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The Comcast RISE Investment Fund provides monetary grants to help small businesses owned by people of color (POC) grow as they navigate the challenges of the pandemic.

The Investment Fund is the latest extension of Comcast RISE (Representation, Investment, Strength, and Empowerment), the multi-year, multi-faceted initiative launched in 2020 to provide POC-owned, small businesses the opportunity to apply for marketing and technology services from Comcast Business and Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable.

Comcast RISE is part of a larger $100 million Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative that Comcast launched this summer. In June 2020, Comcast NBCUniversal announced the development of a comprehensive, multi-year plan to allocate $75 million in cash and $25 million in media over the next three years to fight injustice and inequality against any race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or ability.


  • 600 grants totaling $6 million will be distributed as follows:
  • 100 small businesses in each city
  • Each business will receive a $10,000 monetary grant
  • Application period is October 1-14, 2021
  • Grants willl be announced at the end of November 2021 and awarded in December 2021
  • Applications will be available online at

Businesses must:
  • Be established business operations for 3 or more years
  • Have one to 25 employees
  • Be in the following geographic locations to be eligible:

  • Houston, TX (Harris and Fort Bend Counties);
  • Miami, FL (Miami-Dade and Broward Counties);
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties);
  • Oakland, CA (City of Oakland);
  • Seattle, WA (King and Pierce Counties);
  • Washington, D.C. (Wards 1-8)
Celebrating 31 years and highlighting the some of the top influential Asian-owned businesses and entrepreneurs in Houston.

Come join us in celebrating 31 years serving the Greater Houston Area. Each year, The Asian Chamber of Commerce in Houston recognizes companies and individuals who have impacted our community at large. The event unites the Asian business community to celebrate excellence in leadership, business, and community impact within the greater Houston area.

  • 4:30 PM Registration Begins
  • 5:00 PM Cocktail Hour / VIP Reception
  • 6:00 PM Award Program Begins

Announcing the highest celebrated speakers and honoring those who have contributed towards our Asian Business Community. More speakers and award honorees will be announced.
The Honorable Elaine L. Chao
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and U.S. Secretary of Labor

By attending you will be immersed in the joining the various business leaders in our city. Connect with those who stand united in elevating our economy and supporting Asian-owned Businesses.
The Asian Chamber of Commerce wants to help your business WIN BIDS by enrolling in our upcoming Supplier Diversity Academy. Join the program and learn how buyers look for diverse suppliers who represent women-owned and/or minority-owned businesses. Be coached by decision makers from mayor corporations and the public sector in researching bids, learning the application process, and how to knock out a winning presentation. Use this opportunity to network and be seen by potential buyers through the Academy!

Speakers from:
  • Shell, H-E-B, Chase, Port Houston, Metro, United Airlines and Lone Star College and more

Topics covered:
  • Certification
  • Where to Find bids/opportunities
  • How to Apply
  • How to Have a Winning Presentation
  • How to Negotiate

All Virtual Sessions will take place 11:00am - 1:00pm
Assignments will be self-paced through our online learning platform

FEES - $200 - Will be collected after approval into the Academy
* FREE for ACC Bronze members and higher
Business Resources and Partner Events
Fort Bend ISD’s Small Business Enterprise Program (SBEP), in partnership with the Houston Community College Small Business Development Program (SBDP), will host its next virtual vendor focus group on Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. online. Register here.

This event is for all trade groups and is open to any small business interested in doing business with the District.
Topics to be addressed at the focus group include:
  • The General Contractor/Subcontractor: “Building Relationships” – David Web, Patriot and E-Contractors, Willyann Paz and Irfan Abji
  • Mastering the Maze of Small Business Forms – Jeanette Boleware, FBISD Small Business Coordinator
  • Doing Business with Fort Bend ISD – Jeanette Boleware, FBISD Small Business Coordinator
  • Maximizing Business Opportunities – Veronica Douglas, Manager of Houston Community College Small Business Development Program

