Comcast RISE Expands Marketing and Technology Resources to All Women-Owned Small Businesses 

Comcast RISE is a multi-year commitment to provide marketing, creative, media, and technology services to small businesses owned by people of color. Comcast recently expanded the program to include all women-owned small businesses. There are already over 300 California small businesses receiving Comcast RISE services. 

Comcast is accepting applications for the next phase of RISE until June 17. If your business qualifies, you’ll have the opportunity to receive one or more of the following business services: 

  • Marketing and advertising consultations  
  • Media placements over a 90-day period  
  • Commercial creative production services 
  • Technology services from Effectv and/or Comcast Business 

As we know from the recent wave of COVID cases across the country, the work to recover from the devastating impacts of the pandemic is far from over. That’s why Comcast is proud to further its efforts to help small businesses owned by people of color weather the storm with our new Comcast RISE Business Directory. This resource, which can be found at, is a user-friendly digital map for laptops and mobile phones that collates and presents key information about local businesses throughout Northern and Central California, that have benefited from the Comcast RISE program. Having an easy-to-use business directory will provide local consumers with the information they need to become aware of, locate and contact these small businesses for all their “shop local, shop small, shop diverse” needs.

“Women can sometimes be left out of conversations around funding and technology. If our business isn’t technology-focused, we can find ourselves left out of finding ways technology can advance our business. But every small business can benefit from a technology upgrade, whether you are in the hair, food, or mannequin industry,” said Judi Henderson, a RISE Investment Fund recipient and owner of Mannequin Madness in Oakland, “Comcast recognizes the many challenges women business owners encounter and the RISE grant is helping put women at the forefront.” 

Visit to review the selection criteria and apply. The application is open and will close on June 17.   

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