Durham, NC, March 05, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Local business Chez Moi has been chosen as a winner of The American Small Business Championship hosted by SCORE, mentors to America’s small businesses, and made possible by the generous support of Sam’s Club, a leading U.S. membership club serving small businesses since 1983. The Championship awarded the title to 102 small businesses from 48 states for their sacrifices and dedication to the success of their business. The American Small Business Champions each receive a $1,000 Sam's Club gift card, an all-expense-paid trip to a training event, SCORE mentoring for one year, and promotion throughout the year to showcase each Champion’s story.
Chez Moi earned the title of American Small Business Champion by submitting an online application answering the question “What sacrifice have you made to help your business succeed?” Nominations which garnered at least 100 votes were then presented to a judging panel of small business experts that determined 102 businesses including Chez Moi to be the winners.
“I have worked a full-time job while growing the business so I wouldn’t need to take a salary. Currently, I work 10-hour days Monday-Thursday so I’m able to have a long weekend to work the business. In 2000, I had a major car accident which left me with a pretty bad ankle. I have had five surgeries for it over the past 15 years—with the last one being an ankle replacement in March 2011. After each surgery and rehab, I have picked the business back up and continued to find ways for it to grow. As of March 2013, the business expanded by starting a dessert truck. Getting to know my customers is what brings me joy. Seeing the look on their face when they take the first bite is phenomenal,” says Rhonda L. Jones, owner of Chez Moi. She was committed to keeping her business alive and invested all of her time and effort in revitalizing their operations. Today the business is prospering and giving back to local organizations through product donations and volunteering.
“I am so very grateful to receive this recognition for the obstacles I have overcome as a small business. Thank you to the wonderful community both locally and online for supporting Chez Moi and helping me to succeed. I appreciate Sam’s Club & SCORE for recognizing small businesses and helping them to succeed,” says Rhonda L. Jones, owner of Chez Moi.
“We are so proud of the accomplishments of the small businesses chosen as our American Small Business Champions,” said SCORE CEO Ken Yancey. “They are true representatives of the American dream and the hard work, determination and sacrifice it takes to achieve small business success. We are honored to reward that work.”
“From restaurant owners and inventors to non-profits and consultants, every entrepreneur has a powerful story of sacrifice and perseverance,” said Don Frieson, executive vice president for operations at Sam’s Club. “Our clubs and buyers are dedicated to providing business owners with the resources they need to overcome the challenges of managing a small business. Together with SCORE, we look forward to growing with these Champions, saving them money and time and helping them achieve their goals.”
To learn more about The American Small Business Championship and to view the complete list of Champions, visit www.score.org/championship.
Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring, workshops and education to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses. More than 11,000 business experts volunteer as mentors in over 320 chapters serving local communities with entrepreneur education.
For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Visit SCORE at www.score.org. Connect with SCORE at www.facebook.com/SCOREFans and www.twitter.com/SCOREMentors.
About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club, the nation’s eighth largest retailer and a leading U.S. membership club, offers savings and surprises to millions of members in 647 U.S. club locations and at SamsClub.com. The Sam’s Club Giving Program, established by the Walmart Foundation in 2008, is dedicated to micro- and small business prosperity. Sam’s Club and The Sam’s Club Giving Program have invested more than $11 million in national and local programs dedicated to improved training, education and increased access to capital for small business owners. For more information on national or local giving by Sam’s Club or The Sam’s Club Giving Program, visit SamsClub.com/giving.