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.
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.
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.
|Round name||Starts on||Ends on|
|Submission round||January 14, 2016 @ 12:00 AM (EST)||February 12, 2016 @ 5:00 PM (EST)|
|Voting round||January 14, 2016 @ 12:00 AM (EST)||February 19, 2016 @ 11:59 PM (EST)|
|Judging round||February 20, 2016 @ 11:59 PM (EST)||March 1, 2016 @ 11:59 PM (EST)|