D10 Business Resources
There are more than 70,000 people who live within the District 10 boundaries. Did you know that there are more than 6,000 businesses located within District 10 boundaries, too? 3,500 of them have fewer than four employees.
This concentration of businesses and residents makes Perfect 10 an ideal spot to realize the 20 minute neighborhood: as in a neighborhood should have everything you need to survive and thrive within a 20 minute walk, ride, or roll. We're certainly not trying to take your car from you. But if you want to go to the grocery store, work, your favorite restaurant, or your favorite entertainment spot, you should feel safe to do so without a car. It's good for the planet, it's good for physical health, and it's good for community when we get out of our cars and see one another on the sidewalks and bike lanes.
To realize that 20 minute neighborhood vision, we’re committed to providing resources to support you and your business just as we're committed to representing all those who live in Denver's Perfect 10.
Below find resources, tools and information meant to support your business and assist you as you navigate through doing business in the City of Denver.
Why you should connect with your City Council representative
If you are not a resident of Denver’s Perfect 10, you do not vote for the District 10 City council representative. But that does not mean you cannot work with our office. We are here to support you as a business owner, act as an advocate for your business, and help you navigate your business in this economy. It is our goal to create and support a district where residents, businesses and visitors thrive, feel safe and have access to the resources and amenities they need.
Are there issues that are impacting your business? Customers? Staff and employees? We may be able to help. Let us be your advocates with the City government and help you thrive.
Navigating through the hundreds and thousands of articles related to the Coronavirus pandemic and recovery efforts can be daunting. See resources for businesses below at the federal, state and local level.
Small Business Guidance and Loan Options (US Small Business Administration)
Our nation's small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Learn more about relief and resources here: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
State of CO information
Colorado’s COVID-19 dial framework aims to protect all businesses, essential and non-essential, from outbreaks and potential shutdowns. These guidelines and tools are meant to ensure that businesses can stay open to the greatest extent possible according to their county’s dial level while also protecting customers and employees from COVID-19. Learn more here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/guidance-for-businesses-communities
City and County of Denver information
As of July 1, 2020
The City & County of Denver’s public health and business opening guidelines are aligned with the State of Colorado’s Safer at Home Executive Order and Public Health Order except where indicated. Find Denver's COVID-19 information here.
General Requirements for the Public:
- Face coverings required for customers of businesses, government services, mass transit, and ride-share *Variance from State: Denver requires face coverings
- Social distancing of 6-feet or more from other individuals
- Coloradans are no longer ordered to stay home but are strongly advised to stay at home. Critical businesses are open and limited non-critical businesses are operating with strict precautions in place.
Learn more here: https://www.denvergov.org/Government/COVID-19-Information
Numbers to Call
Need assistance from the City? Not sure who to call? See our list of City contact numbers:
- 911: in an emergency, call 911
- Denver non-emergency police line: for all non-emergent situations such as requesting a welfare check or reporting something suspicious, call (720) 913-2000.
- General Inquiries: 311
- Parking violations: If you suspect a parking meter violation, call the City's parking dispatch line at (720) 913-1600.
- Denver Excise and License: for all business licenses and liquor licenses visit the Business Licensing Center or call 311
- Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI): for all permitting needs including questions, applications and rules, visit the Right of Way & General Permits center or call 303-446-3759
Would it be helpful for your business if we had a business specific newsletter? Please contact us to let us know that! We have a newsletter for residents and a special homelessness newsletter, and we are weighing the value of another monthly edition focused on business resources for District 10 businesses. We are also considering a page on social media (Facebook?), so please let us know if you would find value in that service. The idea would be to have a resource to connect you with your neighboring businesses, meet businesses next door to you and share successes, issues and failures with other like minded business people in your area.
Safety & Security Resources
To help keep D10, your business and employees safe, creating relationships with the Denver Police Community Resource Officers (CRO) is vital. They can assess your business for security deficiencies, provide safety and crime information, connect you to additional safety and crime prevention resources and become a welcome friend in the neighborhood.
You can connect with your CRO with any non-emergency questions. If it is an emergency, always call 911. As a reminder, you can call 311 to report non-emergency questions, problems and concerns with the City and County of Denver. For more information on Community Resource Officers in District 10, please visit our Police Districts page.
Owning a Business in Denver and Working with City Council
City Council makes laws, budgets City money, and can investigate City agencies and employees. Since 1971, the Council has had 13 council members -- 11 from equally populated districts and two elected at large. Council members, who must be at least 25 years old, U.S. citizens, and two-year Denver residents who live in the District boundaries in which they represent, are all elected at the same time every four years. Council committees, each concerned with various areas of city government, meet frequently to discuss and prepare proposed laws.
Do you own a business in Denver? City Council and the decisions they make, directly affect the residents and businesses in the City and County of Denver. Make sure your voice is heard and that you stay involved. Learn more about Denver City Council and how to engage with your representative, here.
Working with Councilman Chris Hinds
If you own a business in Denver’s District 10, you can work with Councilman Chris Hinds to voice your needs, concerns and goals. Chris Hinds has dedicated himself to service. He believes everyone in Denver deserves access to opportunities – access to housing, transportation, fresh and healthy food, and everything necessary to thrive. Chris Hinds believes that thriving, successful businesses in our city’s neighborhoods are an integral part of the 20-minute neighborhood concept and is dedicated to helping your business thrive.
Contact Chris and his team today to discuss your business needs.