I just LOVE a good success story! Have you read my Twitter bio?
“Behind every successful woman is her story. What’s your story?”
And I love being inspired by these stories, sharing these stories, and being a “purveyor of possibility.”
That’s why I answered “yes” when The Motherhood contacted me about sharing The American Small Business Championship (in collaboration with SCORE and Sam’s Club) with our readers – my participation was a no brainer!
What is The American Small Business Championship? The program provides expert training, resources and networking opportunities to small business owners from coast to coast. As part of the program, Sam’s Club awarded a grant to SCORE–an organization that provides small business mentoring, workshops and education–to give 102 small businesses access to additional resources and training.
And then I found out that Tabitha is from Memphis – my Tennessee neighbor – and I couldn’t wait to share her story and what this program has done for her and can do for your business!
Tabitha Birdsong (a former school teacher who was laid off) created Miss Birdsong’s Sweet Tooth in Memphis, TN with her college friend Pamela Collins – the two shared a love for sweets!
Their candy apple business started out as party favors for birthday parties, weddings, festivals, fundraisers, and other local events.
Through local word of mouth, the business grew.
How did Miss Birdsong’s Sweet Tooth find it’s way into Sam’s Club?
Tabitha entered the American Small Business Championship & became one of the 102 winners that received:
- $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card
- Expense-paid attendance at a regional Championship Celebration & Symposium
- SCORE mentoring for one year
- National publicity
Tabitha made the most of the connections and exposure. She capitalized on the contacts!
I’ve made so many connections through this opportunity. When you get in the room with 101 other small business owners, it’s the biggest networking arena! I now have contacts in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. and more.
Thanks to the connections, exposure and mentoring received through The American Small Business Championship, their treats are now offered at Sam’s Club and Walmart!
Ready to write your success story? Click here -> SCORE <- to learn more about Score’s FREE business resources.
Find stories of the 2015 American Small Business Championship entries & winners here.
- Visit championship.score.org to learn more about the American Small Business Championship
- Visit samsclub.com/giving to learn more about Sam’s Club’s impact on small businesses
- Visit score.org for tips, tools and resources for small businesses
- Visit babylovemn.com to learn more about Veronica’s business
- Visit missbirdsongsweetooth.com to learn more about Tabitha’s business
This post is brought to you by Sam’s Club and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
Melissa Stewart is an entrepreneur advocate who has had a “home office” since age 5. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, addicted to coffee and eternally optimistic. Her latest project She Owns It is a site committed to empowering women entrepreneurs by offering resources, support and inspiration.