The Comcast RISE program will support 13,000 small businesses nationwide with over $110 million in grants, marketing and technology services through year-end

Seattle, Wash. – News Direct – Comcast Washington

Comcast announced today that it will award grants totaling $1 million to selected 100 small businesses in King and Pierce Counties and 128 small businesses in Washington State, Technology and Marketing Services by Comcast RISE to obtain. These recipients are among 13,000 small businesses owned by women and people of color — including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic and Asian Americans who have received over $110 million in grants, marketing and technology services through Comcast RISE since 2020.

Small businesses, which make up 99.5% of all businesses in Washington state, have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research cited that black-owned small businesses were hardest hit and suffered the largest decline (41 percent), followed by Hispanic- and Asian-American-owned small businesses. Additionally, according to a study by the National Association of Women Business Owners, women-led businesses have grown at half the rate of male-led ones because women struggle to access capital and other resources to help them succeed.

“We are incredibly proud of the work the Comcast RISE team has done during their two-year tenure to help the small businesses we have worked with not only survive but thrive,” said Teresa Ward-Maupin, Senior Vice President, Digital and Customer Experience, Comcast Business. “We recognize that small businesses are the backbone of our economy and look forward to learning our lessons from this program as we find new ways to bring even more small businesses and entrepreneurs to the heart of our local communities through Project UP, to further strengthen and strengthen our comprehensive initiative to advance digital justice and build a future of unlimited possibilities.”

“Comcast RISE gave me more than capital to keep my business from closing. It has given me and my family joy, hope and validation that we are recognized and qualified as business owners who deserve to participate in the business ecosystem,” said Margie Haywood, owner of Work and Play Lounge. “After the win, I feel more confident that I’m making the right decision as an entrepreneur, that if you’re using the business to build a community, advocate for and invest in others, with no expectation of return or benefit, similar.” like the Comcast RISE Investment Fund does in marginalized communities, you always get a positive return on investment.”

As Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell said this September, “Small businesses make our communities vibrant places to live and work, and they have shown tremendous resilience over the past two years. The Comcast RISE grants will uplift women and BIPOC-owned small businesses in Seattle, invest in a just recovery of our city, and give these businesses that make up the fabric of our communities the tools they need to thrive.”

With today’s announcement, the following 100 select companies in King and Pierce Counties will each receive a $10,000 grant:

253 Therapy and Counseling

360 engines

3D endodontics

A mano

Strive for food safety solutions

Ayo Collections

Aztec imports

balance studio

Ballard Acupuncture Center

Railing Advisor


Boba UP

Boon Boona coffee

brass nails health

butter home

Caityln Lunsford Photography

Charme nail and skin studio

chief Emme

Chinese Radio Seattle

Chou accounting and tax services

CrossFit 253

Crystalyn Kae accessories

CU Chiropractic

Eliasan Consulting


Repair of Evolv devices

Evolve180 weight loss

Financial Vision Accounting

First Safety Sunshine Driving School

Tea made from floating leaves

Forman Consulting Services

Frelard Tamales

Floral from the ground up

Glamorlash Nails Spa

head fall

Hello beautiful from Kimberly


HIIT Lab gym

Husky hair salon

hybrid fitness

iGsm WiFi

InsideOut Yoga

Jae’s Asian Bistro and Sushi

Janku country

JP insurance

royal kitchen

Kristina Lee music

Kym’s Kiddy Corner

Larj Media

Larj Media

Lassi and spice

Laura Gray Photography

Lawrence and Scott

Lice Clinics of America

Little hands creations

Love By the Slice Bakery and Catering Co.

Brewing Envelopes of Fortune

Lucky Food Inc.

Cafe Max World

McCune Godfrey Emerick and Broggel Inc PS

Melanin Bachelorette

Mercer Island Auto Spa

Moe Vegan


Nareig Property Management

Nations Realty

Nomad Tax Service and Bookkeeping Inc

Northwest Wushu Academy

Mediterranean restaurant Olive Tree

Paratex pest prevention

Paratex pest prevention

Penny Smart Girl

Penny Smart Girl

polite society

quality development

quality development

Rain city signs

Real fine coffee

Reed’s sweet wine

Thai cuisine rice and spices

Get on Seattle Advice

Rocket Dog Grooming

SL Cosmetic and general dentistry


SPFY t-shirts

Sue Genty interior design

Sweet nothings and more

Thai Chili Restaurant

The Pastry Project

The secret ingredient

The secret ingredient

The Spine Clinic

Three generations move and tow

Tres Lecheria

Two tall blondes

Umbrella Productions

US cleaner

Uva Furem Winery

Weathervane Window Company

Yoga on Beacon

Comcast has met its goal of supporting 13,000 small businesses nationwide by the end of the program in late 2022. To continue to differentiate recipients, Comcast RISE has partnered with non-profit technical education and training organization Hopeworks to develop and publish an interactive map to encourage consumers to encourage small business patronage of Comcast RISE businesses in their communities.

The final round of Comcast RISE recipients, which includes over 2,800 black-owned small businesses, will receive a TV campaign, production of a TV commercial, or consulting services from Effectv, or computer equipment, Internet, voice and cybersecurity from Comcast Business. In addition, as part of the fourth round of the Comcast RISE Investment Fund, 500 other small businesses in Chicago, Miami, Oakland, Seattle (King and Pierce Counties) and Washington, DC will each receive $10,000 in grants, bringing the total investment of Comcast RISE grantees to 2,100 and the total distributed dollar amount to $21 million. For more information and a complete list of recipients, visit www.ComcastRISE.com.

Comcast RISE is one of several programs Comcast has overseen as part of Project UP, which aims to close the digital divide and achieve digital justice. Stay tuned for more information as Comcast develops its next initiative to positively impact the small businesses it serves within its footprint. For more information on Comcast’s ongoing programs and partnerships to advance economic mobility and open doors to the next generation of entrepreneurs, visit Project UP.

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