Top Six Platinum Winners Across Raleigh, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and Toronto to Receive Local Billboard Advertisements Featuring Queen Latifah.
Raleigh, NC – Lenovo, the global technology powerhouse, is proud to announce the 2024 cohort of small businesses selected to receive the coveted platinum and gold grant offerings of its Evolve Small initiative. Created to promote and support small businesses across North America – particularly those owned by women, minorities, and people with disabilities – this year’s initiative offered the top six businesses selected the opportunity to receive $15,000 in grants, a $10,000 technology package, specialized mentorship for entrepreneurs from CWC Coaching and Therapy, and the chance to promote their brands on billboards and social media platforms in their local areas of operation – featuring AI-customized ads with fellow small business owner and Evolve Small ambassador, Queen Latifah.
“We are honored to announce the winners of the Evolve Small initiative and extend our heartfelt congratulations to all of our small business participants,” said Gerald Youngblood, Chief Marketing Officer of Lenovo North America. “These remarkable small businesses exemplify the spirit of innovation and resilience that defines the entrepreneurial community. We are committed to the role technology plays in their journey towards success and look forward to witnessing their continued growth and impact.”
After an extensive selection process in partnership with AMD, Microsoft, and with entrepreneurship and community building non-profit, Goodie Nation, these six businesses have been selected to receive the Platinum package:
- Raleigh: Royal Cheesecake & Varieties – A black-owned and locally operated bakery and food truck in Raleigh, North Carolina, Royal Cheesecake & Varieties is known for amazing cheesecake flavors like chicken and waffles, birthday cake, s’more‘s, Georgia peach and more.
- Los Angeles: Doggie Goddess Pet Services – A black-owned and woman-operated doggie daycare & boarding business that offers a completely cage free daycare and boarding environment for all dogs that stay, coupled with personalized service for your pets.
- Atlanta: Sneaker Doodle Co. – A family-owned interactive retailer that is all about creativity and fun, Sneaker Doodle focuses on customization, allowing customers to design and paint their own shoes. Bring in your favorite kicks, or choose from their selection, and they’ll provide all the art supplies you need.
- Chicago: Pretty Spirit Palace – A woman-owned & family-operated little girls’ boutique that services the youth by giving them the opportunity to identify…