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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 18th, 2020

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

UPDATED 9/17/2020 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
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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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September 9th, 2020

Kaiser Permanente Inner City Capital Connections Program & Economic Opportunity for Colorado Small Business

Kaiser Permanente believes that Income-earning and wealth-building opportunities are foundational to healthy communities, supporting active living, housing stability and food security. We are seeking to advance equitable, inclusive economic opportunity for all by improving financial security, increasing income, building wealth, and reducing economic inequities across our communities. Kaiser Permanente is working with three national organizations to
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September 9th, 2020

HOW MILE HIGH UNITED WAY’S FOR BUSINESS PROGRAM IS PIVOTING TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19

Mile High United Way Blog View Full Article Here Category: Thought Leadership – Local Business Response and Recovery from COVID-19 As the coronavirus has caused daily life to change drastically, many small businesses find themselves faced with unprecedented challenges. In order to respond to these emerging needs, Mile High United Way is pivoting our United for Business
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August 28th, 2020

FREE Testing for COVID-19 Locations

FREE Community Drive-up Testing  (Open daily, except holidays) Visit https://www.tchd.org/827/Testing-for-COVID-19 for more details on Covid-19 resources in the Tri-County area. FREE Testing Sites Dates and Locations Things to Know before you Go Aurora Sports Park Daily from 8 a.m.– 4 p.m 19300 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora Map of the Aurora Sports Park Testing Station Register online to speed up
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August 28th, 2020

Proposal Would Boost Minimum Wage In Aurora To $20 Over Next 7 Years

By Michael Abeyta August 28, 2020 at 6:20 pm Filed Under:Aurora News AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Aurora City Council Member Alison Coombs is proposing raising the minimum wage in Colorado’s third largest city. Not everyone is supporting that idea, especially some business owners. (credit: CBS) “All the people working in the city of Aurora, need a
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August 26th, 2020

Aurora City Council members seek to raise minimum wage to $20 an hour

Enlarge The Aurora Municipal building. COURTESY CITY OF AURORA COMPANIES IN THIS ARTICLE Aurora Chamber of Commerce Aurora, NE See full profile  By Ed Sealover  – Senior Reporter, Denver Business Journal Nine months after Denver became the first Colorado city to raise its minimum wage above the state level, a cadre of Aurora council members is looking to
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August 25th, 2020

The 2020 Census Week of Action is HERE!

The week kicked off yesterday! Questions? Please contact Bryce Ikemura at TDW+Co ([email protected]).   Please help amplify some of these activities, and please let TDW+Co know about the stakeholder engagement you are doing around the Week of Action.   Below is a list of what’s to come this week, and how you can get involved:  
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August 24th, 2020

Business Owners Town Hall – Min. Wage Increase Discussion

The Business Advisory Board, with Council Member Coombs, would like to invite you all to join us on Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm for a Business Owners Town Hall discussing Council Member Coombs’s Minimum Wage Draft Ordinance that will be introduced at M&F tomorrow.  The Business Advisory Board has heard testimony at 2 scheduled meetings
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August 20th, 2020

TOOLS FOR EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION INITIATIVES

As a diverse corridor we wanted to share a useful resource from DENVER’S EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION INITIATIVE.   Multiplicity — Brenton Weyi from Denver Arts & Venues on Vimeo. Inspired by IMAGINE 2020, Denver Arts & Venues (A&V) is excited to announce the agency’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (EDI). A&V is committed to these core values in
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August 19th, 2020

Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman Calls $20 Minimum Wage Proposal A ‘Job Killer’

By Audra StreetmanAugust 19, 2020 at 9:45 pm Filed Under: Alison Coombs, Aurora News, Mike Coffman AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman says he opposes a proposal introduced by city council member Alison Coombs to raise the city’s minimum wage to $20 per hour. Coffman, a small business owner, called the proposal a “job killer”
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August 18th, 2020

Support Restaurants & Win Prizes – Colorado Restaurant Associations BINGO – Summer

  Support Colorado restaurants and win prizes. Great prizes! Win one of FIVE $50 restaurant gift cards weekly! Win one of EIGHT Grand Prize Colorado getaway packages throughout the summer! How to Play – Step 1: Pick a Bingo board below Step 2: Complete one of the activities in a square and mark off (edit
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August 13th, 2020

How You Can Help Small Businesses Recover

The world we’re slowly re-entering is much different than the one we lived in when we first went into quarantine months ago. While the impacts on daily life are obvious and far-reaching, it can sometimes be a little harder to notice the effects on your favorite businesses and restaurants. The economic hit many small businesses
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August 10th, 2020

New COVID-19 community testing site coming to Aurora Sports Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: Aug. 10, 2020 Media Contact: Julie Patterson Senior Communications Strategist 303.739.6617 [email protected]   New COVID-19 community testing site coming to Aurora Sports Park Abre nuevo centro comunitario de pruebas COVID-19 en el Aurora Sports Park   AURORA, Colo. – Starting today, Aug. 10, a new community-based COVID-19 testing site is now open in Aurora
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August 7th, 2020

Energize Colorado Gap Fund

Application Coming Soon – Here’s What You Need to Know Information below from the https://energizecolorado.com/gap-fund/ website The Energize Colorado Gap Fund will provide more than $25M in small business loans and grants to boost small business enterprises that are the economic engines throughout the state. Sole proprietors, businesses and nonprofits with less than 25 full-time
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August 1st, 2020

