Awards are part of Comcast’s national RISE program to support Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)- and women-owned small businesses
Comcast announced today it has awarded technology makeovers to three BIPOC-owned small businesses in North Alabama. The recipients are part of more than 8,000 entrepreneurs nationwide who were selected as Comcast RISE awardees in the program’s fourth phase. RISE stands for “Representation, Investment, Strength and Empowerment.”
As part of the technology makeover, the businesses will receive computer equipment and internet, voice and cybersecurity services for up to 12 months. Taxes and other fees may still apply for tech makeover services.
The winners include beauty product supplier Avon Shanika Jackson Makeup Queen and home accent business Baldispino Artistry Group, both located in Huntsville. Baldispino Artistry Group’s specialty is upscale bamboo centerpieces.
Braids and More by Keya LLC in Madison was also a winner. Owner Lakeya Humphrey is a natural hair stylist who creates stress-free styles in a soothing environment.
“We are thrilled to celebrate these North Alabama businesses and award technology makeovers,” said Jason Gumbs, Regional SVP Comcast. “Small businesses are the backbone of our community, and we are honored to play a role in their continued success.”
Comcast RISE brings together two of the company’s brands —Comcast Business and Effectv, both with expertise in the small business space — to empower business owners with the expertise and resources needed to navigate the economic effects of the pandemic.
Comcast RISE is part of Project UP, Comcast’s comprehensive initiative to advance digital equity and help provide underrepresented small business owners with access to the digital tools and funding they need to thrive. Over the next 10 years, Comcast has committed $1 billion to programs, like Comcast RISE, and partnerships that will reach an estimated 50 million people with the skills, opportunities, and resources they need to succeed in an increasingly digital world.