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Business assistance from Small Business Majority Email
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 12:00 AM

Yesterday, Small Business Majority hosted a webinar to help Colorado businesses understand executive orders, relief acts, and employer responsibilities to employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provided excellent information and resources to businesses looking for assistance, emergency loan information, expansion of loan eligibility, loan forgiveness, and more. Company owners are encouraged to view the webinar at https://app.livestorm.co/small-business-majority/covid-19-federal-and-colorado-support-for-small-businesses

To follow are links to some of the resources shared:

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COVID-19 resource roundup March 31, 2020 Email
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:00 AM

Information and resources are being shared quickly, and the situation around COVID-19 is changing rapidly. Below are some of the most recent resources that have come to our attention.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist - provided by Heather L. Browning, MBA, CRM, AIC, CIC of Colonial Benefit Group (Thanks to ALCC member Kim Naughtin of AEC Consultant Group for sharing this with us!)

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (via Congresswoman Diana DeGette)

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Building mobile handwashing stations Email
Monday, March 30, 2020 12:00 AM

Jeff Waterhouse of Grounds Guys of Parker shared a tip with us last week. Using five-gallon buckets, he made handwashing stations for each of his crews to use in the field. The video below demonstrates how to make them. Waterhouse is using a longer irrigation lever that allows crews to operate the station without touching the lever with their hands. 

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DHS names landscaping in critical services list Email
Sunday, March 29, 2020 12:00 AM

Good news! To further support the landscape industry as an essential service, I am pleased to share that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has included landscaping services in its most recent "Advisory memorandum on identification of essential critical infrastructure workers during COVID-19 response." Read the full memorandum.

Below is the specific passage that includes our industry (found on page 10 of the memo):

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US Citizenship and Immigration Services Office Closure Extended until at least April 7 Email
Saturday, March 28, 2020 01:00 PM

See the following notice from US Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding the temporary office closure.

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and Application Support Centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). USCIS offices will reopen on April 7 unless the public closures are extended further. Employees in these offices are continuing to perform mission-essential services that do not require face-to-face contact with the public.

USCIS will continue to provide limited emergency services. Please call the Contact Center for assistance with emergency services.

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Get to know the Coronavirus stimulus packages Email
Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:00 AM

NALP lobbying firm DCLRS has created a comprehensive summary of the recent Coronavirus stimulus packages.

Read the full summary here: https://blog.landscapeprofessionals.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/3-26-S3-bill.pdf?_zs=t6TMb1&_zl=n2jd6

Follow the latest news on our blog or at www.alcc.com/covid.

Share your ideas, resources, etc. with landscape industry peers at [email protected].

 
We're all in this together - Please donate PPE Email
Friday, March 27, 2020 04:45 PM

Hospitals, healthcare workers, and patients are in need of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Now more than we must come together as a community to battle this virus. Yesterday Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) donated N95 masks and packaged gloves at a Centura Health drop-off location. The donated equipment was intended for upcoming ALCC hands-on training events which have been postponed due to the pandemic. The landscape community will continue to support and give thanks to our healthcare professionals and volunteers for their hard work during the pandemic. Please join ALCC in supporting healthcare workers during this crisis and donate PPE when possible.

ALCC would love to see what you donate. Be sure to email us pictures of your donations and we will share them on our social media outlets to spread the word. Or better yet, post pictures of your donations on your social media channel(s), tag ALCC (click here for a list of ALCC social media outlets), and use these hashtags #landscapePPEdrive #PPE #IamALCC. 

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Defining essential services update Email
Thursday, March 26, 2020 05:00 PM

Good afternoon,

I want to share a quick update with our members. ALCC continues to work with our lobbyists for further clarification that landscape services are an essential business, as the interpretation of the stay-at-home order remains vague. If we receive any additional information or clarification, we will share it with you. 

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H-2 processing update and FAQs March 27, 2020 Email
Thursday, March 26, 2020 04:30 PM

See the email below, forwarded from USDA, and read the FAQs from the State Department about H-2 processing.

As you may be aware, USDA has been working diligently with DOL, DHS, and State to limit the disruption in the H-2A workforce caused by COVID-19.  Today the State Department took additional steps to increase processing of H-2 visa holders through consulates around the world.   USDA applauds these modifications and the expansion of interview waiver eligibility to ensure that the majority of H-2 processing can continue. 

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Watch the webinar: Navigating COVID-19 in your Colorado landscape business Email
Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:00 AM

Click here to watch the full webinar! You will be asked for your contact information before receiving the link.

Follow the latest news on our blog or at www.alcc.com/covid.

Share your ideas, resources, etc. with landscape industry peers at [email protected].

 
Colorado stay-at-home order and critical businesses Email
Thursday, March 26, 2020 09:40 AM

We recognize that there has been much confusion over the governor’s latest executive order and what that means for landscape business operations. In meeting with our GreenCO partners, we have clarified the following points:

As of March 26, the entire state is under a Stay-at-Home order. Based on the Public Health Order dated March 25, ALCC believes that most businesses in the green industry fall into one or more exemption categories. For horticulture growers, your business determination as ‘critical’ is pretty straightforward – you are considered agriculture. For landscape contractors, suppliers and other green industry professionals, the determination is a bit more nuanced.

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Governor Polis Issues Colorado Stay-at-Home order Email
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 08:30 PM

Tonight Governor Jared Polis issued a Stay-at-Home Order for Colorado. It is important to note the following from the press conference today: 

  • The Colorado Stay-at-Home Order will take effect tomorrow, March 26, at 8:00 AM and is valid through April 11.
  • “This Order is Now the Law”.
  • The duration of the order could be shortened or lengthened.
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Additional Colorado counties issue stay-at-home orders Email
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 04:00 PM

We are aware that the following counties have issued shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders:

Boulder County Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health, and Tri-County Health Department (serving Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties) have issued stay-at-home orders "effective March 26 at 8:00 a.m. until April 17 at 11:59 p.m. unless officials determine it is in the interest of public health to expire at an earlier date and time." 

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