Keeping people and businesses active – and safe – this winter

Bundle Up for Small Businesses

Bundle Up for Small Business

Cold Weather Toolkit

Winter Activation Ideas for Main Streets & Neighborhoods During COVID19

As COVID19 restrictions and public safety concerns limit indoor activities, restaurants, entertainment, public events, social gatherings and more have turned to the outdoors. This has been a great lifeline during the Spring and Summer but will become challenging during the colder, darker winter months.

Winter Places sent out a call seeking design ideas for quickly implementable, low cost interventions to drive visitors back to Main Street that will encourage them to stay longer and patronize area restaurants and businesses. This design guide is the final product of creative submissions from students, architects, artists, designers and more from across the United States, Canada, Europe and beyond! We hope these can help you bring customers back to your small businesses community and provide a safe social space for you and your neighbors.

How to Make the Most of COVID Winter

Don’t write off the darkest season just yet. Even with colder weather and shorter days, it’s still possible to plan for pandemic-safe outdoor fun.

Paris finds a Sustainable Alternative to the Gas Patio Heater

Let customers know you are ready to safely serve! Take the COVID-19 Working Safer Pledge and be recognized!

Colorado Winter Outdoor Grants Application

The Colorado Restaurant Foundation (“Foundation”) has established an emergency assistance program within the Foundation to assist Colorado restaurants affected by the Covid -19 crisis. This fund will be known as the Colorado Outdoor Winter Dining Grant Program (“the Program”). The Program is designated for Colorado restaurants that have demonstrated financial need as defined by the Foundation’s Board of Directors in time of declared Covid-19 disaster.

Virtual Restaurant and Bar Show

Educational Series: The COVID-19 pandemic is the most devastating crisis the restaurant industry has encountered. After a crushing shutdown and a tenuous summer many restaurateurs are asking, HOW WILL WE SURVIVE THE WINTER? This series aims to help restaurant owners and operators answer that question. Industry experts will dig into operational best practices to give ideas you can implement… IMMEDIATELY

El Paso County COVID-19 Dial Dashboard

Please note, EPC recently transitioned the outbreak report into its data dashboard. Moving forward, outbreak data will be updated weekly on Wednesdays to align with the state.

State of Colorado COVID-19 Dial Dashboard

Colorado’s dial framework standardizes different levels of “openness” at the county level. It is a toll for counties to use to make life during the pandemic more sustainable, allowing us to balance, to the great extent possible, controlling the virus with our social and economic needs.

COVID-19 Dial Explanation

Colorado’s dial framework standardizes different levels of “openness” at the county level. It is a tool for counties to use to make life during the pandemic more sustainable, allowing us to balance, to the greatest extent possible, controlling the virus with our social and economic needs.

COVID Straight Talk is a great website for:​

  • Personalized tips for workers and employees
  • Quick guides
  • Simple hacks

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Posters must be up with FFCRA through December 31.

Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA)

  • Must be provided to employees in writing by January 1, 2021
  • Posters with HFWA information must be posted by January 1, 2021

COVID-19 Operations & Safety Policy Template

Created by HR Branches & Gilbertson Law Office

Propane vs. Electric Outdoor Heaters

Article: In a pandemic winter, dinner comes with a side of propane

Four Tips to Help Clients Stay Warm This Winter

Residential tips that can be applied to your small business!

Running your small business is hard enough. Understanding how to abide by the latest public health orders and guidance adds to your workload. Visit this website for the latest planning documents from responding to a COVID-19 occurrence to cleaning and disinfecting. Guidance is provided for industry specific questions as well.

Free Legal Assistance

Volunteer lawyers are available to help small businesses with COVID-19 related legal needs.

Small Business Saturday Kits & Promotion

20 Small Business Saturday Promotion Ideas

6 Winter Marketing Ideas to Help Spur Sales This Season and Next

18 Ideas for Marketing a Seasonal Business in the Off-Season

Permits to Expand Outdoor Dining

The Colorado Springs Planning and Community Development Department is accepting applications for temporary use and revocable permits to expand dining areas to private parking lots, sidewalks, café patio extensions, or balcony seating. Restaurants and bars may be eligible for adding temporary outdoor dining and consumption areas either on private parking areas, or on public sidewalks or parking areas.

