Comcast Program Helps Small, Local & Diverse Businesses

I wanted to let you know that this week we announced that nearly 2,500 small businesses have been named Comcast RISE recipients, with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) business owners, which includes Hispanic and Asian American owned businesses among others, awarded monetary grants, technology makeovers and marketing services.

As we finally begin to emerge from 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 BIPOC entrepreneurs 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. This includes dozens of success stories like that of Danielle Johnson, owner of SPARK FM in Hyde Park.

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 BIPOC-owned small businesses that can benefit from its opportunities, please let them know. Applications, available at, are rolling.