October 7, 2008
Samâ€™s ClubÂ® Champions Women Entrepreneurs to Celebrate Samâ€™s Club 25th Anniversary
Sam Walton Emerging Entrepreneur Awards Announced in North Carolina. Click here to meet the entrepreneurs.
The Sam Walton Emerging Entrepreneur Award winners were selected based on their business profiles, their commitment to community and their personal development. Awardees will receive one-year of paid professional business coaching, free access to Count Me Inâ€™s educational resources and seminars (valued at over $7,000.00), and a Samâ€™s Club Business Membership, made through a separate donation from Samâ€™s Club. The winners will also benefit from inclusion in the Count Me In organizationâ€™s community of like-minded women entrepreneurs who inspire and mentor each other.
â€œCount Me In is making a difference for women business owners and the communities where they live and work,â€ said Sharon Orlopp, senior vice president, People Division at Samâ€™s Club. â€œWe applaud the CMI mission and believe this investment will further their efforts to support the economic independence, professional development and the success of women.â€
From accountants to organic food distributors, handcrafters to bodywork therapists, skincare product producers to civil engineering consultants, the Sam Walton Emerging Entrepreneurs represent a broad array of industries and professions across the country. San Francisco Bay Area, California-based Cindy Lin own and operate Staged4more Home Staging and Redesigns, a company that specializes in creating spaces that sell. Cindy Lin is not only a burgeoning business owner; she is also a leader in her community. She not only participates in her local community to help other small business owners through her organization effort of BizTechDay, a technology bootcamp that helps 500+ San Francisco bay area small business owners to turbo charge their businesses, she also actively participates in local woman business entrepreneurs community by taking leadership roles in organizations like pow.wow women’s network and SF Small Biz Women. Additionally, raising awareness of home staging industry is part of her company’s mission. In 2009, Lin plans to launch a real estate initiative that aims at reducing waste during real estate resale process. â€œIt was amazing to win this award. It feels validating that I am doing something right.â€ said Lin.
About Samâ€™s ClubÂ®
Samâ€™s Club is a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., (NYSE:WMT). The first Samâ€™s Club opened its doors in Midwest City, Okla., in 1983. Today, Samâ€™s Club serves more than 47 million U.S. Members with locations nationwide and in Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Samâ€™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 the Wal-Mart Foundation
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and the Wal-Mart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. Through its philanthropic programs and partnerships, the Wal-Mart Foundation supports initiatives focused on enhancing opportunities in education, job skills training, sustainability and health. In 2007, Wal-Mart, Samâ€™s Club and the Wal-Mart Foundation gave $296 million to communities across the United States. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.
About Count Me In
Count Me In for Womenâ€™s Economic Independence is the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources, business education and community support for women entrepreneurs seeking to grow micro businesses to million dollar enterprises. Count Me In launched the Make Mine a Million $ Business to inspire one million women entrepreneurs scale their businesses to a million dollars in revenue by 2010 by providing tools, skills and the support of a nation-wide community of peers.
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