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May 15th, 2024

Resources for Businesses

  Homeless Outreach Team: Contact – Jason Goertz , Team Lead of Volunteers and Street Outreach, 303.585.1883 , [email protected] Comitis Crisis Center (Comitis)  Aurora Day Resource Center (ADRC) Colfax Community Network (CCN) Street Outreach (Outreach) Aspen Center Transcend Recovery Support Line: 720-256-6525 Please visit our website: www.milehighbehavioralhealthcare.org For Donation, Event, or Volunteer Inquiries, please contact Anna at 720-975-0155 or
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May 6th, 2024

Pop-Up Rider Survey for Alameda Corridor Study

Rider Survey • Take the survey • Give Your Ideas to Improve Transit Along Alameda and @onhavanastreet • @drcogorg @auroragov ➡️https://engage.drcog.org/alameda-avenue-study • Estamos mejorando la Avenida Alameda. cuéntanos tus prioridades. Completa esta encuesta ➡️https://engage.drcog.org/alameda-avenue-study Improve safety. • Improve transit. • Enhance connections to community destinations and integrate with the transportation network. • Make Alameda accessible to everyone regardless of
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April 11th, 2024

Herrada Printing – Small Business Feature

Looking for high quality, competitively priced printing services? Head to @herradaprintingcolorado On Havana Street! Herrada Printing has years of experience in delivering creative marketing solutions for your business or special event! From flyers, brochures, business cards and post cards to yard signs, this locally-owned business is here for all your offset and digital printing needs! Need some
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March 26th, 2024

Aurora-South Metro SBDC recognized nationally for its impact on economy

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that the Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center has earned its national Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Center Award for 2024. The center is dedicated to assisting Aurora’s small businesses achieve their goals of growth, management and financial success, positively impacting the local economy. Find out more

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March 1st, 2024

FORUM ON FINANCIAL CRIMES AGAINST BUSINESSES

Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 11am Join us for a presentation and business forum to discuss ideas to reduce crimes against business and allow businesses to share their challenges with crime. Complementary light refreshments will be provided by the Havana Business Improvement District Presented by the City of Aurora Business Advisory Board and The Aurora Chamber
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February 22nd, 2024

Feedback wanted to update plans for area around 13th Avenue and Colfax rail stations

In preparation for several potential development opportunities, the city of Aurora is updating the 13th Avenue and Fitzsimons-Colfax station area plan and creating an urban renewal plan for the area. The community is encouraged to provide feedback in two ways as part of this process: Take a short survey at EngageAurora.org/Colfax13thPlans: https://engageaurora.org/colfax13thplans Attend a public meeting
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February 15th, 2024

City of Aurora Newsletter – Aurora Police launch transparency portal with crime stats, demographics, use of force data

Aurora Police launch transparency portal with crime stats, demographics, use of force data The Aurora Police Department has launched an Online Transparency and Accountability Portal to provide the public with access to regularly updated data and information about agency demographics, crime statistics and uses of force. “The Aurora Police Department’s Online Transparency and Accountability Portal represents our
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February 7th, 2024

2024 Media and Press for On Havana Street

January 1, 2024, Denver Life Magazine, One City. A World of Flavors. Get ready to embark on a dining adventure in one of Colorado’s most diverse cities. BY SPONSORED CONTENT January 10, 2024, Denver Post, J.W. Lee may be the most influential Colorado restaurateur you haven’t heard of January 29, 2024, Denver7, 2024 Lunar New
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December 23rd, 2023

Ace Hardware at the Gardens on Havana is NOW Open On Havana Street

Ace Hardware is NOW OPEN at the Gardens on Havana On Havana Street! 🥳 Grand Opening is happening THIS WEEK for our newest locally owned and operated @acehardware, #TheHelpfulPlace with the best brands and everything you need for your everyday home project! Still need to shop for a special DIY expert in your life? Stop in and
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November 30th, 2023

Nominate an outstanding Aurora business for recognition by Dec. 15

The city of Aurora is accepting nominations from the community through Dec. 15 for its annual Aurora Business Recognition Awards Program, which began in 2005 to celebrate successful businesses that are leaders in the workplace and community. Award winners will be honored in mid-2024 at a ceremony that is still in the planning stages. Nominees,
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November 28th, 2023

