The Ready for Business Fund – a relief program launched by GSBA, Washington State’s LGBTQ+ and allied chamber of commerce, and Comcast recently distributed more than $200,000 In cash grants to small businesses in Washington. Nat Stratton-Clarke, owner of Café Flora, Floret and the Flora Bakehouse was among the 76 small businesses, owned by LGBTQ people, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), and women, that received $2,500 and $4,000 cash grants through the Ready for Business Fund . We congratulate Nat on his success and are proud to profile his business.
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. 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.
To date, the fund has supported more than 200 small businesses in Washington with nearly $1 million in financial support and wraparound services. The fund supports 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.
More information about the Ready for Business Fund is available at: More information is available at theGSBA.org/ready-for-business.