Comcast Lifts Up Black Businesses

Eight small firms recieve COVID-19 relief

12/8/2020, 2:46 p.m.
Eight Black-owned, small businesses in Portland are recipients of new Comcast RISE awards
Heroes American Café owner John Jackson in downtown Portland. The small business was one of eight Black-owned firms hit hard by COVID-19 receiving marketing and technology help from Comcast. (Photo courtesy Comcast)

Eight Black-owned, small businesses in Portland are recipients of new Comcast RISE awards, allowing them to receive consulting, media and creative production services from Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, or technology upgrades from Comcast Business based on their specific needs.

The financial help is part of Comcast’s broader announcement of more than 700 businesses that were selected as winners in the first round of Comcast RISE. The award recipients in 285 cities in 29 states include a diverse roster of small business from restaurants and salons, to professional services and retail shops.

Comcast RISE awardees in Portland were Zen Nail Spa; American Heroes Café; Amalfi’s Restaurant; Raap Counseling and Consulting; Cottontails Personal Styling; Batter On Deck food truck; Meals for Heels and Third Eye Books.

“It's great to see Comcast, a leader in technology and entertainment, focus on the economic divide. I'm honored to be a recipient of this new program to give Black-owned small business a much-needed boost,” said Heroes American Café Owner John Jackson.

The next phase of Comcast RISE, a multi-year, multi-faceted initiative launched in October to help strengthen small businesses hard hit by COVID-19, will open eligibility to include Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned, small businesses. They can apply at ComcastRISE.com.