Comcast to award $10k grants to small business owners of color

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Comcast leaders are awarding 100 grants of $10,000 each to small business owners of color in Chester and Philadelphia, part of their larger $100 million RISE initiative aiming to help businesses hit hardest by COVID-19.

Before the pandemic, Be Still Nutrition was the wellness place to be in Hatfield.

"People would come and stay for an hour or two, sometimes three hours, drinking smoothies, drinking teas, inviting their friends. We had a kiddie area set up, mom dates were happening," said owner Madi Still.

Still said they're now only seeing about half of the business they did before the pandemic began. Comcast, she said, gave them the win they needed.

"They gave us a laptop and two working iPads so we can check people out faster. They also gave us a security system," she said.

"We were getting random threats last year, it has given us piece of mind. They've also given us free internet for a year so that's a huge help financially. Getting this was such a blessing to not just us but also our customers."

Still encouraged other business owners of color to apply for both the Comcast RISE technology makeovers and grants to help them survive the pandemic. "Apply for everything that's out there," she urged.

The $10,000 grant application opens next week. You can find more information on the Comcast RISE website.