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March 2nd, 2021

WeeWords March 2021 Newsletter

Gear Donation Collection Thanks to you, WeeCycle hasn’t missed a beat. Since the beginning of 2021, an estimated 6,395 children have been served (an average of 795 per week)! Your gear donations have allowed us to continue to support nearly 100 nonprofits and community organizations in Colorado. Since the beginning of the year, they have received over 36,008 baby gear items!!
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March 1st, 2021

1st Covid-19 Community Equity Clinic On Havana Street with Community Partnerships & Non-Profits

Event Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 10:00 am to 2:00 pm The Stampede at 2430 S. Havana Street (Intersection of Havana St and Parker Rd) First Dose Clinic – 2/27/2021 Second Dose Clinic is scheduled for 3/27/2021 The Havana Business Improvement District, the City of Aurora, the NAACP, and Aurora Sister Cities International along with
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February 24th, 2021

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

UPDATED 2/24/2021 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 business information to be included below, please email details to [email protected] If you would like to learn how to continue to support the
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February 12th, 2021

The COVID-19 Vaccine: What’s Going On?

Blog Post By Children’s Hospital of Colorado This page was updated Jan. 12, 2021. Due to the nature of the pandemic, recommendations can change quickly. Please follow all health and safety guidelines set by your local public health authorities. Reference the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for ongoing
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February 4th, 2021

Dine Out to Help Out GRANT – Apply Today!

Post Share from the Colorado Restaurant Association HOME DINE OUT SPEAK OUT RESTAURATEUR CENTER OZO GRANT Ozo Grant The Colorado Restaurant Association, Colorado Restaurant Foundation and Planterra Foods are pleased to announce the launch of the OZO Good Relief Worker Fund, a Dine Out to Help Out campaign to help Black-owned businesses and their employees
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February 1st, 2021

City hosting second meeting Feb. 17 for Havana corridor study

Subject: City hosting second meeting Feb. 17 for Havana corridor study ** Meeting will be available in English with interpretation option in Spanish and Korean on Zoom. Visit AuroraGov.org/Havana to pre-register for meeting. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: Feb. 1, 2021 Media Contact: Julie Patterson Senior Communications Strategist 303.739.6617 [email protected]   City hosting second meeting Feb.
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January 28th, 2021

Free COVID Legal Help

The Colorado Restaurant Association has many resources and benefits. Please visit their website at https://www.corestaurant.org/resources/coronavirus-resources to learn more. Denver-based law firm, Messner Reeves, is offering each Colorado restaurant up to four (4) hours of probono legal services to address issues arising from the pandemic. This offer is available to all Colorado-based and Colorado-located restaurants, and the only requirement is that
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January 28th, 2021

Arapahoe County Business Resources

Visit Arapahoe County’s Covid-19 Resource Page Here Many non-critical business can be open under state and local guidelines: Compliance Guidance for Businesses from the State Compliance Guidance and Support for Businesses from Tri-County Health Dept. Compliance Guidance for Restaurants and Food Services from the State Small Business Relief Fund Grant Arapahoe County is administering a Small Business Relief
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January 28th, 2021

City of Aurora Business Resources

Please see the City of Aurora’s Resource website for businesses here. City of Aurora version1 / Residents / Public Safety / Office of Emergency Management / COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources / Business Resources Gov. Polis Issues Executive Order Allowing Businesses to Require Face Coverings for Patrons Tri-County Safer at Home Business Support 720.713.6030 or [email protected] City of Aurora Business Questions on Safer at Home [email protected] or 303.739.7057 (the
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January 14th, 2021

Town Hall on PPP with Senator Michael Bennett and Frances Padilla from the SBA

The African Chamber of Commerce is hosting an event on 1/14/2021 at 4pm about PPP loans.   Please share or attend if you have any questions.    See the AFRICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF COLORADO’S invite below: Please join Senator Michael Bennett and Frances Padilla from the SBA for a Small Business Town hall today
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January 14th, 2021

Questions about COVID-19 vaccines?

Questions about COVID-19 vaccines? Check out town hall and online resources The announcement and rollout of vaccines for COVID-19 have provided hope for the eventual end to the pandemic and the return to greater flexibility for businesses and in-person gatherings, but the effectiveness of the vaccines are dependent upon their widespread use in the population.
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January 12th, 2021

Second Public Meeting for the Havana Street Multi Modal Study – Coming in February

Second Public Meeting Coming in February The city of Aurora invites you to join us for our second public meeting to discuss the study, multimodal strategies and potential improvements along the corridor. Havana Street Corridor Study – Virtual Public Meeting No. 2 When: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Register in advance for
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January 11th, 2021

