U.S. Small Business Administration | February 08, 2022
The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the introduction of Journey 6 of the Ascent e-learning platform, which is aimed at teaching women business owners about pursuing government contracts to help grow their businesses.
The Government Contracting Journey 6 finds and prepares organizations to explore government contracting opportunities. The new voyage is divided into six segments or excursions:
Government As Your Customers - assists the user in comprehending government as a client.
Government Contracting Opportunities - identifies and evaluates contracting possibilities with local, state, and federal government entities.
Government Subcontracting Opportunities - aids in the identification of subcontracting possibilities.
Set-Aside Certifications - assists the firm in planning and pursuing federal government contracts certifications.
Federal Solicitations - analyzes the federal solicitation process's components
General Services Administration (GSA) Contracts - analyzes potential GSA contract opportunities.
Women entrepreneurs create and control roughly half of all firms in the United States, employing 9.4 million people, generating $1.9 trillion in sales, and operating in every industry. Ascent provides six main journeys to support women company owners with development and success methods, including Disaster and Economic Recovery, Strategic Marketing, Your People, Your Business Financial Strategy, and Access to Capital. Each path includes the material and resources necessary to help you expand your business. Additional subjects will be added in the future.
Zyxel Networks | June 14, 2022
Zyxel Networks, a leader in delivering secure, AI- and cloud-powered business and home networking solutions, announced a family of WiFi 6E access points (APs) that enable businesses to enjoy the performance benefits provided through use of the newly-opened 6GHz WiFi spectrum. Ideal for deployment in crowded, high-density environments, Zyxel’s new series of WiFi 6E APs includes: WAX640S-6E AXE7800 WiFi 6E Tri-Band (4x4 + 2x2 + 2x2) Access Point, WAX620D-6E AXE5400 WiFi 6E Dual-Band (2x2 + 4x4) Access Point, and NWA220AX-6E AXE5400 WiFi 6E Dual-Band (2x2 + 4x4) Access Point.WiFi 6E provides the ideal solution to WiFi spectrum congestion by using the 6GHz band which offers 2.5 times more capacity, super-wide channels for bandwidth-intensive applications, and no interference from microwaves and non-WiFi 6E devices. Zyxel’s WiFi 6E APs are designed to increase performance in high-density environments, such as SMBs, schools, hotels, and other hospitality venues, that have to accommodate a growing number of WiFi devices on their networks. Each person on the network typically has multiple devices that need to be connected, such as phones, laptops, tablets, and smart watches. Zyxel WiFi 6E access points offer a solution that enables organizations to stay on top of the growing demand on their WiFi networks as more WiFi 6E clients come into use.
Features and Benefits of Zyxel’s WiFi 6E Access Points:
Extended Range in the 6GHz Band – Zyxel 6E Boost technology helps to increase the distance covered by WiFi 6E by employing four streams in 6GHz utilizing a combination of finely-tuned 4x4 6GHz radios, quality RF filters and optimized components, to extend the range of the AP and maximize the connectivity of devices from greater distances in high-density environments.
Future-Proof WiFi Solution – WAX620D-6E and NWA220AX-6E APs feature BandFlex, an industry-leading radio design that can be configured to operate in either 5GHz or 6GHz bands. More budget-friendly than full-fledged tri-band APs, WAX620D-6E and NWA220AX-6E APs can be deployed to off-load WiFi traffic in congested areas to 6GHz, or they can be deployed as 5GHz APs and switched to 6GHz when more compatible devices are operating in a particular area.
Minimizes Interference for Maximum Performance – Zyxel WiFi 6E APs feature an advanced RF filter with Advanced Cellular Coexistence which minimizes interference from nearby 5GHz channels and 4G/5G mobile networks. WAX640S-6E also includes a smart antenna which continuously monitors the connection and adaptively adjusts its antenna patterns to mitigate co-channel interference and boost WiFi performance.
Flexible Management – WAX640S-6E and WAX620D-6E come with a one-year Nebula Pro Pack license and support standalone, controller, and Nebula cloud-based management, providing full flexibility of management in any network environment. NWA220AX-6E can be managed as a standalone device or via the cloud with a free base pack license for Zyxel Nebula.
“Performance and connectivity issues caused by interference and congestion has long been an issue with WiFi networks, and is particularly problematic in high-density environments, and when using latency-sensitive applications such as VR/AR, 8K video streaming, and online gaming, Our family of WiFi 6E access points enable businesses to greatly reduce network interference by using the new 6GHz WiFi spectrum. Zyxel’s WiFi 6E products deliver extended range and flexibility of management, to provide a cost-effective solution for upgrading existing WiFi infrastructures to provide reliable, multi-gigabit, low-latency connectivity for critical applications.”
