More than $125,000 up for grabs from SCORE and Sam's Club; one winner to receive $25,000

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SCORE, a national nonprofit dedicated to mentoring small business owners, is teaming up with Sam's Club to launch the 2016 American Small Business Championship. The competition is open to small business owners and entrepreneurs from coast to coast with one winner receiving a $25,000 grand prize.

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Kicking off tomorrow with an open call for applications, The American Small Business Championship will award 102 small businesses, two in every state and the District of Columbia, for their dedication to the success of their business. The Small Business Champions will receive a $1,000 Sam's Club gift card, an all-expense-paid trip to a regional training event, SCORE mentoring for one year, and promotion throughout the year showcasing each Champion's story.

One Grand Champion will be selected from the group of 102 Champions to win $25,000. A judging panel of small business experts will name the Grand Champion based on how effectively they utilize the Sam's Club gift card and the SCORE regional training events.  

Apply to be a Champion
U.S. small business owners can apply to be a Champion through February 12, 2016 at www.score.org/championship. To be eligible, applicants must have been in business for at least one year and currently generate revenue. Applicants must complete an online application to include response to the question "What dream would you be able to achieve if you were to win this Championship?" via either (a) a 30-60-second video OR (b) a written statement of 1,500 characters or less combined with a photo. Each applicant must also gather at least 100 votes for its online entry on the contest platform during the nomination period (January 14 – February 12, 2016). Applicants will then advance to final judging by SCORE leadership, mentors and board members.

About the Program
The $595,000 grant from Sam's Club to SCORE not only supports the 102 Champions with resources and training, but also allows SCORE to host three regional training events for an additional 1,500 small business owners throughout 2016. The regional training events will take place in Phoenix, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. from March through May 2016. Visit www.score.org to learn more about the events and registration.

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