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Invest in Small Business Recovery

Small businesses are the heart and soul of our economy, the backbone of our communities, and they are facing a severe crisis. 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. We are now entering our second round of Ready for Business recovery grant cycle and are fundraising for our initial goal of $100,000 to support small businesses with a focus on LGBTQ-, BIPOC-, and women-owned businesses in Washington State. 

Thank you to T-Mobile for investing $25,000 and BECU for joining the challenge with $10,000. 

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Help move the meter closer to our goal!

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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 Ilona Lohrey (She/her), VP of Membership & Programs or call the office at 206-363-9188.


Apply for Small Business Relief

Has your business experienced financial loss and hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, the Ready for Business Fund is here to help your business bounce back.  
 
A $2,500 cash grant will be awarded to selected small businesses. 
 
Additionally, awardees will receive 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 recover from the economic crisis. 

Applications will open on March 3, 2021.

The grant is open to any small business in Washington State established prior to March 2, 2020. Priority will be given to small businesses within the communities most impacted by COVID-19, including LGBTQ-, *BIPOC-, and women-owned businesses.

(BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)

Watch the video below to hear more about Ready for Business

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