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. This spring, the second round of the Ready for Business Fund kicked off with a $150,000 fundraising goal to support small businesses with a focus on LGBTQ-, BIPOC-, and women-owned businesses. This goal was increased to $200,000 following another contribution from Comcast and additional investments from BECU, T-Mobile, Symetra, Harborstone Credit Union, Verity Credit Union, 1st Security Bank, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle Foundation, DoorDash, and several generous community members. We successfully met this goal at the end of April, allowing us to provide support to 66 small businesses across Washington.
With increased support, we are extending eligibility to these small businesses across Washington State, and also focusing on supporting small businesses located in rural areas of Washington who often have less access to resources.
Thank you to everyone who helped us reach our goal!
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.