-Shawn Rogers, Market Development Manager at Zyxel Networks.
Zyxel WAX620D-6E and NWA220AX-6E WiFi 6E Access Points carry limited lifetime warranties and are available now through all Zyxel authorized resellers and e-commerce partners at a street prices of $399.99 and $199.99 USD, respectively. WAX640S-6E will be available in Q3 2022.
For more information about Zyxel and its connectivity solutions, visit www.zyxel.com/us and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Since their first day in business over 30 years ago, Zyxel has kept business and home users online with a focus on innovation and customer-centric service. In 1989, this was accomplished with analog modems. Today, the company combines the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) and the cloud to deliver rapid, reliable, and secure networking solutions for business and home users.
Zyxel is a global force in the communications market with an unrivaled international presence that includes:
150 markets served
1,000,000 businesses working smarter with Zyxel solutions
100 million devices creating global connections
We’re building the networks of tomorrow, unlocking potential, and meeting the needs of the modern workplace—powering people at work, play, and life.
Comcast RISE | November 24, 2021
Comcast Corporation announces today a major expansion of Comcast RISE to all women-owned businesses nationwide, furthering its efforts to advance digital equity and help provide underrepresented small business owners with access to the digital tools and funding they need to thrive.
In its first year alone, Comcast RISE has provided more than $60 million in grants, marketing, and technology services to more than 6,700 small businesses owned by people of color - including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and Asian Americans. Of the 6,700 Comcast RISE recipients to date, nearly 70% have been businesses owned by women of color, spurring Comcast to take a deeper look into the unique challenges faced by women entrepreneurs.
According to a study by the National Association of Women Business Owners, 42% of businesses in the U.S. are owned by women, with more than 1,800 new businesses being started every day. That’s nearly five times the national average. However, according to the same study, women-owned businesses are growing at only half the rate of those run by men, namely because women struggle to access capital and other resources to help them succeed.
Karen Cahn, Founder & CEO of IFundWomen echoes this important point, “The data about how women, a rapidly increasing number of whom are small business owners, have fared during the pandemic is stark. Women business owners tend to have limited access to capital and debt-free funding options, yet they represent a tremendous opportunity. Women-owned businesses deliver two times higher revenue per dollar invested than those founded by men, making them great investments.”
“As we continue to rebuild and emerge from the effects of the pandemic, small businesses will continue to be the backbone of our economy – and we must take every opportunity to help them thrive. Looking forward, this expansion will enable Comcast RISE to further empower and strengthen even more small businesses that are the heart of our local communities across the country.”
Teresa Ward-Maupin, Senior Vice President, Digital and Customer Experience, Comcast Business
Comcast RISE, which stands for Representation, Investment, Strength, and Empowerment, is part of Project UP, Comcast’s comprehensive initiative to advance digital equity and help provide underrepresented small business owners with access to the digital tools and funding they need to thrive. Over the next 10 years, Comcast has committed $1 billion to programs, like Comcast RISE, and partnerships that will reach an estimated 50 million people with the skills, opportunities, and resources they need to succeed in an increasingly digital world
Comcast recently announced its fifth round of Comcast RISE recipients, which includes 1,400 small businesses owned by people of color, that will receive a TV campaign, production of a TV commercial or consulting services from Effectv or computer equipment, internet, voice or cybersecurity from Comcast Business. In addition, as part of round two of the Comcast RISE Investment Fund, 600 additional small businesses in Houston, Miami, Oakland, Seattle, the Twin Cities, and Washington, D.C. will each receive $10,000 grants, bringing the total Comcast RISE Investment Fund recipients to 1,100.
Comcast RISE, which just celebrated it’s one year anniversary, will continue to be open to racially and ethnically diverse small business owners and the expanded Comcast RISE eligibility to all women-owned businesses will be effective on January 16, 2022.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia.
About Comcast Business
Comcast Business offers a suite of Connectivity, Communications, Networking, Cybersecurity, Wireless, and Managed Solutions to help organizations of different sizes prepare for what’s next. Powered by the nation’s largest Gig-speed broadband network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and one of the leading service providers to the Enterprise market. Comcast Business has been consistently recognized by industry analysts and associations as a leader and innovator, and one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services.
Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, helps local, regional, and national advertisers use the best of digital with the power of TV to grow their business. It provides multi-screen marketing solutions to make advertising campaigns more effective and easier to execute. Headquartered in New York with offices throughout the country, Effectv has a presence in 66 markets with nearly 35 million owned and represented subscribers.