Comcast RISE awards an additional 19 BIPOC-owned, small businesses in the Twin Cities


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Comcast announced the second round of Comcast RISE award recipients in the Twin Cities—19 businesses will receive consulting, media, and creative production services from Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, or technology upgrades from Comcast Business.

“At a time when so many in our small business communities are struggling, it’s incredibly humbling to be able to give back and share our knowledge and resources with those hit hardest by the pandemic. We want to help our partners and communities rise,” said J.D. Keller, regional senior vice president, Comcast Twin Cities. “I could not be more pleased to be supporting the BIPOC community and continue this positive momentum.”

Comcast RISE, which stands for “Representation, Investment, Strength and Empowerment,” focuses on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned, small businesses in the U.S., those hit hardest by the pandemic according to a recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

To date, the Twin Cities has announced 32 recipients including a diverse roster of small business, from Duck Donuts in Woodbury, The Zen Bin in Minneapolis, and The Creative Studio in St. Paul.

The new Comcast RISE recipients in the Twin Cities include:

  • AG on the Cut, St. Paul
  • Alma Flor Ada Spanish Immersion Early Learning Academy, Woodbury
  • Big Cutz Barbershop, Columbia Heights
  • Center for Communication & Development – KMOJ-FM, Minneapolis
  • Cravings Wine Bar & Grille, Woodbury
  • DFS Consultants LLC, St. Paul
  • H & S Booking LLC, New Hope
  • K & M Construction of MN LLC, Lake Elmo
  • Lions Gym and Wellness Center , Robbinsdale
  • Premiere Staffing Group, St. Paul
  • Queen Anna House of Fashion, Minneapolis
  • The Black Threadist, Brooklyn Park
  • The Pole Barn Studio LLC, Stillwater
  • Work of Art Barbershop & Shave, Robbinsdale
  • Atrebla Early Learning Center, Minneapolis
  • Cilantro Restaurant, Woodbury
  • HercLéon, St. Paul
  • Morris Services LLC, Minneapolis
  • Urban Mass Media Group/BMA, Minneapolis

Comcast RISE is part of a larger $100 million Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative that Comcast launched in 2020.

“The past year has seen unprecedented challenges for our business community, especially for those small-to-medium size operations owned by BIPOC entrepreneurs,” said B Kyle, president and CEO, St. Paul Area Chamber. “That is why we’re so pleased that Comcast is offering valuable support through Comcast RISE with marketing, advertising and technical expertise. We stand behind their efforts and encourage our local businesses to apply for this important program.”

New applications are now open to eligible BIPOC-owned, small businesses through May 7, 2021 at