In a recent press release, the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) announced its partnership with Comcast to launch and expand critical digital resources to support Seattle’s small businesses most impacted by COVID-19.
Comcast contributed nearly $40,000 to build on OED’s $50,000 investment to Kay Tita, a social impact nonprofit, who will implement the new Digital Sales Access Program (DSAP). DSAP will support 50 small businesses by equipping them with a point-of-sales (POS) system and connecting participating businesses with tools and training needed to pivot their operations to a new digital system. This new system will allow small business owners to grow their business by switching from cash-only to accepting debit, credit and other digital forms of payment. This program will increase businesses’ e‑commerce capacity and improve businesses digital literacy, financial awareness, and overall business health.
For small businesses without capital or with language barriers, it can be daunting to adopt and implement new technologies without support. New or up-to-date equipment can revolutionize the way businesses function and ensure they can remain competitive. For this reason, OED and private partners developed programs to provide necessary technical support to business owners, so they can develop digital skills to maintain this new technology.