How to win $30,000 for your business: Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Competition Announced

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Comcast Business’ National Program for Startups and Entrepreneurs Returns after Successful Inaugural Campaign

Comcast is looking for the nation’s most innovative startup companies and entrepreneurs to compete in the Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs competition. Contest applicants must submit a 250-word essay explaining how they would use $30,000 in technology investment to enhance their business.

Startups and entrepreneurs are encouraged to visit business.comcast.com/i4E to submit their application and essay and review the full program details. Entries are due by March 15, 2015. Last year’s winners came from a wide range of industries; including a women’s clothing designer from Delaware, a healthcare management company from Maryland, a business video producer from California, a mobile pet grooming service from Texas, a knitting materials supplier from Georgia and an animal hospital from Florida.

Entries will be judged and two winners will be selected in each of the 16 Comcast Business Regions, including two winners from Washington state: one winner for startup companies (in business less than two years) and one winner for entrepreneurs (in business for more than two years). The 32 regional winners will each earn $10,000 in cash.

From the regional winners, six grand prize winners will be selected – three startups and three entrepreneurs – who will earn an additional $20,000 in cash, plus a trip to Philadelphia and business advice from industry experts, including Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, Wharton entrepreneurship lecturer and DreamIt Ventures’ Director Patrick Fitzgerald, Comcast Chief Development Officer Sam Schwartz, and Managing Director of Comcast Ventures Louis Toth.

Regional winners will be notified beginning the week of April 8, 2015. Public voting for the 32 regional winners will be held April 27 – May 10, 2015. The six grand prize winners will be announced the week of June 1, 2015 with an awards event planned for August 2015.

About Comcast Business

Comcast Business, a unit of Comcast Cable, provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a next-generation network that is backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, Ethernet, TV and a full portfolio of Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management.

For more information, call 866-429-3085. Follow us on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at http://business.comcast.com/social.

Comcast, Filipino Channel Bring Adobo Nation and Filipino Fun Day to Factoria on Feb. 28

Headshot of Michelle “Michi” Valeriano

Meet “Michi” from The Filipino Channel’s “Adobo Nation” at the Factoria Xfinity Store on Saturday, Feb. 28. Click on her picture for more about the TV program “Adobo Nation.”

Comcast has partnered with The Filipino Channel (TFC) to create a family friendly “Filipino Fun Day” event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Xfinity store across from the Factoria Mall in Bellevue.

Comcast will feature a meet and greet with Michelle “Michi” Valeriano, from TFC’s popular show, Adobo Nation.

Valeriano will be signing autographs, and visitors will also have the chance to sample Filipino food. All attendees will be eligible to win prizes, while supplies last.

Filipino Fun Day offers a way for customers to learn about the Filipino programming offered through TFC and Filipino On Demand, as well as the many Xfinity products and services available in Western Washington.

See below for a map of the store’s location.

 

Here’s what you’ll want to know:

When:

Saturday, February 28th from 1 PM – 4 PM

Where:

Xfinity Store, 3630 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue, WA 98006

What:

Activities for all generations including autograph signing with “Michi” from TFC, Big Boys Filipino Food Truck, TFC giveaways and raffle prizes, Filipino On Demand demonstrations and more!

Cost:

FREE

logo of the Big Boys Filipino Food Truck

Enjoy great food from the Big Boys Filipino Food Truck. Click on the logo for more about them. (and also to get very hungry…)

“Comcast is proud to offer Filipino channels in the Northwest. We hope the community comes out to this fun event. Bring your family and friends and enjoy the local food truck too,” said Troy Giezentanner, Director of Sales and Marketing, Comcast.

Jun del Rosario, AVP-Global Content Distribution, ABS-CBN says, “Seattle has been one of the most successful markets for TFC, and we are excited to partner with Comcast and bring people together, have some fun, eat some traditional Pinoy food and have the public meet one of our show hosts.”

TFC is available on Xfinity TV Channel 241 for as low as $11.99 per month in addition to a digital cable package.  Filipino On Demand features a selection of Filipino movies, serials, concerts and special events, subtitled in English for the whole family to enjoy for $5.99 per month in addition to a subscription to a Filipino premium channel. To access Filipino On Demand, customers can go to the On Demand menu and select “Multicultural.”

Here’s a map where to find the store, which is located near the Bartell’s.

Showing Off Poulsbo

Welcome to Poulsbo, the latest city to be shown off on Neighborhoods. Here are links to some of the places featured on the show:

Liberty Bay Books

Marina Market

Poulsbo Historical Society

Poulsbo Marine Science Center

Slippery Pig Brewery

Sluys Poulsbo Bakery

Super Bowl Sunday Means Super Preparations For Comcast

The Seattle Seahawks and The New England Patriots are not the only teams preparing for Super Bowl Sunday. With 9 out of 10 Americans expected to tune into this year’s game, our technicians and network engineers have been working hard to make sure you don’t miss one second of the action.

We have spent all week shoring up our network and putting plans in place for Super Bowl Sunday. We are putting all hands on deck over the weekend to handle last-minute service requests, increasing the number of available technicians by 30 percent over a normal weekend.

And in the event there is an outage, we will do everything in our power to make repairs and get the game back on.

Then there is what we call our XOC—our local network operations center. Consider the XOC, Comcast’s own “Legion of Boom.” This is the nerve center of our fiber optic network, a place crammed with more flat-screen TVs, computers and communications equipment than your average electronics store. And like the “Legion of Boom,” it is Comcast’s best defense. Only instead of defending against opposing quarterbacks, the XOC’s team prepares for storms and protects against outages.

Our network operations center will be fully staffed during the game and in constant contact with other Comcast network operations centers across the country.

While you are watching the game, we will have more eyes than ever on our network to ensure nothing goes wrong. In fact, at our network operations center, we can detect and get help to correct a problem before our customers even notice

Of course, our hope is that nothing interferes with your enjoyment of the big game.  With Xfinity, we are offering more ways than ever before for our customers to immerse themselves in the entire Super Bowl experience, including watching the best commercials.

Go Hawks!

Now THIS is a badly timed storm; what you should know about the Championship game day recovery

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A scene in Renton: Here’s just one example of what power crews, our crews and other crews are working with this morning.

Comcast crews have been working through the night to restore service when it’s possible despite the best efforts of a very badly timed windstorm. With Puget Sound Energy reporting 28,000 customers without power, the brutal truth is that electricity probably won’t be back up everywhere before the big game. When we can, we’re deploying generators to try to patch the network while waiting for full power. Meantime, extra resources will be at work in Gig Harbor and Kitsap County, where the winds shellacked many areas, along with other neighborhoods scattered throughout Puget Sound.

three comcast employees wearing Seahawks colors

A scene from Friday; Comcasters in our Fife, Washington, call center always enjoy dressing in team colors on Blue Friday.


This is a good chance to remind customers that we have to wait to make repairs until power crews have done their work on fallen poles and damaged plant. When they declare the area safe and repairs completed, our crews and others with lines on the pole can come in and do repairs. So that means in some areas, we simply have to hold off and cheer on the hardworking power crews. We do survey damage as best we can, so we can swoop in most effectively when they are done.
More than 99 percent of the time, when your power comes up, your Xfinity products and services come back up. it’s good to perform a powercycle to “freshen up” the equipment. If your service is still not working, that could be because of storm damage that you, and therefore we, did not know about until now. And of course that’s very frustrating, because all you the customer knows is that you had to wait just to get power back up. We are grateful for your business and your patience after storms like this on.

And oh yeah – #GoHawks!

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