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Comcast RISE to award grant packages to 100 small businesses in Southern Colorado 

Small business owners posing for a Comcast RISE photo.

Now in its fourth year, Comcast RISE has awarded 13,500 small businesses over $125 million in monetary, marketing, and technology grants. 

Applications are open May 1-31! Apply now: https://www.comcastrise.com/

Comcast announced 100 businesses in Southern Colorado will receive comprehensive grant packages that include business coaching sessions, education resources, a $5,000 monetary grant, creative production, and technology makeovers.  

Comcast RISE is committed to supporting the growth of all small businesses, while advancing the objectives of diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as community investment. The program is built to help businesses and their communities thrive with a focus on economic growth.  

“Comcast is committed to supporting and empowering small businesses in our communities,” said J.D. Keller, senior vice president of Comcast’s Mountain West Region. “The Comcast RISE program will deliver innovative and impactful resources that will make a lasting impact on small businesses in Southern Colorado.”  

Beginning on May 1, and through May 31, eligible businesses in El Paso County and Pueblo County can apply for a grant package at www.ComcastRISE.com. A total of 100 grants in Southern Colorado, and 500 grants overall, will be announced in August 2024, bringing the total number of recipients to date to 14,000. 

“Small businesses are essential pillars of Colorado Springs’ community, contributing significantly to the strength and vibrancy of our economy through job creation, by increasing our tax base, and providing our community’s unique charm and character,” said Colorado Springs Mayor Yemi Mobolade. “It is the small business owner that takes a leap of faith to turn a dream into a reality. By investing in our local entrepreneurs, we’re helping support the heartbeat of our city, because their success is our success.”   

“Small businesses drive innovation, create jobs, and enrich the fabric of our community,” said Pueblo Mayor Heather Graham. “Through dedicated support and investments like the Comcast RISE program, entrepreneurs are empowered to grow their businesses.”

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 thrive with a focus on economic growth.   

Photo of small business owners

Grant packages will include:   

  • CONSULTATION – General business assessment and coaching that provides business owners with recommendations on how to help grow their businesses.   
  • EDUCATION RESOURCES – 12-month access to online entrepreneurship courses, learning modules and resources for small business owners.  
  • MONETARY GRANT – $5,000 monetary grant. 
  • CREATIVE PRODUCTION & MEDIA – Turnkey production of a 30-second TV commercial, plus a media strategy consultation and a 180-day media schedule. (Taxes and other fees may apply for production and media services.)
  • TECHNOLOGY MAKEOVER – Computer equipment and Internet, Voice and Cybersecurity services for 12 months. (Taxes and other fees may apply for tech makeover services.)  

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 $1 billion commitment to advance digital equity through programs and community partnerships that connect people to the Internet, advance economic mobility and open doors for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, storytellers and creators. 

Comcast RISE logo

More information and the applications to apply for either the grant program or marketing and technology services are available at www.ComcastRISE.com

Photos from the April 9 Comcast RISE announcement events in Pueblo and Colorado Springs

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