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The 2017 American Small Business Championship: January 12–February 13

$25,000 Grand Prize

$25,000 Grand Prize

+ 4 other prizes

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Sam’s Club and SCORE are proud to present the 2017 American Small Business Championship. 102 small businesses from across the country (two from each state and the District of Columbia) will be rewarded for their small business success with a $1,000 Sam's Club gift card, a trip to a regional training event, SCORE mentoring for one year, and both local and national publicity. Three lucky grand prize winners will each be awarded with $25,000 to accelerate their small business growth.

Take a look through this site to see last year’s winners, and come back on January 12 to enter.

View full list of 2016 champions

2016 ASBC Grand Champion: Ninja Park Obstacle and Fitness Training Gym

Albuquerque, NM

$25,000 grand prize winner

Ninja Park Picture

Ninja Park Obstacle and Fitness Training Gym is a family-owned obstacle training facility in Albuquerque, NM that provides clients of all ages and fitness levels with classes, parties and training sessions that build strength, self-confidence and perseverance skills. The $25,000 grand prize will be used for the continued development of Ninja Park’s program for children with autism.

“Our hope is that the lessons learned in our gym can be taken home and utilized when facing everyday life challenges,” co-owner Garrett Takach said. “Winning this Championship will give us the opportunity to buy special needs equipment, expand our children's obstacle and party area, and offer more times to accommodate greater numbers of clients.”

“Thank you, thank you! We are so excited and grateful. I am inspired by the work that SCORE does to assist people like us with the often difficult job of starting, operating, and growing a small business,” said Ninja Park co-owner, Marie Takach. “I am also so grateful to Sam’s Club. Their efforts are invaluable in assisting small businesses like ours in growing so that we can help more people in our community.”

Businesses that had already been a SCORE client were also eligible to win one of ten SCORE Awards and were invited to the SCORE Awards Gala on September 15, 2016, in Washington, D.C. All entrants received major national publicity.

Click to see the 2016 SCORE Awards Winners

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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