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Charlotte Sam’s Club® Donates $20,000 to Help Local Group Support Small Business

BENTONVILLE, Ark., July 26, 2011 – Sam’s Club today announced it is donating $20,000 to The SCORE Association in Charlotte as the result of a campaign held during National Small Business Week.

The campaign resulted in 11 local donations across the U.S., which were determined by the number of volunteer hours logged by club managers working in small businesses in their communities.

Robin House, Sam’s Club membership manager, volunteered primarily at a local convenience store, shadowing the business owner on daily tasks, from stocking shelves to reviewing invoices. In addition to offering his management insight, House had the opportunity to glean feedback from the store owner such as which items are most popular with customers.

“We heard the challenge to volunteer with small businesses and knew we could accomplish it successfully,” House said. “It is satisfying to be able to stand out, and we are proud that our contributions will help SCORE continue to assist small businesses in the Charlotte area.”

The SCORE Association (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide. The Charlotte chapter is one of 300 nationwide and serves Mecklenburg and the surrounding counties. Working and retired executives and business owners donate their time and expertise as volunteer business counselors and provide free, confidential counseling and mentoring. SCORE also holds workshops for small businesses, whether they are just starting out or looking to grow to the next level.

“Sam’s Club is a wonderful supporter of small businesses, and we are extremely grateful to receive the support from the company on a local level,” said Jim Mortimer, president of Charlotte’s SCORE chapter.

Mortimer said the donation will help support and expand its programs, as well as allow for a scholarship program for those small businesses that can’t afford the cost of workshop materials.

About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is the nation’s eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products and services to more than 47 million members in clubs across the U.S., as well as in Brazil, China and Mexico. Members save an average of 30 percent over traditional retailers. To learn more about Savings Made SimpleSM, visit, and look for Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.

Sam’s Club Giving
Sam’s Club supports community-based programs that empower young people, families and small businesses to make smart choices that lead to healthy and bright futures. During the fiscal year that ended Jan. 31, 2011, on behalf of Sam’s Club, the Walmart Foundation gave more than $89 million in cash and in-kind gifts to support local U.S. organizations focusing on education, health and children’s programs. To learn more, visit