Creating prosperity through empowerment

The mas Club

Más Club opened on August 6, 2009, with an expanded assortment of products to better serve the needs of the Hispanic community and small businesses in the Houston area.

Advancing supplier diversity through education and advocacy

The Supplier Diversity program aims to expand and advance our current pool of more than 3,000 diverse suppliers through education and mentoring. Our goal is to support capacity building for minority-and-women-owned businesses. We aspire to create prosperity through empowerment.

As part of our efforts to stay connected to the best and brightest of diverse suppliers, we partner with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and several other organizations across the country to identify potential suppliers.

Our programs and initiatives include hosting supplier fairs, sponsoring multiple national trade fairs/matchmaking opportunities and educating our merchants/buyers internally. We also leverage our size and scale to increase spend, and to develop and grow the next generation suppliers.

Since 2008, we have provided more than 20 scholarships to minority- and women-owned businesses for the Tuck Executive Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

The program is a highly regarded, intensive one-week entrepreneurial business course designed for high-performing minority and women business owners. The program prepares minority- and women-owned businesses for success.

About Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College

In 2004, the Tuck School of Business reached its 25th year of supplying minority business executive programs. The Tuck School has two minority business programs: "Building a High-Performing Minority Business" and "Growing the Minority Business to Scale," which provide valuable education, skills and tangible business benefits to minority- and women-owned businesses.

Arcilia Acosta

Arcilia Acosta
president and CEO
CARCON Industries

Creating a first

"Walmart has been an important element in my success."
– Arcilia Acosta, president and CEO, CARCON Industries, Dallas, Texas

When CARCON Industries' President and CEO Arcilia Acosta decided to bid for a construction job with Walmart, she committed to the challenge of growing and developing her business.

After our Supplier Diversity team guided Arcilia through the vendor application process, CARCON was matched with White-Spunner Construction, a seasoned firm that helped mentor her company through its first Walmart project. This match was facilitated by the Walmart Realty Construction team, championed by Patrick Hamilton, vice president, construction.Less than two years later, Arcilia and CARCON put the finishing touches on Más Club #4807, the first Sam's Club designed and merchandised specifically for the Hispanic market, in Houston, Texas.