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Congratulations to the 2016 American Small Business Champions

$25,000 Grand Prize

$25,000 Grand Prize

+ 4 other prizes

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Sam’s Club and SCORE are proud to announce the 2016 American Small Business Champions. These 102 small businesses from around the country will be rewarded for the sacrifices they have made to make their businesses successful. The Champions came from nearly 200 eligible entries and were selected by a panel of distinguished judges and public votes. Thank you to all the entrants for participating. The Champions will win a $1,000 Sam's Club gift card, expense-paid attendance at a regional Championship Celebration and Symposium, SCORE mentoring for one year, and significant national publicity.

Regional Symposiums Brought to you by Sam’s Club:

  • Phoenix, AZ | March 31 | Grand Canyon University | Register Now
  • Austin, TX | April 30 | Bullock Texas State History Museum | Register Now
  • Jacksonville, FL | May 27 | Adam W. Herbert University Center, UNF | Register Now
  • Chicago, IL | June 30 | UIC Forum | Register Now
  • Rochester, NY | July 15 | Rochester Riverside Convention Center | Register Now

Check back on January 12, 2017 for the launch of the 2017 Championship.

Contest Requirements

Your entry should answer the question, "What dream would you be able to achieve if you were to win this Championship?" We are looking for personal, compelling stories of how this contest would help you to achieve your business dreams. You can tell that story through EITHER (a) a video of 30-60 seconds, OR (b) photo combined with a written answer of 1,500 characters or fewer. We are looking to celebrate businesses that demonstrate determination and the attitude of a champion by overcoming obstacles to achieve their dreams.

The entry period is January 14, 2016, through February 12, 2016 at 5 pm EST.

To be considered, you will need to get at least 100 votes for your entry between January 14, 2016, and February 19, 2016 at 5 pm EST. Your final vote count will boost your score in the judging process–so share your entry widely with your family, friends, customers and supporters. People can vote for your entry on this website.

If you submit a video entry, it can be as simple as talking into a camera on your phone or computer, or something more involved such as an interview, an animation, dance, or song. The minimum requirements are that videos must be 30-60 seconds and appropriate for a general audience. File size for video cannot exceed 500MB.

To see examples of Champions from 2015, please visit the 2015 Championship website. See the Official Rules for additional details.

Contest Timeline

Round nameStarts onEnds on
Submission roundJanuary 14, 2016 @ 12:00 AM (EST)February 12, 2016 @ 5:00 PM (EST)
Voting roundJanuary 14, 2016 @ 12:00 AM (EST)February 19, 2016 @ 11:59 PM (EST)
Judging roundFebruary 20, 2016 @ 11:59 PM (EST)March 1, 2016 @ 11:59 PM (EST)

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