Bentonville Bound! More than 500 Businesses Are Heading to Walmart Headquarters in Search of Their Big Break

BENTONVILLE, Ark., June 18, 2019 — More than 500 invited entrepreneurs will descend upon Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas hoping to land the deal of a lifetime. On June 18-19, during Walmart’s 6th annual Open Call event, these eager entrepreneurs will meet face-to-face with buyers looking for new U.S.-manufactured products for store shelves and Walmart.com. The companies expected to attend this year’s event represent a broad geography, including 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and Australia. Collectively, their impact on the U.S. manufacturing sector can be felt across the country as they are manufacturing their products in 44 different states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Of the states represented at this year’s event, California, Florida and Texas have the highest representation of locally headquartered companies.“There’s nothing quite like Open Call and the buzz in the building when our halls are filled with entrepreneurs aspiring to take their business to the next level,” said Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart vice president for Merchandising Services and U.S. Manufacturing. “In 2013, Walmart made a commitment to help boost job creation and U.S. manufacturing through buying an additional $250 billion in products supporting American jobs by 2023. Our annual Open Call is one way we continue to invest in this commitment while discovering new items that fulfill the needs of our customers. We have a very strong pool of supplier-hopefuls this year and our buyers can’t wait to hear their pitches.”From pet supplies and power tools to sporting goods and

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