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Black Hills Energy Small Business Utility Assistance Program

Background Information

In March of 2021, Black Hills Energy approached the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Pueblo as a partner to help provide economic relief to small businesses in the electrical service territory of Black Hills in Southern Colorado that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the Latino Chamber’s work with the businesses community and channels to help distribute information, both organizations mutually agreed this partnership would be a huge boost for many businesses in Southern Colorado. In April of 2021, the Small Business Utility Assistance Program was officially launched.

From March 2021 – December 2023, more than $70,000 was distributed back to businesses in Southern Colorado that applied for the Small Business Utility Assistance Program. During this time, only businesses that experienced a loss of revenues or an increase in expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic were eligible to receive funds.

In March of 2024, Black Hills Energy and the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Pueblo modified the Small Business Utility Assistance Program to allow any small business to apply for and receive funds regardless of impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Criteria & Requirements

 Program funding is only open to small businesses that have 50 or less employees and that are Black Hills Energy electric customers
 Types of businesses can include: restaurants, bars/taverns, salons, gift shops, gyms, auto shops, banks, churches, etc
 Your business must have an outstanding electric balance, funding cannot create a positive credit on the respective account applying for funds
 Your business does not have to be a Latino Chamber of Commerce of Pueblo member to receive funding
 As of March 1, 2024 this funding is a one-time assistance with a maximum request of $1,000 per EIN number (Maximum 2 Electric Meters) per electric customer
 In order for funding consideration, you must submit the application, consent to disclose waiver, and a copy of your most recent electricity bill

Black Hills Energy has many programs and resources designed to assist your business with energy savings measures long term. Please contact Black Hills Energy for more information!

Applications are to be submitted via this form to the Latino Chamber of Commerce. Paper applications are also available at the Latino Chamber of Commerce office located at 215 S. Victoria Avenue, Pueblo, CO 81003.

Documents must all be submitted to the Latino Chamber of Commerce by the applicant. The Latino Chamber of Commerce is not responsible for acquiring any documents on behalf of the applicant.

For any questions or concerns regarding this application and required documents, please contact Noah Commerford at 719-542-5513 or at

PLEASE NOTE: If your business is currently facing a disconnect, please immediately call Customer Service at 888-890-5554 or 719-546-5885. Once you have contacted Customer Service, please immediately complete the form below. Limited funds are available.
This can be found on your utility bill. PLEASE NOTE: these relief funds are for eligible electric customers only!
Business Address:
Please provide the business address for the location receiving service from Black Hills.
Primary Contact:
Please note: A maximum amount of $1,000 can be requested per EIN number (max 2 meters).
How did you hear about this program *
Were you facing a disconnect notice prior to completing this application? *
Please be sure to sign the Consent to Disclose form. (Copy and paste this link in your internet browser to access the document: This document must be signed and submitted for your application to be complete.
By submitting this form, you understand that this does not guarantee funding, as funds are limited and applications are being reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. By summitting this form, you also agree to be contacted by a representative from Black Hills Energy who can share with you more about programs and resources that could assist your business with energy savings measures long term.

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