Stillbirthday, and its headquarters, The M0M Center in Kearney, Receives National Recognition as American Small Business Champion by SCORE

Kearney, MO ? Local business The M0M Center 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.

The M0M Center 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 The M0M Center.

Pregnancy and infant loss is a pervasive, quiet epidemic on a national scale: every minute an American mother experiences miscarriage. Stillbirthday provides support internationally, with free printable birth plans, medically accurate explanations and certified Birth & Bereavement Doulas® to serve mothers throughout labor and birth in which the baby won’t be born alive. Stillbirthday provides this online, collegiate level education and awards qualified students with 35 nursing contact hours and the SBD credential as Birth & Bereavement Doulas®. Locally, The M0M Center in Kearney serves as its headquarters, and is a healthcare community center, educating pre-teen girls about puberty and menstruation, offering birth preparation classes for pregnant couples, providing Birth Doula support for any area pregnant couple, and of course, Birth & Bereavement Doula® services, meeting area mothers in hospitals when they learn that their baby will not be born alive. The M0M Center has become a drop-off location for women wanting to gift their bridal gowns – the Legacy Swaddle Collection is an armoire of tiny infant burial gowns created by these bridal gowns and The M0M Center volunteer seamstress team.

Receiving this award goes beyond the tangible financial gift, but is recognition of a subject that has remained unspoken of for too long. Recognition of hope in dark places. Of the deep, pervasive devastation that is pregnancy and infant loss, and brings our deepest wounds to light, for healing. And that is what The M0M Center is all about – a safe place, to give birth to healing. “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.” The M0M Center 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.

About SCORE 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.

About The M0M Center We are the headquarters of www.stillbirthday.com, an internationally respected resource for families and perinatal healthcare professionals. Our vision is to one day open a similar structure of The M0M Center in the most remote of places – because every mother deserves to be supported. You can learn more about stillbirthday and The M0M Center, including how to be involved, at www.healingbirthcenter.com.

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