Comcast RISE was created after the onset of the pandemic to help minority small businesses that were impacted by the pandemic and coinciding social unrest.
“The company created this program to help alleviate some of the challenges that these small businesses were facing,” said Amy Keiter, director of external communications at Comcast Oregon/Southwest Washington, adding that the program is part of a $1 billion commitment to advance digital equity.
The program, which launched about a year ago, provides customized awards to businesses that could include business services, technology or phone services.
Quandrae Gentle — who co-owns Boss Nailz with his wife, Genny Gentle — was one of the award recipients. The company, located at 2700 N.E. Andresen Road in Vancouver, received two tablets, a laptop and internet services.
“Comcast RISE was a steroid boost to our company during a hard time,” said Gentle.
Comcast is not requiring applicants to be customers but is requiring them to be located in the company’s service territory.
Those interested can apply by June 17 at comcastrise.com.
This article was corrected to show that applicants are required to be in Comcast’s service territory.