Receives National Recognition as American Small Business Champion 

from SCORE and Sam's Club

Wilmington, NC -March 4, 2015 -- Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts has been chosen as a winner of The American Small Business Championship hosted by SCORE, Mentors to America's Small Business. It was made possible by the generous support of Sam's Club, a leading U.S. membership club serving small businesses since 1983. The Championship awarded the title to 102 small businesses from 48 states for their sacrifices and dedication to the success of their business. The American Small Business Champions each receive a $1,000 Sam's Club gift card, an all-expense-paid trip to a training event, SCORE mentoring for one year, and promotion throughout the year to showcase each Champion's story.

Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts earned the title of American Small Business Champion by submitting an online application answering the question "What sacrifice have you made to help your business succeed?" Nominations, which garnered a minimum of 100 votes, were then presented to a judging panel of small business experts. The 102 winning businesses were selected by this panel and included Wilmington's own Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts, who received over 11,000 votes!

Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts is the first art gallery in Wilmington dedicated exclusively to hand-made, one-of-a-kind, three-dimensional art. It was created as a cooperative eight years ago. There are now 22 artists, each of whom work at the gallery, allowing them to keep a larger percentage of sales earnings in contrast to conventional galleries. Artwork is also donated on a regular basis to many local charitable organizations. The owners, local artists Pat Holleman, Sybil West, Mary Holden-Hall and Patricia Hart, are committed to the business, and continue to invest their time and efforts, allowing the gallery to continue to prosper.

"We are so proud of the accomplishments of the small businesses chosen as our American Small Business Champions", said SCORE CEO Ken Yancey.

To learn more about The American Small Business Championship and to view the complete list of Champions, visit www.score.org/championship.