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Sam’s Club invests big in small business

BY Staff Writer

Washington, D.C. — Sam’s Club has pledged more than $2 million in donations to nonprofits supporting small business growth. The announcement was made by Sam’s Club president and CEO Rosalind Brewer.

"At Sam’s Club our small business owners are our partners, and we want to put our money where our mission is — which is to be agents for and support our members and the small business community," said Brewer, addressing guests at the Dream Big Small Business of the Year awards luncheon at the Shoreham Hotel.

The luncheon was part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Summit, an annual event that draws small business owners and entrepreneurs from across the country to discuss common legislative and management concerns. More than 800 small business owners are attending the summit. Sam’s Club is a diamond sponsor of the event.

The organizations receiving funds are:

  • Accion in the U.S.: $520,674;
  • Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED): $349,545;
  • Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence: $750,000;
  • National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders: $250,000; and
  • Step Up for Small Business Challenge: $200,000.
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Albertsons leverages QR codes to help consumers perfect steak grilling

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Boise, Idaho — Albertson’s LLC has implemented an in-store program that will allow customers to scan a QR code using their smartphones to access recipes with tips for grilling Steakhouse Choice cuts of meat.


In every Albertsons Market meat department, customers will find a QR code on a Steakhouse Choice poster that will take them directly to the Albertsons Market mobile site. From there, customers can watch the latest grilling video, view a recipe and share the recipe via email with friends. Customers also can connect to the company’s Facebook page to “Like” the page and view more Steakhouse Choice recipes. In addition to the mobile site, all of the videos can be found on Albertsons Market YouTube channel.

The videos feature Albertsons Market meat operations specialist Tim Brua, who lends his years of experience in backyard grilling to the videos.

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Target to open single-level store in New Mexico

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Minneapolis — Target will open a single-level store in New Mexico, the first of its kind in the state. The store, located in Albuquerque, is scheduled to open in 2013 and will occupy 155,000 sq. ft.

The store will feature covered, ground-level parking, with the store elevated directly above. It will offer guests the everyday essentials and exclusive brands they have come to expect from Target. In addition, the store will include a selection of fresh produce, fresh packaged meat and pre-packaged baked goods to further enhance guests’ experience.

“Target is excited to open a new store in Albuquerque,” said Cary Strouse, Target’s SVP stores in the Western region. “New Mexico continues to be a great market for Target. We are committed to being a good neighbor and developing long-lasting relationships with guests and the Albuquerque community.”

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