Greater Seattle Business Association

Ready for Business Fund to Distribute $2,500 Cash Grants to 66 Small Businesses in Washington

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 4:21pm

LGBTQ-, BIPOC-, Women-Owned and Small Businesses throughout the State will Receive Financial Assistance from GSBA and Comcast Washington Relief Effort

Key Points: 
  • b'Seattle, Washington--(Newsfile Corp. - May 4, 2021) - The Ready for Business Fund - a relief program launched by GSBA, Washington State\'s LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce, and Comcast Washington - will begin distributing $2,500 cash grants this week to 66 small businesses throughout the state.
  • Originally launched in 2020, the Ready for Business Fund was expanded to support small businesses statewide this year with a $100,000 investment from Comcast and GSBA continuing its role as the fund and program manager.\nThe Ready for Business Fund was created to support small businesses in Washington, especially those owned by LGBTQ people, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), and women, who are at greater risk in today\'s uncertain economy.
  • These small businesses are not only a critical part of Washington\'s economy, but essential components of the American experience.
  • "Our participation in the Ready for Business Fund compliments additional efforts, like Comcast RISE, which seek to strengthen and empower small businesses hard hit by the economic downturn.

GSBA And Comcast Washington Launch Ready for Business Fund to Support Small Businesses

Monday, August 3, 2020 - 5:00pm

GSBA, Washington States LGBTQ & Allied Chamber of Commerce, and Comcast Washington today launched the Ready for Business Fund a relief effort that provides $2,500 grants to businesses with diverse owners that seek financial assistance.

Key Points: 
  • GSBA, Washington States LGBTQ & Allied Chamber of Commerce, and Comcast Washington today launched the Ready for Business Fund a relief effort that provides $2,500 grants to businesses with diverse owners that seek financial assistance.
  • With $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 theGSBA.org/ready-for-business.
  • GSBA proudly serves as a connector across the region, bringing communities together through business while advocating for civil rights and small business.

Symetra Pledges $250,000 to GSBA Scholarship Fund

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

Symetra, a national provider of employee benefits, annuities and life insurance, has committed $250,000 to the GSBA Scholarship Fund, one of the oldest and most active LGBTQ scholarship programs in the country.

Key Points: 
  • Symetra, a national provider of employee benefits, annuities and life insurance, has committed $250,000 to the GSBA Scholarship Fund, one of the oldest and most active LGBTQ scholarship programs in the country.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20191216005694/en/
    Symetra has committed $250,000 to the GSBA Scholarship Fund, one of the oldest and most active LGBTQ scholarship programs in the country.
  • Were excited about the possibilities that the Symetra grant, the largest multi-year corporate gift in the GSBA Scholarship Funds history, will offer LGBTQ and allied students, said GSBA CEO Louise Chernin (pictured left).
  • Our relationship with the GSBA is grounded in a mutual commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion and our deep respect for the opportunities the GSBA Scholarship Fund provides, said Symetra SVP Trinity Parker (pictured right).