St. Louis, MO─ Local business Adorable Essentials, LLC has been chosen as a winner of The American Small Business Championship hosted by SCORE, a national nonprofit dedicated to mentoring small business owners, and generously supported by Sam’s Club, a leading U.S. membership club serving small businesses since 1983. The Championship awarded the title to 103 small businesses for their dedication to the success of their businesses. The American Small Business Champions will each receive a $1,000 Sam's Club gift card, an all-expense-paid trip to a regional training event, SCORE mentoring for one year and publicity throughout the year.
Adorable Essentials, LLC earned the title of American Small Business Champion by submitting an online application answering the question “What dream would you be able to achieve if you were to win this Championship?” Nominations whichgarnered at least 100 votes were then presented to a judging panel of small business experts that determined 103 winners including Adorable Essentials, LLC.
Three years ago Adorable Essentials was born as a hobby idea to an avid children’s clothing fan and at-home mom, Tammy Dalton. Over the next 36 months, owners Tammy and Josh Dalton committed to growing their family business from their basement to a 3000 foot warehouse in Fenton, MO. They invested their time and effort in expanding their operations. Today, the business is growing by leaps and bounds, providing jobs in the local community and giving back to local organizations through product donations and volunteering.
“We are so grateful to receive this recognition for the obstacles we have overcome as a small business. Thank you to our wonderful community both locally and online for supporting us and helping us succeed. This would not have been possible without you.” says Tammy Dalton of Adorable Essentials.
“We are honored to work with Sam’s Club for the second year in a row to recognize these Champions’ efforts,” said Ken Yancey, CEO of SCORE. “Our hope is that winning the American Small Business Championship will help them envision and achieve the next dream for their companies. These Champions embody the passion, determination and drive of America’s small business owners.”
“Each Champion represents the passion and dedication it takes to own and manage a small business. We saw stories from wide variety of businesses and each one was truly unique and inspiring – from bakery owners to photographers to financial advisors,” said Tracey Brown, Senior Vice President and Chief Member Officer for Sam’s Club. “Sam’s Club is committed to helping small business owners overcome obstacles by providing resources and helping them save money and time. We look forward to seeing all of the Champions take their business to the next level so they can grow and realize their dreams.”
Adorable Essentials is also eligible to win an additional $25,000 grand prize by being named Grand Champion. A judging panel of small business experts will select one Grand Champion from the group of Small Business Champions this summer. Selection is based on how effectively Champions utilize the Sam’s Club gift card and the SCORE regional training events to grow business revenue, as well as how effectively the winners promoted the Championship in the media and social media.
To learn more about The American Small Business Championship and to view the complete list of Champions, visit www.championship.score.org.