It’s no secret that small businesses have been dealing with a number of challenges over the past couple of years – from the ongoing impact of the pandemic, social unrest, and environmental events.
And small businesses owned by people of color and/or women have been some of the hardest hit. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, between February and April 2020, the number of active Black-owned businesses declined by 41%, Latinx-owned businesses declined by 32%, and Asian-owned businesses dropped by 25%, versus just 21% for the general population.
While there is a decline in businesses owned by people of color – women-owned businesses are growing at only half the rate of those run by men. This is largely because women struggle to access capital and other resources to help them succeed.
Comcast RISE: Representation, Investment, Strength, Empowerment
Last September, Comcast was accepting applications for grants. Comcast RISE was created to invest in the success of these critical businesses by providing valuable and practical support. Comcast RISE- which stands for: Representation, Investment, Strength, and Empowerment – is part of Comcast’s ongoing efforts to advance digital equity and help to provide underrepresented small business owners with access to the digital tools and funding they need to thrive.
100 small businesses who will be awarded a $10,000 grant
In July 2022, Comcast announced the 100 small businesses owned by women and people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and Asian American owners, among others, will be awarded the $10,000 grants totaling $1 million, through the Comcast RISE program. Since the program’s inception – $2 million in grants have been awarded to Twin Cities small businesses.
Twin Cities grant recipients from this round include:
Ambiance Spa and Salon, Burnsville
13911 Aldrich Ave S – Burnsville, MN
Website: Ambiance Spa and Salon
A safe place to relax. All appointments will take place in a soothing salon environment with full one-on-one attention, a complimentary beverage, and individualized care. They follow the highest standard in industry-related sanitation practices to keep an impeccable environment for you to unwind and relax.
Ambiance Spa & Salon currently offers these services:
All Hair services. Cuts. Color. Perms. Keratin.
Personalized hair treatments
Keratin & Japanese Straightening
Nails & Pedicures
Bridal & Event styling
Hijab Shack, Maple Grove
9580 85th Ave N – Maple Grove, MN
Website: Hijab Shack
Hijab Shack was created 10 years ago after the founder became a mom and had trouble finding modest clothing and hijabs that fit the lifestyle of a young girl. When her own hijabs looked too big and odd on her daughter, she decided to take matters into her own hands and got behind a sewing machine.
She started sewing scarves and hijabi outfits. When others in the community took notice and asked where they could get similar pieces for their girls – she founded Mokka Fashions, where hijabs and modest clothing for all ages were sold.
They have now grown from selling pieces locally and out of a basement – to having a storefront and a strong online presence – shipping nationwide!
Mad Clean, Champlin
11101 Idaho Court N – Champlin, MN
Website: Mad Clean
“Dirty house driving you CRAZY? Call for your MAD CLEAN quote today! Providing CRAZY GOOD cleaning services at a reasonable price.”
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (763) 438-7443
Primitiva Jewelry, Minneapolis
3001 Hennepin Ave Suite 1110 – Minneapolis, MN
Website: Primitiva Jewelry
Primitiva Jewelry combines meaningful symbols with powerful healing gemstones to unite the metaphysical with the material to elevate the frequency of intentions.
Each piece is created by the hands of women artisans with the wisdom and passion that has been passed down through generations.
Laura founded Primitiva to create tangible reminders to live purposefully. Her amulets draw inspiration from astrology, spirituality, and mother Earth. She believes that the combination of healing crystals and symbols are conduits for manifesting one’s desires.
ROMI Apothecary, St. Paul
2288 University Avenue West – Saint Paul, MN
Website: ROMI Apothecary
ROMI Apothecary delivers effective and nutrient-dense skin remedies via potent, medicinal herbs. They carry natural skin care products made from medicinal plants and oils. Products are organic and locally sourced whenever possible. They are handcrafted in small batches, and tested on people, never animals.
A full list of Comcast RISE recipients from the Twin Cities can be found here.