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I thought that the Tabor 100 association of entrepreneurs and business advocates who are committed to economic power, educational excellence, and social equity for African-Americans and the community at large would be interested to know that this week Comcast announced $10,000 grants will be awarded to 100 small businesses in Washington state (click here to read the announcement and click here to watch a launch video).

Awarded as part of the Comcast RISE Investment Fund, we are providing $1 million dollars in total to small businesses owned by people of color in King and Pierce Counties. Beginning on October 1, and through October 14, eligible businesses can apply for Comcast RISE monetary grants, and, or marketing and technology Services at www.ComcastRISE.com. Winners will be notified in November.

As we continue to deal with the pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we dedicate ourselves to reach, connect with, and support the communities we serve. That’s why we’ve now committed to providing resources to 13,000 entrepreneurs of color nationwide by 2022 through Comcast RISE, which stands for Representation, Investment, Strength, and Empowerment.

I’m writing to ask for your help in spreading the word so that we can encourage as many business owners in our community as possible to apply for the opportunity. The stories from recipients are flowing in and pretty incredible to hear— “this may save my business,” “it’s a pandemic Godsend” and “thanks for believing in me and the dreams of other Black Americans” is just some of the feedback we have received.

A critical component of Comcast RISE is to invest in ongoing mentorship and resources to help businesses succeed over the long term. To do so, we also just announced we have partnered with Ureeka, an online platform for entrepreneurs. All Comcast RISE recipients will also have a specialized online networking community within Ureeka with access to educational resources, sources of capital, and vetted experts. But there’s still so much more work to do. The Comcast RISE program is ongoing, so if you know of additional local small businesses owned by people of color that can benefit from its opportunities, please let them know. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

We’ve come a long way since introducing Comcast RISE last October, but our national recovery will be challenging for all small businesses. Thank you for helping us ensure that the economy we rebuild is fairer and more equitable than the one that we lost to the pandemic.

Best regards,

Andy

Andy Colley | Communications Director | External Affairs

Comcast Washington

(425) 248-5438; Andy_Colley@comcast.com

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