Arapahoe County provides relief funding for small businesses

FOR RELEASE: JAN. 8, 2021 Contact: Luc Hatlestead Public Information Officer Direct: 303-734-5466; Cell: 720-635-9350 Email: [email protected] MEDIA ADVISORY Communication Services 5334 South Price Street Littleton, Colorado 80120 O 303-795-5467 F 303-734-5470 arapahoegov.com   LITTLETON, CO, Jan. 8, 2020—Applications are now available for direct relief payments to Arapahoe County small businesses that have been affected
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January 7th, 2021

Rental Assistance Program opens for third round of funding

The city of Aurora is making more than $1 million in rental assistance available to help those financially impacted by COVID-19. The Rental Assistance Program began in 2020 after the city heard from residents that lease payments were among their top concerns during the COVID-19 crisis, and the program is now open for its third
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January 7th, 2021

State of Colorado resources to apply for unemployment benefits, need housing, education, or food assistance, or a small business owner hit hard by the pandemic

Whether you’re looking to apply for unemployment benefits, need housing, education, or food assistance, or you’re a small business owner hit hard by the pandemic, here’s a look at some of the resources we’ve put together to help all Coloradans get through this time. 🏠 Rental and mortgage support: https://cdola.colorado.gov/rental-mortgage-assistance 💡 Utilities assistance: https://www.energyoutreach.org/ 💼 Unemployment insurance: https://cdle.colorado.gov/unemployment/faqs
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January 4th, 2021

Arapahoe County to move to Level Orange on Jan. 4

Visit Arapahoe County’s Press Release on News Flash below: December 31, 2020 County now accepting applications for its Five-Star Recovery Partner Program Late Wednesday evening, Governor Polis announced that counties under Level Red restrictions – which currently includes Arapahoe County – will move to Level Orange restrictions beginning Monday, January 4, 2021. Under these restrictions, County residents will be able
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January 4th, 2021

Aurora Restaurant Relief Grant Program Opens Today, Jan. 4

** See attachments for program flyers in Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Amharic, along with English. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: Jan. 4, 2020 Media Contact: Julie Patterson Senior Communications Strategist 303.739.6617 [email protected]   Aurora Restaurant Relief Grant Program opens today, Jan. 4   AURORA, Colo. – To provide economic assistance to Aurora restaurants experiencing financial stress or disrupted
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December 28th, 2020

Aurora offers more grant money for restaurants amid pandemic

By GRANT STRINGER, Staff Writer Sentinel December 28, 2020 AURORA | Aurora restauranteurs can count on another round of emergency grants beginning Jan. 4 when the City of Aurora rolls out a million-dollar program fueled by CARES Act funds. Restaurant owners can begin applying Monday, Jan. 4 at www.auroragov.org/rr. If eligible, business owners can receive up to $10,000 for
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December 22nd, 2020

Aurora Restaurant Relief – APPLY JAN 4, 2021 – UP TO A $10,000 GRANT

Dear On Havana Street & AURORA RESTAURANTS, Please apply for this relief fund on Jan. 4, 2021 if your business has NOT received any relief in the previous City of Aurora relief funding programs (AER I, II, & III). Review the flyers attached. On Jan. 4, 2021 flyers in other languages will be available. If
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December 10th, 2020

Aurora City Council approves cap on third-party delivery fees

City of Aurora Newsletter – This is Aurora An ordinance by the Aurora City Council to put a temporary cap on food delivery fees for third-party companies, with the goal of supporting local restaurants, will go into effect Dec. 16. The measure, sponsored by At Large Council Member Curtis Gardner and approved unanimously by the
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December 8th, 2020

Keep the Happy in Your Holidays: Celebrating the Season During COVID-19

Community spread of the coronavirus has significantly increased in recent weeks, leaving many families wondering what their holiday season will look like this year. Having to cancel traditional plans may cause feelings of sadness and disappointment, so our experts offer advice on how you can help your family cope. Get their tips

December 4th, 2020

Havana Street Corridor Study Charette Update

Narrow Sidewalks on Havana 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 Havana Street Corridor Study in response to
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November 30th, 2020

Safer at Home Guidance for Businesses By Tri County Health Department

Call for Business Support Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ask your business question or get guidance on requirements by contacting our Business Re-Opening Task Force (Spanish Translation Available). Contact us at [email protected] or 720-713-6030. Business Recovery Webinar Series every Friday at 10 a.m. Join our Business Re-opening Task Force for our weekly webinar series for
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November 30th, 2020

Things to do in Aurora this December by Aurora PROS

YOUR GO-TO GUIDE FOR DECEMBER FUN By the City of Aurora Parks Recreation and Open Space We want to share with you our next month of festivities and activities happening in our nature centers, pools, recreation centers and virtually! As we continue to provide programming, activities and amenities to our community, we want to reassure
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November 22nd, 2020

CAFE CURB APPEAL: Restaurants serving to-go and deliveries during the virus crisis — NEW LISTINGS

