Three Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) small businesses in Federal Way recently received grants from the Comcast RISE program.
Anfa Childcare, Chebogz Filipino Food Truck and KD Communications in Federal Way are among the 69 BIPOC-owned small businesses that have been awarded technology or marketing resources. Approximately 100 companies in Washington have been selected as grant recipients since the program began.
Both Anfa Childcare and KD Communications received free marketing services from Effectv, Comcast Cable’s advertising sales division, including a 90 day television media campaign.
Chebogz Filipino Food Truck receives free advertising and marketing consultancy with local marketing, research and creative teams from Effectv for insights into business development.
“As a black-owned company, we are honored to be selected by Comcast to receive this award,” said KD Hall, CEO and principal advisor, KD Hall Communications in Federal Way. “We plan to use this award to continue to offer first-class service in our customer-centric company.”
According to a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, the number of black entrepreneurs fell from 1.1 million to 640,000 in four months last year – a loss of 41%. Other minority communities also suffered deep losses, including immigrants (a 36 percent decrease), Latinx (32 percent) and Asian (26 percent) entrepreneurs.
Comcast RISE was founded in 2020 to serve BIPOC-owned small businesses, including Hispanic and Asian-American owned companies. Comcast plans to support 13,000 small businesses through the program by 2022.
“Comcast Business is committed to empowering businesses and giving them the human touch that gives them the support they need. We are really proud to be able to support these owners through Comcast RISE,” said Robert Brenner. Vice President of Comcast Business in Washington. Brenner added that they have seen firsthand how marketing and technology resources can have a real impact on owners and help them move forward through 2021.
Through Comcast RISE, the company creates lasting impact and meaningful support for communities hardest hit by the global pandemic and the BIPOC-owned small businesses that shape them.
More BIPOC-owned small businesses across Washington are encouraged to apply now and take this opportunity. Eligible companies can apply directly online at www.comcastrise.com/apply/.
Eligible Washington businesses can apply for marketing services, media, creative production, consulting, and technology revisions.
The Comcast RISE program has partnered with Ureeka, an online platform for entrepreneurs, to provide fellows with business coaching that will help them improve their business start-up skills, growing clients, and financial stability.
All Comcast RISE recipients also have a specialized online networking community in Ureeka with access to educational resources, capital sources and verified experts such as the US Black Chambers, the National Asian Pacific Islander Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship, the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Association for Enterprise Opportunity, Walker’s Legacy, and Operation Hope.
An integral part of Comcast RISE is ensuring business sustainability. Comcast has invested more than $ 2 million in more than 20 community-based organizations and various chambers of commerce to further support BIPOC’s own small businesses.