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    Sam's Club Aids Small Businesses

    Tips, trends and information are available from the warehouse club chain.

    The latest in a series of article offered by Sam’s Club to help its members’ small businesses succeed features the contributions of Leticia Velez-Hudson, president/CEO of Chicago Mini Bus Travel Inc., who addresses the issues particularly faced by women in the current small-business marketplace.

    “Women-owned businesses are increasing at twice the rate of all businesses today and have done so for nearly three decades,” observed Velez-Hudson. “There are many resources to help these and other women succeed in owning and running their own businesses. In this article, we aim to bring those resources to our female business members so they can continue to increase their business shares.”

    The article, “Survival Guide for the Woman Entrepreneur/Small-Business Owner,” provides insights into current trends, as well as the impacts women are making in the marketplace. It additionally imparts advice to women who are considering whether they should start their own businesses. Information about resources and a woman’s entrepreneurial success story are also featured, as well as a detailed example of a small-business plan.

    Sam’s Club estimates that more than 600,000 small-business owners or their employees visit its clubs every day. In addition to products, the chain offers small-business members access to affordable health insurance and other services, among them merchant credit card processing solutions and time-saving solutions such as its online “Click n’ Pull” ordering process. Small-business customers can even get cost comparisons at any Sam’s Club, by calling 800-726-7258, or visiting samsclub.com/smallbusiness, where related resources and tips from business owners can also be found, as well as the new article, which is the sixth in Sam’s Club’s series.

    According to the division of Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., it identified more than $781 million in savings for small businesses last year, and its associates contacted more than 300,000 small businesses to help them find ways to save during its Small Business Savings Drive.

    Additionally, the chain is a staunch supporter of the Small Business Administration, the National Restaurant Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business.

    Sam’s Club serves more than 47 million U.S. members with locations nationwide, as well as in Brazil, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

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