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Minnesota Sam’s Club Donates $20,000 To Twin Cities Northern Chamber of Commerce

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Aug. 23, 2011 – Sam’s Club announced today it is donating $20,000 to Twin Cities Northern Chamber of Commerce, as the result of a campaign held during National Small Business Week. The contributions will be presented on Aug. 23, and will be used by the chamber office to fund a teaching and training program to enhance small business success in the Twin Cities.

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. Club manager Brad Flayton and his associates earned the right to award one of the donations in the Twin Cities.

Flayton started his career with Sam’s Club 18 years ago as a part-time cashier at Sam’s Club #6320 in Duluth. Flayton and his fellow associates led the market in raising more than $32,000 for local organizations, since Flayton’s arrival at the Fridley Club just 14 months ago.

“We are proud to add this $20,000 to our community for small business resources,” said Flayton. “This brings our local philanthropic total to more than $52,000, supporting service organizations including Children’s Miracle Network, Children’s Safety Center, Live Strong and Susan G. Komen.”

Members of the chamber and the leadership team from Sam’s Club will be on hand on Aug. 23, for the check presentation at the Twin Cities Northern Chamber of Commerce office located at 525 Main St, Ste. 200, in New Brighton.

Tim Roche, president & CEO of Twin Cities Northern Chamber of Commerce said, “Our primary goal is to improve the business climate in the northern Twin Cities. The grant will allow the chamber to provide in-house resources to small business entrepreneurs, offering tools for teaching, training and networking. Our vision is of a kiosk in the chamber office that will collate information from resources such as the Small Business Administration, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and local libraries. With this information, and increased chamber staff knowledge, local small businesses will have another tool to help them become even more successful.”

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 SamsClub.com, 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 http://www.samsclub.com/giving.