By SENTINEL COLORADO STAFF WRITERS View Full Article Here Hundreds of area restaurants and thousands of jobs are in jeopardy again as the state works to contain a renewed spread of the novel coronavirus. State and local public health experts have once again closed indoor dining in hopes of stemming the spread of the virus.
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November 19th, 2020

New Content Creation Studio offers small businesses access to marketing content tools

To support the marketing efforts of small businesses struggling during COVID-19, the city of Aurora is opening a new Small Business Content Creation Studio—believed to be one of the first of its kind launched by a municipality nationwide. Currently based at The People’s Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave., the studio is designed to provide Aurora
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November 17th, 2020

Nominate an outstanding Aurora business for recognition by Dec. 31

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: Nov. 17, 2020 Media Contact: Julie Patterson Senior Communications Strategist 303.739.6617 [email protected]   Nominate an outstanding Aurora business for recognition by Dec. 31   AURORA, Colo. – The city of Aurora is accepting nominations from the community until Dec. 31 for its annual Aurora Business Recognition Awards Program, which began in 2005 to
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November 16th, 2020

On Havana Street Retail Leasing – Space Is Limited

Destination for Businesses in the Metro Area: The Havana Business Improvement District – On Havana Street continues to be a business destination and has remained leased during the pandemic. The District did see about 20 closures or relocations, but a majority of the closures or relocations were released within 3-6 months. In 2008, our properties
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November 15th, 2020

2020 Annual Report for On Havana Street

2020 Havana BID Annual Report 2020 Annual Meeting & Update On Havana Street Presentation 2020 Business Watch Card Watch the Virtual Presentation here

November 9th, 2020

Parents’ Top COVID-19 Questions, Answered

With new information about the coronavirus coming out all the time, it can be hard to keep up. That’s why we recruited our child health experts to answer parents’ top questions about the virus and the pandemic, and it’s why we’ve kept asking them since. In fact, we’re updating questions and answers all the time ¾ so
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November 5th, 2020

APPLY FOR AER 3 – FUNDS TO HELP WITH PAYROLL AND RENT FOR BUSINESSES

  *Attn Aurora Business Owners* On Havana Street begged and pleaded to have a program that included rent and payroll. Please apply on November 5, 2020 and share this opportunity. Aurora, Colorado City Hall is rolling out round 3 of the Aurora Economic Resiliency program because many Aurora businesses are still struggling to stay open
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November 4th, 2020

CO Assistance resources & information

City of Aurora Rental Assistance Program Available in English and Spanish Aurora Mobile Food Pantry A collaboration of the City of Aurora and Aurora Interfaith Community Services: 720-557-6444 2-1-1 Colorado This call service will answer questions and assist with finding essential services (childcare, food, bills, etc.) Aurora Public Schools – grab and go meals available for
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November 4th, 2020

CO COIVID-19 Health resources & information

COVID-19 Free Testing Sites in Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties Centers for Disease Control Resource Page Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Resources Tri-County Health Department Resources City of Aurora COVID-19 Resources City of Centennial COVID-19 Resources American Heart Association COVID-19 Resources STRIDE Community Health Centers Drive thru testing locations and registration   COVID-19
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November 4th, 2020

CO COVID-19 Employer/Employee resources & information

Thank you to Mitzi Schindler at the Aurora Chamber of Commerce for providing this helpful list to the Havana BID. Colorado Department of Labor & Employment Resources for Employers/Employees Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Resources – general/jobseekers/businesses COVID-19 Legal Resource Center – Legal Shield Telework Tomorrow by waytogo

November 4th, 2020

CO COVID-19 Business resources & information

Thank you to Mitzi Schindler at the Aurora Chamber of Commerce for providing this helpful list to the Havana BID. Centennial CARES: Nonprofit Services Grant Grants to help 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that provide services to Centennial residents in response to COVID-19. Colorado COVID-19 Small Business Legal Program Volunteer lawyers helping Colorado small business during the
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November 4th, 2020

Visit Aurora Holiday Savings Pass – Promote your business and add a promo

November 2nd, 2020

Another city of Aurora business grant program launching Nov. 5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: Nov. 2, 2020 Media Contact: Julie Patterson Senior Communications Strategist 303.739.6617 [email protected] Another city of Aurora business grant program launching Nov. 5 AURORA, Colo. – To support the resiliency of struggling businesses and nonprofits in Aurora while the community awaits vaccines and treatments for COVID-19, the city of Aurora and the Aurora City
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November 2nd, 2020

Winter Outdoor Grant Program Application Process for Restaurants Is Now Open

For Immediate Release: Winter Outdoor Grant Program Application Process for Restaurants Is Now Open From: [email protected] For Immediate Release Sunday, November 1, 2020 Conor Cahill |[email protected] Winter Outdoor Grant Program Application Process for  Restaurants Is Now Open DENVER –Gov. Jared Polis, in partnership with the Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA), the Colorado Restaurant Foundation, and Xcel
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November 1st, 2020

