BENTONVILLE, Ark., Aug. 4, 2011 – Sam’s Club today announced it is donating $20,000 to the Veterans Business Outreach Center in Sacramento, Ca. as the result of a campaign held during National Small Business Week.
The national 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.
Ayesh Munir, Sam’s Club market sales membership manager, volunteered for Super Taco Mexican restaurant, serving tables, washing dishes and helping with trash pick-up. He also shared marketing strategies and cost-saving tips with the restaurant owner as part of his volunteering.
“It is great to see that our volunteer hours resulted in a significant donation to the Veterans Business Outreach Center,” Munir said. “Seeing what the organization does to help vets get back on their feet was an eye-opening experience.”
The Veterans Business Outreach Center is a division of the Vietnam Veterans of California and is one of 15 centers nationwide providing free business consulting services to veterans. The Sacramento center provides services such as business planning, funding assistance and marketing strategies to veterans dealing with a business start-up, expansion or closing.
With a service territory of California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam, the center last year assisted more than 550 veterans with their businesses.
“We are overwhelmed that Sam’s Club has offered us this generous grant that we can utilize to serve our veterans,” said Mona Azevedo, business development specialist at the center. “The grant will enable us to travel more throughout our territory, in turn reaching more veterans who need business-consulting assistance.”
Azevedo said the grant will also help bolster the center’s educational workshops, which include topics such as “Business Basics.”
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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. Through cash and in-kind donations, as well as the dedication of associates, Sam’s Club is committed to making an impact in areas that align with the company, and with the passions and interests of members. In 2010, the Sam’s Club Giving Program made cash and in-kind contributions of more than $89 million, which included donating more than 65 million meals.