Apply Today! $10,000 grants will help improve sustainability and lower energy costs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kristina Gaffny, [email protected] CDPHE encourages Aurora and Commerce City businesses to apply for the Small Business Equity Fund grant program $10,000 grants will help improve sustainability and lower energy costs REMOTE (November 28, 2023): CDPHE’s Colorado Green Business Network is now accepting applications for the Small Business Equity Fund grant program for businesses located in Aurora and
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November 1st, 2023

Congratulations, Chance Horiuchi – On Havana Street!

Congratulations to the Havana Business Improvement District’s very own Chance Horiuchi, our Executive Director, and one of the hardest working people behind our special business district. Chance was awarded the Chuck Hahn Small Business Advocate of the Year at the 2023 Business Recognition Awards for working tirelessly to support and uplift the 2,100 businesses within
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October 19th, 2023

Business & Community Resource: Community Medical Services – Community Narcan Training

Overdose Prevention and Narcan Training Learn how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose. Free education and Narcan kits provided to groups large and small. Contact for more information: Cloe WellsCommunity Impact ManagerCommunity Medical Services14300 E Exposition AvenueAurora, CO 80012  o: 720-853-4230   m: 503-508-2512   f: 303-745-4832  

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May 2nd, 2023

MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH – Join ALG Events

The African Leadership Group’s Health & Wellness Committee is pleased to announce its Facebook Live Info Session on Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health. This will be a 4-part series. Tune in to our Facebook on Thursday, May 4th, 2023 at 5:00 PM for Part 2, to hear a conversation with our parents on social
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May 2nd, 2023

Business Marketing Resource – Pickens Technical College Creative Student Showcase – Business Invite 

Our community partner at Pickens Technical College shared an upcoming opportunity for the business community. The Career Placement Coordinator for Pickens Technical College reached out and to invite your business to their 2nd Annual Creative Student Showcase event to check out some amazing work from our Graphic Design and Photography programs, enjoy some appetizers, and
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March 3rd, 2023

Aurora TV Feature – On Havana Street Businesses Save with Xcel Energy Program

On Havana Street Businesses Save with Xcel Energy Program Businesses along Havana street in Aurora have been working with Xcel Energy and CLEAResults to help them save money. An energy auditor will come to a business to conduct a free energy assessment and help make changes that can result in hundreds of dollars in energy savings.
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March 1st, 2023

WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES IN AURORA

Visit Aurora’s Blog Post Here  WOMEN ARE SHAPING THE WAY BUSINESS IS DONE IN THE GATEWAY TO THE ROCKIES. CHECK OUT SOME OF THE GREAT WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES IN AURORA, COLORADO. LADY JUSTICE BREWING 9735 E. COLFAX AVE | GET DIRECTIONS Along with delicious brews and fun neighborhood events, this community-focused brewery dedicates time, space, and money
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February 10th, 2023

CRA links to Help Us Fight Restrictive Scheduling in Colorado

Help Us Fight Restrictive Scheduling in Colorado Learn more at the Colorado Restaurant Association website: https://corestaurant.org/blog/help-us-fight-restrictive-scheduling/ The Colorado Legislature has introduced House Bill 23-1118 (Fair Workweek Employment Standards) — otherwise known as restrictive scheduling. This legislation has the potential to dramatically change the restaurant industry in Colorado and negatively impact restaurant workers by instituting devastating, burdensome requirements on restaurants. This is
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January 30th, 2023

Doing your part in snow removal

Clear sidewalks are a shared community responsibility, and each of us has a part. Please remember that is the property owner’s responsibility to keep sidewalks adjacent to their property free of snow and ice; that includes those behind the house/business and side fences. As a reminder, snow and ice must be removed within 24 hours
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January 9th, 2023

City Council repeals Occupational Privilege Tax; change to go into effect in 2025

