Doors are slowly opening again. Plastic banners that divide restaurant tables are being put down and we can finally sit beside our friends. Online businesses that started during the pandemic are now also available for physical purchase. Pre-pandemic businesses are adding more chairs and tables to their once limited-capacity venues. Regardless if you are a business starting for the first time or starting all over again, one thing is for sure–you want to RISE.
Thankfully, we have gathered three ways you can UP your endeavors and can work for any type of business.
1. Create and Reach Out to Your Network
Realistically, there is no business built from bottom up by one person alone. Likely, they received help from people they have helped, and helped people who have helped them. Businesses are often seen as a competition but behind the scenes, business leaders also mingle with fellow business leaders.
Create more opportunities for you to know which businesses are also in your industry. But, don’t stop there. Reach out even to people who are relevant to your line of business. Join conferences, execute your own networking events–knowing the kind of businesses that also serve your audiences will eventually help you grow your own.
2. Upgrade Your Digital Reach
People nowadays learn about a business through the internet first before they visit the place physically. To add, more and more businesses are done digitally now with no physical brick-and-mortar in place. The only way you can purchase their product is through online.
It’s not an overstatement that today’s generation heavily relies on digital presence. That’s where people are, and the numbers even increased because of the pandemic. It’s inevitable and undeniable: any business must invest in their digital space.
3. Apply to Grants and other Investment Opportunities
Personal savings to create a business can only go so far. Planning, creating, and managing are some of the phases a business has to go through before it can even be called a business; and each phase costs. Other than the fact that it can also be unpredictable, volatile, and high-risk. Applying to investment fund grants can be a huge help to boost your business and reach a positive return.
Gratefully, there are programs like Comcast RISE that can help you achieve everything listed above.
Comcast RISE Investment Fund Returns
Comcast has announced a fourth round of cities to receive grants from the Comcast RISE Investment Fund. $10,000 grants will be awarded to 500 small businesses in Chicago, D.C., Miami, Oakland, and Seattle, providing $5 million additional dollars to hundreds of small businesses owned by people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and Asian American owners, and women, bringing the total to $21 million in grants awarded as part of the Comcast RISE Investment Fund.
Beginning on October 3 and through October 16, eligible businesses in Chicago, D.C., Miami, Oakland, and Seattle can apply for a $10,000 grant at www.ComcastRISE.com. A total of 100 grants per city, or 500 grants overall, will be awarded in November 2022. The Investment Fund is an extension of Comcast RISE, the multi-year, multi-faceted initiative launched in October 2020 to support small businesses and provide the resources and tools they need today and in the future.
The Comcast RISE Investment Fund is focused on small businesses that have been in business for three or more years with 1-25 employees. Additionally, Comcast RISE also offers the opportunity for businesses across the country to apply for marketing and technology services from Comcast Business and Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable. For full details, eligibility requirements, and to apply visit www.ComcastRISE.com.