Employer Services


A workforce transformation is happening due to the current health crisis. Business has been disrupted and workforce demand is shifting. Recruiting and hiring practices are changing. Here at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, we are proud to announce our ROAD TO RECOVERY campaign; programming and services that support both workers and employers in our community.

#UPSKILL2020 is an education campaign to provide FREE virtual training for job seekers, students and workers who need in-demand skills NOW. #UPSKILL2020 provides assessments, eLearning and soft skills training to improve an individual’s competitiveness through short training programs that introduce new skills or enhance existing skills. Check out the website at

#EMPLOYER TOOLKIT is a specialized toolbox full of strategies for EMPLOYERS to hire, recruit, upskill and/or retrain their workers or locate needed services through the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. We can host anything from virtual job fairs to private classrooms to train a group of co-workers within an organization. 

Business Relations Team

Not sure where to start? Connect with them here.

Employee Development Grants

Public health orders change frequently! Please ensure you are checking this website frequently so that your business stays in compliance for the safety of all.

Manitou Made Learning Community

Manitou Made stakeholders, champions, and merchants are learning together with a shared desire to strengthen and empower each other as humans first, small business owners second.

We urge you to explore these elective classes on Human Resiliency, as together we can transform the common mental health narrative from one of illness and disability to one of strength and empowerment. (

Prepare Your Small Business for Winter Weather

Deloitte: Managing supply chain risk and disruption

Coronavirus highlights the need to transform traditional supply chain models

IMD: The five pillars of supply chain resilience

How companies implement resilience in their supply chains

Accenture: Supply chain disruption

Repurposed supply chains of the future must have resilience and responsibility at their heart (information and guidance on risks/challenges, how to respond to disruption, supply chain planning, logistics, and procurement).

IMD: How resilient is your supply chain?

Global value chains under threat

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE): Temporary Outdoor Structures for Restaurants and Events

Colorado Springs Permits to Expand Outdoor Dining & Liquor License Modification

What's Open In Colorado

For Providers and Community Leaders: Helping People Manage Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak

Managing Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak (PDF)

Tips for Adults

Stress First Aid Self Care/Organizational Support Model

When Terrible Things Happen - What You Might Experience

Greater Resilience Information Toolkit (GRIT)

Keeping Your Business Safe and Warm this Winter

Video Gallery

COVID-19 has limited indoor activities for our hospitality industries – restaurants, entertainment, gatherings and the like. Due to public safety concerns, activities have taken us to the outdoors! This worked well during warmer conditions but with colder months impending it’s time to change our perspective and relationship with the fall and winter outdoors! We are excited to embrace the fall and winter outdoors with positivity as we keep connecting to our small businesses and take care of our neighbors in Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Region. Let’s Bundle Up for Small Businesses!

Bundle Up for Small Business


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Bundle Up Stories

Even in the midst of COVID-19, there is growth and innovation in our small businesses and community. Whether it’s a boutique hotel that is still opening, retail and restaurants that have pivoted their business plan or individuals that have found themselves creative and resourceful, we understand we are all in this together. Paired with a local photographer in the area, we know the stories we tell can be told both through words and photography. These photographers represent our start-ups, women owned, LGBTQ owned, vet owned and minority owned. The intersection of photography, stories and community reconnects us with our friends and neighbors as we bundle up to support small businesses.


PikeRide launched in June of 2018 as a program of Downtown Ventures, the charitable nonprofit arm of Downtown Partnership in Colorado Springs . In 2019, PikeRide transitioned to a full fleet of electric-assist bikes. As of January 2020, PikeRide transitioned to operating under its own 501c3 and now operates more than 35 stations and over 250 bikes. The bikes are super simple and easy to use.  One simply opens an app to start a ride,

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Kinship Landing

A year ago, Brooke and Bobby Mikulas with partner Nate Grimm broke ground on a plot of land off South Nevada in downtown Colorado Springs. Before a pandemic was ever something that was spoken about, the team had a vision to build Kinship Landing which is a friendly boutique hotel that connects locals and travelers around city exploration and outdoor adventure. “We have always wanted to provide an experience driven lodging concept without totally tanking

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