GSBA, Comcast Washington Launch Fund to Support Small Businesses

GSBA, Washington State´s LGBTQ & Allied Chamber of Commerce, and Comcast Washington have launched the Ready for Business Fund, a relief effort that provides USD 2,500 grants to businesses with diverse owners that seek financial assistance, the companies said.

Small businesses in Washington, especially those owned by LGBTQ people, BIPOC community members and women, are at greater risk in today´s uncertain economy. This new fund offers support for these groups of business owners, who run local restaurants, bookstores, bistros, shops, stores, and more, which are an important part of the social fabric in our community.

With USD 50,000 in seed funding from Comcast Washington and GSBA as the fund administrator, the Ready for Business Fund seeks to support 20 qualifying small businesses to start, with additional grants made available by securing contributions from other companies and individuals.

LGBTQ-, BIPOC-, and women-owned small businesses that have been in business since March 2, 2020 may find more information and apply for Ready for Business Fund grants at In the first round of funding, priority will be given to businesses located in the most adversely impacted commercial districts in the Seattle metro area.

Applications are open from Aug. 3, 2020 through Sept. 4, 2020. All grant applicants will be notified the week of Sept. 21, 2020.

Companies and individuals may find more information and contribute to the Ready for Business Fund by contacting Ilona Lohrey, GSBA — Washington State´s LGBTQ & Allied Chamber of Commerce at / (206) 363-9188, or visiting the webpage at

Established in 1981, GSBA is Washington State´s LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce and is the largest of its kind in North America. The chamber represents over 1,400 small business, corporate, and nonprofit members who share the values of promoting diversity, equity, equality, and inclusion in the workplace.

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