Community Resources

2021 Fall Ballot Guide

With local ballots in the mail and voting underway, and in honor of our mission statement, we have suggestions from our PublicPolicy Committee on November 2021 Ballot Issues.

These recommendations are based on supporting our mission of “Empowering our members through education, advocacy and collaborative partnerships, focusing on economic vitality”.

We encourage all members to access additional voting information assistance tools. Our overview was created with non-partisan views, and solely focused on supporting our members’ business growth and our community’s wellbeing. This is also the reason we chose not to endorse any one candidate, but instead chose to focus on the ballot initiatives that would impact Colorado Springs and El Paso County as a whole.

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El Paso County’s 5 Star Certification Program

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) approved El Paso County’s 5 Star Certification Program on Feb. 1, 2021.

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Sales Tax Rebate Program

In addition to Colorado’s 5 Star program, the City of Colorado Springs and El Paso County recently established a sales tax rebate program.

  • Qualifying restaurants in El Paso County can get back $700/month of the 1% general sales tax from July 2020 to Feb. 2021.
  • Qualifying restaurants in Colorado Springs can get back up to $2,100 a month: $700/month from El Paso County, as well as $1,400/month from the City of Colorado Springs.

Restaurants need to have had a 5% or greater decrease in revenue from Q3 2019 compared to Q3 2020. Your business must be in compliance and current with sales tax filings. If you aren’t current, you can bring your restaurant current and still apply.

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Business Posters

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SCWCC Town Hall Replays

September 10, 2020: https://youtu.be/CMjViAEgYag
November 12, 2020: https://youtu.be/qbCcFeaRrZo
February 11, 2021: https://youtu.be/QFUTnTfug38

COVID-19 Update and Resources for Businesses 


The New Stimulus Act: 15 Big Changes That Will Impact Your Small Business

COVID-19 relief bill addresses key PPP issues

The Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce is closely monitoring the progression of coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19. We would like to provide you with resources as you develop or contribute to your communication management plans within your businesses. Considering this illness is evolving quickly, we encourage you to look to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the most up-to-date guidance so you may make informed decisions as it pertains to the health and safety of your workplace.

Economic Relief Resources

COVID-19 Business Resources

  • CDC Information for Businesses and Employers – Learn More
  • CDC Information about mental health and coping – Learn More
  • CDC Business Planning Check List – Learn More
  • El Paso County Public Health – Learn More
  • Colorado COVID-19 Updates – Learn More
  • SBDC Small Business Disaster Prep – Learn More
  • Top Questions about Coronavirus from Children’s Hospital Colorado – Learn More

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