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Cognitive Square, Inc. Creators of the Constitution Quest Game
Receives National Recognition as American Small Business Champion by SCORE
Temecula, CA─ Local business Cognitive Square, Inc. has been chosen as a winner of The 2017 American Small Business Championship hosted by SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, and generously supported by Sam’s Club, a leading U.S. membership club serving small businesses since 1983. The Championship awarded this title to 102 entrepreneurs for their dedication to the success of their small businesses. The American Small Business Champions will each receive a $1,000 Sam's Club gift card, an all-expense-paid trip to a training and networking event, SCORE mentoring and publicity throughout the year.
Cognitive Square, Inc. earned the title of American Small Business Champion by submitting an online application describing the most unique aspect of their small business that has contributed to their success, their positive impact on the community, and their plans to use the prizes to grow their business. Nominations which garnered at least 100 votes were then presented to a judging panel of small business experts that determined 102 winners including Cognitive Square, Inc.
When asked about the founders’ greatest obstacle, they replied, “Our greatest obstacle as we began was how to pay for producing a high-quality, full-color, American-made board game. Initially, we tried to obtain a business loan, but the bank said, “No, you have no prior business experience,” even though we had an excellent credit history. Luckily, we had fresh open lines of significant credit. After nearly selling out of the first production run, we couldn’t get financing for a bigger production run because we hadn’t been in business for 2 years. But during a SCORE workshop, we were given an idea to combine our own profits with loans from our family & friends to finance a larger 2nd production run. We had no need to finance the bigger 3rd and 4th production runs! We’ve been cash and carry ever since!”
Cognitive Square, Inc. also stated, “We are so grateful to our customers, who through the purchase of our product, The Constitution Quest Game, has spread Constitutional Literacy to school children who need to pass exams and to all Americans desiring to know this great foundational U.S document. We are also thankful to all of the SCORE mentors who provided us with support to help us through the variety of hurdles along our journey to success.” says Dave and Pam Barret, owners of Cognitive Square, Inc.
“SCORE is very pleased to honor the hard work and accomplishments of these 102 small business owners. They come from all across the United States, and provide diverse products and services for their clients, but all share in their dedication to making their dreams a reality,” said SCORE CEO Ken Yancey. “It is our pleasure to provide the mentoring, tools and resources that will help them continue to grow their businesses and enhance the communities they serve.”
“At Sam’s Club, we proudly support and celebrate the unique experience of the small business owner,” said Tracey D. Brown, senior vice president of operations and chief experience officer at Sam’s Club. “We are inspired daily by their ability to navigate challenges and triumphs on the road to success. And now, hopefully, the rest of the nation will be, too, as they get to know some of the nation’s most promising small business owners.”
Cognitive Square, Inc. is also eligible to win one of three additional $25,000 grand prizes by being named Grand Champion. A judging panel of small business experts will select three 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.
Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE’s 10,000+ volunteer business experts provide more than 350,000 free small business mentoring sessions, workshops and educational services to clients in 300 chapters nationwide. In 2016, SCORE mentors volunteered 2.2 million hours to help create more than 130,000 jobs and 54,000 small businesses.
For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800-634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you, or visit www.score.org. Follow @SCOREMentors on Facebook and Twitter for news and updates on the small business landscape.
About Sam’s Club
Sam's Club, a leading U.S. membership club, offers savings and surprises to millions of members in 659 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 $28 million since 2011 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 http://corporate.samsclub.com/giving.