In an unprecedented effort to expand year-round support for small business growth and success, Sam’s Club and the Sam’s Club Giving Program have forged a collaboration with national non-profit SCORE to provide more than $500,000 in supplies, training and holiday spirit to 102 U.S. small businesses (two in each state plus Washington, DC) for this national award.
ScalIT, in West Hartford, is one of two businesses selected from Connecticut to receive the national award. ScalIT is a unique information technology company designed to fulfill the technology needs of businesses. It offers companies of any size the only fully integrated technology platform combining all the services a business needs to compete with even the biggest enterprises.
Each business will receive a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card in addition to training through SCORE, an organization dedicated to helping small businesses grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.
“Working with SCORE has provided a foundation to help my business grow,” said Brian Weinberg, president of ScalIT. “The access to tools for my business from Sam’s Club and the additional training will help me take my business to a place where I can put all my focus on helping small businesses be more competitive and work smarter.”
“Our collaboration with SCORE allows Sam’s Club to provide the tools and goods that small business owners need to enter the New Year with increased confidence and optimism,” said John Boswell, senior vice president of marketing, member insights and ecommerce for Sam’s Club. “Everyday our associates strive to positively impact the lives of small businesses that are so important to the fabric and success of our country. The Christmas season is certainly no exception.”
The 102 businesses who received this national award were selected by SCORE based on each business’ need and commitment to ongoing learning and growth. SCORE will utilize the grant from Sam’s Club to sponsor a two-day “High Speed Growth Seminar” especially for the 102 winners, a special training program featuring key executives and workshops on attracting customers, branding, online marketing and developing a sales plan. The grant will also fund continued regional and local training for these businesses with SCORE mentors.
“Small businesses truly are the backbone of our economy, particularly during lean times,” said W. Kenneth Yancey, Jr., CEO, SCORE. “With the support of Sam’s Club this holiday season, these small businesses will be in a position to take the critical next step in their evolution.”
Sam’s Club serves an estimated 600,000 Business Members daily in 620 club locations across the U.S., providing low prices, a convenient shopping experience and easier access to capital through an SBA Loan program, credit options and merchant payment processing support. To see a full list of small businesses benefitting from the Sam’s Club and SCORE alliance, including videos from small business owners Revelle Academy (Sarasota, Fla.) and Sweet Robichaux Bakery (Gonzales, La.), visit SamsClub.com/giving.