31st, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policies and Protocols for the Colorado Restaurant Industry

The information below is from our partners at the Colorado Restaurant Association. Please visit their website directly at https://www.corestaurant.org/resources/coronavirus-resources On Havana Street has over 100 restaurants in our 4.3 miles and wanted to share this CRA resource page. It has many helpful and updated information. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policies and Protocols for the Colorado Restaurant Industry The
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March 26th, 2020

BEST OF DENVER 2020

Read the Full Article here It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…and it was definitely the weirdest of times to produce what’s usually our biggest, most eagerly anticipated issue of the year. We were nearing the end of compiling the 2020 Best of Denver, our annual celebration of everything that’s
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March 26th, 2020

Sushi Katsu Switches From All You Can Eat to All You Can Carry

MARK ANTONATION | MARCH 26, 2020 | 1:55PM Read Full Article from the Westword here Sushi lovers on a budget have flocked to Sushi Katsu for years for all-you-can-eat sushi, and even more so since Han Jun Lee and his family took over the business four years ago. At the time, there were only two Sushi Katsu locations — the original,
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March 24th, 2020

Havana Street Corridor Multi Modal Study

2020 Multi Modal Study Flyer

March 18th, 2020

Aurora area restaurants, small businesses brace for ‘ghost town’ closures

By GRANT STRINGER, Staff Writer  – March 18, 2020 Full Sentinel Article here Alfonso Nunez at La Cueva. File photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel AURORA | Aurora restaurant owners and economic development advocates say the novel coronavirus pandemic has already wounded small businesses, threatening permanent closures and layoffs, as a statewide ban on dining in restaurants
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March 17th, 2020

Small Business Month Feature – Golf Cart Doctor

In celebration of Small Businesses On Havana Street we wanted to highlight some of the Aurora TV’s features of small businesses in the corridor. In 2019, the City of Aurora honored and recognized the Golf Cart Doctor for the 2019 Business Advisory Board Business Recognition Award. On Havana Street’s Golf Cart Doctor was awarded the
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March 16th, 2020

Coronavirus: A disaster relief lending webinar

COVID-19 disaster relief lending Monday, March 23, 2020 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.     Disaster Relief Lending ·     Definition regarding size of business that qualifies ·     Economic Injury Disaster Loan program ·     Working with the SBA to meet customer needs during this crisis     The U.S. Small Business Administration announced last week it would provide disaster
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March 16th, 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

City of Aurora / Residents / Public Safety / Office of Emergency Management / COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources The city of Aurora declared a state of emergency March 13 in response to COVID-19. This declaration allows the city to expedite additional emergency resources to support the city’s Office of Emergency Management and gives the city flexibility to procure additional essential resource, if needed. The city would
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March 16th, 2020

HOW TO STAY SAFE AND SUPPORT ON HAVANA STREET BUSINESSES

Several Havana Business Improvement District – On Havana Street businesses are closed and/or limiting their hours and/or offering special services so you can support them from afar. We are tracking a list of  On Havana Street business updates here, but please reach out to individual stores if you have questions. If you are an On
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March 13th, 2020

POSTPONED — Boba & Business Networking Event at Snowl

March 11th, 2020

Small Business Month Feature – Milkroll Creamery

In celebration of Small Businesses On Havana Street we wanted to highlight some of the Aurora TV’s features of small businesses in the corridor. Earlier this year, Aurora TV featured our Milkroll Creamery On Havana Street. Watch the feature here A new dessert is taking over Instagram. Thai-style ice cream rolls, have you hear of them?
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March 6th, 2020

Aurora Association of Realtors Invited On Havana Street

Today Chance Horiuchi, Executive Director of On Havana Street presented at the Aurora Association of Realtors. She shared the exciting happenings at the Friday Marketing Meeting. Join #AAR next Friday for @theaurorahighlands Development speaker. On Havana Street Handout for Aurora Realtors Association 3 6 2020      

March 4th, 2020

Aurora is growing in population, diversity, business activity and vibrancy.

The 2020 Census is a unique opportunity for us to support the growth we are seeing in our community. Our goal is for each and every Aurora resident to be counted as part of the census. It is vital for Aurora’s future federal funding and success during the next decade. On average, the city receives
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March 3rd, 2020

Small Business Month Feature – Aurora TV Visits Colpar’s Hobbytown USA

In celebration of Small Businesses On Havana Street we wanted to highlight some of the Aurora TV’s features of small businesses in the corridor. Earlier this year, Aurora TV, featured our wonderful Colpar HobbyTown USA. Talk about some high-flyin’ fun! AuroraTV takes you to the local hobby hotspot, Colpar’s Hobbytown USA, to show you all the awesome
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March 3rd, 2020

Aurora gives 1st OK to law making sweet kids-meal drinks an option, not the rule

By THE SENTINEL Read Full Article Here March 3, 2020 AURORA | Aurora lawmakers moved closer to putting the kibosh on kids meals in local restaurants automatically including soda pop or other sugary drinks. After a long and caustic argument among city council members, the council voted 6-3 to move the bill to a second and final reading.
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March 3rd, 2020

Aurora votes to restrict sugary drink offerings for kids at restaurants as obesity rates climb

The ordinance, which passed on first reading 6-3, still needs a final vote in two weeks. Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer Alison Daley, of Lafayette, writes in a notebook while having a soda at a patio table at the Community in Lafayette in 2017. The city was the first in Colorado to pass a law
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March 3rd, 2020

2020 Rock it Sock it Fundraiser

Rock It Sock It was a huge success! On February 29, 2020, over 50 volunteers joined the efforts and created over 2,000 care kits with over 6,000 socks donated to Comitis Crisis Center and the Aurora Day Resource Center. Thank you to the amazing community members and volunteers who came out to support this wonderful
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March 1st, 2020

Look Before You Leap!

In celebration of Small Business On Havana Street in March. We wanted to share some future workshops that are very helpful to small businesses. Look Before You Leap is a workshop hosted by the Aurora- South Metro SBDC. This is an excellent workshop for small businesses looking to navigate the essentials of launching marketing and
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February 29th, 2020

Small Business Development Center Workshops in March 2020

Helping Small Businesses Grow and Prosper The Aurora-South Metro SBDC serves dedicated entrepreneurs committed to their own path of success through business ownership. In the spirit of celebrating Small Business Month On Havana Street, we wanted to share some upcoming workshops hosted by the SBDC. Below is a list of what the SBDC is offering
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February 26th, 2020

Be Counted Census Chats: Coffee, Cupcakes & The Census

Census 2020 City of Aurora / Things To Do / Aurora Public Library / Census 2020 The Census is coming in April 2020! For more information about Census 2020, click here. Want to learn more about the Census? Join us at the programs below! Be Counted Census Chats: Coffee, Cupcakes & The Census Questions about the census? Let us answer them for
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February 25th, 2020

Gibby’s Big Backyard Sportsbar is Now Closed On Havana Street

We are very sad and cherished so many wonderful memories created at Gibby’s Big Backyard Sportsbar On Havana Street. The longtime bar in Aurora has closed on February 23, 2020. Thank you to all the On Havana Street support of Gibby’s over the years. Please see the announcement from the Little Pub Company on behalf
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