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$100,000 Small Business Makeover Offered By Sam's Club® SBTV.Com And NFIB

Events Planned to Celebrate National Small Business Week and Demonstrate Big Savings

BENTONVILLE, Ark., March 25, 2008—Small business owners across diverse industries including food service, convenience stores, child care, consulting and professional services, among others will have a chance to win a $100,000 makeover, complements of Sam’s Club, SBTV.com and the National Federation of Independent Business during National Small Business Week April 21-25.

The Small Business Makeover includes; Up to $25,000 in cash, merchandise, supplies and equipment from Sam’s Club or samsclub.com, mentoring from SBTV.com experts, and a lifetime membership to the NFIB as well as a trip to Washington, D.C. for NFIB’s 2008 National Small Business Summit June 8-11.

“Small businesses today operate in an increasingly competitive environment,” said Todd Stottlemyer, president and CEO of NFIB, “and cutting costs is an important factor. We’re pleased to partner with Sam’s Club and SBTV.com to offer this exciting opportunity.”

Both existing Sam’s Club Business Members and small business owners are encouraged to enter the contest and are invited to take the Sam’s Club Invoice Challenge at any location nationwide during National Small Business Week from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Invoice comparisons will be conducted on top core business items available at Sam’s Club. Businesses that bring an invoice from other providers will be able to compare prices as well as the savings a Sam’s Club Membership can provide. No purchase is necessary to enter or win and for a complete description of the prize package, entry information and official rules, visit sbtv.com.

In a recent survey of 2,500 Sam’s Club Business Members, 37 percent estimated they save more than $1000 per year shopping at Sam’s Club. Approximately 70 percent estimate they make up their annual membership fee on their purchases every month.

“Growing a small business is never easy, but it is especially difficult in tough economic times. At SBTV.com, we provide small businesses with timely small business news programming, critical information and expert advice to help them start, grow and protect their enterprises,” said Susan Wilson Solovic, CEO, SBTV.com “We are excited about this partnership to offer small business owners the opportunity to save money and to potentially win an amazing makeover package. It’s a natural fit.”

“We are looking forward to Small Business Week and helping small business owners grow their operations by demonstrating how we can lower their costs on items they use or resell,” said Catherine Corley, Vice President, Insights for Small Business, Sam’s Club. “While there will be one Small Business Makeover winner, we are confident we can help small business owners nationwide win by making their dollars go further, and improving their bottom line.”

Sam’s Club Business Members benefit every day of the year from exclusive early shopping Gold Key Hours, Click ‘n’ Pull® and Fax ‘n’ Pull® convenient ordering services, credit-card processing and savings on printing services with FedEx and FedEx Kinko’s. Both Business and Advantage members can save even more on club services and purchases with a Plus Membership, earning up to two percent cash back by using a Sam’s Club Discover card.
About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club is a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., (NYSE:WMT). The first Sam’s Club opened its doors in Midwest City, Oklahoma in 1983. Today, Sam’s Club serves more than 47 million U.S. members with locations nationwide, and in Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Sam’s Club offers exceptional values on merchandise and services for business owners and consumers. Online merchandise and club information is available at samsclub.com.

About SBTV.com
SBTV.com is the only video news and information destination for America’s 25 million small businesses. Our commitment is to provide small business owners with the tools they need to manage grow and protect their ventures. Because we know that small business isn’t just about making a living-it’s a way of living. Small business is our only business at SBTV.com.

About NFIB
NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system.

NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com.

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