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Comcast RISE Initiative Gives $1 Million to 100 Local Businesses

Comcast announced Tuesday the company's RISE initiative "will award an additional $1 million in total grants to more than 100 Philadelphia small businesses owned by women and people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and Asian American owners as well as technology and marketing resources."

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Nearly 100 Philadelphia businesses will receive $10,000 grants and other support through Comcast's RISE initiative, an ongoing effort initially launched in 2020 as a response to help small business owners of color who were hardest hit by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

Additionally, more than 700 total entrepreneurs in Philadelphia - 9,500 nationwide - who have been awarded service packages to date, Comcast said.

Comcast RISE and the Comcast RISE Investment Fund initially launched in 2020 as a response to help small business owners of color who were hardest hit by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In November 2021, Comcast announced a major expansion to eligibility, enabling all women-owned small businesses nationwide to apply. This expansion built on the program’s success and aims to help address the persistent inequities women continue to face in accessing the resources and funding that are critical to success.

Comcast RISE stands for Representation, Investment, Strength, and Empowerment and is part of Project UP, the company’s comprehensive initiative to advance digital equity and help build a future of unlimited possibilities.

"I was excited to get the phone call that I was selected for the Comcast RISE Investment Fund. It’s been tough to grow my business in these times and this additional investment will help," David Bey, Beyfilmz Media said. "As a small business owner, I’m a one-man band – handling all of the administrative duties, answering phone calls and emails, as well as shooting, editing and production work. Thanks to this grant, I plan to hire virtual assistants to help me with day-to-day administrative tasks so I can focus on my work, as well as dedicate resources toward marketing to help reach more clients.”

To date, Comcast RISE has awarded more than $16 million in grants and $75 million in in-kind support for marketing and technology services, impacting more than 9,500 entrepreneurs in 704 cities across 37 states. By the end of 2022, 13,000 businesses across the country are expected to benefit from the Comcast RISE initiative, either through the grant program or from the resources provided through Effectv, the advertising division of Comcast Cable, and Comcast Business. In addition to the financial and business support services provided, a key part of the program is ensuring the long-term sustainability of businesses. To help address this, Comcast invests in and partners with organizations such as Ureeka to provide ongoing mentorship and resources to help small businesses succeed over the long term.

“As we continue to rebuild from the effects of the pandemic, small businesses still need our support. They are the backbone of our local communities, and we must take every opportunity to help them not only survive, but to thrive,” said Dennis Mathew, Comcast Regional Senior Vice President. “When we launched Comcast RISE in 2020, we knew a profound need existed in the communities we serve. Two and a half years later, we have seen firsthand how the resources from Comcast RISE benefit small businesses.”

The following Philadelphia businesses have been selected to receive RISE Investment Fund grants:

  • Lobo Mau Designs LLC
  • A Mazin Print and Designs
  • Pretzel Workz
  • FOUNTAIN MEDICAL ASSOCIATES PC
  • Wild Hand LLC
  • Double Tree Market
  • Royal Zarasa LLC
  • Healthy Meals By Anna LLC
  • RC BARGAIN INC
  • Monica Fauble
  • Karisma D llc
  • CURE Spa LLC
  • Giggles Gifts Inc
  • Royal K Boutique llc
  • Streetside LLC
  • El Taco LLC
  • Ancient Healing Teas
  • Mariel Freeman Yoga Inc
  • Ramona Susans Bake Shop LLC
  • Network Home Care Agency
  • Shine Bright Cleaning Service LLC
  • Caphe Roasters LLC
  • Creations By Sabor Boricua
  • SunRose Productions LLC
  • Jackson Cor
  • The Ivy Eternal Enterprise
  • CK2 Financials LLC
  • Transfiguration Hair Studio LLC
  • 4 Feet Inc
  • Lauren Thomsen Design Architecture and Planning LLC
  • Scout Urban LLC
  • ZoomDance LLC
  • Omega Optical Inc
  • Mount Airy Violins and Bows LLC
  • QBS Tax Services LLC
  • WEBCO Construction LLC
  • Minced Moose LLC
  • Showcase Venue
  • Really Reel Ginger
  • Alexander Perry Inc
  • LoyalTee Hair Inc
  • Gibson Music and Arts LLC
  • Lily Of The Valley Cupcakery
  • DHEx Enterprises LLC
  • Phylicia L Henry LLC
  • Pentridge Station Popup LLC
  • Walkfinity LLC
  • The Tiny Jeweler LLC
  • Pet Parent Allies LLC
  • AuRevoir Travel INC
  • Learned Potential
  • The Nest Recording Studio LLC
  • Stand Up Enterprises Inc
  • Anderson Law Group LLC
  • Helm Creative Studio LLC
  • Exalted Beauty LLC
  • Flawwlezz Standards LLC
  • Seiko88northernliberties LLC
  • Z and Z Distributors
  • Grant Blvd
  • JRS ELECTRIC
  • STEELEWORKS
  • Tattoo Threadz
  • Lamar Solo Inc
  • Justin Pizza Inc
  • Agyei Business Services Inc
  • Bodyrock Bootcamp LLC
  • Nathalie The Business Doctor
  • Soie by C Dior Hair LLC
  • Katie K May LLC
  • Pixel Parlor LLC
  • The O Insurance Group LLC
  • Side Technology Inc
  • Fairmount Bicycles Co
  • Enspire Consulting Group LLC
  • XIAN SIZZLING WOKS LLC
  • Style By Blain LLC
  • FUXION INC
  • Los Potrillos Restaurant Inc
  • Good form aesthetics
  • The GrandRoom Cafe
  • Triple Bottom Brewing Company LLC
  • TAP Gaming LLC
  • Laundrymaidz
  • Attic Brewing Company
  • Esteem Girls STEM Academy LLC
  • AMK Enterprises
  • Daddy Universe City Inc
  • Colston Williams Financial Group Llc
  • A Place Like Home II Adult Day Center
  • Dooleys Landscaping and Tree Care Services LLC
  • Ocean Ring Technologies LLC
  • Beyfilmz Media LLC
  • 4706 08 Baltimore Avenue Inc
  • Parada Maimon Restaurant Inc
  • Healing Circle Body Mind LLC
  • Pain Away of Philly Inc
  • Solomon and Associates LLC
  • Brilliant Minds LLC
  • MR Deer S X INC
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