Tax Announcements & Updates Occupational Privilege Tax Repeal The Aurora City Council voted Jan. 9 to repeal the city’s Occupational Privilege Tax, effective Jan. 1, 2025, with the passage on final reading of Ordinance 2022-77. Businesses are required to continue to collect and pay the tax until the repeal’s effective date. The Occupational Privilege Tax is
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November 7th, 2022

A list of current and future City of Aurora & CDOT improvements along the On Havana Street Corridor

Thank you to the City of Aurora Traffic and Transportation Planners and Engineers for keeping the District updated. Please see a list of the current and future City of Aurora & CDOT improvements along the On Havana Street Corridor. Current projects: Havana Corridor Study – This corridor study was initiated in 2019 and is wrapping
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October 13th, 2022

Join the Colorado Green Business Network

On Havana Street Stakeholders check out a great opportunity to participate in the Colorado Green Business Network’s programming for operational sustainability. WeeCycle and bb.q Chicken Denver stakeholders are both on the list in the Colorado Green Business Network. Information from the CDPHE website here: https://cdphe.colorado.gov/co-green-business Check out the flyer here   Program overview The Colorado
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September 27th, 2022

Aurora lawmakers impose mandatory 3 days in jail for shoplifting more than $300

Read the Full Article Here By MAX LEVY, Sentinel Staff Writer Melissa Morehead, a senior detention officer, gets shackles ready for the five inmates she’s transferring to the Arapahoe County Jail at the Aurora Municipal Detention Center. City lawmakers voted 6-4 Sept. 26, 2022 to impose mandatory three-day jail sentences for adults convicted of shoplifting
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September 26th, 2022

Techno Rescue offers special e-cycling pricing Sept. 26 to Oct. 1

The city is partnering with Techno Rescue to offer a special e-cycling event from Sept. 26 to Oct. 1 at 3251 Lewiston St., Suite 10 (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday). Most electronic items accepted. Visit https://bit.ly/2kaMBG5 for info on fees and more. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Release Here Date: Sept. 26, 2022 Media
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September 17th, 2022

Sales tax collection from the Havana BID in 2022 Q1 were up a very impressive 17.9% compared to the same time period in 2021

City of Aurora Sales Tax Revenue History: We have seen percentage increases in all three city sales tax categories since we started tracking the sales tax in 2010, except for the 2020 year due to the Covid-19 pandemic’s challenges. Since 2015, the District continued to contribute over $20 Million in Sales Tax for the City
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September 12th, 2022

After delay, Aurora council scheduled to vote on mandatory minimums for retail theft 

Aurora Sentinel Full Article Here By MAX LEVY, Sentinel Staff Writer September 12, 2022 AURORA | Shoplifters convicted of stealing $300 or more of merchandise from Aurora retail stores could soon face a three-day minimum jail sentence, under a proposal that City Council members are set to vote on Monday night. The bill by Councilmember Danielle
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September 12th, 2022

Ordinance Retail Theft Amendment for HBID Review

Aurora Sentinel Article on 9/12/2022: Aurora council slated to vote on mandatory minimums for retail theft Ordinance Retail Theft Amendment 8-10-2022

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September 8th, 2022

$10,000 small business grants with Verizon & LISC

  Verizon Small Business Digital Ready is committed to helping small businesses grow. It’s why we set up our program to arm businesses just like yours with the tools and resources needed to thrive in today’s digital economy. By joining our free program, you’ll get access to courses, live coaching sessions, and invaluable learning materials,
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September 8th, 2022

Apply for an opportunity to receive a $20,000 grant, networking, marketing, and other support resources.

