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Sam's Club and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce revealed yesterday at America's Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C., details of a joint member benefits program that they say will broaden both organizations’ ability to be advocates for small businesses, lower their costs and help them succeed.
"The face of small business is evolving, as is the role of large corporations and government, to bring about health care reform, tax, energy and other policy solutions," said Brian Cornell, Sam's Club President and CEO, at the U.S. Chamber Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards Luncheon honoring the nation's top small business owners. "We understand the challenges small business owners face in today's environment. We want to remove the barriers to their success by investing in and working with organizations like the U.S. Chamber, which have a proven track record of demonstrating thought leadership as well as change."
As part of a two-year agreement, Sam's Club will help sponsor more than a dozen small business events with local chamber offices to make resources and best practices available to small business owners and operators, thereby ensuring their success and growth. Sam's Club will launch a cost savings toolkit on the Chamber Web site to help small businesses better manage and boost their bottom line, and sponsor the U.S. Chamber Small Business of the Year Award. More than half of this year's winners of the award are Sam's Club Business Members. Additionally, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has named Catherine Corley, VP, small business insights and marketing at Sam's Club, to the U.S. Chamber Council of Small Business.
One immediate benefit of the agreement calls for U.S. Chamber of Commerce members to receive a $10 gift card and complimentary cost comparison by Sam's Club. Chamber members who join or renew their business membership at Sam's Club will receive the $10 gift card toward a purchase in club or online.
Sam's Club estimates that over 600,000 small-business owners or their employees walk through its doors daily. As well as products, the club offers small-business members access to affordable health insurance and other services including merchant credit-card processing technology and time-saving solutions such as online ordering through Click n' Pull.
Providing values on merchandise and services for business owners and consumers, Sam's Club, a division of Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., serves more than 47 million U.S. members, with locations nationwide, as well as in Brazil, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce represents over 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector and region.