The season has turned to fall, the days are getting shorter, and the air is crisper. The calendar's turnover that typically ushers in thoughts of the holiday season has been overshadowed by the persistence of COVID-19 and its devastating effects on businesses. Across the country, there has been tremendous pressure on small businesses in particular to survive in the face of restrictions to combat COVID-19. Reports have shown that Black businesses have borne the brunt of the impact with almost 50% of Black owned business expected to not survive. Black-owned businesses have also had less access to relief via PPP funding. Against this onslaught of challenges, Comcast has officially launched Comcast RISE, a program initially focused to provide much-needed support and services to Black businesses.
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