Center City has been a leading force for recovery and resiliency in the past and will play a unique and foundational role in Charlotte’s return. With the launch of this fund, alongside incredible partners like Honeywell and Foundation For The Carolinas, Center City Partners is excited and honored to support the small businesses and entrepreneurs that drive our Center City’s character and vibrancy. 


Founding Sponsor

Honeywell ( is a Fortune 100 technology company that delivers industry-specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable. “Small businesses contribute greatly to Charlotte’s growth and vibrancy, and Honeywell is proud to support them in overcoming the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis,” said Honeywell Chairman and CEO Darius Adamczyk. “With the help of our two distinguished civic partners, we look forward to providing resources that small businesses in the Center City can use to make adaptations that help ensure their long-term prosperity as an integral part of our community.” The Center City Innovation Fund launched with an initial investment of $2 million by Honeywell. 

Bank of America and Duke Energy also joined as sponsors of the grant program this summer, bringing the initial fund to approximately $2.3 million. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation also pledged $250,000 to the Center City Small Business Innovation Fund to help more businesses in Charlotte’s Historic West End overcome the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

If you would like to become a Center City Small Business Innovation Fund sponsor, please reach out to James LaBar, Director of Economic Development at Charlotte Center City Partners ( 


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