Business Continuity & Support
The City’s Building Division will be conducting business license inspections on a case by case basis during this period of heightened alert relative to the COVID-19 situation and while the State remains under the stay at home order. Inspections will be conducted only when the business occupancy classification raises concerns for potentially significant life/safety hazards. All other business licenses may be conditionally issued without a building division inspection, which will be deferred to a later date. Please be advised that some building modifications may be necessary after completing this deferred inspection. Should you have any questions, please contact the City’s Chief Building Official at 303-235-2803.
- Eat-Ridge is a new website highlighting food-related businesses open in Wheat Ridge offering takeout, delivery or curbside options. We are continuing to work on finding more ways for all us to support our local businesses in the coming weeks.
- Wheat Ridge Business Association COVID-19 Business Toolkit
- Dedicated shopping hours for seniors and at-risk community members during COVID-19. Only shop once per week to limit exposure and continue practicing social distancing of 6’.
- King Soopers, Wheat Ridge, M/W/F 7-8 a.m.
- Natural Grocers, Wheat Ridge – no dedicated hours
- Safeway, Wheat Ridge, T/Th, 7-9 a.m.
- Sprouts, Wheat Ridge – no dedicated hours
- Target, Colorado Mills Mall, Wed. 7-8 a.m.
- Target, Kipling Ridge in Arvada, Wed. 7-8 a.m.
- Walmart, Lakeside, Tues. 6-7 a.m.
- Whole Foods, Denver West, daily 8-9 a.m
- For answers to questions about business licensing in the City of Wheat Ridge and/or sales tax filing, call 303-235-2820 or email WRtax@ci.wheatridge.co.us
- Small Business Loans from the Small Business Administration
- Localworks Business Adapt-ABILITY Loan Program
- Low interest loan program from Localworks
- Updates from the CDPHE for State of Emergency orders including bars and restaurants.
- America’s SBDCs
- Colorado Department of Labor and Employment - Alternatives to laying off employees
- Colorado Department of Labor and Unemployment - Contains resources for workers and resources for employers
- Colorado Lending Source - Small Business Lender
- Colorado Manufacturer’s EDGE - Resources for Manufacturers
- Colorado Small Business Development Center - Disaster Recovery & Continuity Guide
- Critical Business Self Certification
- Nonprofit support through Colorado Assistance Fund (PDF) - El Pomar Foundation
- OEDIT - Colorado Micro Loans for businesses with no more than 15 employees
- Office of Economic Development & International Trade
- OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
- US Chamber of Commerce
- U.S. Department of Labor - Q&A on common issues employers and employees face during Public Health Emergencies
- U.S. Small Business Administration - Disaster Assistance Loans
- 5 Steps you can take today & Small Business Grants Program (Facebook)
Local Business Organizations
- Applewood Business Association
- Jefferson County Business Resource Center
- Renewal Wheat Ridge
- Wheat Ridge Business Association
- Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce
Local, State and Regional Information
Purchase gift cards
Purchase gift cards for your favorite local shops and restaurants. This contributes to the bottom line of that business to help them stay in business through this crisis while continuing our focus on social distancing.
While some stores are closed, products may be available online.
Shops that don’t offer online shopping may also be willing to take an order over the phone and have it delivered to you or enable pick up outside their store. It’s a great time to ask!
Dining at home? Order delivery or takeout. Call ahead and pick up – many will even deliver curbside when you arrive!
Delivery services such as DoorDash, GrubHub or UberEats are servicing local restaurants. (Note: these service providers charge local business owners an average of 30% of the total sale.)
Tip even for curbside/pickup or delivery
Have a steady paycheck? Leave a little extra cash for service workers – they are especially going to need the help. Consider a full tip on takeout orders, and leaving a little extra for the kitchen staff, too.