Testimonials received from local businesses under the COVID Best Practices Business Certification Program

“I would like to express my appreciation for the Covid Best Practices Business Program. We were contacted as soon as the requirements were made available and again when the State approved the program for our county. The requirements were straight forward and Tobi Basile with the city was ready to do our inspection as soon as we were ready.  The speed of implementation and organization was impressive. We continue to receive regular information and updates to the program which are very helpful.”...Read More
Neal Minarick – Owner: Dukes Steakhouse

“Being certified as a 5 Star Covid Best Practice business has given us the opportunity to provide another level of comfort to our community and guests that come in to tour our auto museum and gather within our multiple event spaces.”
Darren Pettapiece -Vehicle Vault in Parker

“We were thrilled and thankful when we learned of the COVID Best Practices Certification.   Douglas County always seems to go the extra mile in order to help small businesses and this was a shining example of that.   It was a creative and safe way for our business to allow some customers to enjoy indoor seating at a time when the weather was getting a bit ‘wintery.’  The process was thorough with no short cuts but the County employees assigned to this project were very communicative and extremely helpful.   At the end, the program provided Gelato & Co valuable information on how to operate in a safe manner and allowed our customers a much better experience at our shop.  In a time of need, the Country stepped up and did something that really had substance and helped us and our customers.    Thank you! “
Dean Barsness, Gelato & Co

“The ‘Best Practices Business Certification’ allowed us to redeploy our most valuable asset–our employees–in a safe manner.  The inspector was professional and provided clear guidance on the Certification requirements.  The Best Practices Business Certification is yet another example of Douglas County’s proactivity that makes it the best in Colorado for small business.”
Chuck Norman – Grist Brewing Company

“The Five Star Certification from Douglas County has been a blessing for Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille, as it has allowed us to return to indoor dining and provide our guests with a Rare and Well Done experience, needed in these difficult times. Our decision to pursue the certification comes with the confidence we had in Douglas County from prior experiences during this pandemic, in which they displayed full support in assisting Perry’s with maintaining as much business as possible, while also, responsibly remaining within the parameters of Covid prevention. Douglas county has always believed in Perry’s and we knew our belief in them, and the process, would expedite us to return to form. Their promptness and sense of urgency was priceless.”

“We are so thankful for the opportunity to be a COVID Best Businesses Practice participant.  As a hair salon, we do not have the ability to be socially distanced from our clients, but having the guidance to ensure we are as safe as possible helps both our stylists and our clients know we are doing everything possible to give a safe 5-star experience.  The process was not cumbersome and our certification representative was attentive and supportive throughout our process.  We look forward to seeing more clients with the confidence we are keeping everyone safe.”
Bishops Cuts/Color Highlands Ranch

“Thanks again for all of your help during these difficult times. We as restauranteurs felt absolutely helpless when state authorities and Governor Polis put maximum restrictions on restaurants in Douglas County and with little to no evidence for doing so.” Read more…
Bruce Ringgenberg – The Berg Haus

“Getting certified through the County’s COVID Best Practices Business Certification Program did not affect our clinic’s capacity or our overall business operations. However, it did give us additional tools and resources we can use to make our members feel more confident and comfortable coming to our clinic. Certification lets our customers, clients and patients know you’ve met a shared standard, showing you’re committed to positively contributing to your community. We also frequently refer to the best practices throughout our workdays.” – Shawn Stephens
Business Director, Mint Health Clinics Lone Tree

“I appreciate Douglas County being one of the first counties to be able to grant 5-star certification to restaurants that abide by the standards. By doing so, it allowed us to open to 25% capacity before the Governor allowed the state to move to 25%. Soon we will be able to increase our capacity to 50% – a very welcomed and necessary increase in capacity if we and other small restaurants are going to make it through the pandemic”
Jason Ganahl, GQue Owner

“My testimony:  “Thank you Douglas County for pursuing the five star program so restaurants like West Main Taproom + Grill, can open indoors.  This allows me to keep my employees employed and allows guests to enjoy the beautiful interior and great food and drinks of West Main Taproom + Grill.  While I have had a huge success with the ice fishing tents, it is important that I was able to open the front doors to 25% indoor dining.  West Main Taproom + Grill was intended for guests to enjoy the personal touches and hard work that all of the employees have given since February 9, 2020 when the doors opened.  As a new restaurant, it is even more important that we can dine indoors.  Thank you Douglas County for giving West Main Taproom + Grill the opportunity to stay open during these uncertain times.” 
Pam Briere – West Main Tap Room + Grill in Parker