CHARLOTTE - Small businesses are the heart of the Carolinas. For years, they have been pillars of our communities. That's why Lenovo and the Carolina Panthers are partnering together and giving Panthers fans the opportunity to give back to those integral small businesses in the region on the heels of one of the most challenging times in our history.
The Panthers and Lenovo are partnering to further support Lenovo’s Evolve Small program by awarding 10 small businesses in the Carolinas with $5,000 each worth of Lenovo technology upgrades and consultation services and provide one small business with a $100,000 advertising sponsorship with the Panthers during the upcoming NFL season.
"Small businesses are the heart of our local communities. They are there to feed us, connect us and bring us joy, yet many have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic," said John Bischof, executive director, North American Commercial Category at Lenovo. "We are amplifying our contributions through 'Evolve Small' to reinvigorate economies and help small businesses grow, and we encourage everyone to join us in supporting small. Whether it's a reoccurring visit to their store or tag on social media, let's champion our neighbors – because when they thrive, we all thrive."
As members of communities, large and small, throughout the Carolinas, Panthers fans have a unique opportunity to empower, champion and support small businesses that have made such outsized impacts on the communities they serve. By clicking here, fans can nominate their favorite small business to earn a sponsorship package from the Panthers and technology upgrades and services from Lenovo.
In August, the Carolina Panthers will invite the 10 finalists to be celebrated and recognized during the Panthers' preseason home game on Aug. 27 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The winner of the $100,000 sponsorship package will be recognized with an on-field ceremony and presentation.
Fans who successfully nominate a finalist will receive a game day VIP package including game tickets, parking and a merchandise credit at the team store.
The small business finalists receive two (2) tickets to join all finalists and a Panthers Legend in a suite at the Panthers vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers preseason game on Aug. 27. In addition, they will be rewarded a technology upfit from Lenovo to benefit their business as well as another VIP Panthers gameday experience that includes (4) lower level tickets, pre-game hospitality, and parking.