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    Sam's Club Honors Women Entrepreneurs

    The Wal-Mart division is kicking in $580k for the Count Me In initiative.

    The Sam's Club division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. said it has started a joint initiative with Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence, to recognize women entrepreneurs across the U.S.

    In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Sam's Club, Wal-Mart Foundation is donating $580,000 to Count Me In, a leading nonprofit provider of business resources and community support for women entrepreneurs.

    With this monetary support from Sam's Club, Count Me In will expand its program to include women owned businesses with revenue sales below $50,000 up to $500,000. Twenty-five women business owners from around the country will receive a Sam Walton Emerging Entrepreneur Award and an additional 600 women will receive resources through Count Me In's business growth programs in the near future. Winners of the Sam Walton Emerging Entrepreneur Award were selected based on their business profiles, commitment to community and personal development.

    "Count Me In is making a difference for women business owners and the communities where they live and work," said Sharon Orlopp, svp, people division at Sam's Club. "We applaud the CMI mission and believe this investment will further their efforts to support the economic independence, professional development and the success of women."

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