We believe that our communities thrive when we create equal access to opportunity for small business owners. Through the DoorDash Accelerator for Local Restaurants, we are improving access to technical assistance and restaurant education that will help small businesses adapt, grow, and thrive. Together, DoorDash and Accion Opportunity Fund, along with other restaurant industry experts,
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September 1st, 2022

City launches new Aurora Eats dining guide & features many On Havana Street Restaurants

Aurora is one of Colorado’s most diverse cities, and that diversity brings with it one of the state’s most global dining scenes. For years, the city of Aurora has offered a comprehensive dining guide to highlight the abundant lineup of local, independent eateries and markets available throughout the community. The latest iteration, Aurora Eats, is
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September 1st, 2022

Back-to-School Checklist for Parents and Families

Kicking off the school year right How to avoid the stresses of a new school year Kids and families often experience a little extra stress when readjusting to being in the classroom. It’s a time of transition, and the social aspects of school can present new challenges. Plus, kids now have the added difficulties of
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August 1st, 2022

BUSINESS RESOURCE – Career Launchpad by MSU Denver

Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) has recently launched a unique program, Career Launchpad, that offers affordable online courses in various fields. Through these noncredit offerings, someone can test the waters in a new field, upskill their resume, or pursue additional education.   Career Launchpad currently offers six courses (with new ones being added each
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July 27th, 2022

Xcel Energy Colorado’s Partner in Energy offers Business Energy Assessments

Xcel Energy Colorado, our Partner in Energy, offers Business Energy Assessments to help you understand your business’ energy use and provide energy efficiency opportunities. Start saving on utility bills and maintenance costs. Business Energy Assessments We’ll determine the best energy assessment solution for your business size and provide low-cost services customized to your energy needs.
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July 26th, 2022

RTD ZERO FARE

Hop on board RTD during Zero Fare for Better Air in August It’s Zero Fare Transit Month in August on all buses and trains operated by RTD. The Aurora City Council will consider a resolution in support of Zero Fare Transit on RTD on July 25. The city is joining other local governments in this
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July 22nd, 2022

The City of Aurora’s Access Aurora is here to help you!

The City of Aurora’s Access Aurora is here to help you! Call 303.739.7000 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for questions about city programs, events or services. Or stop by the Access Aurora desk in the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday for
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July 1st, 2022

Apply starting June 27 for small business and nonprofit grants

Application Quick Link for Small Businesses: https://arpaauroracityco.powerappsportals.com/en-US/# ARPA Small Business and Nonprofits Grants Release Small Business Grant Program Flyer English FINAL Small Business Grant Program Flyer Spanish FINAL FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Date: June 16, 2022 Media Contacts: Cristal Dukes 303.323.4788 or [email protected] Julie Patterson 303.739.6617 or [email protected] Apply starting June 27 for small business
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June 27th, 2022

Business Resource – City of Aurora – Mobile Food Vendor Toolkit

Resource and Information Available at the City’s Website Here: https://www.auroragov.org/business_services/small_business_services/mobile_food_vendor_toolkit Contact Information: Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center 303.326.8686 Aurora Planning & Zoning Information 303.739.7000 Tri-County Health Department 303.363.3055 Mobile Food Truck Ordinance (Updated 03-18-19) Mobile Food Truck Map Mobile Food Vendor Toolkit Brochure Cómo Comenzar un Negocio de Comida Ambulante en Aurora Mobile food
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June 1st, 2022

OEDIT MBO – Business Foundations Technical Assistance Program – apply today!

Visit the OEDIT MBO website here: https://oedit.colorado.gov/business-foundations-technical-assistance-program Available languages: English | Español The Business Foundations Technical Assistance program provides technical assistance and small grants to Colorado small businesses to help businesses legally establish themselves. The program includes 3 required training paths for businesses to complete and receive a certification. Once completed, businesses may be eligible to apply for
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May 31st, 2022

Nominate an outstanding Aurora business for recognition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: May 31, 2022 Media Contact: Julie Patterson Senior Communications Strategist 303.739.6617 [email protected] Nominate an outstanding Aurora business for recognition AURORA, Colo. – The city of Aurora is accepting nominations from the community from June 1 to July 8 for its annual Aurora Business Recognition Awards Program, which began in 2005 to celebrate successful
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May 31st, 2022

City of Aurora Homelessness Resources

Check out the City of Aurora’s Resources on their website here: https://www.auroragov.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=16242704&pageId=18100526   CITY OF AURORA » RESIDENTS » COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT » HOMELESSNESS IN AURORA » HOMELESSNESS RESOURCES Homelessness Resources Everyone deserves a safe, warm place to sleep. Although the city is not a direct service provider, it funds agencies in the community to provide direct services to individuals experiencing homelessness such as shelter, food, behavioral
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May 17th, 2022

Partners in Energy Business Resources – Save Money for your Business Today!

