ACCORDING TO the U.S. Small Business
Administration (SBA), more than half of
Americans either own or work for a small
business, and small businesses create
about two out of every three new jobs in the
U.S. each year.
A profile released in ;;;; by the SBA
said that more than ;; percent of U.S. businesses were small businesses (;;; or fewer
employees), and more than ;;;,;;; of
these businesses shop at Costco Business
Centers. In honor of May’s National Small
Business Month, I’d like to explain how
Costco members who own and/or run a
small business can save on essentials.
It starts with the products available at
your local Costco, at special Costco
Business Centers in some cities and online
at Costco.com, and continues with a selec-
tion of professional money-saving busi-
ness services (see “Costco Services”).
Here’s a look.
Your local Costco
A wide selection of business products
is available in your local Costco warehouse.
These include office supplies such as
paper, organizers, stamps, phones, computers and more. You can get ink cartridges refilled in the Photo Centers (in
many warehouses). Plus, you can grab the
quintessential affordable business lunch:
a Costco hot dog and soda for ;;.;;.
Costco Business Centers are open to all
members and look just like the traditional
warehouses, with a big exception: Most of
the products inside are geared for busi-
nesses. Currently only ;; of these big com-
mercial-focused warehouses are open in
the U.S., but new ones are being added
each year. They serve the following areas:
Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los
Angeles, northern New Jersey, Orlando,
Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San
Francisco, Seattle and Minneapolis–St.
Paul (set to open this summer).
“More than ;; percent of the items at
the Business Centers are different than
what you’ll find at a traditional Costco
warehouse,” says Mary Darr, regional mar-
keting manager for the Business Centers.
“We have what members need to stock any
type of business, from grocery, office and
restaurant supplies to commercial appli-
ances, furniture, utensils and more.”
Additionally, the Business Centers pro-
vide an online option for convenient deliv-
ery of products—Business Delivery—which
is available to businesses located near the
Business Centers. To find out if you’re
within the delivery area, go to Costco.com
Freelance writer Laura
Bode ;lls this month’s
consumer reporter slot
with this behind-the-scenes
look at a Costco program.
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Costco means business
Money-saving options to help your company’s bottom line