Winter Outdoor Grant Program Application Process for Restaurants Is Now Open

Stay up to date on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Visit the State of Colorado’s resource page here Winter Outdoor Program Information from here DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis, in partnership with the Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA), the Colorado Restaurant Foundation, and Xcel Energy, announced that applications are open for the  Winter Outdoor Grant Program, which will
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October 30th, 2020

Aurora Ramps Up – Temporary Outdoor Expansions for Restaurants Extended until 10/31/2021

Economic Recovery Tax and Licensing Division 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Ste. 5700 Aurora, Colorado 80012 303.739.7800 October 23, 2020 Fourth Amended Aurora Ramps Up Temporary Outdoor Expansions for Restaurants Purpose In anticipation of public health orders allowing limited on-site dining, the City of Aurora is creating a temporary program to allow restaurants and bars to
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October 21st, 2020

COVID-19 community testing site reopening Oct. 26 in Aurora

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE See the Press Release: Aurora Community Testing Site Release Media Contact: Julie Patterson Senior Communications Strategist 303.739.6617 [email protected] COVID-19 community testing site reopening Oct. 26 in Aurora Alternative rapid testing site expanding to Fridays also starting Oct. 30 AURORA, Colo. – With the recent increase in COVID-19 cases statewide, additional COVID-19 testing options
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October 21st, 2020

Tri-County Health Issues New Emergency Public Health Orders

Watch Aurora TV’s feature on Tri-County Health Issues New Emergency Public Health Orders here Please watch the other Aurora TV features from October 21, 2020: APS Delays In-Person Learning for High Schoolers Reminder about Aurora’s New Rapid COVID Testing Site Flu Shots Are More Critical Than Ever This Year Join the Medical Center of Aurora
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October 6th, 2020

Small Business FUNDING NOW OPEN – Apply for the Gap Fund Today!

Gap Fund Application Open! Apply Today     The Energize Colorado Gap Fund has opened for our second round of applications for our small business grant and loan program. Applications for our second round are due by October 26th. Our first round has an amazing response and we are looking forward to helping Colorado’s small businesses.
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October 1st, 2020

Testing ends Oct. 4 at Sports Park, new rapid testing site opens Oct. 5

COVID-19 testing at the community-based site at the Aurora Sports Park will wind down Sunday, Oct. 4. In its place, a new rapid testing site will open the following day, Monday, Oct. 5, in the parking lot at Restoration Christian Fellowship, 15660 E. Sixth Ave. The drive-up or walk-up testing will be offered from 9
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September 23rd, 2020

Aurora & Census 2020

When it comes to the Census, billions of dollars are at stake! Check out just how many ways the results will directly impact you! Watch the feature on  Aurora TV by Matt Peterson here on September 23, 2020 https://www.auroratv.org/video/aurora-census-2020   Watch the Havana BID – Trusted Voices – Chance Horiuchi Census 2020 Trusted Voices segment with
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September 21st, 2020

Hearing All Voices, a webinar with the IRS

Sep. 25, 2020 Fri 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM  Online Facilitated by Aurora-South Metro SBDC Topic: Tax Planning Webinar Description: Small Business Essentials Withholding Estimator Recordkeeping Identity Theft & Scams targeted to businesses & employers Interacting with the IRS Examination Process – Audits Collection Process – Payments Employer 101 Employee vs Contract Labor & 1099 Issuance
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September 19th, 2020

The Havana Street Corridor Study Public Outreach 9/30/2020

Hello Havana Corridor Stakeholder! The Havana Street Corridor project is excited to welcome the public to read our project newsletter, join our upcoming public meeting,  and provide project input through our survey. We encourage you to participate and to share this information widely with neighbors, friends, area business owners and anyone who would like to be involved. We
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September 15th, 2020

Ride to Vote: Helping More People Get to the Polls on Election Day

Ride to Vote: Helping More People Get to the Polls on Election Day Article from the Lyft Blog here This year, no matter how you choose to cast your vote, access to transportation should not be a barrier. But in the last presidential election, it’s estimated that more than 15 million eligible voters didn’t go
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September 11th, 2020

Havana Street Corridor Study Public Meeting

Online Event https://www.auroragov.org/news/whats_new/havana_corridor_study_public_meeting_sept__30 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 Havana Street Corridor Study
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September 10th, 2020

Hickenlooper campaign stop highlights COVID-19 struggles for businesses, campaigns alike

By KARA MASON, Staff Writer  – September 9, 2020 Sentinel Read Full Article Here Democratic Senate candidate John Hickenlooper, right, puts on a mask that was given to him by M Mart owner Augustine Lee while on the campaign trail Sept. 9, 2020, in Aurora, CO. Hickenlooper visited small businesses in the Havana Business Improvement
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