Business Assessment Take the guesswork out of sustainability with Small Business Energy Assessment from Xcel Energy! The assessments will help you understand your business’ energy use and provide energy efficiency opportunities that can help reduce utility bills and maintenance costs. They’ll also help you identify available rebates, connect with contractors, and provide information on financing
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May 12th, 2022

Natural Helpers Resource Guide

The nationally recognized Natural Helpers program was brought to Aurora by the Office of International and Immigrant Affairs in 2016 in response to the city’s Comprehensive Strategic Plan to expand programs for integration of refugees and immigrants. The program’s goal is to identify, train and empower local immigrants and refugees who understand the challenges of
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May 11th, 2022

Arapahoe County is now accepting ALL warrants and ALL PC arrests

   Memorandum   DATE:            May 6th, 2022 TO:                 Arapahoe County Law Enforcement Agencies FROM:          Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown SUBJECT:     Update re: Law Enforcement Contacts & Arapahoe County Detention Facility Procedures                                                                                                                                                               This memorandum is to update you regarding the status of law enforcement operations at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office and at
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May 4th, 2022

ARPA Grant Programs – Safety and Security Grant – Apply May 16, 2022!

Learn More: ARPA Grant Programs – City of Aurora (auroragov.org) https://www.auroragov.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=18506550 Our contact at APD’s Community Relations, Joshua Nicholas, shared the ARPA page with the Havana BID.  As soon as the application link is available, the Havana BID will send out emails and communications to the special district.  Joshua Nicholas Manager, Community Relations Section Aurora
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April 30th, 2022

Minority Small Business Fund – Apply Today!

Minority Small Business Grant -English Apply Today Here VEC has opened up a 3rd round of grants for minority owned businesses that are based in Aurora. Deadline May 9, 2022 Up to $5,000 This grant helps to cover expenses to assist entrepreneurs with new skills, such as branding, raising capital, finances/budgeting, business plans and continued
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April 29th, 2022

The Black Ambition Prize – Apply Today!

Community Partners at @energizecolo shared The Black Ambition Prize funding opportunity. Founded by Pharrell in 2020, the endeavor funds ventures in consumer products and services, media and entertainment, healthcare, technology, and Web 3.0. Applicants are eligible to win up to $1M, as well as access to mentorship, resources and the Black Ambition Network. Represent the
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April 7th, 2022

New online registration for Aurora City Council public comment

Public Comment Changes Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: April 1, 2022 Media Contact: Julie Patterson Senior Communications Strategist 303.739.6617 [email protected] New online registration for Aurora City Council public comment AURORA, Colo. – The Aurora City Council, which welcomes public comment, has refined its process for speaking before the council. The new process will begin with the April
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March 28th, 2022

Coffee & Bagels Networking On Havana Street

Join GEICO Aurora on Friday, April 8, 2022, 9:30am-11am, for FREE Breakfast Networking.  Please see the invitation for a coffee & bagels networking event that GEICO Aurora is hosting. They will have games with prizes along with coffee & bagels. Please rsvp to [email protected]. GEICO Aurora looks forward to meeting you and your team and networking. 
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March 22nd, 2022

Funding opportunity for small businesses – Hennessy

Dear On Havana Street, a local community partner APDC shared this funding opportunity with Hennessy. APDC shared that Hennessy is looking to support Black, Asian, and/or Latinx small-business owners and knew that our global corridor may have businesses or know of businesses that would qualify. Please feel free to share this funding opportunity with other businesses that
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March 21st, 2022

City of Aurora Business Updates – Liquor License Newsletter 3.17.2022

Aurora Liquor Informational Bulletin   This is the inaugural City of Aurora Liquor Licensee informational bulletin. This bulletin was sent to all  liquor licenses in Aurora, Colorado. If you know of others that would benefit from subscribing, please forward them this link: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/kJWE3xN/liquor   IN THIS BULLETIN   ·    Other Aurora Newsletters ·    Red Tape
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