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39 BIPOC-Owned Small Businesses in Prince George’s County to Receive a Technology Makeover or Marketing Services From Comcast RISE
Comcast RISE to support 13,000 Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned small businesses—including Hispanic- and Asian American-owned businesses among others—by 2022.
New partnership with Ureeka, an online platform for entrepreneurs, will provide business coaching and an online networking community with access to curated content and additional educational resources.

By SANDY ARNETTE
Comcast

BOWIE, Md. (April 27, 2021)—Comcast today announced it will award technology and marketing resources to 39 Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned small businesses—including Hispanic- and Asian American-owned businesses among others—in Prince George’s County, Md. These recipients are part of nearly 2,500 entrepreneurs nationwide who have been selected as Comcast RISE awardees since November.

Through Comcast RISE, the company also announced it will support 13,000 BIPOC-owned small businesses by 2022 with a TV campaign, production of a TV commercial or consulting services from Effectv or computer equipment, internet, voice or cybersecurity from Comcast Business. 

Current Comcast RISE recipients in Prince George’s County include:

• Beltsville: Dicky Smalls Auto

• Bowie: Barkley Williams Consulting, LLC; Code Super Powers; Defined by Design Events; Go Green Properties LLC; Jackson Entertainment Management Services; Overdue Recognition Art Gallery; TLC Pediatrics; Tree of Life Early Learning Center

• Camp Springs: Miki Clayton Talent

• Capital Heights: JMILCO, LLC

• Clinton: Concentric Educational Solutions, Inc.; Growing to Lead, LLC; Inari Beauty Studio

• College Park: Champion Home Improvements, LLC

• Forestville – MTM Enterprises

• Fort Washington: 360 Media Management Group, LLC; Eight Royale LLC

• Glenn Dale: The Poet Life

• Greenbelt: Capital City Limousine; PJ Industries

• Hyattsville: Edwards Security Consultants LLC; JuneGem Technologies, Inc.

• Lanham: The One World Center for Autism, Inc.

• Largo: CN Accounting & Management Consulting; Mending Minds Wellness Center

• Laurel: Aramide Inc.; Naturally London

• Mount Rainier: Mindful Techie LLC; MindBloom Preschool

• Oxon Hill: Maria Amadeus LLC

• Suitland: Bres Beauty Bar

• Temple Hills: Autumn’s Eye Photography, LLC; Paula Brown Performing Arts Center

• Upper Marlboro: Aligned Benefits Group, Inc.; Corporate Wheels; Gina S Duncan Insurance Agency; J.D. Clark Professional Services, LLC; Jiivana-LIFE-Yoga & Wellness dba Spiritual Essence Yoga

Berdia Monk, Owner of Autumn’s Eye Photography, LLC in Temple Hills, said, “This time has been extremely challenging as I’ve had to deal with cancellations, loss of studio space, becoming a home-based business, finding more clients, being able to afford day-to-day needs and maintenance of equipment and social media marketing. Clients have been uncomfortable having their photographs taken in my home studio and other locations deemed ‘open’ and safe. Comcast RISE will help me increase awareness in my community that there are young talented female photographers willing and able to adapt in this creative world and in the corporate environment.”

In addition, Comcast RISE invests in ongoing mentorship and resources to help businesses succeed over the long term. The program has partnered with Ureeka, an online platform for entrepreneurs, to provide grant recipients with business coaching to help build skills focusing on company foundation, growing customers and financial stability. All Comcast RISE recipients also will have a specialized online networking community within Ureeka with access to educational resources, sources of capital, and vetted experts such as U.S. Black Chambers, National Asian Pacific Islander Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Association for Enterprise Opportunity, Walker’s Legacy and Operation Hope.

“Comcast RISE represents a holistic program that can help advance BIPOC entrepreneurs. The commitment to coaching, capital and connections is critical for historically overlooked communities in achieving economic prosperity,” said Melissa Bradley, Co-founder of Ureeka. “We are humbled and excited to partner on this program.” 

Comcast RISE was formed in late 2020 to give BIPOC-owned small businesses, from bakeries and barber shops to childcare centers and cleaning services, the tools needed to not just survive, but thrive. The 2,500 recipients are from 422 cities across 34 states.

“As we’ve gone through the selection process, it’s been so powerful to hear these business owners’ stories and see the tangible ways that Comcast RISE is helping to grow their businesses and impact their communities,” said Dan Carr, Vice President, Comcast Business. “We now have seen firsthand how the program’s marketing and technology resources are benefiting these business owners who are working hard to rise above 2020. I could not be more pleased to have opened this program to the entire BIPOC community and look forward to the continued positive momentum.”

Comcast RISE, which stands for “Representation, Investment, Strength and Empowerment,” is part of an expanded Diversity, Equity and Inclusion commitment that Comcast?announced last summer, as well as a coordinated cross-company effort to address digital inequities through sustainable programming and investments such as Internet Essentials and Lift Zones. Eligible businesses can apply for the following:

• Marketing Services: The following services from Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, and its creative agency, Mnemonic, are designed to help recipients with their marketing and media campaigns, including:

- Media: A linear TV media campaign to run over a 90-day period.

- Creative Production: Turnkey 30-second TV commercial production, plus a media strategy consultation and a 90-day linear TV media campaign.

- Consulting: Advertising and marketing consultations with local Effectv marketing, research and creative teams to gain insights on how to drive business. 

• Technology Makeovers: The state-of-the-art equipment and technology upgrade from Comcast Business includes computer equipment as well as internet, voice and cybersecurity services for up to a 12-month period. (Taxes and other fees may still apply for tech makeover services.) 

A key part of Comcast RISE is ensuring business sustainability. As such, Comcast already has invested more than $2 million in more than 20 community-based organizations and diverse chambers of commerce to provide additional support to BIPOC-owned small businesses.

All small business owners can visit the Comcast RISE destination on Xfinity X1, which features aggregated small business news, resources, Comcast RISE recipient stories and more. The destination is designed to help businesses grow by empowering them through inspiration, education and entertainment. Just say “Comcast RISE” into the X1 voice remote.

Visit ComcastRISE.com to apply, for more information and the latest updates.

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Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with over 56 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks,?Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit?www.comcastcorporation.com?for more information.

Comcast Business offers Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi, Voice, TV and Managed Enterprise Solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their business. Powered by an advanced network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and has emerged as a force in the Enterprise market; recognized over the last two years by leading industry associations as one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services. For more information, call 866- 429-3085. Follow on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at http://business.comcast.com/social.

Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, helps local, regional and national advertisers use the best of digital with the power of TV to grow their business. It provides multi-screen marketing solutions to make advertising campaigns more effective and easier to execute. Headquartered in New York with offices throughout the country, Effectv has a presence in 66 markets with nearly 30 million households with video service. For more information, visit?www.effectv.com.  

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