ON HAVANA STREET BUSINESSES IMPLEMENT NEW WAVE OF TECH

Visit Aurora Blog – View Article here On Havana Street, home to more than 100 different restaurants and 25 international markets is a notable foodie destination. COVID-19 has impacted nearly every business, sparking changes in the way customers order and enjoy their meals. Some of these technology-forward changes could be around to stay. We virtually
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July 29th, 2020

Kitchen Food Collective – Food Drive On Havana Street to Support Small Businesses & the Community

Thank you for volunteering to make the Food Kitchen Collective food drive a success on Wednesday the 15th! Together, we handed out over 1000 bags of fresh produce, quality food, PPE supplies, and prepared meals to community members in need. This all weighed over 7,000 pounds! By partnering with On Havana Street, over 19 small
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July 29th, 2020

Business Resource – Children’s Hospital Colorado Engagement Opportunities

Children’s Hospital Colorado would love to set up a free virtual talk with one of their Children’s Hospital Colorado experts and explore other ways they can engage your employees in educational and volunteer opportunities during this time (see Children’s Corporate Engagement for more information). Below is a general list of topics that they offer. Keep
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July 16th, 2020

On Havana’s Kitchen Collective Food Drive

Watch the July 08, 2020 Aurora TV feature by Christina Savan Raney here

July 15th, 2020

2020 Havana Street Multi-Modal Study Outreach #1

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 in response to
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July 8th, 2020

Shopping Experience On Havana Street – How Retailers Are Keeping You Safe

As stores reopen and people start to venture out (with masks on) and shop there are a lot of questions about how things are being kept safe for customers and employees of the stores alike. We can’t speak for everyone, everywhere, but we’ve been impressed with the commitment to community health we have seen the
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July 8th, 2020

Tri-County Health Department approves face-covering mandate that includes Aurora

Tri-County Health Department approves face-covering mandate that includes Aurora On Wednesday, July 8, the Board of Directors for Tri-County Health Department approved a face-covering mandate in the three-county area that includes Aurora. This mandate applies to all individuals while in public indoor spaces, as well as in outdoor spaces where social distancing of at least 6 feet is
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July 7th, 2020

COVID-19 SUPPORT GUIDE by DCI, Inc.

COVID-19 SUPPORT GUIDE Below you will find statewide resources, assistance, strategies and more for coping with the spread of COVID-19.  Visit http://www.downtowncoloradoinc.org/COVID-19-Resources DOWNTOWN COLORADO, INC (DCI) RESOURCES COLORADO RESOURCES Assistance for Workers and Employers: Assistance opportunities for workers and employers from the state Labor Department due to closures from COVID-19. Business Navigator Hotline: 720.665.7439 or email here
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July 7th, 2020

Friendly Business Guide for Outdoor Expansion

Check out a helpful resource from Cheney Bostic from Studio Seed. Click on the link below: Friendly Business Guide for Outdoor Expansion Cheney Bostic, AICP, LEED AP Cheney is the Principal and Founder of studioseed. With formal training as an architect, Cheney brings a unique skill set to the field of urban design and planning. She
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July 1st, 2020

Census 2020 Trusted Voices – On Havana Street

Census 2020 Trusted Voices segment with guest Chance Horiuchi On Havana Street discussed how the business community is getting involved with making sure that everyone is Being Seen, Being Heard, and Being Counted in the 2020 Census! Trusted Voices Chance Horiuchi Census 2020 Trusted Voices segment with guest Chance Horiuchi, discussing how the business community
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June 29th, 2020

On Havana Street on Mayor Mike Live!

Mayor Mike Live Posted by Aurora, Colorado City Hall on Friday, June 26, 2020   Executive Director, Chance Horiuchi, joined the City of Aurora’s Mayor Mike Coffman’s, Mayor Mike LIVE on June 26, 2020 at the Aurora TV studio. Watch the LIVE video here

June 13th, 2020

Free Marketing for Denver Metro Area Businesses During Covid-19

  Visit Aurora is offering a FREE way to market your business to locals and visitors in the Eastern Metro Area of Denver and Aurora. The Savings Pass is a platform that offers discounts and specials and helps local businesses reach a new customer audience. During these challenging times with Covid-19 this is a great
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June 10th, 2020

City of Aurora launching grant program for businesses, nonprofits

Aurora Economic Recovery Grant Release in Spanish Aurora Economic Recovery Grant Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: June 9, 2020 Media Contact: Julie Patterson Senior Communications Strategist 303.739.6617 [email protected]   City of Aurora launching grant program for businesses, nonprofits   AURORA, Colo. – The city of Aurora and the Aurora City Council, in cooperation with the Arapahoe County CARES
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June 6th, 2020

GLOBAL YOUTH LEADERS CONTINUE TO GIVE BACK

GLOBAL YOUTH LEADERS CONTINUE TO GIVE BACK ON HAVANA STREET AT M MART Read article at the Aurora Sister Cities International website here On June 5th, four Global Youth Leaders met at M-Mart and helped pass out 250 packages of masks and gloves.  The Law Office of Lee, Myers and O’Connell donated the PPE packages
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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

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 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

Stay safe by staying home, wearing a face covering when out for essential needs or work

Learn More here The city of Aurora encourages its residents to comply the Stay-at-Home order through May 8 that was extended in Adams and Arapahoe counties by Tri-County Health Department, the local, independent public health authority over Aurora. This is an effort to stem the ongoing high level of COVID-19 virus infection in these counties.
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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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