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Grants available for small firms

The Greater Seattle Business Association and Comcast are launching a $200,000 grant funding program to support small businesses in the state.

The Ready For Business Fund will distribute $2,500 cash grants this year to more than 80 small businesses, according to a news release.

Beginning June 13, small business owners may find more information and apply for Ready for Business Fund grants at

Emphasis will be placed on small business owners who are people of color, rural, women and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Bitcoin passes 31K on Monday

Bitcoin was continuing to advance and stabilize Monday rising above the $31,000 mark, after languishing over the weekend.

Ether was advancing higher and up 5.6%, as a number of other altcoins went into the green – Solana, Avalanche, Cardano were all up 11% Monday as market sentiment improves.

The crypto market could also get a boost from U.S. consumer-price data later this week.

If inflation is indeed coming down, there’s a good chance the Federal Reserve will ease up on market conditions, explains Greenspan.

Bitcoin has been trading around the $30,000 level for weeks now, defying predictions of a potential further decline but also struggling to gain upward momentum as the broader U.S. market has also taken a beating.

From staff and wire reports