ASBA Members Benefit Through Walmart Foundation Community Grant

by Ashley Vizzerra

Small Business mentoring and educational programming has always been an important focus for ASBA. Now, through the generous support of the Walmart Foundation, ASBA is able to offer more programs to help small-business owners grow and prosper. ASBA is a proud recipient of a $22,000-grant through the Community Grant Program, provided by The Walmart Foundation awarded by Sam’s Club to fund education and mentoring outreach for the small-business community across Arizona. Although a global organization, The Walmart Foundation and Sam’s Club strongly believe in giving back locally — creating an impact in the neighborhoods we all live and work in. Through the Community Grant Program, The Walmart Foundation and Sam’s Club proudly support the needs of its communities by providing grants to local organizations.

Rick Murray, ASBA CEO; Carol Mangen, ASBA director of member benefits; and Julie Armstrong, ASBA community engagement and events manager received the $22,000 check from Todd Harkins, market membership sales manager of Sam’s Club. Participating in the event were several employees at the Sam’s Club Chandler location.

“Our members are business owners, and we want to help make them profitable and save money whether they are coming in and purchasing items for their office or for their family. The more we can do to support ASBA in providing education to business owners the better it is for not only us, but our small businesses, and the community,” Harkins expressed at the event.

“Part of our job as the statewide resource for small businesses is to help our small-business owners succeed by providing them with opportunities to save money, which translates to bigger profits,” states Murray. “We are honored to be a part of the Community Grant Program and value the support Walmart and Sam’s Club provide for the small-business community.”

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Ashley Vizzerra is communication coordinator of ASBA

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