BENTONVILLE, Ark., Oct. 7, 2011 – Sam’s Club today announced it is donating $10,000 to the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) in Columbus, Ohio 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.
Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Sam’s Club manager John Kelly volunteered at a local Comfort Inn, assisting with tasks ranging from laundry to streamlining the organization and ordering of supplies. Kelly has plans to revisit the hotel’s owner to further offer his business insight.
"The volunteer work of managers like John echoes the commitment Sam's Club has to small businesses,” said Janice Trelewicz, Sam’s Club market manager. “We are proud to support ECDI, as we both work together with the same vision of supporting our local business owners and their futures."
ECDI’s mission is to invest in people to create measurable and enduring social and economic change. Through programs such as financial literacy training, microenterprise development training and capitalization programs, and business incubation services, ECDI has created jobs, increased access to assets, and spurred local economic development.
The grant will be used toward ECDI’s Invest Local Ohio fund, which aims to help local businesses with access to capital for business start-up costs.
“The downturn in the economy has caused a gap in funding and access to capital, so our local entrepreneurs need help more than ever,” said Inna Kinney, founder and CEO of ECDI. “We are honored to receive this grant, which will aid ECDI in assisting entrepreneurs in central Ohio.”
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.