The breakout sessions will be:
  • SBE Certification Process – Metro Transit Authority, Port Authority, City of Houston, US SBA
  • Vendor Resources – Gloria Towolawi, Getcorp Payroll Accounting & Tax
  • Financial Aspects – Worley Barker, Texas Capital Bank
  • EDGE Radio TV – Dr. Kiva Davis and Robin Boykin
  • Networking – Milton Thibodeaux, Greater Houston Business Procurement Forum

Fort Bend ISD’s Small Business Enterprise Program (SBEP) was established after the voter-approved passage of the 2014 FBISD Bond. Visit to learn more.
Please Join Us
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

For the Greater Houston Business Procurement Forum (GHBPF) Webinar Series from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as we continue to observe social distancing requirements of our Strategic Partner and Host - Houston Community College, West Loop Campus and be sensitive to the health and safety concerns of our Strategic and Community Partners, Participants and Attendees.

We are pleased to Announce our upcoming Forum Webinar as we host:

"Doing Business with our Educational Institutions"

MCA Communications is an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Company that is the largest commercial Audio Visual Integration and Showroom in Houston, Texas. The company specializes in Wireless Solutions and other IT Services and will host the Webinar on its Team Platform. The Dial In Instructions are as follows:

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The participating Agencies and their representatives and respective information for the Tuesday, September 28.
September 2021 is National Preparedness Month. Disasters can take many forms and the financial cost of rebuilding after a disaster can be overwhelming. If you’re prepared for emergencies, you’ll be in a better position to recover and continue operations when a disaster strikes. During National Preparedness Month, take the important steps to keep your small business, employees and family safe when a disaster strikes. 

This week, Hurricane Ida made landfall, causing unprecedented damage. A disaster declaration has been issued for Louisiana and Mississippi. Small businesses and nonprofits in impacted areas can now apply for SBA disaster assistance.

Contact the Customer Service Center for help with your application at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY/TDD: 1-800-877-8339) or

Houston Business Expo
September 28th
“Doing Business in Houston”

City of Houston
Presenting Speaker:
Porscha Jackson, PhD

Learn about getting Certified and Registered with The City of Houston. About the RFP & Open Bid Process and Resources for:
· Small Business Owners
· Women Business Owners
· Minority Business Owners

Program Schedule:
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Welcoming Reception
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Guest Speakers “Doing Business in Houston”
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Breakaway Session
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Business Networking Expo & Happy Hour

Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center
6633 Travis Street
Houston, TX 77030

TEXT "Networking" to 88202 & RSVP
Funding Opportunity: STEM Talent Challenge

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Commissioner Ellis will briefly discuss the findings of the 2020 Harris County disparity study and steps the County is taking to close the gap. An avid supporter of MWBEs, Ellis is consistently at the forefront of efforts to assure equality in the procurement process at the County. 
Also joining the event is Gregg Reyes, President & CEO of Reytec Construction Resources, Inc. Gregg will share with us his experience and valuable insight he gained during his transition from subcontractor to prime contractor with the County.  
If you are a Minority, Women, Persons with Disabilities, Small or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (MWPDBE, SBE and DBE), then this event is for you!

To join us for this virtual conversation with Commissioner Ellis, RSVP here.
Allegiance Bank, BlueCross BlueShield, China Star Restaurant Group, Cole Chemical & Distributing, Foster LLP, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Jascole, Inc., Nguyen & Chen, LLP, Offshore Intel, The Red Cardinal Group at Morgan Stanley, Sheraton Houston Brookhollow, Supporting Strategies - Southwest Houston, Truist Bank, University of Houston-Downtown, and Utegration

Kristopher Ahn, Yong J. An, Dr. Parvin Bagherpour, The Honorable Theresa Chang, The Honorable Alice Chen, Donna Cole, Lucy DeVilla, Trung Doan, Harry Gee, Jr., Glen Gondo, Shahid Javed, Shirley Kwan, Catherine A. Le, Stephen Le, Jr., C.C. Lee, Kenneth Li, Chris Nam, Gordon Quan, Randy Sim, Y. Ping Sun, E. Allan Tiller, Irsan Tisnabudi, Linda Toyota, Don Wang, Don Woo, Jason Yoo, and Austin Zhao