Groups Offer $100,000 Small Business Makeover

In honor of National Small Business Week, small business owners across diverse industries, including convenience stores, will have a chance to win a $100,000 makeover, complements of Sam’s Club, 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; mentoring from 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, “Cutting costs is an important factor. We’re pleased to partner with Sam’s Club and 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 daily 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.

“Growing a small business is never easy, but it is especially difficult in tough economic times. At, 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 of “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.”

In a recent survey of 2,500 Sam’s Club Business Members, 37% estimated they save more than $1,000 per year shopping at Sam’s Club. Approximately 70% estimate they make up their annual membership fee on their purchases every month.

“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 of Insights for Small Business at 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.”

Entry information and official rules can be found at


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