Today, Comcast announced the names of the 100 businesses in metro Detroit that will receive comprehensive Comcast RISE grant packages, which include business consultation services, educational resources, a $5,000 monetary grant, creative production, media schedule, and a technology makeover. Comcast RISE is committed to supporting the growth of all small businesses, while advancing the objectives of diversity, equity, inclusion, and community investment.
“Congratulations to the 100 metro Detroit Comcast RISE grant recipients,” said Shannon Dulin, director of Community Impact for Comcast’s Heartland Region, which includes Michigan. “We continue our commitment to contribute the resources needed to give small businesses the opportunity to thrive and help grow our local economy.”
In 2021 and 2022, Comcast awarded 200 small businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park $2 million in Comcast RISE Investment Fund grants. More than 750 Michigan small businesses have been awarded Comcast RISE award packages to date. Other regions with businesses receiving grants in this round include Baltimore, Memphis, Philadelphia, and Portland, OR. One hundred grants per city, or 500 grants overall, will be awarded in September 2023.
“During the past two and a half years, we have taken the learnings from this program and have found new ways to further empower and strengthen even more small businesses and entrepreneurs, who are the backbone of our economy and local communities,” said Loren Hudson, SVP and Chief Diversity Officer for Comcast Cable. “By offering grant packages that include complimentary marketing, technology, financial grants, business consulting, and entrepreneurship training, we can further our efforts to positively impact small businesses, into 2024 and beyond, and help them to shift from pandemic recovery to long-term growth.”
Comcast RISE stands for Representation, Investment, Strength, and Empowerment. Comcast RISE was created in November 2020 to help small businesses hardest hit by COVID-19, from bakeries and barber shops to childcare centers and cleaning services, by providing the grants needed to survive and recover.
The program has evolved from helping businesses survive the pandemic, to helping businesses and their communities achieve stronger economic growth.
The grant packages include:
Assessment of business and tactical planning; business to business coaching; and mentorship to advise on how to grow business.
Educational content and resources tailored specifically for entrepreneurs.
$5,000 monetary grant to invest in growth and sustainability.
CREATIVE PRODUCTION & MEDIA
Production of a 30-second TV commercial, plus a media strategy consultation, and 180-day media placement schedule.
Computer equipment and Internet, Voice, and Cybersecurity services for 12 months.
In addition, any small business owner can visit the Comcast RISE destination on the X1 platform featuring aggregated small business news, tips, insights, and more. Just say “Comcast RISE” into the X1 voice remote.
Comcast RISE is part of Project UP, the company’s comprehensive initiative to advance digital equity and help build a future of unlimited possibilities.
More information is available at www.ComcastRISE.com.
The 100 2023 metro Detroit Comcast RISE winners can be found here: Comcast Rise 100 Winners_2023