The Ready for Business Fund distributes more than $200,000 in cash grants to 76 small businesses in Washington

Submitted by Comcast

The Ready for Business fund — a grant program created by GSBA, the Washington State LGBTQ and Allied Chamber of Commerce, and Comcast — is distributing $2,500 and $4,000 in cash grants to 76 small businesses across Washington state. The Ready for Business Fund was established in the summer of 2020 with an initial investment of $100,000 from Comcast and the appointment of GSBA as fund manager. To date, the fund has provided nearly $1 million in financial assistance and comprehensive services to more than 200 small businesses in Washington.

The Ready for Business Fund was renewed this year with an additional $75,000 in funding from Comcast and GSBA, reaffirming its role as program and fund manager. Ready for Business Fund grants are made possible by additional donations of more than $150,000 from Pepsi, T-Mobile, US Bank, Meta and Verity Credit Union, and a $100,000 grant from King County. These funds will now support small business owners across all industries, including local restaurants, bookstores, bistros, shops and stores, which are an important part of the social fabric in our communities.

“GSBA recognizes the importance of investing in small businesses, which are critical to a thriving community and economy,” said Ilona Lohrey, President and CEO of GSBA. “We are proud to once again partner with Comcast to expand our Ready for Business Fund to support a diverse group of business owners who need our help now more than ever.”

The Ready for Business Fund was created to support small businesses in Washington, particularly those owned by LGBTQ, Black, Indigenous and Colored (BIPOC) people and women, who are at greater risk in today’s uncertain economy. Grant recipients also include small businesses in rural Washington that lack proximity to resources.

“We are grateful for our continued partnership with GSBA to recognize so many resilient small businesses through the Ready for Business Fund,” said Diem Ly, Community Impact Director, Comcast Washington. “At Comcast, we believe and act on our shared value that ensuring equitable access to resources for BIPOC and LGBTQ businesses means all of our communities and neighborhoods benefit in the long term.” Feel free to customize how you do it consider correct!

“Between the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns about inflation, our small businesses have faced some of the toughest struggles in recent years, and it’s up to our community to get involved and support them. That’s why partnerships like the one between King County, GSBA and Comcast are so essential right now,” said King County Councilman Joe McDermott.

GSBA assembled a selection committee composed of diverse community and business leaders to evaluate the applications received. Notifications to applicants of the status of their applications have begun and awards will be delivered starting this week. All grantees also receive full-services, including GSBA membership and counseling.

Ready for the business fund Scholarship recipients include:

company name location
The twist of nature maroon
spark designs Bellingham
Spartans from Seattle both
Amano Seattle Burien
Ballyhoo Theater Edmonds
KO-AM TV federal route
Yolo West Coast LLC federal route
Issaquah Restaurants, LLC Issaquah
This curl girl Kennewick
The honest beauty Kennewick
South 2 West Boiled Peanuts, LLC Lynnwood
Burial Grounds coffee collective Olympia
RUZICKA CPA, PLLC Olympia
Strong Family Bonds LLC dba SGT. Harts B Olympia
Calm glamour Puyallup
Fat elephant Renton
Basecamp books and canapés Roslyn
bedhead fiber Seatac
Fruit and flower DBA floret Seatac
23rd Ave Brewery Seattle
ALA consulting firm Seattle
mnemonic Seattle
Everything to do with cars Seattle
dazzling Seattle
Dreams Unlimited LLC dba Modern Mind Labs Seattle
Includes Data LLC Seattle
Jasmine Nicole Luxury Perucas Seattle
Local Yokels/Savory Sound Foods LLC Seattle
LOLiDE Seattle
Molten Porcelain Seattle
Orange Tea School Seattle
soul collective Seattle
Sound therapeutic acupuncture Seattle
The Green Deli Seattle
Victoria Odell Real Estate Seattle
Windhorse Rock Seattle
With the rain Seattle
Aluel Cellar Seattle
Aluel Cellars Ballard Seattle
BADBAR LLC Seattle
Bakehouse Inc. DBA Flora Bakehouse Seattle
Biang Biang Noodles Seattle
Big little news Seattle
Socializing Inc. DBA Cafe Flora Seattle
EL CHITO LLC Seattle
Get catering in my belly Seattle
GigRoster™ Professional entertainment Seattle
Honest Cookies Seattle
King Donuts Seattle
Lillie’s Passion LLC Seattle
Monddorf Bakery Seattle
Queer/bar Seattle
Reclaim the Clay Collective Seattle
Rita’s Fine Foods Inc. dba Glo’s Seattle
Search for ferments Seattle
Stone Way Restaurants, LLC Seattle
Tert I Inc dba The Wildrose Seattle
The City Catering Company, Inc. Seattle
The Cuff Complex Seattle
Presenting the Shanghai Pearl Seattle
The Station Coffee Shop LLC Seattle
The forest Seattle
Tutta Bella Culinary, LLC Seattle
U14 LLC dba Union Seattle
NW ROOF SERVICES Snohomic
Atomic Threads boutique Spoken
Stage Left Theater Association Spoken
BodybyJalee LLC Tacoma
Diane Ruff Studio Tacoma
ME restaurants Tacoma
Munch Mobile Tacoma
Lucina Selene Tulalip
All wishes Vancouver
DC visit Vancouver
panache. Vancouver
Professional Latino Services LLC Vancouver

Visit theGSBA.org/ready-for-business for more information.

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