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Ready for Business Fund Distributes More Than $200,000 In Cash Grants To 76 Small Businesses in Washington

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The Ready for Business Fund – a relief program launched by GSBA, Washington State’s LGBTQ+ and allied chamber of commerce, and Comcast – is distributing $2,500 and $4,000 cash grants to 76 small businesses throughout Washington state. The Ready for Business Fund was founded in the summer of 2020 with an initial $100,000 investment from Comcast and designation of GSBA as the fund manager. To date, the fund has supported more than 200 small businesses in Washington with nearly $1 million in financial support and wraparound services.

The Ready for Business Fund was renewed this year with an additional $75,000 in funding from Comcast and GSBA, reprising its role as the program and fund manager. Grants from the Ready for Business Fund will be made possible by more than $150,000 in additional donations from Pepsi, T-Mobile, US Bank, Meta, and Verity Credit Union and a $100,000 grant from King County. These funds will now support small business owners across all industries, including local restaurants, bookstores, bistros, shops and stores, which are an important part of the social fabric in our communities.

“GSBA recognizes the importance of investing in the small businesses that are critical to a thriving community and economy,” said Ilona Lohrey, GSBA president and CEO. “We are proud to once again partner with Comcast to grow our Ready for Business Fund to support a diverse group of business owners who need our help now more than ever.”

The 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. Grant recipients also include small businesses located in rural areas of Washington that lack proximity to resources.

“We’re grateful for our continued partnership with the GSBA to recognize so many resilient small businesses through the Ready for Business Fund,” said Diem Ly, Community Impact director, Comcast Washington. “We at Comcast believe and act on our shared value that in ensuring equitable access to resources for BIPOC and LGBTQ-owned businesses means all of our communities and neighborhoods benefit in the long-run.”

“Between recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns over inflation, our small businesses have faced some of the most difficult struggles over the last few years, and it is up to our community to step up and support them. That’s why partnerships like the one between King County, GSBA and Comcast are so imperative right now,” shared King County Councilmember Joe McDermott.

GSBA assembled a selection committee consisting of diverse community and business leaders to evaluate the applications received. Notifications to grant applicants about the status of their application have begun and awards will be delivered beginning this week. All grant recipients will also receive wrap-around services, including GSBA membership and consulting.

Ready for Business Fund grant recipients include:

Business Name Location
1.       Nature’s Twist Auburn
2.       Sparks Designs Bellingham
3.       Seattle Spartans Bothell
4.       Amano Seattle Burien
5.       Ballyhoo Theatre Edmonds
6.       KO-AM TV Federal Way
7.       Yolo West Coast LLC Federal Way
8.       Issaquah Eataeries, LLC Issaquah
9.       That Curl Girl Kennewick
10.    The honest beauty Kennewick
11.    South 2 West Boiled Peanuts, LLC Lynnwood
12.    Burial Grounds Coffee Collective Olympia
13.    RUZICKA CPA, PLLC Olympia
14.    Strong Family Bonds LLC dba SGT. Hart’s B Olympia
15.    Quiet Glamour Puyallup
16.    Paunchy Elephant Renton
17.    Basecamp Books and bites Roslyn
18.    bedhead fiber Seatac
19.    Fruit and Flower DBA Floret Seatac
20.    23rd Ave Brewery Seattle
21.    A.L.A. Consulting Firm Seattle
22.    Aide-mémoire Seattle
23.    All Things Auto Seattle
24.    Blendily Seattle
25.    Dreams Unlimited LLC dba Modern Mind Labs Seattle
26.    Inclusive Data LLC Seattle
27.    Jasmine Nicole Luxury Perucas Seattle
28.    Local Yokels/Savory Sound Foods LLC Seattle
29.    LOLiDE Seattle
30.    Melted Porcelain Seattle
31.    Orange Tea School Seattle
32.    Soul Collective Seattle
33.    Sound Therapeutic Acupuncture Seattle
34.    The Green Deli Store Seattle
35.    Victoria Odell Real Estate Seattle
36.    Windhorse Rocks Seattle
37.    WithTheRain Seattle
38.    Aluel Cellars Seattle
39.    Aluel Cellars Ballard Seattle
40.    BADBAR LLC Seattle
41.    Bakehouse Inc. DBA Flora Bakehouse Seattle
42.    Biang Biang Noodles Seattle
43.    Big Little News Seattle
44.    Conviviality Inc. DBA Cafe Flora Seattle
45.    EL CHITO LLC Seattle
46.    Get In My Belly Catering Seattle
47.   GigRoster™ Professional Entertainment Seattle
48.    Honest Biscuits Seattle
49.    King Donuts Seattle
50.   Lillie’s Passion LLC Seattle
51.    Moon Village Bakery Seattle
52.    Queer/bar Seattle
53.    Reclaim Clay Collective Seattle
54.    Rita’s Fine Foods Inc. dba Glo’s Seattle
55.    Seeking Ferments Seattle
56.    Stone Way Eateries, LLC Seattle
57.    Tert I Inc dba The Wildrose Seattle
58.    The City Catering Company, Inc. Seattle
59.    The Cuff Complex Seattle
60.    The Shanghai Pearl Presents Seattle
61.    The Station Coffee Shop LLC Seattle
62.    The Woods Seattle
63.    Tutta Bella Culinary, LLC Seattle
64.    U14 LLC dba Union Seattle
65.    NW ROOFING SERVICES Snohomish
66.    Atomic Threads Boutique Spokane
67.    Stage Left Theater Association Spokane
68.    BodiedbyJalee LLC Tacoma
69.    Diane ruff studio Tacoma
70.    ME Restaurants Tacoma
71.    Munch Mobile Tacoma
72.    Lucina-Selene Tulalip
73.    All The Wishes Vancouver
74.    DC Visitation Vancouver
75.    Panache. Vancouver
76.   Professional Latino Services LLC Vancouver


More information is available at theGSBA.org/ready-for-business.

About GSBA

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. GSBA proudly serves as a connector across the region, bringing communities together through business while advocating for civil rights and small business. GSBA also promotes LGBTQ tourism through Travel Out Seattle, advocates for small businesses in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood through the Capitol Hill Business Alliance (CHBA) and invests in the next generation of LGBTQ and allied leaders through the GSBA Scholarship & Education Fund.

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