Comcast to award $10,000 to 100 women and minority-owned local businesses

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One hundred local businesses owned by women or people of color will receive $1 million in grants from the Comcast RISE Investment Fund, the company announced Thursday.

Each business selected will be awarded a $10,000 grant to invest in growth and sustainability.

Pittsburgh was selected as one of five cities to receive the grant money, which also included Atlanta, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Twin Cities. It's the third round of cities selected for the monetary grant program, which began in 2021.

Pittsburgh Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess said the opportunity can be a big boost to businesses in the area.

"Life can be troubling," he said. "Life can be a struggle, but there are moments where I believe the spirit of God breaks in and gives us these points of light, these moments of hope, and of power, and of potential."

Though it's the first time Pittsburgh was selected for the grant money, local businesses have benefitted from the Comcast RISE program previously. It also offers marketing services grants and technology makeover grants.

Gina Florez, who owns Paper Reign in Mt. Lebanon, received a technology makeover grant. She said it helped her purchase iPads and computers for the business.

"Especially during the pandemic, you feel like there's no hope out there," she said. "By having Comcast reach out and give us a donation, it really feels like you can get through this."

Business owners interested in receiving one of the grants can apply on the Comcast Rise website beginning June 1 through June 14.