Top_Webpage_Banner


Invest in Small Business Resiliency

Small businesses are the heart and soul of our economy, the backbone of our communities, and they're working hard to recover from hardships left behind by the COVID-19 pandemic. With small businesses being America's largest employer, this unprecedented hardship puts millions of employees at risk, directly impacting the livelihood of families and communities across the country. 
 
GSBA and Comcast Washington co-created the Ready for Business Fund in 2020 to support small businesses. This spring, we're proud to return with our third round of funding, issuing $2,500 cash grants and support services to over 85 small businesses owned by LGBTQ+ community members; Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; and women - in addition to businesses located in rural areas across Washington State.

Donate below to help us reach even more small businesses in need.

ReadyForBusiness_DonateNow_Button_v1

By making a donation to the Ready for Business Fund, you are directly empowering small business owners and strengthening your community. Donations of any size can make a difference for small business owners in addressing fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, lost sales, and other working capital expenses that could have been remedied sooner if that COVID-19 pandemic not occurred.

Join the challenge and become a Ready for Business donor to strengthen the economic recovery for small and minority-owned businesses. Twenty percent of funds raised will be used for wrap-around services from GSBA including consulting, advertising, and membership for recipients, as well as administration of the grants.

For more information contact GSBA Deputy Director Ilona Lohrey (She/her) or call the office at 206-363-9188.


Apply for Small Business Relief

The application period for the third round of the Ready for Business Fund will open on Monday, June 13. Check back here then to apply for funding!

Too often, systemic barriers get in the way of people from marginalized backgrounds making their entrepreneurial dreams come true and establishing sustainable income for themselves, their families, and their communities. This can look like lacking capital investment, the reverberating impact of generational poverty, environmental factors, and more. The COVID-19 pandemic brought so many of these disparities front and center for small businesses owned by LGBTQ+ people; Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; and women. The Ready for Business Fund was established to help level the playing field for these communities, giving them a small boost so they can strengthen their business, give back to our local economies, and provide for themselves and their families.

Businesses who are selected for a grant from the Ready for Business Fund receive a $2,500 cash grant and wrap-around support services including GSBA membership, technical support, marketing, and consulting. This grant does not have to be repaid, and it can be used for any purpose to help the business in its resiliency. 

Priority will be given to small businesses within the communities who historically have less impact to resources through entrepreneurship and are impacted by systemic barriers, including those owned by LGBTQ+ people; Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; and women, as well as businesses located in rural areas.

Watch the video below to hear more about Ready for Business

RFB Video for web


Meet some of our Ready for Business Fund recipients!

Meet the 66 recipients of the second round of the Ready for Business Fund

by GSBA Staff
| May 03, 2021

Sixty-six extraordinary BIPOC, LGBTQ, and women-owned small businesses across Washington have received $2,500 grants from the Ready for Business Fund, GSBA's small business recovery fund co-founded with Comcast Washington. In addition to the financial support, these businesses will also receive a complementary first-year GSBA Membership, free consulting, and support services. 

GSBA extends a heartfelt thank you to all the organizations and generous individuals who contributed to the program's second round of funding, including Comcast Washington, - who contributed $100,000 - T-Mobile, BECU, DoorDash, 1st Security Bank, Harborstone Credit Union, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle Foundation, Symetra, and Verity Credit Union.

The recipients of the grants are:

- A Clear View (Spokane)
- A Step Ahead Bilingual Learning Center (Bellingham)
- Abundant Living Senior Services (Marysville)
- Adra Boo, LLC (Seattle)
- Anywhere But Here Travel, Inc. (Lynnwood)
- Ashley's Pub (Bremerton)
- Avant Gardenz (Port Angeles)
- Blue Cactus Press (Tacoma)
- Bluebird Coffee (Lynnwood)
- Booltina II (Lynnwood)
- Cafe Argento (Seattle)
- Chubby Bunny Farm (Arlington)
- Community Acupuncture Project (Seattle)
- Compass Acupuncture Tacoma (Tacoma)
- Conscious Eatery (Seattle)
- Converge Media (Seattle)
- Distant Worlds Coffeehouse (Seattle)
- Eli's House Cleaning (Walla Walla)
- Fabulous Nails Spa (Tacoma)
- Family 1st Consulting Services, PLLC (Tacoma)
- Family Home Childcare (Seattle)
- Funtastic (Seattle)
- Guerrilla Films, LLC (Seattle)
- Hunniwater, LLC (Edmonds)
- Inclusive Data, LLC (Seattle)
- Intersections Festival (Burien)
- Inter-Tribal Beauty (Spokane)
- Intrigue Chocolate Co. (Seattle)
- ISATOURPROPERTIES (Lynnwood)
- JAMIL (Seattle)
- Kalkaal Childcare (Burien)
- Keysight Consulting (Everett)
- Kiddie Cover Daycare (Everett)
- King's Books (Tacoma)
- Latin Market (Renton)
- Lia's Garden (Snohomish)
- Lil Red's Takeout & Catering (Seattle)
- Lucky Teriyaki (Seattle)
- Mac Fashion House (Seattle) 
- MBG Unlimited (Seattle)
- MEND Seattle (Seattle)
- My Sweet Little Cakes (Seattle)
- Off the Rez (Seattle)
- Olympic Cleaning & Beyond (Olalla)
- Open Arms (Seattle)
- Pink Moon Farm (Eatonville)
- PointOneNorth Consulting, LLC (Burien)
- Ravenox (Mount Vernon)
- Ritual (Seattle)
- Roda Food, LLC (Snohomish)
- Satisfied Palate (Seattle)
- Northwest Relationships (Tacoma)
- Seattle Spartans (Everett)
- Shear We Go, LLC (Bellevue)
- Skeleton Coast (Seattle)
- Spotlight Dance Center (Renton)
- Sundus Family Childcare (Seattle)
- Sunny Days Childcare (Kent)
- Sure to Rise Bakery (Cashmere)
- Sweet Krazy Corn (Seattle)
- Taste of Peru (Gig Harbor)
- The Barber Lounge (Fife)
- The Confectional, LLC (Seattle)
- West Coast Prep Basketball Academy (Kent)
- Yang Farm (Mountlake Terrace)
- YAY NOVELTY, LLC (Sedro-Woolley)