RALEIGH, NC–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Lenovo announced the new iteration of the Evolve little one – an initiative built to support and promote small businesses across North America by providing financial assistance, technology resources, community support and business mentoring. Launched last summer, at the inauguration Evolve little one program provided more than $1,000,000 in small business grants and technology donations to minority-owned businesses across the US and Canada. Recognizing the difficulties small businesses continue to face amid the current economic landscape, Evolve little one will build on last year’s success with a major focus on minority and women-owned businesses — all in an effort to highlight local gems and encourage consumers and tourists to “visit and shop small.”
“Small businesses continue to face tremendous challenges,” said Gerald Youngblood, Director of Marketing, Lenovo North America. “Lenovo recognizes the key role these businesses play in the vitality of their local economies and the needs they meet in the communities they serve. through Evolve little one we can amplify our contributions to small businesses by providing the level of support they need to not only stay afloat – but ultimately thrive.”
As part of the initiative, Lenovo, in partnership with Microsoft and AMD, will continue to fund grants, technology upgrades and mentoring opportunities for small businesses across the US and Canada. Selected small businesses will have the opportunity to partner with a high-profile celebrity. They can access custom marketing materials and mentorship from celebrity partner and Lenovo Evolve Small Ambassadors. These small businesses will receive the technology support needed to implement systems and processes that allow them to enhance their day-to-day business activities.
Lenovo is also partnering with entrepreneurship and community building nonprofit Goodie Nation to further reach and support small businesses with additional grants. “We are excited to work with Lenovo and the Evolve Small initiative,” said Joey Womack, CEO and Founder of Goodie Nation. “At Goodie Nation, we are committed to helping diverse founders close the relationship gap that often exists for minority and women entrepreneurs. to gain access to capital, mentorship, sales acceleration and community.” Evolve little one will be accepted starting October 13, 2022, at www.Lenovo.com/EvolveSmall.
Learn how Lenovo has supported small businesses and stay up to date with it Evolve little one efforts, resources and technology solutions at Lenovo.com/EvolveSmall. Visit LenovoFoundation.com to learn more about Lenovo’s global philanthropic efforts to empower underrepresented populations with access to technology and education.
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